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North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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January 2019

Rafa Esparza Staring at the Sun

January 19, 2019
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Rafa Esparza first used the labor-intensive process of hand-making adobe bricks in 2014. Extending the skill he learned from his father — who made adobe bricks in Mexico to sell and to build his first home — Los Angeles-based Esparza hand-made approximately 1,400 adobe bricks to cover the surface of Michael Parker’s sculpture, The Unfinished. Through this project the artist examined his relationship to land, the Los Angeles River, and his family with whom he collaborated. staring at the sun…

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Free Day 2019

January 26, 2019
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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We’ll amplify your MASS MoCA experience when we throw open the doors to the museum for free and fill the galleries with art-making activities, lively discussion, and pop-up performance. Create some art, take a tour, catch some live music in the elevator, and learn about the history of our life on Marshall Street.

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

January 26, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$35

Thirty years after Robert Mapplethorpe’s death, we still cannot turn away from his photographs. Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) brings together the work of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and a team of extraordinary collaborators including director Daniel Fish & Ashley Tata, librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, and Roomful of Teeth for a work-in-progress presentation which — through music, projection, and theatrical lighting — puts us inside the artist’s bold, voracious view of how nature and humans look, touch, feel,…

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February 2019

Free on the 3s

February 3, 2019
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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MASS MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 3rd of the month through June 2019. Bring an official ID (or utility bill) to show you’re a resident of the 01247 and MASS MoCA’s galleries are yours for the day.

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Car Seat Headrest With Naked Giants

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$25 – $50

“They are the kinds of perfect, instantly familiar pop songs that echo in the background of your dreams.” — The New Yorker Born from outsider origins and indie pop, Car Seat Headrest has evolved from the homespun solo-project of Will Toledo to a four-piece outfit that generates intricate masterworks of pop music and draws comparisons to everyone from the Beach Boys to Pavement. See the internet’s finest IRL, when Car Seat Headrest combines forces with Naked Giants for a night…

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March 2019

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo Co-Presented With Jacob’s Pillow

March 2, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$20 – $75

Celebrating its 44th anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is the world’s foremost all-male comedy ballet company, performing both en pointe and en travesti. The drag-clad Trocks got their start in the 1970s at late-late shows in off-off-Broadway lofts, and have since become one of the most popular, critically recognized, and outright funny dance companies in the world. By exaggerating the foibles and accidents of serious dance, they bring a whimsical spirit to the ballet repertoire.

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Trenton Doyle Hancock Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass

March 9, 2019
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Trenton Doyle Hancock grew up in Paris, Texas, to a family of evangelical Baptist ministers and missionaries. Supplementing his religious upbringing with comic books and Greek mythology, at the age of 10 he invented Torpedo Boy — an alter ego/superhero he still uses today. At this young age, Hancock already began to develop a singular mythology, which has evolved over the years. Ultimately birthing his own creation myth — as played out through paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and installation —…

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

March 9, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$39 – $75

Do not attempt to adjust your radio. There is nothing wrong. The Prime Minister of Funk, George Clinton, is steering the Mothership into MASS MoCA for a special stop on his final tour at the helm of the everlasting P-Funk — at the invitation of exhibiting artists Allison Janae Hamilton and Trenton Doyle Hancock. Clinton, the soon-to-be-retired architect of Afrofuturism, is an artistic touchstone for Hancock, whose work is built around a deeply detailed mythology inspired by superheroes, science fiction,…

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Freshgrass Presents Punch Brothers With Special Guest Gabriel Kahane

March 16, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$39 – $49

TICKETS ON SALE NOW With their dazzling 2018 Nonesuch Records release All Ashore, Punch Brothers firmly re-established themselves as the world’s most exciting progressive bluegrass band. Each member’s various other projects (including the inimitable Chris Thile’s Live From Here hosting duties) keep them busy enough that a chance to see them together is not to be missed. Singer-songwriter and MASS MoCA favorite Gabriel Kahane opens the night.

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High Mud Comedy Fest

March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Our annual salute to a few funny things will gather a diverse group of comedians to prod us with humor in this heightened moment. Come for laugh-filled workshops, wickedly mocking museum tours, and hilarious musical interludes. Check back for lineup announcements!

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April 2019

Fishing

April 6, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$20 – $54

This work-in-progress showing offers a first look at the new all-star collaboration between actor Jon Hamm, director/choreographer Danielle Agami, and Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche — a ravishing piece of multidisciplinary performance that explores the beautiful, simple absurdity of desire. What to Expect Seating is general admission. Preferred Ticket buyers get the best seat in the house, general admission seats located in the first rows of the theater. All Preferred Ticket holders receive free museum admission on the day of or…

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Trenton Doyle Hancock + Frank Oz

April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Join exhibiting artist Trenton Doyle Hancock as he discusses his lifelong practice of character creation and myth building with screen legend Frank Oz. The two will talk about the creative process, pop culture, and identity in what promises to be a riveting night of conversation. What to Expect: It’s Yoda, people. We’ll be in our premier venue, the Hunter Center, for this one.

