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MASS MoCA spaceship takes visitors up, up and away

Michael Oatman’s “All Utopias Fell” is a long-term installation at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. (photo: courtesy of MASS MoCA)
Michael Oatman’s “All Utopias Fell” is a long-term installation at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. (photo: courtesy of MASS MoCA)
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When Troy artist Michael Oatman built his make-believe spaceship, he crawled inside the brain of a fictional astronaut from the 1970s. He stopped cutting his hair. He let his beard grow long and bushy. He stepped into the windowless spaceship, slammed the heavy door behind him, and spent a few days there all alone. “It was really to get into the character of this guy,” he said. “You have to understand it from the point ...


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