MASS MoCA Unveils Newly Renovated Campus with Daylong Festivities

MASS MoCA Building 6

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — MASS MoCA launches its summer season on Sunday, May 28, with the opening of Building 6, the third phase of campus development that encompasses 130,000 square feet of interior renovations to the museum’s 19th-century mill buildings. The day’s events include unveiling of works by Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, and Gunnar Schonbeck (Bang on a Can), among others; Nick Cave’s Soundsuit Parade; a marching band; live DJ music; welcoming remarks; culminating with a concert by indie-rock band Cake.

Additional artists to be shown in Building 6 include Spencer Finch, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Mary Lum, Barbara Ernst Prey, Janice Kerbel, Joe Wardwell, Sarah Crowner, Richard Nonas, and the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.

North Adams residents receive free admission to the museum on this day.
The renovation was designed by Bruner/Cott & Associates of Cambridge, Mass., the firm who has authored almost all museum space renovations on the former factory campus. The expansive architectural work — Building 6 spans 130,000 square feet — is a spectacle unto itself.

The opening celebration of Building 6 on Sunday, May 28, begins at noon with welcoming remarks as galleries open. DJ Herbert Holler spins beats all day; a Soundsuit Parade choreographed by Williams College professor of dance Sandra Burton takes place at 3pm; followed by the Brooklyn United Marching Band at 6pm; with much-loved party rockers Cake taking the outdoor stage at 8pm.

Indie-rock band Cake

Also, the all-day festival features the Amherst String Quartet performing Laurie Anderson’s Sol, a suite for Sol LeWitt. Helga Davis performs in the galleries.

Food available on campus from Lickety Split, Gramercy Bistro, or Bright Ideas Brewing. A bevy of food trucks will be at Joe’s Field for the outdoor concert by CAKE.

North Adams will also light up in poetry from dusk to midnight with Cloudland by Chicago-based collective Luftwerk and a new projection by Jenny Holzer, titled For North Adams.



Opening Day at a Glance

10am               Members’ preview

11am–5pm      Galleries open for all (except Building 6, opens at noon)

11am–5pm      Live DJ

Noon               Welcoming remarks by museum director Joseph Thompson; Building 6 opens

1pm                 Orchestra of Original Instruments

3pm                 Nick Cave’s Soundsuit Parade, choreographed by Sandra Burton
4:30pm            Orchestra of Original Instruments

6pm                 Brooklyn United Marching Band

8pm                 Cake concert on outdoor stage

MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making, displaying, and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. MASS MoCA will nearly double its gallery space in spring 2017, with artist partnerships that include Laurie Anderson, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, Jenny Holzer, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and James Turrell.

North Adams residents receive free admission to the museum on this day.


Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under through May 22, 2017. Members are admitted free year-round. The Hall Art Foundation’s Anselm Kiefer exhibition is seasonal and currently on view. For additional information, call 413.662.2111 x1 or visit MASS MoCA.



11am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays


Summer Hours (beginning June 24)

10am to 6pm, Sundays–Wednesdays

10am to 7pm, Thursdays–Saturdays





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