MASS MoCA Timeline
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA, with
its enormous unobstructed indoor spaces, irregular courtyards,
elevated walkways, towers, and industrial buildings, presents
a tremendous platform for the art of our time, accommodating
works that have seldom, or never, been exhibited because of
size, materials, or complex technological requirements.
MASS MoCA's history is an interesting series of developments,
which span over 150 years. The following timeline was put together
with the assistance of the North Adams Historical Society, MASS
MoCA, and Mother Lode Productions' staff.
|| 3 Arnold brothers buy a portion of the site
in the fork of the Hoosac and the Hoosatonic Rivers in North
Adams, MA and set up print works as O. Arnold and Company.
|| Arnold Print Works built.
||Arnold Print Works begins operations.
||Arnold Print Works employs 100 people.
||O. Arnold and Company buys more land.
||All buildings (excepting one) in todayís complex
||Arnold Print Works employs 3,200.
||Sprague Electric begins operations.
||Arnold Print Work closes Marshall Street operation.
|Arnold Print Works closes/Sprague Electric
moves into large building complex.
||Sprague Electric employs 4,137 employees.
||Bitter strike at Sprague 1981 Sprague sold
to Penn Central Corporation.
||Sprague renamed American Annuity Group.
||Sprague Electric closes Marshall Street plant.
Building placed on National Register of Historic Places
as Arnold Print Works.
|| Sprague Electric moves to Curran Highway.
||Tom Krens, Director of the Williams College
Museum of Art, meets with North Adams Mayor John Barrett.
Krens is looking for large empty industrial space to display
large works of contemporary art.
||MA Governor Michael Dukakis is approached
about MASS MoCA concept.
||Williams College releaes master plan for the
conversion of the Sprague Electric Marshall Street complex
into a $72 million contemporary art museum and conference
|| Sprague sign removed.
||State legislature approves $35 million bond
||Governor William Weld signs bill to kill MASS
|| MoCA local fundraising drive surpasses $1
||Weld releases $680,000 planning grant.
||MASS MoCA Board adopts plan for multimedia
arts center including Jacobís Pillow.
||Weld officially supports Phase 1 (A) of MASS
||Governor Weld releases first funds for MASS
||MASS MoCA signs lease agreement with first
tenant (Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company).
|| State approves MASS MoCA bill.
||MASS MoCA opens.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247Tel: 413/664-4481