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AUTHOR: CALDER ZWICKY

Posts by Calder Zwicky
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Living Art: MoMA Teens Collaborate with Artist Paula Hayes

Paula Hayes and the Art and Science teens working on our living sculptures

What does it mean to own an artwork that will never look the same from one month to the next? And how does an ever-changing, living sculpture tweak our preconceptions of what it means to conserve an artwork for posterity? Read more

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April 4, 2011  |  Events & Programs
Educator Journal: Stop or I’ll Shoot! Performance and Photography

Teens displaying their photographic masks in Central Park

Through a series of adventurous performance-based actions, the teens in our “Stop Or I’ll Shoot!” workshops have formed themselves into a functioning arts collective to negotiate and investigate ideas surrounding public and private space, altered perceptions, and challenging interactions. Read more

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March 28, 2011  |  Events & Programs
Educator Journal: What the #%!$@? Abstraction, Emotions, and Art

Teens react to their surroundings after entering Flux Factory for the first time.

In her session of In the Making, teaching artist Kerry Downey has been tackling the difficult world of abstract art and the way in which non-representational art can express emotions. For her first field trip of the season, she took the group on a strange, confusing, and ultimately beautiful journey through the amazing environs of Long Island City’s Flux Factory. Read more

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March 21, 2011  |  Events & Programs
Educator Journal: In the Making—Music for the Eyes

In the Making is a free, ten-week program for NYC teens that offers studio art making as led by various artist-educators in the field. For the past 6 weeks, MoMA educator Mark Dzula has been leading the teens in his Music for the Eyes class through the strange and wonderful world of sound-art and sound-based installations. Read more

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December 13, 2010  |  Events & Programs
Educator Journal: In the Making—On the Line

In the Making On the Line workshop

Teaching artist Mark Epstein has been running our In the Making—On the Line workshops this fall. Through studio activities and in-gallery discussions, he and the teens have been exploring the different definitions of what a line can be, while looking at the various ways in which the artists in the Abstract Expressionist New York and On Line shows have tried to express themselves through this most basic of forms. For this journal, Mark gets in-depth about a very unconventional drawing activity that he created with his students. Read more

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December 6, 2010  |  Events & Programs
Educator Journal: In the Making—Text & Image

Teaching artist Kiran Chandra has been taking the teens in her Text & Image workshops on a trip through the strange and sometimes confusing arena in which the written word and the visual arts collide. Whether viewing the work of Raymond Pettibon, Christopher Wool, and Paul Chan, or traveling down to Chelsea to meet with the staff of Printed Matter, Inc., these activities have definitely expanded the participants’ ideas of what it means to “write” an artwork or “read” a painting. Here, she discusses one of the group’s earliest art-making experiments. Read more

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November 29, 2010  |  Events & Programs
Educator Journal: In the Making—Food & Art

A small portion of student artwork from the Food & Art class

For this Educator Journal, I asked teaching artist Alan Calpe to reflect upon the last seven weeks of his Food & Art class. Working with a diverse group of NYC teens, Alan has been investigating the Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen exhibition and exploring the various cultural and social connotations that artists bring to the table (so to speak) when addressing the idea of food in their work. The class has been up to their elbows in paper maché, and we’re all eagerly awaiting their final food-based projects.

-Calder Zwicky, Associate Educator, Teen and Community Programs Read more

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November 24, 2010  |  Events & Programs
Educator Journal: In the Making—Social Architecture

For this series of posts, I’ve asked the teaching artists from this season’s In the Making Art Classes to reflect on what they’ve been doing over the past couple of weeks with their teenaged students. Each In the Making class meets once a week—Tuesday or Thursday nights—and focuses on introducing the participants to the materials, techniques, artistic theories, and exhibitions currently on view in MoMA’s galleries. It’s a great way for teens to find a community of positive, creative peers outside of a high school setting, and all classes are offered completely free of charge to the participating students. For this entry, teaching artist Grace Hwang explores her process of introducing students to the themes and philosophies behind our Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement exhibition. Read more

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August 23, 2010  |  Events & Programs, Videos
YWCA Community Mural Project: The Video

This short video piece was created around the mural project I’ve been doing with YWCA’s Fresh Start program at Murry Bergtraum High School in lower Manhattan. (You can read more about the project in a previous blog post.) The program targets freshman students who are in academic trouble and finds new and interesting ways to get them involved in their school and excited about their educational career. Read more

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August 2, 2010  |  Events & Programs
MoMA’s Community Murals: Connecting Students through the Arts

For teens, feeling disconnected from one’s peers, parents, and school is par for the course. In some ways, this disconnect can be a good thing: as teens move away from these childhood bonds, they begin a process of self-discovery and self-realization, figuring out who they are and who they want to be in the process. Read more