A few weekends ago, I made my way to western Massachusetts for the night. After a beautiful fall day spent watching college football followed by a delicious dinner, we woke up early on Sunday to head to MASS MoCa. MASS MoCa is one of my favorite museums (especially out of those that are semi-local). However, to be honest, the last time I visited, there were no exhibits that really piqued my interest (you can read more about that trip here).
This visit was very different. I loved all of the exhibits on display, with two that stood out as personal favorites. Since I've already done all of the leg work, let's take a little tour!
We started off with an exhibit called, "An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder"...
We then meandered through a few other exhibits, until I caught something glittering and spiraling out of the corner of my eye. Upon further exploration, we emerged into an incredible scene, otherwise known as, Until by Nick Cave.
This installation includes thousands of glittering, twirling, colorful lawn ornaments all hung in strands from the ceiling. At first, you are struck with the all encompassing awe and beauty of the room. You weave through the sparkling strands as they all move and spin around you. However, upon closer inspection, you will notice that some of the motifs included are tear drops, guns, targets. Cave was inspired by the question "Is there racism in heaven"- wanting to create a space that was beautiful and dazzling, but also sparks conversation about a more somber topic.
After walking through this area of the exhibit, you come upon a dazzling island of chandeliers floating above ground. There are bright yellow ladders that lead you up to a private garden of sorts, filled with toy birds, wildlife and flowers of all kinds.
The final stage of the room is like a fort built of string and beads, decorated with various symbols like smiley faces and rainbows. (There's also a video just beyond this area but I found it to be a little rattling and uncomfortable!)
So to make a long story short- this exhibit was incredible and I highly recommend checking it out while it's there.
Next up is Sarah Crowner, who's work I found to be very peaceful, serene and beautiful. The next three images all include her pieces...
Lastly, and another one of my favorites, we visited the "Here Comes the Sun" exhibit in the "Kidspace". Artists Federico Uribe takes utilitarian, and sometimes dangerous, objects and transforms them into the most intricate and amazing animals. How adorable are these?
We had a great time meandering through the museum and I'm so happy that we made the time to go. I really stress making the time to visit, especially while the Nick Cave exhibit is up (I think it ends September 2017). You will leave feeling inspired if nothing else!