MassArt Art Museum Review

By Abi Brown & Rachel Shepard – Arts & Entertainment Editor & Copy Editor

The entrance of the Mass Art Art Museum. Photo by Abi Brown

The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) is a contemporary art museum in the Massachusetts College of Art and Design that features the work of professional and student artists. 

The museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is always free but requires advanced registration. The museum has stated that it will continue to follow COVID-19 regulations, with masks required for all visitors, and no groups over five people. 

MAAM has only been open for two years, and is self-proclaimed as “Boston’s newest museum,” on their about page. Its opening day was February 22, 2020, 13 days before the COVID-19 lockdown. Because of this, all exhibitions on display are available to view through a 3D Tour, as well as past exhibitions. Paving the way for virtual platforms, MAAM has integrated modern technology such as augmented reality (AR) to allow users to access the exhibits in real time via search engines.

 Currently, there are three shows on display: “Valkyrie Mumbet” by Joana Vasconcelos, “Video Games & Contemporary Art” by Game Changers and “Ghost of a Dream” by Yesterday is Here. 

“Valkyrie Mumbet” is a sculpture-based format and the artist’s first U.S solo show. Vasconcelos based the exhibit around Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, a formerly enslaved woman who fought for her freedom in court in 1781, and helped make slavery illegal in Massachusetts. Each piece in the exhibit is centered around what Vasconcelos considers a “powerful woman.”

“Game Changers” explores the boundaries between real and virtual. It allows viewers to explore coming subtleties between the two, and venture into the new technological world we approach. This interactive exhibit features multiple artists that explore the veil between each reality.  

The lobby of MAAM showcases the “Yesterday is Here” exhibit, put together by the artist collective, Ghost of a Dream. Art pieces are focused on individuals’ hopes and dreams and the pursuit of them, culminated by splicing images taken by the collective for over 30 years.

The museum is located at 621 Huntington Ave, Boston which was previously Wampanoag and Pawtucket land. The parking lot is at 20 Museum Road if you plan on arriving by car. If you plan on taking public transit take the green line E train from Heath Street, and get off at the Museum of Fine Arts stop.

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