WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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excursions "pattern and color" ing a comprehensive rebuilding. But with part of its collection on tour and part in stor- age, its wealth of material still merits a drive out the Massachusetts Turnpike. Once in Williamstown (whose college museum is also notable), it's just a short run to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams which, surprisingly, is not really a museum at all. Patterned after the kunst halls (exhibition Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, (The Cartographer's Conundrum by Sanford Biggers) spaces) of the European tradition, "Mass MoCA," as it is widely known, operates on a scale that can only be called epic. Occupying the vast spaces of a former manufacturing complex, its galleries are measured in acres. Thus, comfortable shoes and a good night's rest prior to a visit are essential. I stopped in on a Sunday and was bowled over by a display of Sol LeWitt works arrayed in a seemingly endless array of galleries. Contemporary art aficionados know LeWitt as a grand exponent of pattern and color. Yet the effect of the exhibition is surprisingly pleasing, even intriguing. Elsewhere in the complex, a special sur- prise awaits me in a children's gallery called "Kidspace," where a series of diaphanous mobiles garners "oohs" and "ahs" from passers-by. But the loudest cheering I heard occurred in Mass MoCA's performance hall the night before my gallery visit. There, a sell- out evening concert featuring the inimitable jazz singer Catherine Russell brought down the house. 174 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 AR THUR EVANS

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