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Art News Explores Controversy Over Helen Molesworth Firing

March 22nd, 2018

Helen Molesworth, via MOCAArt News has a piece exploring the firing of Helen Molesworth at MOCA in-depth, seeking to understand what the museum’s claims that she had been “undermining the museum.” The piece explores a series of public statements and quotes by the curator that were critical of MOCA and its programming choices.  “Everything that happens in museums is a microcosm of what happens in the world,” she says in one quote.  “I’ve been told that I have lot of ‘swagger’—code: gay, code: black. I have been told: Do I have to look at everything through the lens of identity politics?”
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Joan Jonas Profiled in The Guardian

March 22nd, 2018

Joan Jonas, via GuardianJoan Jonas gets a feature in The Guardian this week, as the artist opens her retrospective at the Tate Modern. “When I use a myth or a story or a literary text in my work, I often extract particular passages from a larger narrative that resonates with me,” she says. “In performance, the audience hears the text, recorded in advance or recited in real time, in fragments, and sees components – such as movements, props, drawings and video – that may relate only indirectly to the text. I don’t change the language, but rather I change the context, which opens up the text to different possibilities of meaning. I don’t illustrate; I juxtapose.”
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Marc Chagall Painting from National Gallery of Canada Features in Christie’s May Sale in New York

March 22nd, 2018

Chagall-La-Tour-Eiffel, via Art Market MonitorA 1929 Marc Chagall painting of the Eiffel Tower in Paris is being sold by the National Gallery of Canada at Christie’s this May in New York, and will be used to pay for new acquisitions.  “Filled with an air of sensuous, passionate romance, Marc Chagall’s La Tour Eiffel (estimate: $6-9 million) encapsulates the wonderfully poetic style that emerged in his oeuvre during the 1920s and 1930s,” the auction house said in a statement. “It was during this period that he experienced unprecedented period of happiness, stability, comfort and professional success amidst.”
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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Street Address:

87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
T 413.662.2111
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Mailing Address:

1040 MASS MoCA Way
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Regular Hours
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. closed Tuesday
Galleries are closed Thanksgiving Day but are open Friday, November 28 – Sunday November 30 from 10 AM – 5 PM.
Galleries are closed Christmas Day but are open 11 AM – 5 PM December 26 – December 31 (including Tuesday, December 30).
Galleries are closed New Year’s Day, and open 11 AM – 5 PM January 2 – January 5.

Summer Hours (June 26, 2009 through September 9, 2009)
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. every day

Galleries ARE open July 4 and Labor Day 10 – 6.

Tours (free with gallery admission)

    Through June 27, 2009

  • Weekdays: 2:00 p.m.
  • Weekends: noon and 3:00 p.m.
    June 27 – September 8

  • Weekdays: 11 a.m., 1 , 2, and 4 p.m.
  • Weekends: 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: noon–4:00 p.m.

$15 adults
$10 students
$5 children 6–16
Free for children 5 and under
Free to members.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Simon Starling: The Nanjing Particles
Dec. 13, 2008-Oct. 31, 2009
These Days: Elegies for Modern Times
Apr. 4, 2009-Feb. 28, 2010
George Cochrane: Long Time Gone
Opens May 23, 2009