Thursday, June 5, 2008

Mass MoCA and The Clark

The past couple days were spent on a mini vacation about an hour and 15 minutes away in Northwestern Massachusetts. My girlfriend and I left our apartment on Wednesday morning and headed to nearby North Adams, MA to hit up one of my favorite museums, Mass MoCA. I have been there a few times but this was her first time.

I have seen some exhibits there that I enjoyed more such as Robert Wilson's 14 Stations and Matthew Ritchie's Proposition Player.

The highlights of this trip for me were a few of the paintings in the Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape exhibition and Jenny Holzer's Projections.

After the museum we checked into the Holiday Inn in North Adams. It wasn't bad... but next time I think I'm going to spend the extra $30 and stay at Porches. The room we were in at the Holiday Inn had a nice view and was a nice size but it could have been a bit cleaner. The windows were filthy, the desk had some sticky goop on it, etc.

The guy at the check in desk of the hotel was very friendly, though, and recommended a few local restaurants for us to try so we walked around and ended up deciding on getting dinner at the Boston Seafood Restaurant on American Legion Drive which was about a block away. I had a Chicken Parmesan sandwich with steak fries and my girlfriend had scallops that actually looked so good that I tried a piece of one. (I don't eat any seafood aside from the VERY occasional canned tuna drowned in mayonnaise or the even more occasional breaded deep fried clam drowned in tartar sauce.)

This morning I woke up early and my girlfriend was already up... so we got ready to go and after a quick stop at Dunkin Donuts we hit The Clark. I had never been there mostly because I'm more of a modern/contemporary art guy... but I must say there were some nice paintings there as well as a ton of interesting silver and some amazing furniture.

After The Clark, I was wiped out and ready to head home to recharge for NYC tomorrow.

Next time we head out that way I think it's time to check out the Williams College Museum of Art.

(Broken links removed February 7, 2017.)

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