Museum Town

Filmmaker: Jennifer Trainer

Runtime: 75 min

In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest center for contemporary art in the world. This is the story of a unique institution, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to generate cultural and economic rebirth. With original music by Wilco bassist John Stirratt and appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne to Bill T. Jones, Museum Town reveals how an idea becomes a reality, tracing the creation of artist Nick Cave’s monumental installation UNTIL, a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream.

About the filmmaker

Jennifer Trainer is an award-winning journalist and author of 19 books that have been translated into ten languages. She wrote the first story about MASS MoCA for The New York Times, and was one of a handful of co-founders of the museum. She is currently Director of Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts. This is her first film.