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Mitski With Jay Som

April 20, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$30 – $55

With her breakout 2016 record Puberty 2 — all raw honesty and stripped down intensity — Mitski seemed to emerge into the indie limelight as a fully formed artist, immediately landing on every critic’s year’s best list. Her brilliant 2018 follow-up, Be the Cowboy, veers sonically into pop, and the writing is as powerful as ever. Iggy Pop says, “she’s probably the most advanced American songwriter that I know.” The Mitski buzz will only get louder; get your tickets early…

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May 2019

Tom Slaughter Polaroid Chandelier

May 2, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Utilizing the high ceilings in our gallery space we will be hanging an interactive chandelier piece that the community can decorate. Visitors can get involved by drawing simple objects that appeal to them in a polaroid print out supplied by The Artist Book Foundation in the bold colors of Tom Slaughter’s work. This event will open a conversation on permanency through Tom Slaughter’s own history and legacy displayed in the thousands of his polaroids he took in his lifetime. The…

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LES NUBIANS

May 11, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Les Nubians is the French-Cameroonian duo whose 1998 debut earned a Grammy nom for its singular blend of warm R&B and francophone hip-hop. Two decades later, the grooves are as strong and danceable as ever — and the perfect party to close out North Adams’ first-ever O+ Festival. What to expect This concert is general admission, standing room only. Several full bars will serve Bright Idea Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits. Planning on dinner before the show? Check…

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Soul Science Lab Let Your Soul Glow

May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$15 – $40

Trenton Doyle Hancock recently introduced us to Soul Science Lab , the music and multimedia duo Chen Lo and Asante Amin. Backed by a smoking-hot live band, they transport us on an inspiring journey of cross-cultural exploration via words and video, all wrapped in an irresistible soundtrack of hip-hop, funk, soul, and Afrobeat.

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Caroline Rose

May 20, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$18 – $44

The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and fierce frontwoman Caroline Rose may hail from Brooklyn, but she’s a solid Berkshire favorite. Rose has been turning heads with her synth-heavy, critically acclaimed 2018 release Loner, which veered from her earlier folk sound into darkly funny, danceable pop. What to Expect Have dinner and drinks on MASS MoCA’s campus or in downtown North Adams before the show, then enjoy a drink at our bar, well-stocked with Bright Ideas Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits.…

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Cauleen Smith We Already Have What We Need

May 25, 2019
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Cauleen Smith describes her work as a reflection on “the everyday possibilities of the imagination.” Trained as a filmmaker, the multidisciplinary artist creates visual and phenomenological experiences that ruminate on social, cultural, intellectual, artistic, and political liberation. Her stunning works draw on poetry, Afrofuturism, science fiction, and tactics of experimental film to conjure alternative narratives and what the artist has called “a cornucopia of future histories.” She engages topics and influences as disparate as the African Diaspora, the image of…

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Mass MoCA Turns 20 Let’s Party.

May 25, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 11:55 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Capturing MASS MoCA’s energy and spirit of embracing music and art in all forms, our 20th birthday party spreads across the museum campus — from Marshall Street to the interior courtyards and galleries — encompassing new exhibitions, wild versions of your favorite games, terrific music by performers from both near and far, great food and a world of fun. It’s the world of MASS MoCA, at 20 years. 4pm – An Afternoon of Conversation and Song with Annie Lennox (Benefit…

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Tank and the Bangas

May 25, 2019 @ 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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“Unpredictable, theatrical and full of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and spoken word freshness – Tank and the Bangas, who broke out as the winners of NPR’s first-ever Tiny Desk Concert contest, might not be able to describe the sounds they emit – but it is beautiful nonetheless” (Okayplayer). This is one of the finest party bands on the planet, coming off like a latter-day Sly and the Family Stone. What to Expect This show is general admission standing room only.…

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June 2019

Bombino

June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$22 – $48

“North African desert blues (or Tichumaren in Tamasheq, the Tuareg language) has become arguably the most successful world music genre to break through since reggae — and few performers have wielded the guitar with such mastery and majesty as Bombino,” (The New York Times). Bombino’s previous records, produced by the likes of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, were recorded in Woodstock and Boston. His latest, Deran, was made in Casablanca and earned him a Grammy…

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Solid Sound Festival 2019

June 28, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - June 30, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$90 – $135

Spanning three days and four stages, Solid Sound includes music by Wilco and its members’ side projects, as well as many other musical performers. It also features a full comedy lineup, family fun for all ages, local food, craft beer, camping, naturalist activities, and more.

