Art Lovers Are Going Wild for MASS MoCA’s New Building 6

They're taking to Instagram to show it off.

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If you haven’t read about MASS MoCA’s newest building yet, you’ve probably seen Instagrams of it.

Dubbed “Building 6,” the new 130,000-square foot exhibition space inside the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art debuted on May 28. The space almost doubles the size of the already huge museum, creating additional space for more amazing, large-scale exhibitions (and opportunities for Instagrammers to get the perfect shot).

Carved out of an old mill, Building 6 is home to more than a dozen exhibitions. Highlights include works by artists Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Sol Lewitt, Mary Lum, Spencer Finch, and Janice Kerbel.

While Building 6 only opened last week, the new exhibits have created an eye-catching buzz on Instagram. See what we mean in the highlights below.

James Turrell, Into the Light

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Many Instagrammers have taken advantage of the unique light in Turrell’s work to get killer silhouette shots—they’re not unlike the images in Drake’s Hotline Bling music video.

Spencer Fitch, Cosmic Latte

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Fitch’s work is designed to mimic the shape of the Milky Way.

Joe Wardwell, Hello America: 40 Hits from the 50 States

Wardwell’s colorful mural draws inspiration from J.G. Ballard’s 1981 novel Hello America.

Janice Kerbel, Slip

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This combination of typography and musical notation stretches over 100 feet of continuous wall space in the new building.

Barbara Ernst Prey, Building 6 Portrait Interior

Prey created a 15-foot-long artistic rendering of the Building 6 interior.

Mary Lum, Lorem Ipsum

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The familiar dummy text takes on new life in Building 6.


Eliza Sullivan Eliza Sullivan, Digital Intern at Boston Magazine esullivan@bostonmagazine.com


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