Category Archives: Massachusetts

Talcott Greenhouse At Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden (South Hadley, MA)

Date Of Visit: January 20, 2018

Location: 50 College St, South Hadley, MA

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m, Sat & Sun 1 p.m. -4 p.m. (hours may vary depending on the season)

Cost: Free

Parking: There is a parking lot for about 40 cars

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Website: Talcott Greenhouse

Related Post: 2017 Spring Bulb Show At Smith College

Highlights: variety of plants in the Talcott Greenhouse at Mount Holyoke College

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It may seem a little early in the year for New Englanders to be talking about our gardens and plants, especially since we just received 3 inches of snow in the Boston area. But, the Talcott Greenhouse is a great place to go for a preview of the spring planting season that will soon be here.

The greenhouse has a wide variety of plants

There were a variety of plants and flowers that caught my attention like this huge cactus!

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The botanical garden is open all year. The plants are cared for by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. In fact, the person working there during my visit helped answer a few questions I had about some of the plants and flowers int eh garden.

This particular flower is an orchard. The banana-looking parts of he flower are actually where the plant stores water.

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Below are a few of the plants and flowers that caught my eye.

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Philodendron Erubescens (“Pink Princess”)

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Begonia Brevirimosa

Microsorum Thailandicum

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Sinning Bullata

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Begonia Silver Jewel Dibleys

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Cirita Keiko

and the rest…

I especially liked how the flowers were displayed throughout the botanical garden. The colors of the plants in each group seemed to blend so well with all of the other plants they were placed with.

The coolest part of the greenhouse was definitely this tree that was growing through a wall!


16th Annual Salem’s So Sweet (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visit: February 10, 2017

Locations: Throughout the city of Salem

Hours:Visible 24 hours a day, until they melt

Cost: Free

Parking:Metered street parking is available and there are two big parking garages on New Liberty St and Congress St

The Downtown Garage (New Liberty St) costs $0.75 per hour.

The Waterfront Garage (Congress St) costs $0.25 per hour.

Both garages operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

Public Transportation: The MBTA’s Commuter Rail has a stop which deposits its passengers right at Washington St. $15 for a round trip ticket from North Station (fares vary depending upon where you leave from and where you are going)

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Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Website: Salem’s So Sweet

Related Post: 2017 Salem’s So Sweet

Highlights; 24 Ice Sculptures that have light fixtures attached to them that light up at night

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What says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like chocolates, champagne and chunks of carved ice? That is what Salem served up this past weekend.

The festivities began Friday, February 9 with a special Salem’s So Sweet chocolate and wine tasting event.

Unfortunately for the sculptures, we experienced a spell of warm weather over the weekend. While it gave people a chance to roam around in t-shirts and, yes in some cases shorts, the 40 to 50 degree weather did not bode will for the ice sculptures. Yes, New England weather is so predictable and cooperative.

Although the sculptures are impressive in the daylight, they really come alive during the afternoon and evening after the lights attached to their stands are turned on. The lights were put on a little before 5 and then I hustled to get all of them photographed before it got too dark.

One of the really great things about the sculptures, besides the obvious beauty and intricacy of them, is that it is great platform for businesses in the area to market themselves in a tasteful and fun way. It is also great for the visitors to learn about businesses, particularly smaller businesses, they may not have been aware of before.

I noticed almost all of the sculptures were different but were in some ways similar to the sculptures they had last year (take notice, Journeymasters). I did notice that they had a certain similar theme with the ice sculptures from last year and this year, such as the sculptures located at the Salem Witch Museum, Bit Bar and Rockafellas.

I am posting the photos of the sculptures in the order they appear on the map from 1 to 24. I will also include a photo of the sculptures before and after they were lit. Not only do the sculptures light up, some of them change colors while they’re lit. I have showed different photos displaying the different colors of the sculptures as well as videos at the bottom to show them in all of their brightness.

The first ice sculpture on the map was located on Essex St near Lappen Park (where the Bewitched statue is). This sculpture didn’t make it to end of the day. Whether it was due to a careless spectator or the result of all of the melting that took place, the top part of the sculpture was not on attached when I came back to photograph it after it was lit.

