I’m a Monster, I’m a Flower, I’m Everything at Once

Jul 23–Sep 30, 2022


Everette Ball, Diogeneis Costa, Christopher Chronopoulus, Jimmy Tucker, Leroy Pettaway. Monster Mash. 2022. Mixed media. Photo: Mallory Perry. Shown: A photograph of five artists standing in a New York City park wearing colorful monster masks
  • Education Center, Mezzanine The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

For 65 years, YAI has supported people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving the fullest life possible by creating opportunities for living, loving, working, and learning. The YAI Arts program offers full-time studio access to a passionate group of adult visual artists. Through drawing, painting, costuming, sculpture, puppetry, and more, the artists externalize their interior worlds and communicate lived perspectives that are often silenced or ignored. Unique fantasies are woven into a communal language that unites the artists’ vibrant imaginations and shares their brilliance with the outside world.

This spring, Access Programs at MoMA and YAI Arts collaborated in a partnership with teaching artist Lexy Ho-Tai. Monsters and flowers, mirrors and beasts, creatures and creations—these are some of the themes YAI Artists explored throughout their program sessions. The artists engaged with new ideas and approaches to art making during visits to MoMA, focusing on topics including identity, the grotesque, Surrealism, and disguise. They incorporated these influences into their studio practice through weekly workshops with Ho-Tai, joining in her multidisciplinary practice and embarking on a creative journey that shape-shifted along with the works they brought to life.

The YAI artists’ monstrous creations tackle inner demons, conjure alternative worlds, laugh at fear, and foster an environment where difference is exalted as beauty.

The Museum of Modern Art strives to create a space for New Yorkers with disabilities to express themselves and feel seen, heard, and valued. We are committed to creating programs and resources that support participants’ unique goals, learning styles, and abilities.

For more on MoMA’s commitment to accessibility and information about upcoming programs, please visit moma.org/visit/accessibility/.

Organized by Theresa Rodewald, Assistant Educator, Community and Access Programs, The Museum of Modern Art, with Priscilla Frank, Supervisor, Mallory Perry, Artist Mentor, and Lexy Ho-Tai, Teaching Artist, YAI Arts.

Volkswagen of America is proud to be MoMA’s lead partner of education.

Access and Community Programs are supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Major support is provided by The Taft Foundation and by the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Fund for Older Adults at MoMA in honor of Agnes Gund.

Additional funding is provided by the Estate of Gordon M. Pradl, the Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, Allene Reuss Memorial Trust, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation, Megara Foundation, Langer Family Fund of the New York Community Trust, Von Seebeck-Share B. Charitable Trust, Karen Bedrosian Richardson, Frank J. Antun Foundation, and the Annual Education Fund.


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