Taryn Simon: The Pipes

On view May 29

Taryn Simon returns to MASS MoCA — following her acclaimed 2018 solo exhibition A Cold Hole + Assembled Audience — with her large-scale outdoor sculpture The Pipes which will be on long-term view on the museum campus beginning May 29. What began as an oversized concrete instrument for a cacophony of global mourning in Simon’s work An Occupation of Loss (The Armory, 2016) will be populated by the sounds, collective call and response, and movements of a living public. The 11 structures that make up the installation – which Simon designed in collaboration with Shohei Shigematsu of architecture firm OMA – are an immersive experience, offered to the public as a sacred space for reflection, impromptu performance, and stargazing.


Auditory After Hours: LADAMA

Saturday, April 3, 10 & 17
7pm, 7:30pm & 8pm

Dust off those dancing shoes, get on up, and shimmy your way through the galleries. LADAMA delivers a dynamic Pan-Latin blend for April’s Auditory After Hours. Repping Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, with a dash of New York City thrown in, the band’s “irresistible spirit and universal appeal” knows no bounds (NPR). Prepare for an evening of rhythm and energetic song.

Advance, timed tickets required


New Exhibitions on View April 3

Glenn Kaino: In the Light of a Shadow
Close to You

Inspired by the connection between protests across the globe, Glenn Kaino’sexhibition In the Light of a Shadow will span the entirety of MASS MoCA’s signature football field-sized Building 5 gallery. Exploring the power of collective action in forging a more just world, the installation is ultimately about remembering the past and forging a hopeful path forward.

Gathering the work of six artists, the exhibition Close to You explores the intimate, nurturing, and restorative force that is kinship, probing the capacity of the visual arts to conjure feelings of proximity — both to others and to ourselves.


Tom Slaughter: Icon Alphabet

On view through April 5

Don’t miss your chance to see the joyful imagery of Icon Alphabet, the first exhibition focusing on artist Tom Slaughter’s bold personal visual vocabulary since his death in 2014.


Plan Your Visit

Museum Hours
Thursdays–Mondays, 10am–5pm

Advance, timed tickets required


ICYMI ➔ In Session: Artist Residencies

Recorded panel discussion

“An artist-centered residency really does have to be, not only informed by artists…but also the community which the land is on, how it’s designed, what folks need, how to maneuver and navigate that space, especially if that space is a primarily white space.” — bashezo

Thanks to all who tuned in to our In Session: Artist Residencies panel last week; the enthusiastic engagement underscored the vital importance of thinking critically about creating spaces and residencies that center BIPOC artists. If you missed the livestream, you can still watch the full recorded discussion on MASS MoCA’s YouTube channel.


Support MASS MoCA

If you believe MASS MoCA’s work is important, and you wish to help sustain it, please consider donating whatever you’re able  — or join as a museum member. Every single dollar matters.


What’s Now. What’s Next.



MASS MoCA From Home
Glenn Kaino (on view April 3)
Richard Nielsen
Close to You (on view April 3)
Sol LeWitt
Martin Puryear
Skyspace (on view May 29)
Kissing through a Curtain
Taryn Simon (on view May 29)
Julianne Swartz
Jenny Holzer


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 advised to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in MA, produce a negative COVID test, or provide physical proof of vaccination dated at least 14 days prior to arrival.

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




AAQ / Resource

Lear + Mahoney Landscape Architecture


MASS MoCA Support

The installation of Taryn Simon’s The Pipes at MASS MoCA is made possible in part by the Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson 2007 Trust, Gagosian Gallery, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, and David Zicarelli and Virginia Troyer.

Generous support for In the Light of a Shadow is provided by Nicole Deller and Matthew Bliwise, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Director’s Advisory Council of MASS MoCA. Additional support is provided by Crystalle Lacouture and Scott Stedman.

Close to You is made possible by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in support of MASS MoCA and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

Programming at MASS MoCA is made possible in part by the Barr Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Mass Cultural Council.Additional support is provided 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: Pre-installation view of Taryn Simon, The Pipes, 2017|2021 | In-process production of work for the upcoming exhibition, Glenn Kaino: In the Light of a Shadow at MASS MoCA. Courtesy of the artist. | Clifford Prince King, Communion, 2019. Courtesy of the artist