MASS-MoCA Exhibitions To Check Out!

Fragility Etudes Live Premiere

Music by Susie Ibarra
Film by Yuka C. Honda
Saturday, November 20, 8pm

“Ibarra’s innovations dissolve divides and unite cultures.” — JazzTimes

Visionary composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra “seems to treat rhythm and flow as clues to our relationship with the natural world” (The New York Times). She’s been known to transcribe the rhythms of water or create music from an insect’s perspective. For her latest project, Fragility Etudes, she entwines percussion, voice, piano, viola, synth, and more to delve into the precarious relationship we have with our environment. Overlapping rhythms collide, moments of tension build, and tones swirl together—be immersed during Etudes’ live premiere. 

Kraftwerk 3-D

Saturday, June 10, 8pm

German electropop pioneers Kraftwerk built the soundtrack for the digital age. A fusion of art, beat, and electronics, these 1970s visionaries ignited pop music’s evolution from rock to electronic with their revolutionary soundscapes and musical experimentation. They’ve been sampled by hundreds and influenced thousands, from David Bowie to Missy Elliot to the helmet-clad Daft Punk. Kraftwerk stops in North Adams during their 3-D tour of “multi-sensory magnificence” (The Guardian).

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General on sale begins Friday, November 5, 10am

From The New York Times:

At MASS MoCA, Supporting Artists
Beyond Exhibitions

“With workshops, residencies and more—generally invisible to the public—the museum is investing in the future of regional artists,” writes The New York Times’ Laura van Straaten about MASS MoCA. If you missed us in last week’s Sunday edition, take a read now to learn more about how the museum supports artists at the ground level.

How Esperanza Spalding and Wayne
Shorter Realized His Dream: an Opera

“‘We should make that happen,’ Spalding remembered thinking, when she learned that Shorter wanted to make an opera. ‘He’s your mentor, your elder. You just want to do what’s needed'” (The New York Times). The Iphigenia performances may be sold out, but the creators spoke with The New York Times about the project, eight years in the making. Read the full story below. 

What’s Now. What’s Next.


 Ceramics in the Expanded Field
Wendy Red Star
Glenn Kaino
Shaun Leonardo
Close To You
Kissing through a Curtain
Gamaliel Rodríguez
Richard Nielsen
Yto Barrada (on view beginning Nov. 20)
And more


Nov. 5 & 6 | Wayne Shorter &
                    esperanza spalding
Nov. 20 | Fragility Etudes
February 26 | Faye Webster
March 11 | Animal Collective
March 25 | Car Seat Headrest
June 10 | Kraftwerk
Sept. 23-25 | FreshGrass Festival 202

Effective Monday, November 1, all visitors to MASS MoCA over the age of 12 must show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccine (accompanied by a photo ID for visitors over 18). Masking indoors is required for all visitors.

Advance, timed tickets are recommended.