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July 2019

The Chalet

July 4, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until August 29, 2019

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Our summer fun spot promises grill favorites, frothy beverages, riparian regulars, and friendly new faces when we fire up The Chalet, for just one night each week. Summer’s most precious memories happen here — in the midst of the museum, to the beat of local music, under the Berkshire stars, at our riverside beer garden. Live Music Schedule July 4: DJ Elixer, DJ Fuzd, and DJ iamsam July 11: Double Diamond, Corey Laitman, and Izzy Heltai July 18: Misty Blues…

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John Simon

July 6, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$18 – $44

Legendary music producer John Simon put his stamp on some of the greatest albums ever recorded, from The Band’s Music from Big Pink to Janis Joplin’s Cheap Thrills to Leonard Cohen’s early records. He’s in North Adams playing songs and telling stories from his book Truth, Lies & Hearsay: A Memoir of a Musical Life in and out of Rock and Roll.

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Matthew Barney: Redoubt Co-Presented With Williams College Museum of Art

July 13, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Set in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain range, Matthew Barney’s feature-length film layers classical, cosmological, and American myths about humanity’s place in the natural world, continuing Barney’s long-standing focus on landscape as both setting and subject. Redoubt adapts the myth of Diana, goddess of the hunt, and Actaeon, a hunter who trespasses on her and is punished — a story of guns, hunting, and wolves in the wild. Stay for a discussion with the artist and WCMA Director Pam Franks. What to…

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Bang on a Can Gallery Concerts

July 18, 2019
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 AM, repeating until July 27, 2019

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Join us in the galleries for some of today’s most exciting new music, performed by Bang on a Can fellows and faculty!

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Caroline Rose

July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$18 – $44

The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and fierce frontwoman Caroline Rose may hail from Brooklyn, but she’s a solid Berkshire favorite. Rose has been turning heads with her synth-heavy, critically acclaimed 2018 release Loner, which veered from her earlier folk sound into darkly funny, danceable pop. A celebration of self-expression and reflection, Zenizen opens the evening with its singular blend of R&B, soul, indie-rock, and jazz. What to Expect Have dinner and drinks on MASS MoCA’s campus or in downtown North Adams before…

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The Pretenders

July 26, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - July 27, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$66 – $300

Preferred Tickets are on sale now to MASS MoCA Members. Includes preferred viewing area and a post-concert reception with the band. Become a member General Admission Tickets and any remaining Preferred Tickets on sale to general public Saturday, April 27, 10am. In the band’s only North American appearance during Summer 2019, The Pretenders will play at MASS MoCA on July 26, with proceeds from this benefit concert supporting the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new…

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Adia Victoria

July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$18 – $44

The Nashville-based Adia Victoria treats the blues like a matter of life and death for her — as NPR put it, she’s “redefining what it means to be a Southern blueswoman — that’s a wily, radical and thoroughly contemporary role.” Or, as Victoria tells The New York Times, “I want to make the blues dangerous again.” We’re throwing caution to the wind for this one. What to Expect Have dinner and drinks on MASS MoCA’s campus or in downtown North…

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Maggie Rogers

July 30, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$39 – $65

Anticipation for Maggie Rogers’ major label debut has been building for three years since a viral video shot her to instant stardom, and Heard It in a Past Life, released in January of this year, has not disappointed. Her exceptional blend of soulful pop and indie folk marks her as a singular new voice in music, and her sold-out world tour is the hottest ticket in town from the UK to Europe to Australia to Coachella.

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August 2019

Bang on a Can Loud Weekend

August 2, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - August 4, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$70 – $95

Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music. Head to bangonacan.org for more info.

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Laurie Anderson Presents: Lou Reed Drones With Stewart Hurwood

August 10, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$25 – $35

Laurie Anderson presents a drone-based sonic experience utilizing guitars from her late husband Lou Reed‘s collection. The installation, curated by Reed’s former guitar technician, Stewart Hurwood, places the instruments in an arrangement against a group of amplifiers so that their tuned feedback creates an enveloping drone of harmonics that shifts and changes, depending on the audience location.

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Jupiter & Okwess

August 17, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$18 – $44

Led by the dynamic frontman Jupiter Bokondji Ilola, Jupiter & Okwess mixes traditional Congolese rhythms with Western rock and pop styles to create “vigorous, inventive variations on funk” (The New York Times) that add up to pure dance-floor bliss.

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Roomful of Teeth

August 23, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Kicking off a second decade’s re-imagining of the potential of the human voice, Roomful of Teeth presents new works commissioned as part of the American Composers Forum’s “ACF Connect” program, alongside a retrospective of Teeth’s first ten years.

