On View

June 27–December 8, 2024

Displacement, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists, explores the relationship between humans and their environments. Through textiles, sculptures, film, and scents, this exhibition examines human-driven alterations to the sea, land, and air, and the ways in which those systems are responding.

Freedom Baird

On View

October 5, 2023–Ongoing

Freedom Baird’s installation Floreal provides a calm transition into the museum. Our eyes and minds adjust from the busy streets outside to the quiet galleries inside. Part distraction, part subversion, the artwork creates an escapist miniature topography on the surface of the welcome desk. The desk holds various knickknacks and toys. By encouraging visitors to play with the toys, this installation rewrites the rules of museum engagement. Opposite the desk, we see planters filled with various greenery. Apparent only to the most perceptive viewers, the intermingling of real foliage with plastic vines reminds us to look consciously at the world around us.

Whether her materials are natural or human made, biodegradable or permanent, the artist wants us to reflect on where they originate and their lifespans. Central to Baird’s work is an inquiry into how culture is expressed by communities. By drawing our attention to our surroundings, Floreal brings the importance of place—whether a garden or a museum lobby—into the foreground. We take part in this consideration as we make the museum our personal oasis.  

October 5, 2023–May 19, 2024
February 22, 2020–July 30, 2023
Visitors experience Jace Clayton's installation of 40 speakers on plain wooden stands
February 23–July 30, 2023


The MAAM site is set in MAAM Sans drawn by Nick Sherman (MassArt ’06), Beatrice by Sharp Type, and Stellar by Pangram Pangram.

The site was designed by MassArt alumnæ at Moth Design, written by 43,000 Feet, and developed by pod consulting.

“Our People” shot by Dolphin Photography.