(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fame makes his North Adams debut in a work-in-progress performance at MASS MoCA on Saturday, December 8, in collaboration with Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and choreographer Danielle Agami. The piece, tentatively titled “Fishing,” is described as “a ravishing piece of multidisciplinary performance that explores the beautiful, simple absurdity of desire.”
Also coming to MASS MoCA this fall after the season begins with the 8th annual FreshGrass festival on September 14-16 — a rollicking weekend devoted to bluegrass and progressive roots music, featuring the likes of Flogging Molly, Indigo Girls, Trampled by Turtles, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Yonder Mountain String Band, Béla Fleck, and Rhiannon Giddens – are Angel Olsen, bringing her sun-kissed garage rock to the Hunter Center on Saturday, September 29; the Decemberists, bringing their new progressive sound to MASS MoCA on Thursday, October 4; the elusive Bonnie “Prince” Billy aka Will Oldham, on Saturday, October 13; Merrill Garbus’s Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls fueling a veritable rave on Tuesday, October 30; and an all-day celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 25-year exhibition, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, featuring performances by jazz maestro Jason Moran and others including Quindar with Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen and artists including Laurie Anderson, Spencer Finch, Jeffrey Gibson, Barbara Takenaga, Joe Wardwell, and LeWitt master draftsman John Hogan sharing stores about — and presenting research and work inspired by — the father of conceptualism, on Saturday, November 17.