Kidspace Celebration and CRIBS opening
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 11:00 am
Kidspace at MASS MoCA - which is a collaboration between three museums The Clark, Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA - has moved to the second floor of MASS MoCA's center building and in the process added an additional 1,200 square feet of exhibition and art-making space. This expansion allows Kidspace to better serve the community by increasing opportunities for public engagement in the space and bringing larger exhibitions to local school children. Kidspace, which opened its doors in January 2000, will be celebrating its most recent expansion with events, performances and the opening of CRIBS, a new exhibition by installation artist Matt Bua. On March 21, kids and families are invited to a day long family celebration in Kidspace to mark the opening of the new site as well as the new CRIBS art installation. The day will also include performances at noon, 2, and 4 PM of a series of plays written by local school children in collaboration with professional Berkshire writer Juliane Hiam.
Opening March 21, the new Kidspace exhibition is a three part installation project organized by Matt Bua celebrating alternative/experimental architecture. The installation in Kidspace's new gallery, CRIBS, features an overloaded crib complete with hanging mobiles, recorded "lullabies", and the bars that keep the infant safe. Surrounding the crib is an "outro-spective" purging of the artist's pack-ratted material possessions - random detritus: lost gloves, found paintings, vacation slides, many guitars rescued from the streets of New York - all organized into presented collections. The installation also includes a special project by Jesse Bercowetz, and work by Carrie Dashow, Ward Shelley, Lisa Ludwig and other previous collaborators.
The second part of the installation, …To CRIBBAGE, is a piece of the crib climbing out of the second story window of the Kidspace gallery. To escape the chaos of the cluttered future that encroaches on it the crib must breech the gallery walls pouring itself down on the museum's entrance below. This piece of crib can be entered outside the museum to experience the collaborative "building game" Bua calls Architectural Cribbage, a game in which he encourages others to start constructing their own small scale visionary spaces.
The third piece of the installation will take place in downtown North Adams at 107 Main Street as part of the annual DownStreet Arts festival and will open on May 2. Students from the North Berkshire School Union (Savoy Florida and Clarksburg, Mass.) will create installations for this space as part of CRIBLIOUSDOME, an off-shoot of CRIBS. Students from the NBSU will also work with writer-in-residence Juliane Hiam Scribner on a project for this space called Writing on the Walls, creating poems and stories related to the themes in Bua's CRIBS. Visitors to Kidspace at MASS MoCA are invited to visit the 107 Main Gallery and add their sculptures to the installation during these hours: May 2 - June 20: Saturdays from noon to 2pm; June 25 - Labor Day Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4pm.
In the CRIBS exhibition, visitors will be invited to make their own junk-itecture sculptures using found objects. A full schedule of art classes will be offered over the summer, relating to the CRIBS exhibit. Public hours for Kidspace at MASS MoCA are: Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm through May 31 and everyday during Spring Break (April 13 - 17) and on Memorial Day (May 25). From June 1 through June 27 Kidspace is open everyday except Tuesdays from 11am to 4pm. From June 27 through Labor Day, Kidspace is open everyday from 11am to 4pm.
There will be a day-long celebration of the opening of CRIBS and the new Kidspace on March 21 from 11am to 5pm. This family event will include art-making activities all day long, as well as refreshments. Matt Bua will be talk about his work at 11:30am and 1:30pm. At the opening, Kidspace will also celebrate its Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Schools funded artist residency program with three special performances. Juliane Hiam, fall 2008 writer-in-residence at Inkberry in North Adams, worked with the third graders of North Adams to create three 5 -minute one-acts relating to Kidspace's Illuminations exhibit which was featured in the fall. These short plays will be performed by professional adult actors. In addition, Mrs. Shadowbrook's Attic written by Hiam and inspired by the Illuminations exhibition, will be performed by the Berkshire Country Day School 6th grade class, for whom the piece was originally written. All of the plays are directed by David Librizzi, one of the theater department directors at Berkshire Country Day School. There will be three performances of all four of these plays as a group --start times are at 12, 2 and 4pm in MASS MoCA's B10 Theater and the running total of all four plays combined will be about an hour. These performances and events are free and open to the public. While tickets for the performance are free of charge, reservations are recommended to guarantee seating by calling MASS MoCA's Box Office at 413.MoCA.111.
Matt Bua of Brooklyn, New York, is an installation artist who has extensive experience establishing artist collaborations. He holds a BFA from East Carolina University and has collaborated with Jesse Bercowitz to create large-scale installation projects for such sites as Governor's Island, NYC; The Brooklyn Museum, NYC; and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. His solo work has been shown most recently at galleries and sculpture parks in New York City and upstate New York. Bua has experience working with students to develop an installation for the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City. CRIBS will be installed at Kidspace from March 21-September 7, 2009.
Kidspace at MASS MoCA - which is a collaboration between three museums The Clark, Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA - has moved to the second floor of MASS MoCA's center building and in the process added an additional 1,200 square feet of exhibition and art-making space. This expansion allows Kidspace to better serve the community by increasing opportunities for public engagement in the space and bringing larger exhibitions to local school children. Kidspace, which opened its doors in January 2000, will be celebrating its most recent expansion with events, performances and the opening of CRIBS, a new exhibition by installation artist Matt Bua.
Major support for CRIBS is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Massachusetts Cultural Council; the Nimoy Foundation; the Brownrigg Charitable Trust and Alice Shaver Foundation in memory of Lynn Laitman; and the James and Robert Hardman Fund for North Adams, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.