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MoMA In the Making: A “Visit” from Reactor

Kerry Downey and Douglas Paulson, two artists who use collaboration as the basis of much of their own work, are the creative forces behind this season’s In the Making course for teens titled Clubs, Gangs, and Secret Societies: The Art of Working Collaboratively. For the past six weeks, they’ve been leading their collective of NYC youths through a variety of projects and activities exploring the history and philosophy surrounding artists working together in order to create collaborative art. Read more

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December 17, 2012  |  Learning and Engagement
MoMA In the Making: Free Art Classes for NYC Teens
Summer 2012 In the Making teens learn woodworking techniques during a weeklong residency at Tri-Lox Studios in Brooklyn

Summer 2012 In the Making teens learn woodworking techniques during a weeklong residency at Tri-Lox Studios in Brooklyn

A few weeks ago I sat down to interview Sean Vegezzi, an emerging 22-year-old artist and an alumnus of our MoMA Teen programs. Read more

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December 3, 2012  |  Artists, Family & Kids
VIDEO: MoMA Teens X Sean Vegezzi

In the Making alumnus and artist Sean Vegezzi interviewed at MoMA

In teen programming these days, it’s becoming pretty common for groups of museum-based teens to sit down with a big-name artist and conduct an interview with them about their work. And the reason that this is becoming a common technique is simple—these interviews almost always turn out to be pretty great. They give artists a chance to talk about their work in a new way with a new audience, and it allows the teens conducting the interview to gain first-hand knowledge about what it actually means to create art for a living. (You can check out our two-part MoMA Teens interview with Laurel Nakadate here and here.) The teen/artist interviews are more casual than most, more honest in some ways, and they tend to broach subjects that a curator or a critic might never raise in a more formal type of environment.

For the two videos below, we decided to flip things around a bit: Rather than bringing a group of our MoMA teens in to interview an older, more established artist, we brought in ex-MoMA teen (and 22-year-old artist), Sean Vegezzi, and interviewed him about his work. We wanted to shine some light onto the artistic projects that our In the Making alumni are working on these days, and to create a platform that increases the visibility of vibrant, gutsy, emerging artists like Sean. As you can see from the video, the philosophies surrounding his work and his artistic process are just as complex and well thought out as those of his older, more established peers and his recent book of photography, I Don’t Warna Grow Up, holds its own against anything else that’s being released these days.

In Part 1 of the video, we talk to Sean about his experiences growing up in NYC and his time spent exploring the city’s underbelly with the group of young men whose nocturnal (and mostly illegal) adventures make up the artistic core of his work. He discusses his experiences growing up, the strange situations that creative adolescents can find themselves in, and the factors that led him to take his first MoMA In the Making workshop while attending public high school. Throughout it all, sprinkled between images of his art, Sean speaks candidly about the transgressive nature of his work, and how his multifaceted relationship with New York City has led him to create the art that he does in the ways that he does. (More info on Sean and his work can be found in a previous Inside/Out blog post here.)

In Part 2, Sean walks us through a selection of images from his book—sharing the stories behind the pictures, and filling us in on the adventures that characterize his practice and the characters who populate his world. It’s a fascinating look at a broad cross-section of New York City youth, all of whom come off as both completely normal and yet absolutely unique—perfect examples of the type of self-motivated, artistic teens who find their way to MoMA’s free arts programming year after year.

Check out these videos and let us know what you think, and please find a way to support emerging young artists in any way that you can.

A special party for In the Making + MoMA Teens alumni will be taking place in the Louis B. & Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Center the night of Friday, December 14, with food, drink, raffle prizes, interactive art by Babycastles, a live musical performance by SUPERCUTE!, and a special screening of John Favreau’s Elf. For more information, e-mail teenprograms@moma.org. Spring 2013 In the Making course applications are available now.

Special thanks to Sean Vegezzi for sitting down with us and talking about his life, Fourteen-Nineteen, and Ratking for supplying the music.

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November 16, 2012  |  Artists
Sean Vegezzi, Artist and In the Making Alumnus

Portrait of Sean Vegezzi. Photo by Andrew Kass

Sean Vegezzi is a 22-year-old alumnus of our In the Making program, which offers free art classes to NYC teens. Like many students attending public schools here in the city, Sean came to us as a high school student who was seeking an outlet for his creativity as well as a public platform to showcase his work. Read more

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September 6, 2012  |  Events & Programs, Family & Kids
MoMA Teens TRASH Our Galleries! In the Making Summer 2012

A house made from recycled materials by the Dumpster Diving teens

The walls are lined with stained strips of cardboard, 40-ounce bottles half-full of malt liquor and cigarette butts hang from plywood structures, a three-foot long plaster condom lays strewn across the marble floor, the words “F*CK IT” stretch across a wall—carved into a pile of SAT test prep books… Read more

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CLICK@MoMA: Wearable Technology!

Diana Eng introduces the concept of illuminated fashion

This season, as part of our third CLICK@MoMA digital technology course for teens, we teamed up with the amazing crew over at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center to collaborate on a course that blends cutting-edge technology, beautiful fashion, and MoMA’s collection of incredible artwork into one amazing set of workshops. The teens, under the guidance of Diana Eng, have been hard at work getting their final, technology-based designs ready for another In the Making first: a teen-created, teen-modeled fashion show! Below, Diana shares her thoughts on one of the class’s first successful experiments.

—Calder Zwicky, Associate Educator of Teen and Community Programs

It’s week eight and our Click@MoMA class is preparing for our huge wearable technology fashion show, presented as part of the upcoming In the Making teen art show. On the runway we’ll have inflatable superhero costumes, LED embroidered jackets and tops, and even computer-programmed electroluminescent garments. Read more

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April 25, 2012  |  Events & Programs, Family & Kids
My Fake ID: Teens Creating Art as Invented Characters

Creating personas in this season’s My Fake ID course for teens

Inspired by our current Cindy Sherman retrospective, the My Fake ID course for teens has centered around the development of constructed personas. Read more

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Daredevils DO what others DON’T!

Shaping molten glass in Art for Daredevils

One of the more viscerally exciting In the Making courses that we’re offering our teens this season is Art for Daredevils: Pranks, Tricks, and Death-Defying Stunts. Read more

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January 9, 2012  |  Events & Programs, Family & Kids
VIDEO: In the Making, Spring 2012
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Tammy Shell created this amazing stop-motion video to help us advertise our upcoming season of In the Making courses for teens. Read more

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December 5, 2011  |  Events & Programs, Family & Kids
Busted? Use Your Head!

One of the cracked busts awaiting repair

99% of the projects that we create with our In the Making teens go off without a hitch, but every so often we find ourselves scrambling to figure out a last-minute solution when something goes wrong. Read more