Monday, December 29, 2008

A Sip of Mass MoCA

I just posted something similar to Blue Monday (a photo meme) in a themed post but I thought there might be an audience here for the art itself.

These are photos of an installation that's currently at Mass MoCA. One that I wasn't able to completely take in at the time. The large exhibits they feature in their largest space, Gallery 5, sometimes overwhelm me. I did find it fascinating visually and I'd like to return to MoCA before the exhibit ends. If only to see if what I've read about it online will influence how I view it a second time. I suppose it's inevitable.

Simon Starling: The Nanjung Particles
(After Henry Ward, view of C.T. Sampson's Shoe Manufactory,
with the Chinese Shoemakers in Working Costume
c. 1875


  1. These are very engaging pieces.

    I've been missing Mass MoCA, even though I've worked within spitting distance of it for most of the past month.

    I guess after work I just wanna get home and kick back; somehow a drive-by just never had any appeal to me.

    Did you get to The Clark as well?

  2. These are different... Seeing the spectators behind the images (through the images) puts everyone in different space. Bizarre, and interesting. I can't make up my mind if it works better because the lighting in the space behind the photos is blue (compared to the photos) OR if I wish the lighting were the same, so the figures would blend even more into the scenes in the shoe factory photos.

  3. This looks like a wonderful show. Sigh.. Sometimes I really miss the east coast and being close to Boston and New York. This place is bigger than a town but not quite a city.

  4. It's a fun place, Susan. Making very large installations possible to exhibit. This gallery is the size of a football field.

    Over the years, I've seen some pretty incredible, albeit strange here in this space, which is called Gallery 5.


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