Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums. The former Sprague Electric Mill on the banks of the Hoosic River now houses vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages in its labyrinth of buildings and courtyards.
Surrounding the clock tower and the upside-down trees, spaces carefully restored to preserve the beauty of the original buildings can now support 21st-century music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater and visual art
The museum has shown nationally known artists since it opened in 1999, and its range and reputation have steadily grown, with longterm exhibits of Sol LeWitt’s brilliantly colorful murals, Anselm Kiefer and Louise Bourgeois sculpture, paintings and installations. Art and rehearsal residencies bring hundreds artists to North Adams all year round.
Several times a year, the museum fills the whole town. Every other June, Mass MoCA hosts the Solid Sound Music Festival — three days of rock, soul and contemporary chords curated by Wilco. In July and August, composers and performers from around the world come to create and perform new music in the annual Bang on a Can Summer Institute. And in September, National and international performers converge at FreshGrass for a weekend of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass.
Concerts, dance and film go on year-round, even in the heart of winter, and within the musuem complex cafés serve locally roasted coffee and locally made ice cream and a microbrewery sources locally malted grains and hops.