MoMA Studio is a free, interactive space offering drop-in programs and artist- and educator-led workshops to visitors of all ages, in conjunction with an exhibition or a topic related to modern and contemporary art. These experiences complement looking and talking about works of art in the galleries, allowing for engagement with art in participatory, creative ways. Visitors can experiment, learn, play, and create as they make connections between their lives, their own creativity, and the processes and materials of modern and contemporary art.
About MoMA Studios
MoMA Studios are free, interactive spaces offering drop-in programs and artist- and educator-led workshops to visitors of all ages in conjunction with an exhibition or a topic related to modern and contemporary art. These experiences complement looking and talking about works of art in the galleries, allowing for engagement with art in participatory, creative ways. Visitors can experiment, play, and create as they make connections between their lives, their own creativity, and the processes and materials of modern and contemporary art.
MoMA Studios offer:
- An interactive, inclusive, and welcoming environment for visitors of all ages
- A hands-on art-making experience in which visitors can create, experiment, and explore
- A thematic lens through which visitors can engage with art making
- A place that is responsive to new ideas and discoveries for both visitors and staff
- A facilitated environment in which visitors can make connections between their experience in the Studio, in the galleries, and in their daily lives
Previous MoMA Studios
Beyond the Cut-Out
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (October 12, 2014–February 8, 2015), MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out is a creative and social space that takes the cut-out as a starting point from which to consider Matisse’s lasting influence on artistic practice and contemporary culture. Through a variety of artist-led interactive workshops, art-making projects, and participatory experiences, visitors of all ages have the opportunity to explore how the innovative technique of the cut-out emerges across different mediums and relates to themes including the decorative, the evolution of an artwork, and the boundary between abstraction and figuration. The space has been conceived in collaboration with contemporary artists including Carlos Amorales, Arturo Herrera, and Elaine Reichek. Visit MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out for more information.
Breathe with Me
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988, MoMA Studio: Breathe With Me is an interactive space that explores the intersections between art, therapeutic practice, and the ways in which we relate to objects and people through physical encounters. Taking Lygia Clark’s practice as a reference point, the Studio presents a series of drop-in programs, participatory experiences, and artist-led workshops that reveal the profound resonance Clark’s work has had on contemporary artists. Collaborating artists include Allison Smith, Ricardo Basbaum, Michel Groisman, among others.
Visit the Breathe with Me page for more information.
Sound in Space
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Soundings: A Contemporary Score, MoMA Studio: Sound in Space is an interactive space open to all ages that explores sound as a material and as a spatial, sensory, immersive experience. Visitors are not just viewers but listeners who activate their experience through awareness of the interplay between environment and sound. The Studio offers drop-in activities and workshops, talks with collaborating artists, and a range of interactive artists’ projects that explore how the innovations of technology and the re-envisioning of our own physical ability to make sound change the way we communicate and find creative expression. Participating artists include Christine Sun Kim, Joe McKay, Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, Carmen Papalia, and Scott Snibbe.
Visit the Sound in Space page for more information.
Conceived in collaboration with artist and organizer Caroline Woolard, MoMA Studio: Exchange Café is a social space and interactive environment in the mezzanine of MoMA's Education and Research building. Taking the form of a café, the studio encourages participants to explore alternative notions of value, exchange, and community through shared experiences and creative interactions. Tea, milk, and sugar—products that directly engage the political economy—are available by exchange.
Visit the Exchange Café page for more information.
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 (July 27–November 5, 2012), MoMA Studio: Common Senses is a multisensory environment at the intersection of education, design, and art that aims to foster our evolving relationships with nature, technology, and our everyday surroundings through community interactions and creative play. A series of drop-in activities, workshops, and ongoing projects for audiences of all ages integrates components such as light, nature, food, textiles, games, and technology. Artists, designers, and educators including Fritz Haeg, J. Morgan Puett of Mildred's Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity), Karen Hewitt, Reggio Children, and others engage visitors in generative and sensory experiences, from harvesting an edible garden and hand-weaving rugs to creating light-based scapes and playing familiar and new games.
Visit the Common Senses page for more information.
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Print/Out, Print Studio is an interactive space that explores the evolution of artistic practices relating to the medium of print. The studio offers a series of drop-in workshops, lectures, and events that emphasize accessible and sustainable models for the production and dissemination of ideas. Drawing from resources such as the Reanimation Library (based in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn)—a collection of discarded books acquired for their visual content—and a variety of print techniques, participants are invited to experiment with and manipulate images and text. Artist- and educator-led activities highlight the ways in which new digital technologies incorporate traditional printing practices, reimagining the role of print in contemporary visual culture.
Visit the Print Studio page for more information.
Instruction Lab is a new interactive workshop where participants can witness and reconstruct conceptual, instruction-based pieces by artists—including George Brecht, Alison Knowles, and Ben Vautier—who were integral to the international Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 1970s. By engaging directly with original Fluxus scores and performances, the lab aims to re-create the innovative spirit of this important avant-garde movement.
Visit the Instruction Lab page for more information.
In conjunction with the exhibition Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (November 8, 2009–January 25, 2010), Bauhaus Lab is a new interactive space that reimagines the historic Bauhaus classrooms in which students and teachers of many forms of art experimented with innovative pedagogical approaches. Led by artists, educators, and art historians, an ongoing series of hands-on art-making workshops offers participants of all ages the opportunity to engage in techniques and processes integral to the Bauhaus, such as drawing, collage, graphic design, color theory, and mechanical construction.