A World of Art and Music, indoors and out, for MASS MoCA’s 15th Season


With its fifteenth anniversary coming up Memorial Day Weekend, MASS MoCA is planning a year that is nothing short of spectacular.

From rock and roll shape-shifter Beck to the annual FreshGrass festival of bluegrass and roots music, MASS MoCA’s fifteenth season kicks off with a big, not-to-be-missed party. Summer music offerings include something for every taste – pop, roots, rock, blues, country, and some wild rock ‘n rambling straight out of southern Louisiana.

With Teresita Fernández’s aurelian makeover of the museum’s main galleries, to the solid gold talent on the museum’s multiplicity of stages, to Darren Waterston’s recently installed Filthy Lucre cracking and oozing its gild, it’s a gold rush at MASS MoCA this summer.

Fresh Art

Franz West’s Les Pommes d’Adam – a 25′, Pepto-pink outdoor sculptural ensembleon extended loan from the Hall Art Foundation – opens in its first presentation in the United States and in its second ever showing since its premiere in Paris at Place Vendôme. Creating a pop color sculpture park adjacent to the Foundation’s Anselm Kiefer exhibition, both exhibits open on May 3, marking the first full season of the Kiefer exhibition at the museum.

Demonstrating the artist’s remarkable ability to transform materials and their surrounding architecture into an enveloping perceptual experience, Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic. Fernández’s largest solo exhibition to date, As Above So Below is made up entirely of new works, many of which are dramatically scaled in response to MASS MoCA’s large, light-filled galleries.

In Stasis Horror, more than 80 of Christopher Chiappa’s riotous paintings – executed on three-legged stools – will be installed in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center hallway beginning June 21. Exuberant, humorous, and serious all at once, these playful objects are hybrids of fashion and function.

Fresh Music

In his only New England appearance, Beck, one of the most respected musicians of his generation, leads the charge on the museum’s stages this summer, with a concert in Joe’s Field – the museum’s largest venue – on June 24. Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell gets a little bit country in the central concert courtyard on August 15.

Two major festivals span the musical spectrum, showcasing music that is sometimes just a few minutes old, and honoring one of the oldest traditions of American roots music. The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival spans three weeks that include daily gallery recitals, but focuses on its final 8 days in residence, July 26 – August 2, when it presents three major concerts with special guests including composer Steve Reich, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, and Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s annual festival of bluegrass and roots music, takes place September 19-21 and features The Carolina Chocolate Drops, David Grisman Sextet, Béla Fleck, and over twenty more bands.

Fredericks Brown is the sultry blues and soul duo featuring the daughter of legendary Taj Mahal, kicking off the museum’s summer concert series on June 7. Netsayi comes to MASS MoCA by way of Zimbabwe with her contemporary folk charm on July 19, while Elysian Fields returns to the museum with its dream pop sound straight from New York City on August 16. The Lost Bayou Ramblers emerges from the wilds of southern Louisiana (and from criss-crossing the country on tour with Arcade Fire) with fist-pumping, hot-blooded Cajun rock on August 23, and Grammy-winning MASS MoCA favorite Roomful of Teeth rejoins us on August 29 to perform compositions of Sam Amidon. A Labor Day weekend dance party, this season with raucous ten-piece Brooklyn-based Afro-funk collective EMEFE, brings horns and a deeply percussive vibe to our concert courtyard under the stars on August 30.

Fresh Film

For the fourth time, MASS MoCA takes over the North Adams airport to kick off Independence Day weekend on July 3 to screen Apollo 13 on a huge airplane hangar door. You’re invited back to the museum on July 12 when The Measure of All Things explores record-holding (and nearly record-holding) Guinness Book of World Records personalities on screen accompanied by Brooklyn-based collective yMusic. Audience favorite Alloy Orchestra performs new live music to the classic Lon Chaney film, He Who Gets Slapped, on August 9.

