And now onto the ultimate and final destination: Mass MoCA. I've had this museum on my to-do list for wayyyy to long. A few summers back I took the trip to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum which was beautiful and we had a great time making a day of it. Ever since, this was the next museum in the area that I wanted to hit. (Next on my list is the Clark Art Institute!)
As we were getting close to the museum, we passed a bunch of cool painted buildings and I knew I had to stop and snap some pics. The friendly gentleman, Ariel, who is renovating the space let me on the deets of what was going on with the project. It's called the NoAMA Mill and it is a 100+ year old mill building. It's a huge building and the main room that he showed me would make an awesome space for a big party. When the roof collapsed recently and they had to board up the windows, he decided he might as well paint them and make them into an attractive element for passerbyers. He told me a French artist was doing a residency there for a while so there were some of his pieces, done on acrylic, hanging from the ceiling (see below).
The museum looked completely different from what I had imagined in my head which is always interesting. There weren't any exhibits that I was dying to see so we were really there to just check it out. I did, however, want to see the Sol Lewitt collection.
After working at the Colby Art Museum for three years, I know a little about Sol LeWitt (we have one of his murals as a focal point of the building). The LeWitt collection at Mass MoCA is huge, consisting of 107 large scale pieces, spanning from 1969 to 2007. His pieces are more about the concept than the actual execution. The pieces come with specific dimensions and instructions, for whomever the piece is on loan to to construct. His pieces take up three floors of MoCA -- it's an awesome, bright, fun and interactive space. You walk through his huge murals, all colorful and patterned (in fact, don't stare at them too long or you may get a headache..) I recommend a trip to the museum just to check these out. Don't worry they'll be there until 2033 (which scarily isn't that far off anymore..)