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MASS MoCA  A museum like no other.

Bang on a Can's summer festival is here! For the next three weeks, brilliant musicians and composers bring innovative, unexpected, and ear-expanding music right into our galleries.

Here's Mark Stewart amidst the Schonbeck instruments in Building 6.
Gunnar Schonbeck: No Experience Required, 2017

Doesn't run like it used to.

Brenna Youngblood
Uncle Grandpa, 2017 
Photographs, acrylic, and spray paint on canvas with artist's frame

Flying down the road at top speed with Morricone Youth! Mad Max with a live original score.

Along 100 ft. of wall space these letters slip and fall in what seems like slow motion. It ends in a loud crash. Ever happen to you?

Janice Kerbel, Slip, 2017
Paint on wall

Yes, the art is impressive. But the renovations by Bruner/Cott & Associates takes the museum experience over the top. Be sure to look up, down, and all around you to see the mix of old and new.

@tanjahollander traveled the world to photograph all 626 of her Facebook friends. Throughout her travels completing "Are you really my friend?" Hollander collected bits of ephemera along the way, as seen in the banners and prints throughout the show. Some of these were travel documents, others little gifts from people she encountered. Visitors are invited to share a piece of ephemera with the artist, and can drop them in a little box in the gallery. This ephemera Hollander will incorporate in future versions of the exhibition. Today we're opening it up!
(Hollander is hanging around the exhibition all day -- swing by and say hello if you're around!) #areyoureallymyfriend

Wander into the heart of the mountain in Cavernous: The Inner Life of Courage. You'll find a peaceful cave, a metaphor for the innermost self.

Admission to @kidspacemm is always free.

Wes Sam-Bruce, Cavernous: The Inner Life of Courage, 2017

"Perhaps the most promising symbol of MASS MoCA’s future is a 25-year exhibition that weaves its art and music dimensions and features the work of a “local” artist. This is the display of about 230 musical instruments handmade by Gunnar Schonbeck (1917-2005), a composer and all-around musical agitator who taught for 50 years at nearby Bennington College in Vermont. Made of all manner of found materials and objects — metal pipe, coconuts, steel barrels, rebar — these drums, xylophones and banjoes in sometimes giant sizes are marvelous sculptural objects, and most are available for visitors to play. Avant-garde in appearance and sound, they reflect Schonbeck’s view that everyone is a musician and anything can make music. Those instruments seem to be the epitome of MASS MoCA’s inclusive, multimedia, egalitarian ethic." — @nytimes
Photo: Tony Cenicola / The New York Times

'Unarmed.' A cast bronze hand surrounded by vintage beaded flowers. It imitates the grip of a hand on a gun, becoming an open-handed gesture.

Until is on view through September 4.

Nick Cave, Unarmed, 2016

Joan Osborne in the Hunter Center. Thank you for being here tonight!

Digital becomes physical in the form of 20 ft. tall banners in the exhibition 'Are you really my friend?' Take a look at friendship in a social media culture through Tanja Hollander's portraits, snapshots, travel ephemera, and post-its.

Tanja Hollander, Banner of Travel Ephemera (858 images), 2011 - 2016
Dye sublimate on polyester print
20 x 3 2/3 ft.

Look closer and longer at the most minute gestures in Radical Small.

Elizabeth King's work combines small sculptures and large videos to explore the concept of 'radical smallness' in one of our largest galleries in Building 4.

Elizabeth King, Compass, 1999/2004
Carved wood (holly), magnetic mechanical drive, fiber optics, lacquered wood cabinet.
Cabinet dimensions 74 x 25 x 16 inches.
Courtesy the artist

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