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MASS MoCA Gives Sculptor Richard Nonas His Space

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. The motto that begins “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” most often is quoted when alluding to our intrepid U.S. Mail carriers. But the same could be said for art lovers this past Saturday, Feb. 13. Attendees of the opening reception for Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space at MASS MoCA braved record-breaking temperatures of -15 to -20 to be among the first to congratulate the artist and view his first large-scale East Coast museum show in 30 years. The exhibit is a survey of past works, but also includes a new site-specific horizontal sculpture spanning the entirety of the museum’s largest building. Above, Lisa Panzera, senior director of the Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, which represents Nonas in NYC; curator of the show, Susan Cross; Vivien Greene, senior curator at the Guggenheim; and David Johnson, professor of musicology at Hunter College.


Caitlin Link, a visual arts intern at the museum, with communications intern John Tibbetts; Alexandra Jelleberg and Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary at Independent Art Projects flank the gallery’s newest exhibit co-curators, Paul Scott and Andrew Baseman.


Richard DeMaat, artist Kim Faler, MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish, Derek Parker and Tim Lebestky; Kris Holloway and Jeanne Barron.


The artist himself, Richard Nonas [second from right], catches up with friends at the opening.


Lindsay Brandow and Oz Alfonso; art fabricator Richard Criddle with David DeForest and Karen DeForest and MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson.


Len and Meg Melnick flank their daughter, Julia Melnick, the museum’s communications coordinator; Alanna Heiss, a curator and a friend of the artist, with husband Fred Sherman.


MASS MoCA’s Emily Edwards and Nina Ruelle, a member of the art fab team for the exhibit; Dan and Judy Segal with Sue and Gene Flores, friends of the artist.


Two views of the large-scale sculpture Single Artificer in the room titled, as a whole, No Water In.

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