The history of MASS MoCA’s site in North Adams spans more than two hundred years of economic, industrial, and architectural change, tracing—in the microcosm of this one factory-campus—the arc of industrialization and post-industrialization of New England, and indeed the world. Conceived in 1986 after the closing of the Sprague Electrical Company, MASS MoCA opened it’s doors in 1999 and with the renovation of “Building 6” in 2017 become one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country.
With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Current exhibitions at Mass MoCA feature large-scale work from many of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists including: Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Spencer Finch, Liz Glynn, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Gunnar Schonbeck, and James Turrell among many others.
The Museum’s campus also features affordably priced cafés, a full-service restaurant, delicious ice cream, great coffee, and an innovative microbrewery that spotlights locally malted grains and hops grown in the Berkshire valley.
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