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SuttonBeresCuller Presents "Big Top Grand Stand" at MASS MoCA



Jun 26 2015 - Jun 26 2016


LOCATION

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

FORMAT

Exhibition

Discipline

Visual Arts

In response to the temporary environments common to fairs, festivals, and circuses, Seattle-based collective SuttonBeresCuller have created a large migratory outdoor sculpture entitled Big Top Grand Stand. This monument comments upon the aesthetics of its environment. Atop a 16’ flatbed trailer, four unique structures are neatly nested within each other and telescope skyward, extending the midway experience and creating a stacked sculpture in the lineage of Brancusi’s Endless Column. Adorned with flashing lights, vibrant flags, and reflective surfaces, this flamboyant homage has turned the concession stand into pure sculptural form.

Big Top Grand Stand was originally commissioned by Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a dusk-to-dawn festival that takes place throughout the city of Toronto and attracts more than one million visitors to see its hundreds of projects, events, and exhibitions. For the 2014 edition of the festival, MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish put together the project The Night Circus. The exhibition of ten artists took as its inspiration the 2001 book The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In the novel, Morgenstern describes a curious event, a night circus that opens at dusk and closes at dawn. This is not your average circus with only clowns and tightrope-walkers; instead it is an epic magical contest – turning an ordinary circus into a true spectacle of magic and wits. Big Top Grand Stand became a perfect beacon for The Night Circus


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