Universe sponsored by The Journeymasters

Han Solo sponsored by Gulu-Gulu Cage. Rumor has it Han was supposed to be on display during last year’s ice sculpture festival but he didn’t make it there in time. I’m glad he could join us this year.

Snowflake sponsored by Laura Lanes Skin Care.

Tank sponsored by Army Barracks.

Kissing Fish sponsored by Adriatic Restaurant And Bar.

Piggy Bank sponsored by People’s United Bank.

Princess And Frog sponsored by Maria’s Sweet Somethings.

This sculpture did not make it too far into the day either.

Dragon sponsored by Coon’s Card And Gift Shop.

Page The Dog sponsored by Bella Research Group.

Lobsterman sponsored by Turner’s Seafood.

Love Potion #9 sponsored by The Coven’s Cottage, Emporium 32, Modern Millie, Pamplemousse, Salem Trolley and The Trolley Depot.

Basset Hound sponsored by a variety of shops that are part of the Witch City Mall

Cactus sponsored by Peabody Essex Museum.

Super Mario Brothers sponsored by Bit Bar.

Cauldron sponsored by The Salem Witch Museum.

Bakery sponsored by Coffee Time Bake Shop.

Financial Wizard sponsored by Saint Jean’s Credit Union.

Lion sponsored by Jolie Tea Company.

Mug sponsored by Notch Brewery & Taproom.

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Waterfront Hotel sponsored by The Regatta Pub Restaurant at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.

This one made me laugh because while I was photographing it, a child who was with her mother, asked her mom, “What is rum?” Her mom was left speechless.

Rumson’s Rum sponsored by Pirate Dog Brand/Rumson’s Rum.

The Friendship sponsored by The Waite & Pierce National Park Service Information Center and Park Service. This is a sculpture of the boat, The Friendship, that is usually docked by the Pedrick House at Derby Wharf.

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables, 350th Anniversary was sponsored by House Of The Seven Gables and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie.

Of course, with the warmer weather and the special attractions, there were many people walking their dogs. Whenever I go to Salem, which if you read my blog regularly you must know is often, I always see such a wonderful array of dogs and Saturday was no different.

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Meko is a 2.5 year old Schnauzer/Yorkie rescue from Arkansas.

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Augie is a 2 and a half year old Pug.

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Marley is a 12 week old Lab mix.

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Cookie (yes like the Oreo cookie) is a 12 year old Border Collie.

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Ollie is a mixed breed shelter dog.

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Darwin, who was named after Charles Darwin whose boats was named the DHS Beagle.

Below are two videos of two sculptures that had lights on them that changed colors.

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Ice Floes (South Hadley, MA)

 

Date Of Visit: January 20, 2017

Location: 1 Alvord St, South Hadley, MA (Brunelle’s Marina)

Cost: Free

Parking: Parking for about 50 cars is available in the lot next to Brunelle’s

Handicapped Accessible: Yes, although some areas may be inaccessible

Dog Friendly: Yes

 

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New England’s bizarre weather has created yet another peculiar attracted that has peaked the interest of countless visitors; ice floes.

But, these icy chunks of frozen water are no ordinary ice floes.  These ice floes and ice chunks are so large some people have been seen lying on them, taking selfies on them and walking on them, cautiously (more on that later).

Although most of the ice floes and chunks of ice have surely melted with our recent warming trend, it is likely this may happen again this season or again next winter, although this was a fairly unusual event for this area.

The chunks of ice were stable in most areas.  But, not all areas.  Let’s just say I may know from experience.  So, do be careful if you do visit this icy attraction.

The slabs, caused by frigid temperatures have attracted large crowds.

Despite our downright balmy weather conditions this weekend, it has been a particularly cold winter.  But, hey that’s New England for you.

The ice chunks were often found bunched together, almost in a tectonic fashion.

The ice formed some very interesting shapes.

Another interesting aspect of the chunks of ice are the white and blueish colorful hues from the light shining through the ice.  The colors reminded me of crystals and diamonds.

A few of the visitors decided to make good use of the snow and made this snowman.  But, I’m not sure what the sticks in the head are all about.  it’s a little disturbing, actually.

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The ice floes are also popular with dogs.

