Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Annual Winter Visit to Mass MoCA

WP and I headed west to the Berkshires, with my mother and Lovely Stepdaughter #1 along for the cold, sunny ride over the mountain (which was hazy) and into the hamlet of North Adams, Massachusetts. We walked into the factory buildings turned large museum spaces...and into several other planets and universes and galaxies of the creative and neurotic contemporary mind...

 Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams

exhibit of eight artists; a few of whose works I photographed and noted 

(pagan sphinx photo 2009)

detail from a text work by

(pagan sphinx photo 2009)

Whitney Bedford

My mother standing in front of Whitney Bedford's "broken hands", her favorite art pieces at MoCA.  I was impressed by her ability to grasp the cutting-edge art, ask lots of questions about it and be okay with not having exact answers. It blew me away.

(Pagan Sphinx photo 2009)

Shana Lutker 

(Pagan Sphinx photo 2009)

(interior detail)

Shana Lutker’s works in various media mine her
unconscious and psychoanalytic theory. In House
(1986–1996) with Art That I Dreamt That I Made
Lutker fabricated a scale-model of her childhood
home. The house is then filled with miniature
versions of the art that Lutker dreams she has
made. Lutker often reworks these miniatures
into drawings and large sculptures—making real
works from those she has literally “dreamed up.”

(interior detail, #2) 

(Pagan Sphinx photo 2009)

Untitled #3

from the "Disruption" Series

Marco Rios

 Untitled, #3


Lovely Stepdaughter #1 contemplating the slaughter of a manatee??
This exhibit included eyeballs on the ceiling that rained cold tears on museum-mers. I was getting rather wet and ducked out of there fairly quickly after taking this picture.

Lastly, some new additions to the Sol Lewitt wall drawings, which will be on exhibition at the museum for the next two decades



  1. You do find your way to the most interesting exhibits!
    I do very much like Lewitt and Landers.

  2. you Mom looks like she's sparkling, how cool is that

    I like the text art

  3. Lovely family. Interesting art. ;-)

    Happy Holidays. Happy New Year!


  4. Bobbie, Di and Paz: MoCA is nothing if not interesting (at least)!

    Di: My mom had a good time. She's looking well and feeling well. I think she has a lot of years left in her.

    Paz: Good to get your comment! I'm on hiatus from photo memes but I'll be resuming soon. Got a new and better camera for Christmas. Happy new year to you, too!

  5. Ah that looks like a place I could get lost in! Have you ever visited the Tate Modern?

  6. It's so cool that Maria dug that modern art - she plays the part of an Old Lady, but she's still sharp as a tack!

    Great photos as usual, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of your new camera!

  7. That reminds me. I have to go there on my New England vacation next summer.


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