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Cha Wa

August 24, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Deep funk beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts mix with the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice to create an irresistible New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian sound. The Grammy-nominated Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of Big Easy street culture. What to Expect In good weather, we dance outside in our concert courtyard. Grab dinner in downtown North Adams or here on campus before the show. Our bar is always well-stocked with Bright Ideas Brewing…

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Free Fun Friday

August 30, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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On Friday, August 30, patrons enjoy free admission to MASS MoCA from 10am to 6pm as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays statewide cultural initiative. Make art at the ArtBar and explore the new Kidspace exhibition Still I Rise, featuring nuanced representations of women of color in all stages of life.

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Flying Lotus

August 31, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$35 – $61

A dance party to end this summer — and maybe all summers! The experimental hip-hop and electronic artist, label-founder, filmmaker, Adult Swim mastermind, and all-around wizard of the LA underground beat scene Flying Lotus swoops into town as part of a limited tour, with a video wall, 3-D glasses for all, and a head full of crazy music just waiting to come out. Inspired by Madlib, Herbie Hancock, MF Doom, Miles Davis, J Dilla, and his great aunt and uncle…

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September 2019

Book Club: Blk Fmnnst Loaner Library

September 26, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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One event on November 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$5 – $10

A community book club featuring selections from exhibiting artist Cauleen Smith’s BLK FMNNST Loaner Library 1989–2019 — paintings of the covers of must-read texts. Discussions take place over three sessions this fall.

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October 2019

Time of Now: A Festival of Thought and Performance

October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - October 6, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Pay attention. That’s easier said than done, as our ability to focus is disrupted by rapid-fire technology, a 24-hour news cycle, and the constant buzz around us. This two-day gathering of artists and thinkers asks what it means to be human today.

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Kimbra With Emily Wells

October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$20 – $35

New Zealand pop savant Kimbra mixes electronic beats with jazz, rock, and a killer R&B delivery that makes her an in-demand collaborator with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Gotye. Her music is boundaryless, with influences encompassing Prince, Björk, and Jeff Buckley. Kimbra’s Hunter Center concert will be a moment of ecstatic release to close the Time of Now weekend – a multidisciplinary, day-long exploration of the impact of technology on our ability to pay attention to the world around…

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Cauleen Smith: H-E-L-L-O…There’s No Place Like Home…Somewhere Over the Rainbow…We Atone

October 6, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Joining the North Adams annual Fall Foliage Parade, Cauleen Smith’s procession features a local marching band playing a composition based on the iconic notes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Wizard of Oz, along with a color guard waving flags designed by the artist and casting a trail of vibrant billowing smoke. With music by Jeff Parker and choreography by Anna Martine Whitehead, this activation is both a celebration and commemoration of the people who did not…

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In a Grove

October 12, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

Based on the Japanese short story of the same name that was later adapted by Akira Kurosawa as his award-winning 1950 film Rashomon, In A Grove is an opera in development by composer Christopher Cerrone and the innovative Metropolis Ensemble, an orchestra dedicated to a new future for classical music.

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Orion Sun

October 19, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$15 – $44

Orion Sun is the one-woman project of Philly-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Tiffany Majette, an emerging creative force of nature who is destined for greatness. Echos of Frank Ocean and Lauryn Hill permeate her mellow, carefully crafted songs, which are perfect “to dance to, cry to, fall in love to” (WXPN Philadelphia).

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Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game

October 26, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$15 – $44

In their latest endeavor PARLOUR GAME, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller — most recently at MASS MoCA with her propulsive Boom Tic Boom! — dig into the rootsier elements of jazz along with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr. From the classic format of the piano quartet, they explore swing, gogo, backbeats, and ballads while honoring the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women who made jazz a social music.

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November 2019

Camille A. Brown and Dancers: Ink

November 2, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$20 – $75

Tickets for the Saturday performance can be purchased here. Tickets for the Sunday matinee performance can be purchased here. Ink, the final installation of groundbreaking choreographer Camille A. Brown’s trilogy about identity (along with Mr. TOL E. RAncE and BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play), celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora. Reclaiming African-American narratives by examining the culture of black life that is often appropriated, rewritten, or silenced – the choreography…

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Liberian Girl in Brooklyn

November 9, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$15 – $44

This riveting one-woman show from dynamic singer and actor Marcelle Davies-Lashley is a moving snapshot of her family history and West African roots, brought to life with live original music, dance, and powerful storytelling.

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Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Presents Shaina Taub

November 16, 2019 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

Join award-winning songwriter Shaina Taub and friends for an intimate evening of musical stylings sharing selections from the American Songbook. A winner of the Jonathan Larson Grant, the Fred Ebb Award and the Kleban Prize, Taub is currently working on a new musical about the women’s suffrage movement as well as writing lyrics for the musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada with Sir Elton John.

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January 2020

Community Day

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Free for all who walk through the doors, our annual community celebration is brimming with art-making, gallery tours, live music, pop-up performances, fun photos, a free screening of Museum Town directed by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, and tons more to inspire and explore. Kidspace turns 20 this year — join the festivities as we celebrate two decades of bringing engaging exhibitions and a vibrant art studio to both children and adults.

