Frank Lloyd Wright believed that life and art should be fully integrated and education should be attained through experience. At Taliesin, the school he founded with his wife Olgivanna in his Wisconsin home and studio in 1932, students lived and worked together. Their architecture training was combined with learning practical skills, and studying other artistic mediums, politics, and the humanities. One result of this interdisciplinary environment is the Taliesin Square Papers, publications that include short texts in which Wright discussed the politics of the time and his own views on fostering American democracy. In this workshop, participants will design their own pamphlets and voice their own opinions about contemporary democracy. Emphasizing the Taliesin value of working directly with one's hands, participants will learn the pamphlet-stitch, a simple bookbinding technique. Also in keeping with Wright's educational ideals, this workshop will encourage participants to use the pamphlet as a space to play and experiment with different ideas and materials.
Free with admission. Not appropriate for children under 10. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins half an hour prior to each workshop.
This workshop is led by Kerry Downey.
Kerry Downey is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher whose work has been exhibited in the US and internationally. In 2015, she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Her artist-in-residencies and fellowships include SHIFT at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Queer/Art/Mentorship Fellowship. Downey has been an educator at The Museum of Modern Art for more than eight years, and she recently taught at Hunter College and Parsons School of Design. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College.