The Mister had a great college homework assignment: view art on the internet, then view it at a museum and write a comparison paper on the subject. Having been to more than one museum in Boston, he declared we would take a day trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a.k.a the Mass MoCA, nestled in mill buildings in North Adams. The Mister’s choice of internet pics/real life view of art: the spectacular Phoenix, by Chinese artist, Xu Bing.
Spending at least two years constructing the magnificent beasts out of items found at construction sites around Beijing, Xu created one 95-foot and a 100-foot long phoenix. Let me tell you, that our images do not bring justice to the breath-taking creatures.
When taking a closer, real life look at the Phoenix project, you can make out wrenches, welding masks, hard hats, shovels, wheels, 50-gallon drums, and other metals intricately pieced together. But my mind viewed them as wonderous living beings, and I half expected them to take flight.
We then had a fun time taking family shots throughout other exhibits, such as the Sol Lewitt wall paintings:
Then we ran into a familiar face at the Curiosity, a children’s exhibit:
The Mass MoCA is definitely worth the drive out to North Adams. Paintings and sculptures aren’t the only art on display, as they host concerts there also. The museum is spread out among spacious mill buildings, after all. We will most certainly visit again.