This half-day conference explores the curative properties of engaging with and making objects. Looking at the work of contemporary artists and the larger field of art therapy, the program delves into our relationship with objects through the lenses of anthropology, psychology, therapy, and the arts. Participants include scholars Michael Taussig and Cynthia Hahn; artists Allison Smith and Dario Robleto; Glenn Adamson from the Museum of Arts and Design and Tim McHenry from the Rubin Museum of Art; and others. This program is organized in collaboration with Allison Smith as part of Artists Experiment.
Artists Experiment is an initiative in the Department of Education that brings contemporary artists into dialogue with MoMA educators to develop innovative and experimental approaches to public engagement.
The Department of Education is currently collaborating with Michael Rakowitz on a forthcoming project.
The artists who participated in past years of Artists Experiment are:
• Emily Spivack 2014–16
• Nina Katchadourian 2013–14
• Paul Ramirez Jonas
• Allison Smith
• The Office for Creative Research 2012–13
• Raúl Cárdenas Osuna
• Kenneth Goldsmith
• Xaviera Simmons
• Caroline Woolard