Open Studios & Block Party! May 25th

MASS MoCA is Turning 20!
Let’s Celebrate with an Open Studios (and much more)

Date: Saturday, May 25th
When: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Now in two locations on MASS MoCA’s Campus!
Building 13, 2nd Floor
Building 34, adjacent to A-OK BBQ

Laura McMillian ,  House Party: A Parade to Find Home , 2017 (photography by Tod Seelie)

Laura McMillian, House Party: A Parade to Find Home, 2017 (photography by Tod Seelie)

On May 25th, MASS MoCA is throwing a big 20th birthday party spread across the museum campus. The Studios at MASS MoCA are joining in the fun by hosting a free Open Studios during the Block Party portion of the evening. In the courtyard right outside our doors there will be lawn games, live music, and lively performances (including new work by our very own artist-in-residence, Laura McMillian, starting at 5:45pm, and again at 7:00pm). Inside our studios, you’ll find an array of enticing visual work from our 12 visiting artists. Come meet our artists and grab a beer and some snacks before heading to the amazing Tank and the Bangas in Concert. (And be sure to arrive by 5:45to see Laura McMillian’s first performance and to check out the free Opening Reception for 4 new exhibitions in MASS MoCA’s galleries, from 5:30 - 7:00, before joining our Open Studios from 6:30 - 8:30. So much to see! You won’t want to miss it.)

Participating Artists

Margery Amdur
Becca Barolli
Javier Bosques
Annette Cyr
Samantha Fein
Vanessa Hernández Gracia
Sarah Jenkins
Nahee Kim
Laura McMillian
Richard-Jonathan Nelson
Zipporah Thompson
Luisa Valderrama

Laura McMillian ,  House Party: A Parade to Find Home , 2017 (photography by Tod Seelie)

Laura McMillian, House Party: A Parade to Find Home, 2017 (photography by Tod Seelie)

Live Performances by Laura McMillian

Artist-in-residence Laura McMillian will be performing two new works during MASS MoCA’s 20th Anniversary Block Party (May 25th) in conjunction with our Open Studios. Both short performances will take place outside in Courtyard A.

A Camping Tale, two performances at 5:45pm and 7:00pm
The live theatrical storytelling of an unexpected encounter with a beast in the German wild. This performance features an intricate costume that transforms as the narrative unfolds. 

The Secret Life of an Armchair, on view during the Block Party
Explores the inner fantasies, fears, and wandering thoughts of an armchair navigating the doldrums of domesticity.