While all across America students are enjoying spring break, this week at MoMA we’re hitting the books, tackling thought-provoking issues, and offering a plethora of ways to dig deep into the world of art and art history. Here are just a few of the classes, talks, and resources on offer:
• Beginning tonight, March 24, you can explore the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright in a six-week MoMA class, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Modern Metropolis, that draws on our current Wright exhibition and hands-on study of archival materials.
• On Tuesday, March 25, join art historian Elizabeth Childs for Sauvageries: Gauguin and the Strategies of Primitivist Sculpture, a talk that explores the central role of sculpture in the creation of Paul Gauguin’s modernist primitivism and his artistic identity.
• On Wednesday, March 26, visit MoMA.org to catch a live stream of Fred Moten with Kevin Beasley: On Value, Poetry, and the Turntable—a conversation hosted as part of Ralph Lemon’s Artist’s Research Residency for MoMA’s Performance Program.
• Join us on Thursday, March 27, for the first of three debates exploring topics related to the online curatorial project Design and Violence. Debate motions will be delivered by Cody Wilson, designer of The Liberator, the world’s first 3-D printed gun, and author and journalist Rob Walker (Yahoo Tech, The New York Times, Design Observer), followed by a discussion focused on open-source design, the limits of gun laws and rights, and our assumptions about the ethics of design.
• On Saturday (March 29) and Sunday (March 30) the youngest modern art lovers can participate in free gallery talks, which this weekend look at Shape Shifting (Tours for Fours) and Posed and Unposed: People in Art (A Closer Look for Kids). Space is limited so be sure to arrive a little early.
• And if you haven’t tried it yet, download the free MoMA Art Lab iPad app, which is a great art-making and art-exploring tool for all ages.