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B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building Grand Opening

More art, more music, and a bike path through the building.

  • Special Event

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017, 10am-7pm
  • Gallery admission is free for members  $20 Adults       $18 Seniors/Veterans  $12 Students      $8 Kids (6-16)    Free for kids under 6

We’re doubling in size beginning May 28, with an all-day celebration to mark the monumental expansion, featuring a members’ preview, a Soundsuit performance, and a concert with veteran rockers CAKE.

MASS MoCA launches into the summer season with the opening of B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building, the third phase of campus development that encompasses 130,000 square feet of interior renovations to the museum’s 19th-century mill buildings, and features work from artists Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, and Gunnar Schonbeck (Bang on a Can). Additional artists to be shown in B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building include Spencer Finch, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Mary Lum, Barbara Ernst Prey, Janice Kerbel, Joe Wardwell, Sarah Crowner, Richard Nonas, and the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.

Opening Day schedule
9:30am Members’ check-in opens
Members’ preview: Become a member to see it first
11am Main galleries open (except the Wilson Building)
12pm B6: Robert W. Wilson Building opens with welcoming remarks from museum director Joseph Thompson
1pm Orchestra of Original Instruments
1pm Gallery talk with Dawn DeDeaux and Lonnie Holley
1:30pm The Amherst String Quartet performs Laurie Anderson’s Sol, in the Sol LeWitt galleries
3pm Nick Cave’s Soundsuit performance, choreographed by Williams College professor Sandra Burton
4:30pm Orchestra of Original Instruments
6pm Brooklyn United Marching Band
8pm CAKE in concert on Joe’s Field

The Amherst String Quartet performs Laurie Anderson’s Sol, a suite for Sol LeWitt. Helga Davis performs in the galleries. DJ Herbert Holler spins the beats. Grab lunch from Lickety Split, Gramercy Bistro, Bright Ideas Brewing, Hot Tomatoes, Desperados, and Fatboy’s Dogs — all located on our campus for today — or head downtown for some North Adams eats. At night we’re joined by a bevy of food trucks to fuel you up for CAKE.

On your way into and out of MASS MoCA (a map is available here), keep an eye out for amplified food and retail options in downtown North Adams at the corner of Marshall Street and Main Street. North Adams will also light up in poetry from dusk to midnight with Cloudland by Chicago-based collective Luftwerk, and a new projection by Jenny Holzer, titled For North Adams.

North Adams residents receive free admission to the museum on this day. CAKE is a separately ticketed event — purchase tickets here.

photo by Douglas Mason