Princess is a 3 year old Maltese.

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Winston, a 5 year old English Cream Golden Retriever, barked out his approval of the floes.

Below is a video of the ice floes floating and traveling down the Connecticut River.

 

 

 


Ice Sculptures (Greenfield, MA)

Date Of Visit: February 3, 2017 (Carnival is usually held annually the first weekend of February)

Location: Main St, Greenfield, MA

Cost: Free

Parking: I found metered street parking to be plentiful on Main St.  There is also parking available on the side streets off Main St.

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Tips:

  • the sculptures are lit up at night
  • there are several events and exhibits during the carnival (see the website below and the link to my post from last year’s carnival to see what other events take place at the carnival

Website: Greenfield Winter Carnival

Highlights: Ice sculptures from the Greenfield Winter Carnival

Well, we made it.  We’ve officially made it half way through the winter season.  Pause for collective groan. But, cheer up.  To celebrate this monumental milestone, Greenfield holds their annual winter carnival fair.  The fair includes a variety activities such as a parade of lights to kick off the carnival, face painting, a k9 keg pull a cardboard sled race among many other fun family friendly activities.  But, the highlight for many of the visitors to the Greenfield Winter Carnival are the ice sculptures.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the festivities this year.  But, I did post about it last year.

You can click here to view my blog post from last year’s winter carnival.

Unlike other ice sculpture exhibits where the sculptures are carved elsewhere and delivered, like the Salem’s So Sweet ice sculptures which are going to be on display this upcoming weekend, the ice sculptures at the Greenfield carnival are carved on sight on Main Street.  In fact, you may see some of the chunks of ice from the original blocks of ice in some of the photos below.

There were 11 total ice sculptures.  They are located on both sides of Main St.  We found 10 of them.  All of them are located on Main St. These sculptures are also lit up during the evening and some were already lit when we saw them during the afternoon.  The frigid and blustery conditions ensured the sculptures remained frozen despite the abundant sunshine.

The first sculpture on Main St (going from south to north) was created Sue O’Sullivan of Royalston, MA.

The second sculpture was created by Brendon Kellner of Cambridge, MA.  I think the figures are supposed to be dancing or about to embrace.  Or, they’re choking each other.  It is up to your particular interpretation today.  It may also depend on how your day is going, I suppose.

The next sculpture of a family of penguins (there is a little one in the middle of the two larger penguins) was created by Marc Cinamella of Palmerton, PA.

This sculpture was certainly one of the more popular ice sculptures and my favorite.  There were a group of photographers huddled around this sculpture.  Of course, waiting for the scene to clear out before I took my photo was less than pleasant given the conditions.  The intricate detail of the sculpture really is impressive.  The sculpture was carved by Mark Bosworth of Athol, MA.

Unfortunately, I did the shadow of this groundhog look a like sculpture.

This sculpture created by Chef Ben Pike and Franklin County Tech School Culinary students.

This snowflake is not any ordinary snowflake.  This icy snowflake was carved by hometown Greenfield citizen John Passiglia.

This howling wolf was created by Robert Markey of Ashfield, MA.  I’m not sure if it was done by design or if it was the way the sun was reflecting off the sculpture but I like how the wolf seems to disappear the father you look up on the sculpture in the second photo.

 

These humongous legs and feet were carved by Annaliese Bischoff from Leverett, MA.

David Barclay of Northampton, MA carved this dragon.  I love the scales on the chest of the sculpture.

The final sculpture we found (there was one more farther down the road we missed) of a certain Boston Bruins goalie was carved by Michael Legassey of Athol, MA.

In case you were wondering, yes there were many dogs attending the carnival festivities.

Andrew is a 3 year old Black Mouth Cur.

Bella, a 2 year old Shih Tzu was dressed for the cold temperatures.

Marcey, a rescue all the way from Chicago, is an 8 year old Shepherd mix.

Marcey’s sister, Zoie, a 5 year old Shih Tzu, showed off her talents.

