MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out
October 23, 2014–January 11, 2015
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Mezzanine
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Open Wednesday through Monday, 1:00–5:00 p.m.; Friday, 1:00–8:00 p.m.
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, 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 contemporary art and culture. Through a variety of artist-led programs and interactive projects, 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 artists Carlos Amorales, Sarah Crowner, Arturo Herrera, Amy Jacobs of Dieu Donné, and Elaine Reichek.
Free and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
MoMA Studio is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.
Stamping a Collective Mural
Artist Carlos Amorales draws on his Liquid Archive—a digital database of original graphics that the artist initiated in 1999 and has since used as source imagery for his work across mediums—to create a collection of 400 stamps depicting forms ranging from humans and animals to geometric shapes. Visitors are invited to use these stamps as the basis of a collective mural, which will evolve throughout the duration of MoMA Studio as visitors add marks to the wall and make choices regarding the composition and interaction of images.
Le Métier de Matisse
Artist Elaine Reichek uses archival images, cultural ephemera, and textile samples to trace the migration of Matisse’s cut-outs through both fine art and popular culture contexts over time. This installation takes the form of a dynamic, evolving environment, mimicking the nature of Matisse’s, Reichek’s, and other artists’ studios. Visitors are encouraged to engage with the visual vocabulary and library of Matisse resources on display, using suggested prompts and a color collage activity designed by Reichek.
Exploring the Cut-Out through Bookmaking
Modelled after Arturo Herrera: Sala TAC (2009)—an artist’s book made by Arturo Herrera and designer Alvaro Sotillo that combines intricately cut pages made from recycled materials, overlays of translucent paper, and printed text—this drop-in activity challenges visitors to use cut paper ephemera as the content and material for their own handmade book. Using X-Acto knives, stencils, and varied source materials, visitors experiment with incising forms into sheets of material and bringing the cut-out into three dimensions by layering multiple pages on top of one another.