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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Louis de Rougement, the pivotal character in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies' lumbering "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself)," has a story to … more
NORTH ADAMS — There were many times during the more than 10-year struggle to establish the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts that it seemed to be a losing battle. In fact, during the decade-long period of early development, there were 168 “negative” newspaper articles and editorials written about Mass MoCA before a shovel even hit the ground. Founding Director Joseph Thompson knows this because he saved every one of them. more
NORTH ADAMS — The first hint of what was possible for the old Sprague Electric complex appeared on the front page of the North Adams Transcript on Feb. 12, 1987. It was a simple black-and-white drawing from the perspective of the farthest end of the courtyard of Building 6 looking back at the clock tower. It showed a neat, clean space, with a few people milling around, with well-manicured trees growing near the buildings. Not many details about what would happen there. more
NORTH ADAMS — Located at the convergence point of the north and south branches of the Hoosic River, activity on the 16-acre site of Mass MoCA has long mirrored the economic development of the last 200 years. Prior to the Revolutionary War, the site was home to a grist mill and a saw mill. Under the ownership of Jeremiah Colegrove, the site included an oil mill, a clothing works and a carding house. The first cotton mill, the Windsor Print Works, was located on Marshall Street in 1813. Also calling the site home were wagon- and sleigh-makers; the headquarters for the Johnson Grays, a Civil War unit out of North Adams; and the North Adams Ironworks, which later forged armor plates for the Civil War ship, the Monitor. more
NORTH ADAMS — The six artists showcased in Building 6 represent the exploration and cross-pollination that has been at the heart of Mass MoCA’s mission since it opened 18 years ago. … more
NORTH ADAMS — In approaching the redesign of Mass MoCA's wedged-shaped Building 6, architects Bruner/Cott & Associates of Cambridge had to juggle pioneering ways of exhibiting art against the need to clarify visitor circulation patterns and enliven three floors of nearly identical factory loft acreage. more
The spectacular observation lounge overlooking the Hoosic River and Taconic mountains at the western end of Building 6 was the product of engineering, imagination — and money. Two stories high with a balcony and a 21-foot-high, 12-foot-wide … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — In a town that scoffs at the term, "farm-to-table" — because it's been that long before it was even trendy to be — its restaurants have something else pulling in staunch locavores and pretty much everyone else: … more
When the three curators at Mass MoCA were planning the artwork that would be installed in the museum's new expansion, each of us decided to commission a new wall-based work of art.We didn't request specific content from the three artists we … more
The Eagle asked that I write about The Moment, the sparking instant when our vision for the upcoming Building 6 expansion at Mass MoCA coalesced into a singular idea.The truth, however, is that there was no such Damascus Road epiphany.Instead, a … more
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