Creativity Lab

Printmaking as Collective Action

Through Sep 30

MoMA

Secret Riso Club in their studio. Photo: Beatriz Meseuger/onwhitewalls.com. ©️ 2024 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • MoMA, Floor 2, Creativity Lab The Paula and James Crown Creativity Lab

The Creativity Lab offers a space where visitors can explore how artists use printmaking to build community and inspire collective action, in the studio or in their neighborhoods. Printmaking collectives Secret Riso Club, Mobile Print Power, and the Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop at Taller Boricua will activate the Creativity Lab through installations and free printmaking workshops. Learn about the political and social history of printmaking using materials and resources organized by each studio. Reflect on your own communities and create a poster to share your message for collective change.

The Crown Creativity Lab is a participatory space activated by local partner organizations, artists, and MoMA visitors. Each project is inspired by art on view and invites creativity, personal reflection, and exchange with others.

Secret Riso Club will activate the Creativity Lab with installations and programming from March 25 through June 2, 2024. Secret Riso Club is a graphic design and risograph studio that focuses its work on the intersection of social justice, art, design and community building. Secret Riso Club works to build a platform that serves as a collaborative space for developing ideas and new projects. Secret Riso Club is run in collaboration between artists Gonzalo Guerrero and Tara Ridgedell.

Mobile Print Power will activate the Creativity Lab with installations and programming from June 5 through August 4, 2024. Mobile Print Power is a multigenerational collective that started as a weekly printmaking and political education workshop in Corona, Queens in 2013. Mobile Print Power uses their methodology for participatory design in public space and a pair of portable silkscreen printmaking carts to engage communities and explore social and cultural situations. Mobile Print Power co-creates books, prints, and public sculptures with their communities. Each project reflects their commitment to social change and belief in the value of shared artistic production.

Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop at Taller Boricua will activate the Creativity Lab with installations and programming from August 6 through September 30, 2024. Taller Boricua has been an advocate for East Harlem artists and residents since it was founded in 1969. Its current leadership includes original founders and artists Marcos Dimas, executive director of Taller Boricua, and Nitza Tufino, master printer and director of the Rafael Tufino Printmaking Workshop. The project in the Creativity Lab is organized by Nitza Tufino with the participation of member artists Ada Pilar Cruz, Betty Cole, Eliezer Berrios, and James Cuebas. Taller Boricua has been instrumental to East Harlem’s “El Barrio” community’s long-standing cultural and social well-being. Taller Boricua’s mission is “to establish a cultural and educational center for the Puerto Rican community in New York City and enhance the aesthetic, cultural, historical, political, and economic experience of Puerto Ricans in New York.” Its historic-artistic engagement with the Young Lords Party, which was once headquartered on the same city block, infused the inspiration that gave rise to the political, cultural, and poetic Nuyorican movement.

Accessibility

Assisted listening capabilities available
In order to serve visitors with hearing loss, the Crown Creativity Lab includes induction hearing loops for sound amplification. Visitors can turn their hearing aid or cochlear implant to T-coil mode to hear enhanced sound effortlessly. The loop system does not work with hearing aids without telecoil technology.


All-gender restrooms are located on Floors 1, 3W, 5, and T1.

Sign language interpretation available
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning is available for public programs upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. MoMA will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than two weeks’ notice. Please contact [[email protected]] to make a request for these accommodations.

Wheelchair Accessible
The entrance to the Creativity Lab has a power-assist door.
Seating options include chairs with backs and mattresses at wheelchair height.

For more information on accessibility at MoMA please visit moma.org/Access. For accessibility questions or accommodation requests please email [email protected] or call 212-708-9781.

The Adobe Foundation is proud to support equity, learning, and creativity at MoMA.

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

Major funding is provided by Volkswagen of America, the Agnes Gund Education Endowment Fund for Public Programs, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art Endowment for Educational Programs, the Jeanne Thayer Young Scholars Fund, and the Annual Education Fund.

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