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MASS MoCA Member Experience: The Plastic Bag Store


  • Members Event

  • Saturday, June 15, 1pm
  • $22.50 Members
  • Building 1

Join MASS MoCA members for a performance of The Plastic Bag Store.This immersive, multimedia experience by artist Robin Frohardt, produced in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, uses humor, craft, and a critical lens to question our culture of consumption and convenience — specifically, the enduring effects of single-use plastics.

After the show, we invite members to join artists Erin Boyle and Rose Pearlman for an upcycled craft workshop to create functional twine from recycled plastic bags. Their new co-authored book Making Things: Finding Use, Meaning, and Satisfaction in Crafting Everyday Objects will be available at our Research & Development Store. Not yet a member? Become one here.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the Artists:

Robin Frohardt is an award-winning theater and film director known for her rich aesthetic and highly detailed constructions. Her narrative-based film, puppetry, and sculpture use recognizable materials, often trash, to create richly detailed worlds that make magic of the mundane and highlight the trivialities of daily life. Her theatrical work has earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award, and multiple Jim Henson Foundation Grants. Her play The Pigeoning hailed by The New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” debuted in 2013 and continues to tour at home and abroad. Her follow-up project The Plastic Bag Store premiered in Times Square in 2020 and has since toured to Los Angeles, Chicago, Adelaide, and Austin. Her films have been official selections at The Telluride Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, The One Earth Film Festival, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Rose Pearlman is an artist, teacher, and textile designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her 2019 book Modern Rug Hooking is a beautiful introduction to the traditional art of rug hooking through innovative projects and gorgeous imagery.

Erin Boyle is the author of the popular lifestyle blog, Reading My Tea Leaves and the 2016 book Simple Matters. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Domino Magazine along with numerous online design and shelter websites. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.