Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Clark@Mass MoCA

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown announced last Wednesday that it had arranged a 20-year lease of 29,000 square feet of building space at Mass MoCA in nearby North Adams. The Clark’s press release explains: “The area includes a prominent building facing the entrance to the MASS MoCA campus and will include public exhibition space as well as storage for part of the Clark’s art collections, library, and archives.”

They plan to open “Clark@MASS MoCA” in 2011. The move is part of the Clark’s ongoing expansion and renovation: “The master plan includes two new buildings on the Clark’s campus designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando: Stone Hill Center opens June 2008, and an exhibition, visitor and conference center is scheduled to open in 2013. The original museum building and the Manton Research Center are being renovated by Annabelle Selldorf and will also be completed in 2013.”

“Coming shortly after our recently announced collaboration with Yale University Art Gallery on a long-term installation of Sol LeWitts’ wall drawings,” Mass MoCA director Joseph Thompson said in the press release. “MASS MoCA is no longer a single cultural institution but a multiplicity of public art and educational assets.”

The Globe’s Geoff Edgers reports on the deal here. "We now operate 120,000 square feet of gallery space," Thompson told Edgers. "We have all that we can handle. I'm not keen to expand that. I am keen to use the Yale and Clark model to find ways to build more public gallery space through more collaborations."

By the bye: Mass MoCA seems to have begun a blog in July. It is still very much a work in progress.


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