I should just acquiesce to writing about Mass MoCA every year because the exhibits and installations move me every year. No two visits have the same beat, and I can dance to them all. Located in North Adams, Massachusetts, Mass MoCA is a legitimate forty minute drive from the Inn at Silver Maple Farm, along a very pretty stretch of road on the way to Vermont, although you won’t go quite that far. During this visit I enjoyed Elizabeth King’s haunting figurines, like the one photographed above, contemplated the social commentary made by several excellent works by Lonnie Holley (who is scheduled to be showing some works at Art Omi next year!) and Jenny Holzer, took a wild ride through virtual reality with the peerless Laurie Anderson, and finished off with a James Turrell light experience. This is a museum that never disappoints – do anything you can to get there. Newly opened spaces this year have rendered it one of the biggest indoor contemporary art spaces in the world. Lots of cool summer concerts and music events as well, although I usually don’t make it to those (I’ve got this job that I have to get up really early for!).