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Museum town

Thompson, Jennifer Trainer (film director,, film producer,, screenwriter.). Bashevkin, Noah (film producer,, screenwriter.). Meeropol, Ivy 1968- (film producer.). Rapaport, Pola (screenwriter,, editor of moving image work.). Streep, Meryl (narrator.). Cave, Nick 1959- (on-screen participant.). Byrne, David 1952- (on-screen participant.). Anderson, Laurie 1947- (on-screen participant.). Office Performing Arts + Film, (production company.). Kino Lorber, Inc., (publisher.).

Summary: 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. MASS MoCA is 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 small rural Massachusetts town went from economic collapse to art mecca. Threaded with interviews of a diverse cast, a tattooed curator, a fabricator, former factory worker, and shopkeepers, 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 at MASS MoCA, UNTIL. With appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne, narration by Meryl Streep, and a soundtrack from John Stirratt of Wilco, the film captures the meeting of small-town USA and the global art world as it tells a tale that is, like any great artwork, soulful, thought-provoking and unforgettable.

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (76 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title from sell sheet.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2019.
Wide screen.
Special feature: trailer.
Creation/Production Credits Note: Edited by Pola Rapaport.
Participant or Performer Note: Nick Cave, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson.
Narrated by Meryl Streep.
System Details Note:
DVD, wide screen, 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo.
Language Note:
English dialogue; optional English SDH subtitles.
Subject: North Adams (Mass.) History
Museums Massachusetts
Art museums
Art, Modern 21st century
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Genre: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Fontana Regional Library.


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