This morning, I came to hear the Mass MoCA winter season announced — art and events across the next few months, leading up to William Kentridge’s residency in May. He will come with a troupe of more than 50 performers for a two-week residency and performance of his in-progress work, The Head and The Load, and fill the broad space of the auditorium with African experiences of World War I.
The galleries will see new paintings and photography. In Pitch, Allison Janae Hamilton will through the pine woods and turpentine industry of Northern Florida. In Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night, artists look back to classic night scenes, from constellations to night clubs and from Rembrandt to Hopper. And we have more coming.
The long nights are also filling with music, dance, film and comedy. Alicia Hall Moran will warm a January night with an ‘alt opera’ inspired by Carmen, figure skating and the jazz trio Harriet Tubman. Concerts will range with dance music and singer / songwriters, and in April, Trio Da Kali will perform music from their Mande culture, singing with West African instruments. The Kronos Quartet (here last week) has said Da Kali is the closest they have come to the voice of Mahalia Jackson. And I thought of her singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 — what a glory it would have been to hear that live!
Looking ahead, I walked through the museum, watching the wind whip snow off the mill roofs.
The poems flocking on the open roof of Wes Sam-Bruce’s ‘Cavernous’ are his own. Photo by Kate Abbott
Wes Sam-Bruce’s Cavernous gleams with shifting patterns. Photo by Kate Abbott
Wes Sam-Bruce has built a rippling tent-like fort in Kidspace with lamp-lit walls and words hanging from the ceiling, deft as mobiles. Photo by Kate Abbott
Letha Wilson’s pleated concrete ripples like a wave or a fan or a city seen from above. Photo by Kate Abbott
A painted cave shimmers in a long tunnel. Photo by Kate Abbott
An abstract shimmers like the moon behind cloud in Steffani Jemison’s ‘Plant You Now, Dig You Later,’ as she asks, ‘What if we need new words?’
Old glass ripples in the light near Steffani Jemison’s ‘Plant You Now, Dig You Later.’ She named her installation from a quote from Louis Armstrong. Photo by Kate Abbott
The buildings themselves hold the eye in Mass MoCA’s old mill complex. Photo by Kate Abbott
Spencer Finch’s Cosmic Latte arches in the shape of the Milky Way. Photo by Kate Abbott
Anish Kapoor’s giant bowl,, lined with mirror-like glass, holds a shifting light. Photo by Kate Abbott
Sleek figures wrap around each other and catch the light. Photo by Kate Abbott
Louise Bourgeois sculpts stone like pyramids in Mass MoCA’s new Building 6. Photo by Kate Abbott
The pros of Building 6 looks out over the Hoosick River. Photo by Kate Abbott
Laurie Anderson’s wall-sized paintings roil wiht energy. Photo by Kate Abbott
Gunnar Schonbeck’s mammoth instruments invite touch and rhythm — harps and xylophones, timpany and steel drums, gamelans and wind chimes and giant banjos. Photo by Kate Abbott
Janice Kerbel’s words slide down the wall in a long sunlit hallway in the new Building 6. Photo by Kate Abbott
Icicles hang from the eaves on this 13 degree morning. Photo by Kate Abbott