Fresh Fun for Families

Kids are the focus for It’s Only Human, opening in Kidspace on June 14; on the same day, stay for a brilliant puppetry show when the Hudson Vagabond Puppets perform Caps for Sale up in Club B-10. Kids Can Too! on July 19, is interactive music-making for kids and adults with Bang on a Can faculty and fellows. Four week-long art camps happen in and around the museum campus in July and August; check massmoca.org/artcamp for registration details, as space is limited. Kidspace has special hours every day this summer: from Sunday through Wednesday from 10am to 6pm and Thursday through Saturday from10am to 7pm.

Fresh Viewpoints

Darren Waterston, whose Uncertain Beauty continues to receive accolades, gives two artist talks this summer. The first is in his gallery at MASS MoCA on August 7, when audiences will hear about his inspiration and process, including details of his nine-month residency at the museum. On August 28, the artist joins a panel discussion at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Mass., focusing on the cultural milieu during which Wharton and James McNeill Whistler (whose famous Harmony in Blue and Gold inspired Waterston’s Filthy Lucre) lived and worked.

Fresh Discounts

Building on the success of an instantly popular early-bird ticket promotion launched last season, MASS MoCA discounts tickets 25% for 2014 Celebrate Summer season performances (June 7 through August 30) when purchased by May 9. (Exceptions: Beck, Movie at the Airport, Art Camps, Darren Waterston at The Mount, and FreshGrass)

Tickets for all events are available through the MASS MoCA box office located on Marshall Street in North Adams, open from 11am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays through June 20. Beginning June 21, the box office is open 10am to 6pm Sundays through Wednesdays and 10am to 7pm Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during box office hours or purchased on-line at massmoca.org. All events are held rain or shine, with the exception of Apollo 13 on July 3, with a rain date of Sunday July 6.


Season at a Glance

Date Time
May 24
Celebrate 15 Years!
Party and Opening
Opening Reception: 
Teresita Fernández
Food Truck Courtyard 
with Festive Drinks
Dance Party Begins 
with DJ Rekha
Live Music 
with Red Baraat
Champagne Toast
All Night
All Night Auction, 
Pop-up Performances
June 7
Fredericks Brown
June 14
Kidspace: It’s Only Human
Exhibition Opening
June 14
Hudson Vagabond Puppets:Caps for Sale
Kids Show
June 24
July 3
Apollo 13 at Harriman-West Airport
Airport Movie
July 5
Two Truths and a Lie
Comedy Improv
July 12
The Measure of All Things
with yMusic
Film w/ Live Music
July 16
-August 1
and 4:30pm
Bang on a Can Gallery Recitals
Pop-Up Concerts
July 19
July 19
Kids Can Too!
Kids Show
July 26
Bang on a Can All-Stars: Death Speaks by David Lang
July 28
all week
Melody Makers
Kids Art Camp
August 2
The Bang on a Can Marathon
with Steve Reich and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche
August 4
all week
Story Spinners
Kids Art Camp
August 7
Darren Waterston: Filthy Lucre
Artist Talk
August 9
Alloy Orchestra: He Who Gets Slapped
Film with Live Music
August 15
Jason Isbell
August 16
Elysian Fields
August 18
all week
Garden Gnomes and Fairies
Kids Art Camp
August 23
Lost Bayou Ramblers
August 25
all week
Art Ninjas 2.0
Kids Art Camp
August 29
Roomful of Teeth
August 30
Dance Party
September 19-21
all weekend
FreshGrass Festival of Bluegrass and Roots Music


MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.

From June 21 through September 1, 2014, MASS MoCA’s galleries are open 10am to 6pm every day, Sundays through Wednesdays, with extended evening hours to 7pm on Thursdays through Saturdays, when performing arts events are often featured. In non-summer months, MASS MoCA’s galleries are open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays. The Hall Art Foundation’s Anselm Kiefer exhibition is open seasonally, from spring through fall.  As of June 21, 2014, gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $6 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round. For additional information, call 413.662.2111 x1 or visit massmoca.org.

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