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February 2020

Vuyani Dance Theatre: Cion- Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero

February 1, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$20 – $70

Gregory Maqoma, the South African choreographer of William Kentridge’s The Head & the Load, returns with Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro. The work weaves a narrative of greed, power, and the pain of mourning with a moving live score interrogating Ravel’s music through South African vocal traditions.

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American Factory

February 13, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$5 – $9

When a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio, a culture clash unfolds that sheds light on the future of American labor and Chinese economic dominance. Following the screening, stay for a Q&A with filmmakers and invited guests.

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Jaleel Shaw

February 15, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$15 – $44

Saxophonist and bandleader Jaleel Shaw “plays with seductive melodicism” The Washington Post. Perfect for a post-Valentines night out. Shaw has performed and recorded with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, and Jason Moran. Now fronting this thriving jazz trio, Shaw is an unstoppable force.

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August 2020

North Adams Free Days: Free on the 5s

August 5, 2020
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Free

Calling North Adams residents — MASS MoCA is free for you on the 5th of the month, beginning August 5. Make reservations — or bring an official ID or a utility bill with your current address and come check out your hometown museum. Advance reservations are still required.

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Thursday Night Music

August 6, 2020 @ 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until August 20, 2020

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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This is not The Chalet of summers past, for sure, but it’s still friends and fizz, now with face masks, for a chill courtyard hang. Reserve your 6′ space to hear free live, local music each week in MASS MoCA’s premier concert courtyard. Double Diamond kicks us off tomorrow! Bar opens at 7pm, music starts at 8pm, and we close at 10pm. Limited  Capacity / Advance Reservations Required. (Visitors without reservations will be turned away.)

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

August 15, 2020 @ 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$35

Powered by vibraphonist and composer Bill Ware’s score, performed live by an outstanding horn-heavy band that includes Sam Bardfeld (Bruce Springsteen) on violin and Steven Bernstein (Sexmob) on slide trumpet, this beautiful 1926 silent film by pioneering silhouette animation filmmaker Charlotte Reiniger is based on One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Prepare to be mesmerized with ingenious early animation paired with North African and Middle Eastern grooves, under the stars

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Yasser Tejeda

August 22, 2020 @ 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$25 – $35

The dynamic and enchanting guitarist and singer Yasser Tejeda’s band Palotré plays a singular brand of Dominican fusion that gives traditional folkloric music a new spin. Jazz, rock, and Caribbean rhythms catalyze to produce “a frenzied celebration of ancestral union” (Billboard). Sounds like a hot night in the concert courtyard to us!

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September 2020

An Evening with They Might Be Giants

September 4, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$35 – $65

In honor of the album that made them an international act, They Might Be Giants is celebrating Flood’s 30th anniversary in 2020 by performing the album, in its entirety, on stages in select cities across the US. The show is “an evening with” and TMBG will play two full sets with their barnstorming live band featuring the show-stopping Curt Ramm on trumpet. In addition to Flood, the show will span the band’s entire career from early favorites to brand new…

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June Millington

September 19, 2020 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Rock ‘n’ roll godmother June Millington made history in the ’60s as the co-founder and guitarist of Fanny, one of the first all-women rock bands to be signed to a major label and dubbed as “extraordinary…one of the rock bands of their time” by David Bowie. Since knocking down the boys’ club door with her bandmates, Millington’s trailblazed across the industry as a producer, soloist, and co-founder of the Institute for the Musical Arts supporting women and girls in music.…

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FreshGrass Presents Chris Thile and Dom Flemons

September 26, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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On what would have been the Saturday night of the 10th annual FreshGrass Festival, FreshGrass presents two extraordinary artists who have become part of the family this past decade. Mandolin virtuoso, Punch Brother frontman, and Grammy Award-winner Chris Thile's boundary-breaking ruckus lights up the concert courtyard, while Dom Flemons — a fellow Grammy-winner and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops — resurrects early Americana sounds once lost to time. It's sure to be a string-filled, folk-drenched night of bluegrass.

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October 2020

Ciarra Fragale

October 3, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on October 3, 2020 at 9:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Born and raised just down the street, in New York’s Hudson Valley, singer-songwriter Ciarra Fragale’s “sound is a breath of fresh air” (New Paltz Oracle). Melding indie-folk instrumentals with a blues-tinged croon, Fragale keeps the summer vibes going a little bit longer when she breezes into town next weekend, guitar in hand.

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Ciarra Fragale

October 3, 2020 @ 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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One event on October 3, 2020 at 9:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Born and raised just down the street, in New York’s Hudson Valley, singer-songwriter Ciarra Fragale’s “sound is a breath of fresh air” (New Paltz Oracle). Melding indie-folk instrumentals with a blues-tinged croon, Fragale keeps the summer vibes going a little bit longer when she breezes into town next weekend, guitar in hand.

