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April 15, 2015  |  Learning and Engagement
The MoMA Studio Experience

When you’re at a museum, how often do you have the impression that “freedom reigns,” or that you can “create anything?” Or have you ever experienced the sense of belonging to a larger community wherein people “from very different backgrounds and places…feel that there is something that can unite [them]?” We believe it is essential to nurture these opportunities through our educational initiatives, such as MoMA Studio. Read more

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April 9, 2015  |  Learning and Engagement
Collaborating for a Shared Purpose: Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon  at MoMA. All Photos by Sara Bodinson

2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at MoMA. Photo: Sara Bodinson

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, the second Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon took place at MoMA. This year over 75 satellite locations around the world participated in an effort to add and improve entries for women in the arts, and to provide training on how to edit Wikipedia articles. Art + Feminism has been instrumental in organizing events and trainings such as this for many years, and the event at MoMA drew over 200 participants and many volunteers from POWarts. Read more

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As We Approach the End…Where to Begin? Thoughts on a Strange and Experimental Season
Taking an ax to a sculptural object on the first day of Destroy Everything. All photos by Calder Zwicky

Taking an ax to a sculptural object on the first day of Destroy Everything. All photos by Kaitlyn Stubbs

Where do you start when describing this past season of MoMA’s In the Making program, offering free art and technology courses to an ever-evolving community of NYC high school students each spring and summer? We could begin with the first day of classes, perhaps, when the hundred or so new participants make their way to the Museum for the first studio session, many walking through our doors for the first time ever. The young artists in Destroy Everything: Tearing Things Down & Building Things Up began the season with a very appropriate introduction to their theme. Read more

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March 31, 2015  |  Family & Kids, Learning and Engagement
Considering Caregivers in MoMA Art Lab
MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces. All photos by Martin Seck

MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces. All photos by Martin Seck

As someone who develops programs and resources for families, I often think about the role of adults during a museum visit. In MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces, our interactive space, we are sensitive to the fact that each family has their own way of relating to one another, which might change from day-to-day. Some caregivers read a book while their child builds a tower on the floor; others might work with their child to design a structure at the art-making table; Read more

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March 6, 2015  |  Learning and Engagement
Space Jam: A Collaborative Installation at Quest to Learn School

Since 2012, Quest to Learn (Q2L) students have come to MoMA during their school’s Boss Level—a weeklong period where students work in small teams on a particular challenge that culminates in a showcase. This year, students explored MoMA’s collection and exhibitions and made art in response to their research and experience. Read more

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Looking at Music, Mayhem, and Rock-n-Roll

Leading up to her new class After-Hours: Making Music Modern, instructor Marianne Eggler sits down with MoMA’s Susannah Brown to share her excitement for this unique new program. Read more

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Sketching from Life: Drawing Sessions Inspired by The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec
Sketching from Life drawing sessions at MoMA inspired by The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters. All photos by Manuel Molina Martagon. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Sketching from Life drawing sessions at MoMA inspired by The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters. All photos by Manuel Molina Martagon. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

In 2014, MoMA’s education, curatorial, graphic design, exhibition design, and marketing departments collaborated to develop an interactive learning space adjacent to the exhibition The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters. This is the third interactive space we’ve developed in relation to an exhibition, following the success of Performing John Cage and the Polke Pop-Up Activity Space. This café-like space offers activities and resources to connect participants with Lautrec’s life and artistic process using both unfacilitated and facilitated approaches. Read more

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January 23, 2015  |  Learning and Engagement
I Send You This California Redwood: An Interview on Mail Art with Zanna Gilbert and David Horvitz
All works by David Horvitz. 2015. Courtesy of Chert, Berlin

All works by David Horvitz. 2015. Courtesy of Chert, Berlin

In advance of The Making of Mail Art, an artist-led MoMA Class taking place on February 21, the instructors—Zanna Gilbert, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints, and David Horvitz, an artist—answered a few questions about their personal experiences with mail art, the unique elements of this art form, and the collection of mail art that Horvitz has sent to Gilbert at MoMA over the past two years.

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December 9, 2014  |  Learning and Engagement
Making Art Beyond the Cut-Out
MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out visitor. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out visitor. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Over the last month and a half, MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out has been animated by a constant flow of creative visitors working on the various activities offered in the space, which range from stamping to collaging to bookmaking. One of the most rewarding aspects of the Studio is the way that each visitor’s approach to the art-making prompts reveals an inventive interpretation and a personal take on the Studio’s themes, Read more

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November 4, 2014  |  Learning and Engagement
The Ferris Bueller Moment: Finding Your Own Revelation in the Museum
Hope Ginsburg: Objects in Transition class at MoMA, March 15, 2014. © 2014​ ​The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Erica Gannett. Shown: Meret Oppenheim. Object. 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, cup 4 3/8" (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8" (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8" (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8" (7.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich

Shown: Meret Oppenheim. Object. 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, cup 4 3/8″ (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8″ (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8″ (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8″ (7.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich. Hope Ginsburg: Objects in Transition class at MoMA, March 15, 2014. © 2014​ ​The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Erica Gannett

Reading Stephanie Rosenbloom’s article, “The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum,” recently published in The New York Times, has reminded me of the importance of “deep looking” in the museum and ways to enhance visitor experience at MoMA. As a museum educator, I spend a lot of time thinking about the visitor and how to help improve their interactions with art. Like Italy’s slow food movement, it’s about improving quality and savoring the moment. Read more

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