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About Art Labs
Art Labs offer a gateway to the collection, allowing visitors to go beyond looking and talking about works of art to engage with art in new ways. In these interactive spaces, kids and adults experiment, play, and create as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools, and techniques of modern and contemporary art.
Our goals for all labs are to create:
- A safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all visitors, especially families
- A hands-on experience in which visitors can create, experiment, and explore
- A thematic lens through which visitors can engage with art and art making
- A place that is responsive to new ideas and discoveries for both visitors and staff
- A facilitated environment in which visitors can make connections between their experience in the lab, in the galleries, and in their daily lives
Current Art Lab
Art Lab: Process
What inspires artists? What inspires you? Discover different ways of making art and engage in your own creative process in our newest lab. Visitors can design a chair, sketch a still life, assemble a sculpture, or collaborate on a group artwork. All ages welcome.
Visit the Art Lab: Process page for more information.
Previous Art Labs
All labs have been located on the first floor of the Museum's Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building.
Art Lab: Places and Spaces
Transport yourself! Discover landscapes, cityscapes, real places, and imagined spaces. In the Lab visitors of all ages can design, draw, build, and create as we explore places and space in modern and contemporary art.
Visit the Art Lab: Places and Spaces page for more information.
Art Lab: Movement
In this Lab, visitors discovered different kinds of movement in art—from artworks that suggest motion, to objects that actually move, to the gestures artists make when creating art. Visitors could play with balance while making a mobile, create a stop-motion animation, experiment with performance art, and engage in other hands-on activities.
Visit the Art Lab: Movement page for more information.
Art Lab: People
In Art Lab: People, visitors of all ages discovered the ways in which artists represent the human form. Visitors investigated body language through art-making activities, digital play, and other creative explorations.
Visit the Art Lab: People page for more information.
Visitors were invited to touch and explore traditional and non-traditional art making materials through specially designed discovery boxes, collage, assemblage and drawing stations, and a light table. Children and adults experimented with painting techniques using a new digital painting program from Microsoft.
Visit the Material Lab page for more information.
Families explored geometric, organic, and three-dimensional shapes on magnetic walls and with wooden blocks, as well as puzzles, drawing materials, and a series of changing activities, many based on works in MoMA’s collection.
Visit the Shape Lab page for more information.
Independent of any specific exhibition, Line Lab encouraged visitors to experiment with geometry on oversized pegboards, visually describe the movement of line using magnetic words, explore gesture by painting with water, and create figures and forms using magnetic lines. The space also provided drawing and building opportunities, books, and an “idea box” with prompts for creative exploration.
Created in conjunction with the exhibition Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, Color Lab provided visitors with hands-on opportunities to “play with color” through no-tech interactive tools, such as large-scale magnetic boards, block building, games, puzzles, and drawing activities.
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