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MASS MoCA  A museum like no other.

We once had a 300-foot long "Überorgan" in our galleries. Happy #tbt, with thanks to Tim Hawkinson for what's possibly the largest instrument — and indoor sculpture, for that matter — ever made. It consisted of thirteen bus-sized inflated bags: one for each of the twelve tones in the musical scale and one udder-shaped bag that fed air to the other twelve by long tubular ducts.

Today, along with 16 other cultural institutions, we raised LaToya Ruby Frazier's flag by our front entrance. It's part of Pledges of Allegiance, a nationwide public art project by @creativetimenyc that aims to inspire a sense of community and political passion. It’s the third flag we’ve raised this spring (we’ll raise one more in a few weeks!). "The number 1,462 is the exact amount of days Flint residents have lived without new pipes since the lead leaching took place. And yes, that is a real photograph I took in Flint, where they were keeping locked up pipes behind barbed wire." - LaToya Ruby Frazier

Photo by @guillaume.ziccarelli

Summer’s most precious memories happen here: in the midst of the museum, to the hum of local music, under the Berkshire stars. We're firing up The Chalet — artist Dean Baldwin’s sculpture-turned-riverside-beer-garden — in a few short weeks. Keep it on your radar.

The combination of orange and green in Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing 880 creates such an intense and dizzying contrast that the draftsmen had a difficult time executing the final touch-ups. For the bulk of the process, only one color was visible at a time, the draftsmen applying the orange paint and then masking it off with paper and tape before applying the green paint. It's one of several wall drawings subtitled Loopy Doopy, which are based on drawings that Sol LeWitt made from taping two pencils together and twisting them across the paper to form an undulating pattern.

The people have spoken. By popular demand, we're featuring Robert Wilson's "14 Stations" for this week's throwback post. 14 sheds lined our largest gallery in 2002, each containing a window and a room with sculpture, dramatic lighting, and sound. They represented the 14 Stations of the Cross, or the series of images that describe Jesus’ journey of condemnation, consolation, crucifixion, and resurrection. Wilson imbued the traditional narrative with new forms and meanings to explore the mysteries of human passion and spiritual fortitude.

Our summer kicks into high gear on May 26 with the re-opening of the Anselm Kiefer exhibition, signaling a season of new art by Taryn Simon and performances by The Decemberists, Grizzly Bear, Ray LaMontagne, Neko Case, Courtney Barnett, Blondie, Alloy Orchestra, Bang on a Can, and more. Visit the link in our bio for the season schedule.
Anselm Kiefer
The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Révolution)

Allison Janae Hamilton turns to the sights and sounds of Florida and Tennessee in her newest exhibition, "Pitch." The show paints a multimedia landscape both magical and menacing — fluctuating between gothic fantasy and reality while featuring everything from (real) towering pine trees to taxidermied alligators.

The surest sign of spring is here: our outdoor exhibitions re-open on Saturday. (The Anselm Kiefer exhibition re-opens May 26.)

What's your favorite show you've seen here? Comment below and tell us what we should feature for next week's #tbt!
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Cai Guo-Qiang
Inopportune: Stage One
Exhibited in Building 5 from December 2004 to October 2005

Sex, death, romance, magic, terror, and wonder. For centuries, painters have been drawn to the mysteries of the night and its poetic possibilities. "The Lure of the Dark" features over a dozen artists who conjure the many moods of the night — and the light that illuminate the darkness, from the moon and the stars, to candles, cigarettes, and the glow of cell phones. On view now.
Sam McKinniss
Night Texter (Violet Oliver), 2015

“Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.” — James Turrell
On view now in Building 6.
Perfectly Clear (Ganzfeld), 1991 Gift of Jennifer Turrell
© James Turrell, Photo by Florian Holzherr

Natural light streams into the heart of Building 6 through a massive skylight. Built in the 19th century, the alley was originally designed to direct natural light to the men and women working the factory floors inside.

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