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Andy Wrba and Friends

October 17, 2020 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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A Berkshire County native and founder of the Berkshire Jazz Collective, Andy Wrba’s become a central fixture of our thriving music community up in the hills. At MASS MoCA he’ll be joined by a who’s who of Berkshire-based musicians including Todd Reynolds, Billy Keane and Tory Hanna of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Benny Kohn, and Conor Meehan. Our last outdoor event of the season; come say goodbye — for now — to the concert courtyard.

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November 2020

Auditory After Hours: Son Lux

November 21, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on November 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Wander our expansive galleries after hours while listening to a one-of-a-kind soundscape created just for MASS MoCA. Post-rock trio Son Lux preview its upcoming release Tomorrows II, a full month before it drops. Snag a ticket (time slots are limited), bring your best headphones (and smartphone), and join in the (distanced) art-filled listening party.

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Auditory After Hours: Son Lux

November 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on November 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Wander our expansive galleries after hours while listening to a one-of-a-kind soundscape created just for MASS MoCA. Post-rock trio Son Lux preview its upcoming release Tomorrows II, a full month before it drops. Snag a ticket (time slots are limited), bring your best headphones (and smartphone), and join in the (distanced) art-filled listening party.

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December 2020

Auditory After Hours: Clipping

December 5, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on December 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM

One event on December 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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The LA-based experimental hip-hop trio Clipping dives into its archive to create a darkly atmospheric gallery soundtrack with material from an abandoned audiobook score (one chapter of which premiered at MASS MoCA in June 2019 at Solid Sound). Entitled The Depths, this new chapter is intended to immerse the listener in a cold, Atlantean soundscape during their nocturnal spelunking of the galleries — no caving experience required.

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Auditory After Hours: Clipping

December 12, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on December 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM

One event on December 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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The LA-based experimental hip-hop trio Clipping dives into its archive to create a darkly atmospheric gallery soundtrack with material from an abandoned audiobook score (one chapter of which premiered at MASS MoCA in June 2019 at Solid Sound). Entitled The Depths, this new chapter is intended to immerse the listener in a cold, Atlantean soundscape during their nocturnal spelunking of the galleries — no caving experience required.

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Auditory After Hours: Clipping

December 19, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on December 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM

One event on December 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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The LA-based experimental hip-hop trio Clipping dives into its archive to create a darkly atmospheric gallery soundtrack with material from an abandoned audiobook score (one chapter of which premiered at MASS MoCA in June 2019 at Solid Sound). Entitled The Depths, this new chapter is intended to immerse the listener in a cold, Atlantean soundscape during their nocturnal spelunking of the galleries — no caving experience required.

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January 2021

Auditory After Hours: Sylvan Esso

January 9
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One event on January 16, 2021 at 12:00 AM

One event on January 23, 2021 at 12:00 AM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way: while listening to a bespoke experience curated by one of your favorite musicians. The electropop duo Sylvan Esso—singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn—make music that hits you like a fireworks show: it’s full of explosive light and color that fills you with joy and wonder and makes you glad to be…

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Auditory After Hours: Sylvan Esso

January 16
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One event on January 16, 2021 at 12:00 AM

One event on January 23, 2021 at 12:00 AM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way: while listening to a bespoke experience curated by one of your favorite musicians. The electropop duo Sylvan Esso—singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn—make music that hits you like a fireworks show: it’s full of explosive light and color that fills you with joy and wonder and makes you glad to be…

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Auditory After Hours: Sylvan Esso

January 23
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One event on January 16, 2021 at 12:00 AM

One event on January 23, 2021 at 12:00 AM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way: while listening to a bespoke experience curated by one of your favorite musicians. The electropop duo Sylvan Esso—singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn—make music that hits you like a fireworks show: it’s full of explosive light and color that fills you with joy and wonder and makes you glad to be…

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February 2021

Auditory After Hours: Jason Moran

February 6 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on February 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM

One event on February 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way: while listening to a bespoke experience curated by one of your favorite musicians. Come at night, wander the museum’s cavernous spaces after hours, and prepare to have eyes bedazzled, ears enthralled, and minds blown. 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM.

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Auditory After Hours: Jason Moran

February 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on February 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM

One event on February 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way: while listening to a bespoke experience curated by one of your favorite musicians. Come at night, wander the museum’s cavernous spaces after hours, and prepare to have eyes bedazzled, ears enthralled, and minds blown. 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM.

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Winter Break School Vacation

February 17 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 AM, repeating until February 20, 2021

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Kidspace at MASS MoCA is always free for all visitors, with in-person scavenger hunts and a take-home art activity available on weekends and during winter break week. Advance, timed reservations are required.

