Thirty years in the making, with a strong continuation planned for the future, Mass MoCA has rehabilitated a 19th-century factory into a massive exhibition space. Founded in 1986, the MoCA has organically expanded throughout the 28 buildings that inhabit a 16-acre surrounding area. These expansive galleries are home to monumental installations that have resided there for decades. As a non-collecting institution, Mass MoCA has the ability to offer space devoted to just one piece or an entire archive, such as Laurie Anderson. A multimedia artist who has been performing at MoCA since its opening, Anderson has two gallery spaces as well as a production studio and archive, and is looking forward to another 15 years at the institution.
With a recent opening of its third expansion phase, Mass MoCA presents multiple galleries with exhibitions by artists such as Jenny Holzer, James Turrell, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, and Gunnar Schonbeck. Although Mass MoCA has been a host to many rotating artistic endeavors, long term commitments provide a unique home for some of these massive installations that would not necessarily be fully conceived without the space. A rare opportunity for artists who require specific needs, Mass MoCA's full potential can be seen with James Turrell's immersive light experience, which will be featured within the walls for 25 years. Mass MoCA has also provided space that some institutions cannot access such as The Rauschenberg Foundation. Based out of Florida, the Foundation does not have the available room to showcase exhibitions. Therefore, Building 6 provides gallery space in which they can display rotating exhibitions of Robert Rauschenberg's work for the long-term.
Imagined as an immense artist's studio, Mass MoCA is a special space for both artists and viewers alike. The massive allotment of space allows for a unique experience that is constantly evolving through the decades, a rare length of time for any exhibition. As the space continues to expand physically, the possibilities for artistic endeavors are endless.
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