Join us for a "Screen to Screen" Facebook Live discussion for MUSEUM TOWN, with sculptor/performance artist Nick Cave, Wilco bassist John Stirratt, and director Jennifer Trainer, moderated by Robyn Farrell, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago


"A remarkable achievement...this is art as cultural inspiration and economic development,"--Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

"A fine recounting of one instance where 'thinking big' in the always-strapped-for-cash museum world paid off."--Roger Moore, Movie Nation

MUSEUM TOWN tells the story of a unique museum, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city.  In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest museum for contemporary art in the world—but just three decades before, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a massive shuttered factory. How did such a wildly improbable transformation come to be?  A testament to tenacity and imagination, MUSEUM TOWN traces the remarkable story of how a rural Massachusetts town went from economic collapse to art mecca.  The film also looks at the artistic process itself, tracking the work and ideas of celebrated artist Nick Cave as he creates his groundbreaking installation UNTIL.  With appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne, narration by Meryl Streep, and a soundtrack from John Stirratt of Wilco.  (Description courtesy of The Office)