 


MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) Part V

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Date of Visits: July 8 & 15, 2017

Location: 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, MA

Hours:

Fall/Winter/Spring Hours

11am–5pm, closed Tuesdays

Open January 1, 2018

Fall/Winter/Spring Tours

Wed.-Mon.: Two museum highlights tours: B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building and Buildings 4, 5, and 7 at 2pm
Summer Hours (begin June 2018)
10am—6pm Sundays—Wednesdays
10am—7pm Thursdays—Saturdays

Cost:

Admission

Adults $20
Seniors / Veterans $18
Students with ID $12
Kids (6–16) $8
EBT/WIC Cardholder $2

They also offer 2 day and 3 day admission tickets

Parking: There are four parking lots in the museum parking area

MASS MoCA Parking Map

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Website: MASS MoCA

 

Not all of the art at MASS MoCa is indoors.

This pole with mirrors on it is just one of the unusual work of art on the grounds of the museum.  This work of art is part of the Totally Totem exhibit by Marko Remec that was on the grounds of the museum in 2016.  Marko attached ready-made objects such as mops, brooms, safety mirrors, and rear-view mirrors to utility poles, transforming them into contemporary totems.

 

It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  Oh, never mind, it’s just a trailer on top of a bridge.

 

This work of art, part of a three part art piece titled, “All Utopias Fell”, was created by Michael Oatman.  The trailer, called The Shining, is a 1970’s era Airstream mobile home that Oatman bought online from a dealer in Ohio.

The worst part of the exhibit for some may be the walk along some narrow steps inside a creepy boiler house, more on that later, and then a short jaunt along a bridge to the Airstream.

““The Library of the Sun”, the decorative interior of the Airstream is the second part of the exhibit.  Decorations, prints as well as a variety of other vintage and novelty items line the walls and shelves of the trailer.  Many of the items inside the Airstream are humorous relics of the past.  A rotary phone, a sewing machine, a workbench, books held into place with leather safety belts and even a photo of Guy Lombardo and real jars of preserved food. are just a few of the vintage memorabilia inside the mobile home.

The third and final part of the exhibit is “Codex Solis” which is a a solar panel project that Oatman has worked to create with the museum for the past 3 years.  The solar panels Every task light and video screen on the Airstream is powered by the solar panels according to Oatman.  According to their website, roughly 25% of MASS MoCA’s energy is produced on-site through solar panels on these roofs

The views from the exhibit are stunning.

The work of art is inspired by vintage era pulp aeronauts such as Buck Rogers, Tom Swift, and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, as well as the works of Giotto, Jules Verne, NASA, and Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée.  Slightly larger than my apartment, The Shining does seem like it could be a little cramped for most people.

These cans were strategically placed to form some artistic displays.

 

“All Those Vanished Engines” is an audio and visual exhibit by Stephen Vitiello.  Inspired by a commissioned text by novelist Paul Park, the exhibit uses both sound and visual arts to entertain its viewers.

The Boiler House was commissioned by Sprague Electric Company in 1947.  It was preserved by the museum as a relic of the great industrial age of carbon.  There are three boiler hoppers, coal hoppers, steam fittings and ash disposal conveyors.  Especially after viewing the solar panels on the roofs of some of the buildings, it is a reminder of how far we have come in our technology.  I couldn’t help but think Freddy Krueger was lurking around one of the corners.

There are a lot of strange works of art on th emuseum grounds.  I’m not sure what these are supposed to be.

Remind me to never bring my camera to MASS MoCA.  There is so much more art to share from this museum.  But, I may be taking a break from posting the art from this haven for art lovers.

I have some other interesting photos from places and events I have visited recently.  So, I am taking a short break from my MASS MoCA posts.  But, I will resume my MASS MoCA series after I post some photos of winter in New England!

 


MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) – Part IV

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Date of Visits: July 8 & 15, 2017

Location: 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, MA

Hours:

Fall/Winter/Spring Hours

11am–5pm, closed Tuesdays

Open January 1, 2018

Fall/Winter/Spring Tours

Wed.-Mon.: Two museum highlights tours: B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building and Buildings 4, 5, and 7 at 2pm
Summer Hours (begin June 2018)
10am—6pm Sundays—Wednesdays
10am—7pm Thursdays—Saturdays

Cost:

Admission

Adults $20
Seniors / Veterans $18
Students with ID $12
Kids (6–16) $8
EBT/WIC Cardholder $2

They also offer 2 day and 3 day admission tickets

Parking: There are four parking lots in the museum parking area

MASS MoCA Parking Map

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Website: MASS MoCA

 

One of the featured artists at MASS MoCA is artist, musician, composer, film producer and entertainer Laurie Anderson.  All of the art posted below was made by Laurie with charcoal.  These drawings feature dog Lollabelle and visions of the Tibetan afterlife as her inspirations.

