I've been living in the small town North Adams, MA since June working at Mass MoCA and will be here until the end of August. The museum has been under the watchful eye of the art world due to the Buchel controversy. There are a lot of people blogging about the situation - the Art Law Blog seems to be the most comprehensive. The blog's author has also offered pro bono services to Buchel during the trial, which will begin the first week in July. The NY Times also featured an article about the Spencer Finch exhibition currently in the galleries.
Western Massachusetts is a weird place - small towns scattered in small valleys connected by old Indian trails almost impossible to pronounce. Yesterday I spent the time climbing Spruce Hill with some new friends. Apparently, Savoy State Forest is black bear country - before our ascent we discussed the dos and don'ts when encountering a bear, as well as [now extinct] giant sloths and giant land beavers. Unfortunately, we did not meet this time. Another missed connection
It's nice to be out of the city and see mountains instead of skyscrapers. The descent was much easier and was followed by swim across a mountain pond, followed by a dinner of fish and chips and BBC. After dinner we went to see the former front man of Polaris, the fictional band from the TV show Pete and Pete.
I wonder if it's horrible to reduced to a theme song of a kids show whenever you perform. Are you allowed to be a serious musician after that? I don't think this bothered Mark Mulcahy. He spent the first 15 minutes of his "encore" talking about weed from Amsterdam and other mumblings. And then played "Hey Sandy," the theme song from Pete and Pete. The song sounded barely familiar, even though I watched the show constantly when it aired. Though, the song did bring back memories of the dancing woman tattoo.