Mass MoCA’s Fall Season Includes Massive Roller Coaster-Inspired Exhibit, Concerts, World Premiere of Dance and Performance Art | theater arts
NORTH ADAMS — Gallery B5 at the Mass MoCA will be transformed with a sculptural installation inspired by the form and function of roller coasters beginning October 29.
EJ Hill’s “Brake Run Helix” exhibition, the artist’s first solo exhibition in a museum and largest exhibition to date, is just one of many new exhibitions and arts events in the stage that will open this fall at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Performing arts events include concerts by Jack Ferver, Mija, Shamel Pitts, Soccer Mommy, Taylor Mac and J. Hoard. In addition, a curatorial roundtable will focus on the work of Rose B. Simpson.
Tickets for all events are on sale now at massmoca.org.
THE SEASON AT A GLANCE
“EJ Hill: Brake Run Helix”
When: On view from October 29. (Member Preview Reception, 6 p.m., Oct. 28. Free for members, $20 otherwise)
What: At the heart of “Brake Run Helix” is a sculptural roller coaster. Filling the 100-meter-long gallery in Building 5, the exhibition also includes paintings, a stage for performances, and free-standing sculptures inspired by the form and function of roller coasters. Hill’s practice focuses on experiences that intertwine public struggle, endurance, trauma, and joy, whether in athletics, religion, the American education system, or amusement parks. In the United States, amusement parks were contested sites throughout Jim Crow-era desegregation efforts for equitable access to fun, recreation, and recreation. For Hill, roller coasters are public monuments to the possibility of attaining joy – which, as he notes, is “an essential element of social equity”.
“Jason Moran: Black Stars: Writing in the Dark”
When: On view from December 17
What: Visual artist, composer and musician Jason Moran said of his works, “These pieces emerge from my performance practice, my body in relation to the piano and the bodies of the audience. »
Moran’s exhibition, “Black Stars: Writing in the Dark,” presented in MASS MoCA’s Robert W. Wilson Building 6, deepens his interest in the embodied experience of live music, as well as the residues and memories that musical creation leaves behind. The exhibition brings together a group of works on paper by Moran and two sculptures from his “STAGED” series – one of which was commissioned by the museum for this exhibition.
Jack Ferver: “Is Global Warming Camp? and other forms of theatrical distancing for the end of the world”
When: 8 p.m., Sept. 8-10.
Where: Scene from “An Ice Cream Memorial at the Dead Deer Disco”
What: Writer, choreographer and director Jack Ferver creates his first feature film in three years, “Is Global Warming Camp? and other forms of theatrical distance for the end of the world”. Inhabiting “the queer” – what they describe as someone who society tells their life is unnatural and does not exist, and therefore is supernatural and has chosen not to exist – Ferver guns that point. sight to see and hold our from crushing global failures with cold journalism to fragile intimacy.
Open studios at the Mass MoCA
When: 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 6 and Nov. 10
Where: The Mass MoCA studios in buildings 13 and 34
What: Visit with current Assets for Artists artists-in-residence at the Mass MoCA studios. Learn more about each artist cohort on the Assets for Artists website, assetsforartists.org.
“Mija”: Screening with questions and answers and performances
When: 8 p.m., Oct. 8
What: The documentary, “Mija”, tells the emotional and complex stories of Doris Anahi Muñoz and Jacks Haupt, the daughters of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, navigating their careers in the music industry. Screening followed by a Q&A and a performance with Muñoz.
Tickets: $18, advance and student; $28, day of; $48, preferred seat.
Shamel Pitts | TRIBE: Touch of RED
When: 8 p.m., Oct. 21 and 22
Where: hunting center
What: Created by visionary arts collective TRIBE, led by artistic director and choreographer Shamel Pitts, “Touch of RED” has its world premiere at Mass MoCA. Reinventing the boxing ring from a space of duels to a space of duets, in “Touch of RED”, the energy is not built by aggression or combat but by an electrifying effeminacy that heals. Sponsored by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance and co-presented by Jacob’s Pillow.
Tickets: $20, students; $35, advance; $45, day of; $75, preferably.
2022 MoCA Mass Gala
When: 6 p.m., October 29
Where: Mass MoCA
What: The annual museum gala returns to North Adams. An evening of cocktails, dinner and a lively auction in support of the museum’s mission.
Tickets: Available early September.
Soccer Mommy with Lightning Bug
When: 8 p.m., November 5
Where: hunting center
What: Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, does indie rock with pop accents. His new album, “Sometimes, Forever” is his first produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never. New York indie rock band Lightning Bug is heating things up.
Tickets: $27, advance; $37, week of; $57, preferably.
Curatorial Roundtable: Rose B. Simpson in New England
When: 6 p.m., November 9
What: Marking the presentation of the works of Rose B. Simpson in several New England venues, this roundtable brings together curators who have brought the artist’s sculpture to the region. Participants will discuss the curatorial decisions, processes and collaborative experiences behind each of Simpson’s projections, from ideation to execution. Co-organized by Mass MoCA with The Trustees of Reservations. Works by Rose B. Simpson are exhibited concurrently at Mass MoCA, The Trustees and ICA Boston.
Participating Commissioners: Susan Cross, Senior Curator, Mass MoCA; Jeffrey De Blois, associate curator and head of publications at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Jamilee Lacy, Guest Curator of Art and Landscape, The Trustees of Reservations; and Jami Powell, Curator of Native Art, Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Moderated by Monique Tyndall, Director of Cultural Affairs, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans.
Tickets: Free for all. RSVPs open September 14.
Taylor Mac in Talk & Song
When: 8 p.m., November 19
Where: hunting center
What: The inimitable theater artist returns to the Mass MoCA for a conversation and preview of his new project, “The Bark of Millions,” original music celebrating queer luminaries throughout history.
Tickets: $20, students; $35, advance; $45, day of; $70, preferably.
When: 8 p.m., December 3
Where: Club B10
What: Blending black church heart and Broadway appeal, J. Hoard’s original compositions and arrangements easily switch genres to articulate his lively songwriting. A recent Grammy winner for his songwriting contribution to Chance the Rapper’s hit, “No Problem,” sees this rising star heat up Club B10.
Tickets: $18, students and advance; $28, day of.