Wednesday, May 30, 2007

North Adams and Mass MoCA

On Sunday we drove up north to North Adams. It was Sunday morning in Massachusetts, which meant everything was closed except for the churches. And boy were there churches!

North Adams-City of Steeples
North Adams, City of Steeples

We went for a walk through downtown North Adams. It was about 3 blocks long so we went down one of the side streets to look at some of the old houses.

Jack-o-Lantern-Memorial Day in North Adams
Here is someone celebrating Memorial Day with a jack-o-lantern

Bartman-North Adams
Another house celebrates with Bartman

After our walk, it was time to go to the real attraction in North Adams, Mass MoCA!

Mass MoCA
The old textile mill that houses Mass MoCA

It wasn't time to go in yet so we got to hang out in the courtyard for a while.

Upside down trees
Upside down trees by Natalie Jeremijenko

"Open" switch
Some kind of red switch. It says "Open" even though the museum isn't.

Big grapes!
A giant cluster of grapes. Or balloons. Whichever it was, I wasn't so sure whether I liked them.

Finally the museum opened and we got to go inside. The exhibits were so cool. I really liked the featured artist, Spencer Finch, and his show What Time Is It on the Sun?

Colorful windows
I forget what this one is called. It's lots of colored filters through which the sun shines and colors up the white room. Maybe that is what it was called...

Many pink dots... Jackie Kennedy's hat box color
This room had many pink dots in them. They represent the artist's recollection of the shade of color of Jackie Kennedy's hat. Or hat box. I can't remember.

We broke for lunch at Cafe Latino, the best Mexican food we've had since we left LA.

Lunch at Cafe Latino
That means it's the best Mexican food I've ever had.

We saw a few more exhibits, including the forbidden Christoph Buchel exhibit, which was not too well hidden behind all these yellow tarps. It was pretty huge, but we couldn't take pictures, so just imagine $160,000 worth of rusty cars, trailers, and carnival rides in a huge loft.

Another cool thing was Theo Jansen's beach beast, which is a big plastic skeleton that moves if the wind blows it right. The video was super cool. You can kind of see what it looked like here.

Rachel and Jay Tarses Emergency Exit
And finally, the Rachel and Jay Tarses Emergency Exit. No kidding.

Ok, I know I said I would have more on the Hancock Shaker Village, but it's past my bedtime, and mommy says I need I'm getting way too much screen time these days, what with the new article about babies and TV and all. That will have to wait for tomorrow night!

1 comment:

Steven Tsuchida said...

Mass MoCA looks super cool! The art work has a real sense of wit that I love! If we are ever in Boston we'll have to check it out!