MoMA Studio: Common Senses

September 24–November 19, 2012

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Mezzanine

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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 creating light-based scapes installations to engaging with an experimental school and playing with new and familiar toys and games. Visit MoMA.org/learn for more information.

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MoMA Studio is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Additional support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Mildred's Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity) at MoMA Studio, 2012

Mildred's Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity) at MoMA Studio, 2012

Interactive Studio Installations


Domestic Integrities
This two-part community project consists of an outdoor garden and a complementary interior field by artist Fritz Haeg, in partnership with Annie Novak of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn. Domestic Integrity Field Part A-1 is a circular organic garden of medicinals, herbals, edibles, and plants for pollinators, established on June 20, 2012, for cultivation throughout the summer and harvesting throughout the course of MoMA Studio. The garden serves as a resource to supply the continuously changing elements, or "domestic integrities," that will be presented on an expanding crocheted rug of discarded textiles. Members of the public will be invited to participate by testing, performing, and presenting ideas about how we want to live. Share your own "domestic integrities"—from homemade preserves and jams to pickled items to herbs from your garden—with our community. You can drop them off during studio hours.

Drop-in and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

DIGITAL LANDSCAPES ATELIER—The Transformation of Light
In collaboration with Reggio Children—an organization that develops the pedagogical experience of the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy—the Digital Landscapes Atelier is a light-based, interactive installation where visitors of all ages are encouraged to build landscapes and imagery that explore the effects of light from various points of view. Video and digital components of the installation simulate landscapes that can be investigated in three-dimensional space using construction and physical materials. A rich array of diverse materials—transparent and opaque, natural and recycled, smooth and textured—offers the public opportunities to build and inhabit a constantly transforming lightscape. Download a PDF with more information on the program.

Drop-in and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mildred's Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)
“What is it that we need to learn in the 21st century?” J. Morgan Puett of Mildred’s Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity) poses this question to visitors of MoMA Studio in a series of events and a workshop space. Based in northeastern Pennsylvania, Mildred's Lane is a working-living-researching environment made up of a community of artists interested in fostering new modes of social engagement with every aspect of life. From discussions to meals, interactions at MoMA Studio focus on our relations with each other and our environments, systems of labor, and aspects of holistic living as they relate to contemporary culture. Gleaning from her sense of aesthetics and design, Puett’s installation and living archive invites visitors to explore inventive forms of domesticity, tactile qualities related to textiles, and the natural states of food—gathered from Fritz Haeg's Domestic Integrity Field Part A-1, also a part of MoMA Studio—while fellow artists invite the public to engage in their practice on frequent, impromptu visits.

Drop-in and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Learning Materials Workshop: Building with Blocks
In this interactive "arena of play," toy designer and educator Karen Hewitt (of Burlington, Vermont-based Learning Materials Workshop) invites builders of all ages to create structures that unfold in time using non-representational, modular blocks. Building on a variety of surfaces, some moving and others stable, participants explore the potential of constructing with this open-ended, three-dimensional medium. Documentation of these fleeting, ephemeral constructions—abstract forms, architectural structures, and narratives—are captured in drawings, photographs, and video and displayed over time to serve as both a record and a stimulus for future ideas.

Drop-in and workshops, open to ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Games on the Go
In the spirit of encouraging creative play, we invite you to take a look back at some of your favorite childhood games—or discover them for the first time. Play a game of chess on a Bauhaus set designed by Josef Hartwig, try your hand at solving Ernö Rubik's famous Cube, take Richard James's Slinky for a walk down the stairs, or use an iPad to try out some new digital games designed by contemporary artists.

Drop-in, open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Digital Interactive Station
These portals give you access to MoMA.org/MoMAstudio, program-related websites, games, and creative platforms like MoMA Art Lab App and Photoshop Elements, so you can experiment with creative play in digital formats. Additionally, you can visit the interactive website for Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 at moma.org/child.

Drop-in, open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Share the Sounds of Your World

What does the world sound like where you are? Listen to what you hear at home and outdoors, in nature and in the city. Record and share your findings here with us at MoMA Studio. Here are some places to think about tuning in:

  • Parks, gardens, mountains or beaches
  • Kitchens and living spaces
  • Playspaces
  • City streets

Make a field recording and submit it to us via our Soundcloud DropBox. Be sure to tell us where you recorded it by entering the location in the description field, or if you use the Soundcloud app (iOS or Android), you can add your location directly to the recording. You don't need a Soundcloud account to submit. Click the button below to get started.

Selected recordings will be added to our sound map.

Thanks for contributing to MoMA Studio's Sound Map!

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