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Many of the exhibits at MASS MoCA have a social, political or other type of message.  This exhibit showcased some of the different aspects of the criminal justice system. The scanner like devices in the pink and blue lights had text that looked like police chatter on it.  Along the walls are fingerprints taken from people who have been arrested and reports that have been blocked out.

The exhibit also included a collection of documents from prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and some of the other holding facilities overseas.  Many of them, but not all were blacked out.  Some were entirely blacked out.  What struck me is how some things, like how an inmate injured himself or some other traumatic event, were explained so matter of fact.

This mural has the lyrics to the Graham Koxon song, “Fame And Fortune” in it.

Resist the temptation to sit on this bench created by Jenny Holzer.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out part IV of my blog post series on the art at MASS MoCA.  Believe it or not, yes, there’s more.  Part V of my series will include some of the outdoor art and some very interesting art from some unusual places at the museum.  Stay tuned.

 


MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) Part III

 

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Date of Visits: July 8 & 15, 2017

Location: 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, MA

Hours:

Fall/Winter/Spring Hours

11am–5pm, closed Tuesdays

Open January 1, 2018

Fall/Winter/Spring Tours

Wed.-Mon.: Two museum highlights tours: B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building and Buildings 4, 5, and 7 at 2pm
Summer Hours (begin June 2018)
10am—6pm Sundays—Wednesdays
10am—7pm Thursdays—Saturdays

Cost:

Admission

Adults $20
Seniors / Veterans $18
Students with ID $12
Kids (6–16) $8
EBT/WIC Cardholder $2

They also offer 2 day and 3 day admission tickets

Parking: There are four parking lots in the museum parking area

MASS MoCA Parking Map

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Website: MASS MoCA

In part III of my trip to MASS MoCA I am highlighting some of the found art and the works of Louise Bourgeios  and some unusual musical instruments.

 

 

Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) is one of the featured artists at the museum.  His work, “The Lurid Attack of the Monsters from the Postal News Aug. 1875 (Kabal American Zephyr)” is made up of saws, wheels and other discarded items.  Pictured on the wooden beam of the sculpture are photos of butterflies, John Lennon playing the piano and kids playing in a pool as well as some other photos.

The following works of art are part of the found art sculptures exhibit, “Thumbs Up For The Mothership” by Lonnie Holley and Dawn DeDeaux.  The display is described as an artistic response to the state of the earth, both environmental and political.

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“The Writing Man’s Chair” (2017) is a tribute to William Arnett, a friend of artist and creator Lonnie Holley.  William was a close friend of Lonnie’s and one of the first people Lonnie knew who showed a genuine interest in his work.  The sculpture is made of a rocking chair, found typewriter, water pump and roots and candle lamp.

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“Do Not Write On This” (2007) by Lonnie Holley, made of a wood pallet, straw, stuffed animal, commemorative photo, nails and wood.  The work of art is about respecting nature.  According to Lonnie, he lost relatives in fires.  The sculpture is meant to remind people about our effect on nature.

 

 

“Weighed Down By The Hose” (2008) by Lonnie Holley is made of a rocking chair, old quilt, heart-shaped box and rubber hose.  The fire hose wraps around the chair like a memory.  The sculpture is meant to be a reminder of the civil rights struggle that still envelopes us like a quilt.  Lonnie found the rocking chair on the side of a Birmingham, Alabama road.  The little tin heart is meant to be a container for memories in the act of love.

 

 

“The Last Formation” (2017) by Lonnie Holley is made of a dressmaker’s form and wooden shoe supports.  The old wooden feet in the dress reminded Lonnie of the bodies captured in nets in Africa as well as the bodies stuffed together in the holds of slave cargo ships.  Lonnie explained the mother’s body, represented by the dressmaker’s form, is like a cargo hold.  The “Last Formation” is the woman’s body with all of her offspring’s offspring.