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Winter Break School Vacation

February 18 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 AM, repeating until February 20, 2021

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Kidspace at MASS MoCA is always free for all visitors, with in-person scavenger hunts and a take-home art activity available on weekends and during winter break week. Advance, timed reservations are required.

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Winter Break School Vacation

February 19 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 AM, repeating until February 20, 2021

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Kidspace at MASS MoCA is always free for all visitors, with in-person scavenger hunts and a take-home art activity available on weekends and during winter break week. Advance, timed reservations are required.

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Winter Break School Vacation

February 20 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 AM, repeating until February 20, 2021

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Kidspace at MASS MoCA is always free for all visitors, with in-person scavenger hunts and a take-home art activity available on weekends and during winter break week. Advance, timed reservations are required.

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Auditory After Hours: Jason Moran

February 20 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on February 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM

One event on February 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way: while listening to a bespoke experience curated by one of your favorite musicians. Come at night, wander the museum’s cavernous spaces after hours, and prepare to have eyes bedazzled, ears enthralled, and minds blown. 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM.

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March 2021

Auditory After Hours: Kaki King

March 6 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on March 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM

One event on March 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way. Created and recorded specifically for wandering MASS MoCA’s art-filled spaces, this all new never before heard gallery soundscape proves King’s genius goes far beyond the strings. From ethereal guitar loops to high-voltage drums, it’s a journey into the recesses of musical mastery—your ears won’t know what’s hit them.

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Auditory After Hours: Kaki King

March 13 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on March 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM

One event on March 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way. Created and recorded specifically for wandering MASS MoCA’s art-filled spaces, this all new never before heard gallery soundscape proves King’s genius goes far beyond the strings. From ethereal guitar loops to high-voltage drums, it’s a journey into the recesses of musical mastery—your ears won’t know what’s hit them.

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Auditory After Hours: Kaki King

March 20 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on March 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM

One event on March 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way. Created and recorded specifically for wandering MASS MoCA’s art-filled spaces, this all new never before heard gallery soundscape proves King’s genius goes far beyond the strings. From ethereal guitar loops to high-voltage drums, it’s a journey into the recesses of musical mastery—your ears won’t know what’s hit them.

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May 2021

Auditory After Hours

May 8 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on May 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way. Created and recorded specifically for wandering MASS MoCA’s art-filled spaces, this all new never before heard gallery soundscape proves King’s genius goes far beyond the strings. From ethereal guitar loops to high-voltage drums, it’s a journey into the recesses of musical mastery—your ears won’t know what’s hit them.

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Auditory After Hours

May 15 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on May 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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What if you could feel art — with your ears? Our new series Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art in an all-new way. Created and recorded specifically for wandering MASS MoCA’s art-filled spaces, this all new never before heard gallery soundscape proves King’s genius goes far beyond the strings. From ethereal guitar loops to high-voltage drums, it’s a journey into the recesses of musical mastery—your ears won’t know what’s hit them.

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Julianna Barwick & Mary Lattimore

May 29 @ 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$35 – $45

In honor of the opening of James Turrell: C.A.V.U. (Skyspace) we bring you an evening with two young luminaries working at the intersection of ambient and electronic music. Vocalist Julianna Barwick and harpist Mary Lattimore share a love for looping and layering – prepare to be transported by their dulcet tones.

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June 2021

Auditory After Hours – Common Folk

June 5 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until June 19, 2021

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art while listening to a bespoke experience curated by an inspired musician. For this local hero-themed Auditory After Hours, four members of the North Adams-based creative community Common Folk — producer Dan O’Connell, indie rocker Ciarra.

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Auditory After Hours – Common Folk

June 12 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until June 19, 2021

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art while listening to a bespoke experience curated by an inspired musician. For this local hero-themed Auditory After Hours, four members of the North Adams-based creative community Common Folk — producer Dan O’Connell, indie rocker Ciarra.

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Passion Fruit Dance Company

June 19 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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What is the groove and how do you find it? In Dance Within Your Dance, choreographer Tatiana Desardouin invites the audience to connect with the techniques, rhythms, and essence of hip-hop and house dance styles. Not just a simple aesthetic, “the groove” is the soul of street and club dance. A coalescing of community, fashion, training, introspection, liberation, and individual journeys, in this outdoor pop-up performance Passion Fruit explores how the groove can be a roadmap to social justice through…

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Auditory After Hours – Common Folk

June 19 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until June 19, 2021

MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$10 – $30

Auditory After Hours gives visitors a chance to engage with art while listening to a bespoke experience curated by an inspired musician. For this local hero-themed Auditory After Hours, four members of the North Adams-based creative community Common Folk — producer Dan O’Connell, indie rocker Ciarra.

