The largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts
in the United States, is located off Marshall St. in North Adams
on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings.
MASS MoCA juxtaposes a beautifully restored icon of the American
industrial past with some of the liveliest, most evocative—and
provocative—art being made today. Emphasizing art that
charts new territory, art that ignores traditional boundaries
between the performing and visual arts, and installations that
are truly vast in scale and environmental in feeling, MASS MoCA
has received some of the nation's most coveted architectural
and historic preservation honors. From Robert Wilson and Robert
Lepage to rollicking dance parties and its crowd-pleasing "silent
film/live music" series, MASS MoCA's astonishingly varied
performing arts program has reshaped the cultural landscape
of New England.