In Session

Thursday, January 21, 6pm EST

Tune in to our next In Session—the second of four-panel discussions focused on anti-racist work in museums—with museum leaders Lisa Dent, Executive Director, Artspace New Haven; Tracy Moore, Interim Director, MASS MoCA; Cameron Shaw, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, California African American Museum; and Eric Shiner, Executive Director, Pioneer Works. The panel will begin with introductory remarks by Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Social Psychiatrist and Professor, New School; and will be moderated by Cecile Shellman, DEI Museum Consultant.

Designed to pose more questions than answers, topics for this discussion include: Why should art institutions move toward the work of anti-racism and social change? What are an art institution’s responsibilities toward BIPOC audiences when hosting challenging work concerning violence enacted against Black and Brown bodies? What is an art institution’s role in providing context (cultural, art historical, media, or otherwise) around a work of art?

Presented by MASS MoCA and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at MCLA, In Session is free for all and will be streamed live on MASS MoCA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Do any other questions come to mind? Submit your own questions via email to insession@massmoca.org.

Auditory After Hours: Sylvan Esso

NEW DATE ADDED: Saturday, January 30
7pm, 7:30pm & 8pm

“The combination of music and art made me feel like I was in a dream. Really transported us to another place.” — Jennifer, Auditory After Hours visitor

Due to popular demand—January 16 and 23 are sold out!—we’ve added one more date to Sylvan Esso’s Auditory After Hours. So if you’re down for a dreamy night of music and art, make plans to join us on January 30, and don’t forget to bring your best headphones (and smartphone).

Advance, timed tickets required


MASS MoCA From Home

Launching Saturday, January 23

Can’t make it here in person? Join us on January 23 as we open the digital doors into our galleries and onto our stages with the launch of an online experience for all (virtual) things MASS MoCA. Explore the Sol LeWitt galleries with an all-new interactive 3D tour, tune in for virtual pop-up performances, get your creative juices flowing with classic ArtBar specials, and experience MASS MoCA in a way that’s almost as good as being here.


Artist Roundtable: Reimagining Care of Indigenous Objects

Tuesday, January 26, 6-7:15pm EST

Indigenous objects—and indigenous historical records—are frequently displaced from their peoples. How can we engage the colonial structures responsible for such separation? What forms of care might help repair this physical and emotional distance?

Join Kidspace exhibiting artist Wendy Red Star, guest curator of the first module of CARE SYLLABUS—a collaborative project of MASS MoCA and MCLA—for a roundtable discussion about shifting practices of care in collections of indigenous culture. Panelists include artists Tanis S’eiltin and Peter Morin, as well as Christine Oricchio, Collections Specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian.


Ben Ripley: Amity/Enmity

On view through January 17

Ben Ripley’s timely exhibition, Amity/Enmity, gives visitors the opportunity to explore the definition of race by museums and cultural institutions. On view through January 17, this week is the last chance to spend time with his work.

Advance, timed tickets required


Made at MASS MoCA

Helga Davis and Shara Nova: Ocean Body

From MASS MoCA to New York City. Back in November, Helga Davis and Shara Nova were artists-in-residence at MASS MoCA working on their video installation Ocean Body with director and designer Mark DeChiazza. Last week, Ocean Body premiered as the only in-person offering at this year’s Prototype festival of new opera and music theater in New York City. Examining the sometimes conflicting needs for union and autonomy within a friendship, Ocean Body explores how we continually discover each other in new and transformational ways. Learn more about the artists’ process and their residency in our Made at MASS MoCA video.


Made at MASS MoCA

In Process with Bobbi Jene Smith

Presented by La MaMa, take a look into the artistic process of Bobbi Jene Smith, and the team behind the making of her next work, Broken Theater, developed and filmed in part during their October residency at MASS MoCA. Streaming on January 15 and 16 at 7pm and January 17 at 12pm.


“A breath of fresh air.

— Jess, MASS MoCA visitor

Museum Hours:
Thursdays-Mondays, 10am-5pm
Closed Tuesdays + Wednesdays

Advance, timed tickets required


What’s Now. What’s Next.



Ledelle Moe (through January 24)
Sol LeWitt
Richard Nielsen
Jenny Holzer
Wendy Red Star
Ben Ripley (through January 17)
Louise Bourgeois



“‘When’ does that thing that only the best art can do: remain constant while the world wobbles in shaky orbit, revealing something new with every lurch.” — Murray Whyte, The Boston Globe

Like so many of us this year, the Boston Globe’s Murray Whyte found hope amid the ruins of Ledelle Moe’s When. Read his full article here.

The health and safety of all MASS MoCA visitors, staff, and artists are our top priority. Advanced timed tickets, masks, and social distancing are all required while visiting. Learn more about the safety measures MASS MoCA has in place here and read our COVID Courtesy Code here.




AAQ / Resource: Apple Honda, Riverhead 


MASS MoCA Support

Special funding for Ben Ripley: Amity/Enmity was provided to MCLA by The Artist’s Resource Trust, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Made at MASS MoCA is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Programming at MASS MoCA is made possible in part by the Barr Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Mass Cultural Council.

MASS MoCA is also supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Images: Top row: Lisa Dent, Cameron Shaw (photo: Matt Sayles), Tracy Moore Bottom Row: Eric Shiner, Cecile Shellman, Dr. Mindy Fullilove | Photo: Shervin Lainez | Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 915 | Detail from Wendy Red Star, Baaitchi (Good Things), 2020, from Bíiluuke (Our Side) series | Installation view of Ben Ripley: Amity/EnmityPerfectly Clear (Ganzfeld), 1991 Gift of Jennifer Turrell © James Turrell, Photo by Florian Holzherr