Museum Town

Showed at Images 11/1/2019–11/7/2019

Starring: Nick Cave, Denise Markonish, Richard Criddle, Ruth Yarter, Thomas Krens, John Barrett III, Joseph Thompson, Jane Swift, David Byrne. Narrated by Meryl Streep. Soundtrack by John Stirratt.

Guest Speakers:

Friday, Nov. 1 at 7pm: director Jennifer Trainer, Representative John Barrett, producer Noah Bashevkin, producer Rachel Chanoff

Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7pm: director Jennifer Trainer; MASS MoCA Security Supervisor Missy Parisien; MASS MoCA Director of Fabrication and Art Installation Richard Criddle; and Meyer Frucher, first Chair of the Board

Monday, Nov. 4 at 9pm: director Jennifer Trainer, architect Simeon Bruner, Representative John Barrett

In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest center for contemporary art in the world. This is the story of a unique institution, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to generate cultural and economic rebirth. With original music by Wilco bassist John Stirratt and appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne to Bill T. Jones, Museum Town reveals how an idea becomes a reality, tracing the creation of artist Nick Cave's monumental installation UNTIL, a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream.

  • Director: Jennifer Trainer
  • Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A remarkable achievement in demystifying contemporary art through the construction of Until, a massive new work by Nick Cave. Whether or not you like Cave's epic-scale kitsch, you'll appreciate the labor of the engineers, the jobs created, and the joyful participation of the volunteers - just wait until you meet adorable retiree Ruth. This is art as cultural inspiration and economic development.”

– The Austin Chronicle