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James Turrell: Skyspace

Open May 29

Just in case you needed any more reasons to want spring to arrive faster, James Turrell’s largest free-standing circular Skyspace opens this May on the MASS MoCA campus. Measuring 40 feet in diameter and 40 feet high, the repurposed concrete water tank transforms into one of Turrell’s signature immersive light installations, carving out a small piece of the sky and framing it as a canvas with infinite depth.

More information about Skyspace and how to view the work will be available in May. Stay tuned here for more information.


Auditory After Hours: Kaki King

Saturday, March 6, 13, & 20
7pm, 7:30pm & 8pm

“A whole new experience for the eyes.” — The Boston Globe 

Crowned a guitar “god” (Rolling Stone), “wizard” (NPR), and “phenom” (The New Yorker), Kaki King is undoubtedly one of the best guitar players the world’s ever seen. Last at MASS MoCA in 2019 for a sold-out performance, King’s one-of-a-kind sound returns, melding her musical mastery with MASS MoCA’s groundbreaking works on view. Etherial guitar loops levitate in Spencer Finch’s Cosmic Latte and high-voltage drums strobe through Jenny Holzer’s Truisms—your ears and eyes won’t know what’s hit them. (You may even see King wandering our galleries alongside you one of these evenings!)

Or dive into the Auditory After Hours back catalogue and listen to Sylvan Esso’s recently sold-out soundtrack, Clipping, or Jason Moran. Just grab a ticket for any upcoming evening and speak with the event staff when you arrive, to access these past Auditory After Hours tracks.

Advance, timed tickets required


Close to You

On view April 3

A feeling of intimacy, a nurturing and restorative force, kinship suffuses the experience of closeness with a sense of belonging and refuge. While in its most ubiquitous form “kinship” describes the bonds of a family, the new exhibition Close to You frames kinship within more fluid terms, centering queer, amorphous, and solitary forms of intimacy. Gathering the work of six artists, the exhibition foregrounds feelings of recognition and rejuvenation that emerge within the deserts of the American Southwest, the warmth of a bodily embrace, and the absence in an archive, among others. Organized during the early months of COVID-19, Close to You now opens a year into the crisis, inviting audiences to reflect upon kinship in the wake of loss — of life, of normalcy, of togetherness — with the hope of providing a space for respite and renewal.



Black Elegies in Sight & Sound

A justice-oriented public education and community resource — from MCLA and MASS MoCA — CARE SYLLABUS features original text, visual media, recordings, and virtual events by activists, artists, and academics. The second module, Black Elegies in Sight & Sound, is now live and invites us to consider the poetics of grieving in black artistic traditions. Guest-curated by Dr. Kimberly Juanita Brown — Associate Professor at Dartmouth and author of The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press) — as she describes: “the artistic representations included in this module…negotiate the parameters of mourning while Black, with the heavy burden this entails.”

Join us for the keynote conversation Haunting Tones: A Conversation About Jennie C. Jones’ These (Mournful) Shores on Tuesday, March 23, at 6pm.


“A breath of fresh air.

— Jess, MASS MoCA visitor

Museum Hours
Thursdays–Mondays, 10am–5pm

Advance, timed tickets required


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MASS MoCA From Home
Glenn Kaino (on view April 3)
James Turrell
Louise Bourgeois
Ad Minoliti
Laurie Anderson
Jenny Holzer
Tom Slaughter


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.


Visitors from high-risk states are required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in MA or produce a negative COVID test, even if they have been vaccinated.


Learn more about the safety measures MASS MoCA has in place here and read our COVID Courtesy Code here.






AAQ / Resource: Bruce Nagel + Partners | Architects