 

 

“Busted Without Arms” (2016) by Lonnie Holley is made of a dress form, gun grip display and model handguns.  Lonnie said his motivation for this work of art were the news stories of unarmed black people being killed.

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“Waking Up In The Bed Of Death (Watching the Marchers’ Dreams Die)” (2016) by Lonnie Holley is made of an old bed frame, found quilt, shoe store displays and a shoe fitting stool.  The sculpture is meant to show the struggle of the civil rights movement which Lonnie describes as being like a long and arduous journey to the top of a mountain.  Lonnie thinks people these days consider the civil rights struggle to be like an elevator to the top, rather than the long struggle it really is.

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“In The Grip Of Power” (2016) by Lonnie Holley is made of a decommissioned voting booth, gun grip display and model handgun.  Lonnie found what looked like a suitcase while he was in Nashville, Tennessee.  Later, he would realize the suitcase was actually a voting booth.  This made Lonnie think of the struggles people have gone through to gain the right to vote.  When Lonnie found gun store display while he was in North Carolina, he got the idea to combine the two items.  Lonnie decided to make a display that had a voting booth that, when you leaned in to vote, had a gun pointing at you.

 

“Broken But Still Strong” (2014) by Lonnie Holley is made of a bicycle, cement mixer, scaffolding parts, a blown-out truck tire, tools, motor and bolts.  This sculpture is about the Native American struggle.  He described their struggle as “broken but strong.”  The work of art honors the reuse of materials before we rid ourselves of them.  One of Lonnie’s grandmothers was part Cree and Cherokee and one of his grandfathers was part Cherokee and black and white.  He said they taught him about materials and he still uses that wisdom now.

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“Another Blue Ribbon First: America’s First: America’s Chemistry Project” (2016) by Lonnie Holley is made of a wooden powder keg, oil can, White House vinegar bottle, kerosene can, Blue Ribbon Lubrication oil can, brass house faucet, water can and oil changing can.

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“Climbing To Better Understand The World” (2014) by Lonnie Holley is made of a library ladder, barbed wire, wires, a globe, a computer keyboard and a computer monitor.  Lonnie explained that he never had a chance to go to school when he was young and he had to learn by watching others or from doing things himself.  Now, access to information is much easier.  But, it is also easier to find “fake news.”  The sculpture also conveys how this information on the internet and from other sources is not equally available to everyone.

 

“The Mantle (I’ve Seen The Future And It Was Yesterday)” (2016-2017) and “Broken Mirror” (2017) were created by Dawn DeDeaux.  The multimedia work of art, “The Mantle” is made of an aluminum mantle with objects.  The “Broken Mirror” work of art is a transparency on a convex mirror.

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“Found Object: Mardi Gras Masque of the Babylonian Style” (2014) is a work of art from Dawn DeDeaux.

 

Another exhibit at the museum is a collection of art from the late artist Louise Bourgeois.

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The first sculpture in this exhibit is “The Couple” (2007-2009).  This sculpture is an aluminum piece hanging from the ceiling.  The sculpture is of a couple intertwined for eternity.

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“Nature Study” (1984) is made of marble and steel.

Many of Louise Bourgeois’ art deal with human sexuality and the male and female anatomy (gross!).  These sculptures are meant to show how we all share male and female traits.

 

 

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“Heel on peel to seal the deal feet to sky life” is a work of art by Jenny Holzer.

Gunnar Schonbeck’s “No Experience Required” work of art is a collection of instruments he made from a collection of everyday materials.  The late Gunnar Schonbeck, a graduate of Bennington College in Vermont, believes “art belongs to everyone.”  He used these unusual instruments in some of his concerts.

 

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While you can’t use the instruments in the “No Experience Necessary” exhibit, you can use the instruments in a room nearby.

People of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds can use these instruments.  Banging on the drums there can be a great way to blow off steam, too.  Trust me, it can be a pretty loud room!

 

Thank you for stopping by for my third installment from my trips to MASS MoCA.  Believe it or not, there is a lot more I plan on sharing with you all!