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The “Before” PicturesFrom Mill to Museum

  • Archive, Archive Exhibitions, Exhibition

  • September 1999 - March 2000
  • Galleries

The exhibition featured 50 color and black-and-white photographs (and one video) taken of the MASS MoCA site over the previous decade by seven artists. MASS MoCA’s 13-acre, 27-building site has appealed to many photographers, both locally known and internationally famous, who have documented the peeling paint, the odd configurations of brick, the pigeons, and the castoffs of the industry that were here before the museum opened to the public on May 30, 1999.

Each photographer represented in the exhibition captured something unique in the buildings before the completion of the museum’s galleries and theaters. Works were by Joan Benjamin, David Byrne, Christopher J. Gillooly, Jeff Kleiser, Michael Jacobson-Hardy, John Kuykendahl, and Nick Whitman.