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Alec Soth & David King: The Palms

June 25 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$25 – $65

Photographer Alec Soth – “a celebrated chronicler of American contemporary life” (The Guardian) – collaborates for the first time with drummer/composer Dave King of the jazz duo The Bad Plus, who is “better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-‘60s jazz and indie rock” (The New York Times). The result is a new multimedia work-in-progress performance that delves into the physicality of memory that’s been lost in the digital age.

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Time of Now: History & Memory Festival of Thought

June 26 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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During Time of Now, pop-up performances, activities, in-person and virtual talks, and self-guided tours from exhibiting artists will encourage audiences to pay attention to the ways that the world around them is shaped by the past

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July 2021

L’Rain

July 3 @ 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$25 – $35

Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer L’Rain brings an ethos of experimentation to her richly layered compositions. She weaves guitar, synthesizers, and delay effects into a swirl of free jazz and heartfelt, personal songs. This performance concludes her week-long artist residency at MASS MoCA.

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Community Day

July 17 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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A celebration of community and the museum’s mission – instilled by our founding director Joe Thompson – to champion artists and art-making in all forms. Featuring the opening of Wes Bruce’s travelling artmaking mobile The Drifting Studio, pop-up music performances, CARE SYLLABUS programming, and activities for all ages. Free admission for Berkshire residents.

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Benefit Concert – Jeff Tweedy with special guest Nels Cline

July 17 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$45 – $250

The one and only Jeff Tweedy takes the stage, joined by special guest and Wilco bandmate, Nels Cline, for a concert benefiting MASS MoCA’s Joe Thompson “Yes” Fund. All proceeds directly support the museum’s mission – instilled by our founding director Joe Thompson — to champion artists and art-making in all forms.

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An Evening with Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee

July 23 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$35 – $55

Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee roll into town for a stripped-down evening on the MASS MoCA stage. Conjuring sunsets, campfires, and long drives on the open road with a pluck of their guitars and a few choice words, these indie folk-rockers plays mid-field mid-summer.

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Bang on a Can: Loud Weekend

July 30 - July 31
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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A two-day festival of genre-bending sound featuring dozens of composers and performers, the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, and special guests.

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August 2021

Skip Marley with Ivy Sole

August 14 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$28 – $55

The next generation of one of the most musical families in history, Skip Marley—grandson of the one and only Bob Marley—is living up to his lauded lineage. The chart-topping, multi-Grammy nod musician effortlessly melds his reggae roots with pop, rock, rap, and deep R&B currents, bringing Jamaican grooves to a new audience. Full of love, positivity, and all-around good vibes, Skip’s musical tonic arrives at MASS MoCA.

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Lido Pimienta

August 20 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$25 – $35

The self-described “Afro/ Indigenous/ Colombian/Canadian/ punk/ folklorist/ traditionalist/ transgressive/ diva/ angel” Lido Pimienta creates an ecstatic musical hybrid of electronic meets cumbia that manages the neat trick of being at once thought-provoking, intense, and joyful.

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The Roots

August 22 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$60 – $125

Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, PA, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business. Named one of the "50 Greatest Live Acts" by Rolling Stone, The Roots are the official house band on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" where they've performed every Monday-Friday since 2014.

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September 2021

Alex Edelman

September 4 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$15 – $28

Boston-born, New York-based comedian Alex Edelman broke onto the scene in 2014 with his first show, Millennial, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. In the years since, Edelman’s continued to deliver the hilarity, racking up the praise while mining the particularities of his generation, his Orthodox Jewish upbringing, and ordinary daily life occurrences—such as meeting the Duke of Cambridge or crashing a party for white supremacists. Edelman brings his perfect mesh of standup and storytelling to MASS MoCA…

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Outdoor Exhibition – Taryn Simon: The Pipes

September 16 - September 26
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Taryn Simon returns to MASS MoCA with her large-scale outdoor sculpture The Pipes. What began as an oversized concrete instrument for a cacophony of global mourning in Simon’s work An Occupation of Loss (The Armory, 2016) will be populated by the sounds, collective call and response, and movements of a living public. The 11 structures that make up the installation – which Simon designed in collaboration with Shohei Shigematsu of architecture firm OMA – are an immersive experience, offered to…

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Outdoor Exhibition: Big Bling

September 16 - September 26
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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The spectacular forty-foot-tall work — the largest temporary installation Puryear has created — is built of wood, Puryear’s signature material, and chain-link fence. Through abstract means, the artist has crafted an ongoing dialogue with history, art history, identity, and politics. Here, “bling,” a slang term for flashy jewelry and accessories, is rooted in the urban youth, hip-hop, and rap culture of the 1990s.

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Fresh Grass Festival

September 24 - September 26
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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FreshGrass features bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages and platforms throughout the museum’s 16-acre campus. Festival programming also includes FreshScores, a silent film with original live music; FreshGrass commissions and world premieres; instrument and industry workshops; pop-up performances and retail; and local Berkshire food and spirits vendors.

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