Children’s Museum of the Arts is proud to present Works In Progress, an ever-evolving exhibition that turns the CMA gallery into a blank canvas for artistic exploration, as well as a working studio, where guest artists invite visitors to assist them in their art making process.
Beginning on July 22, Works in Progress will offer visitors the opportunity to work collaboratively with special guest artists on a range of collaborative workshops, adding work to the walls and corners of the gallery as it is created. Throughout each project, visitors will be encouraged to ask questions about the artistic process, and gain a better understanding of the aesthetic decisions artists make in creating their work. Guest artists are selected by CMA’s curatorial team, and will lead two-week residencies that engage museum-goers in his or her studio practice.
LISA LUDWIG: THE ART NEIGHBORHOOD
The first selected guest artist is Lisa Ludwig, hailing from New York City. From July 22nd through August 2nd, Ludwig presents her continuing community project, “The Art Neighborhood”, a large-scale installation which uses recycled materials to create a scaled down urban environment complete with the characters that inhabit it. “Lisa’s artwork reflects the quirky world around her and illuminates it by continuously making something magical and positive,” says Jil Weinstock, Director of Education and Curatorial Programming, “Museum visitors will have an opportunity to join her world and contribute to the installation, creating every aspect of this growing community, including crafting the inhabitants.” The installation first began in 2009 at Jack The Pelican Presents. The constantly evolving sculpture comments on the need for community unification. Her miniature neighborhood is equipped with a tiny movie theater, an art gallery, a live theater, and more. As artists create miniature art, short films, and costumes to be placed into ‘The Art Neighborhood’, the community can grow and evolve. Workshops take place on July 24th, 25th, 26th, 29th, 31st and August 1st and run for 45-minute work sessions. Sign up is available be available upon entry.
“I have been doing workshops all over NYC, where visitors can make an action figure of themselves,” says Ludwig, “The figures are then placed in the neighborhood and put on display. With over 300 figures and miniature objects donated from many collaborators, ‘The Art Neighborhood’ has potential for boundless growth.”
MEGHANN SNOW: DANCE DRAWING SERIES
From August 5th to 12th, CMA’s gallery will play host to performance artist and former ballet dancer/figure skater Meghann Snow, whose ‘Dance Drawing Series’ focuses on muscle memory and use of the body to create lasting impressions. Using industrial materials such as tape and bubble wrap to create “ballet shoes,” Snow creates wearable footwear which she uses to dance on large-scale canvases while inscribing them with acrylic paint. Visitors are encouraged to create their own ballet shoes under Meghann’s direction and join in the process of painting a large scale collaborative mural with their feet. Visitors will dance on canvas to form circles, axis, loops,and lobes, finishing with a life-size representation of their performance on a 2D canvas space.
“Making large circles and lines and brackets was how I concentrated and stayed focus”, Snow says about her art, “But, after the ballet performances, the viewer doesn’t really have anything left but a memory of the dance. The same principles apply for when I performed on ice. But, it was the marks left behind from the skating that intrigued me and I figured out a way to preserve those marks of ice and dance. My two childhood passions, figure skating and classical ballet helped me create my artistic process.”
Workshops take place on August 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 14th, and 15th and run for 45 minute work sessions. Sign up is available upon entry.
Just Added Margot Fitzsimmons and Spencer Lott: Shadow Playground
For the final two weeks of the exhibition, The New Victory Theater — New York’s theater devoted to international performing arts for kids and families — will send two members of their teaching artist ensemble, puppetry artists Margot Fitzsimmons and Spencer Lott, to transform CMA’s gallery into a Shadow Playground. Kids and families will get in on the act, creating and manipulating puppets, bringing shadows of all shapes and sizes to life. “Shadow Playground” is inspired by Peter Pan, Me and My Shadow, and Songs from Above, all part of the new season at The New Victory Theater.
Margot Fitzsimmons is an independent puppetry artist and co founder of Double Image Theater Lab in New York City, and she has been a New Victory Teaching Artist for 5 years. Spencer Lott is a freelance artist and actor who specializes in designing, fabricating and performing puppets for film, television and live stage productions; he is approaching his second year as a New Victory Teaching Artist. Workshops take place on August 22nd, 23rd, 28th and 29th and run for 45-minute work sessions. Sign up will be available upon entry.