PRESS is a public art project that invites people to get a free look at the process of traditional letterpress printing. At PRESS, you can see how newspapers, books and pictures were created in the days when the first step in getting print into the public’s hands was to use a letterpress proof press. In a time when many people feel detached from print that isn’t on a computer screen, PRESS embraces the physicality of the printing process, celebrating the tactile qualities of beautiful handset prints and the importance of the hand in the process. The public can see the movement of the cylinder, smell the ink, and feel the texture and weight of the paper, lead type, and linocuts.
Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music. Head to bangonacan.org for more info.
Some highlights of the inaugural Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA include: the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Field Recordings, a major multi-media concert of endless ambient textures, film, and electro-acoustic forays into the future; Ben Frost’svisceral and maniacal Music for 6 Guitars featuring Ben Frost, Daniel Reimer, Dither Guitar Quartet, and brass sextet; the incomparable and outer-planetary Sun Ra Arkestra; Dracula – the timeless, classic, original 1931 film brought to life with Philip Glass’ acclaimed score, featuring Michael Riesman of the Philip Glass Ensemble; Brian Eno’s pre-ambient classic Discreet Music performed by Contact ensemble (Toronto); a communal, open-to-the-public, all ages and skill levels ‘performance’ of Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations; a hypnotic other-worldly odyssey solo set by electronic multi-instrumentalist and singer Julianna Barwick; the just intonation electric guitar driven Baltimore band Horse Lords; pioneering composer-singer Pamela Z’s unique blend of operatic bel canto and live digital looping; composer-singer-instrument inventor Lesley Flanigan’s live sonic sculpture; special guest composers Annie Gosfield, Tristan Perich, Brendon Randall-Myers, plus music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe; and performances by Gregg August, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Mark Stewart, Ken Thomson, Brad Lubman, Nick Photinos, Todd Reynolds, Lauren Radnofsky, additional solo sets by Ben Frost, Michael Riesman, and many more!
What to Expect
All seating is general admission. The Preferred section is the best seats in the house, located in the front rows of most venues. All festival passes include museum admission. MASS MoCA strives to provide the best possible experience for all our visitors, for information about accessibility click here.
This program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.