MOMA Surrealism


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viewing Surrealist paintings within the Museum's galleries. Photo: Johnny TanAs an educator at MoMA, among projects We have many fun with could be the Family Art Workshops. Workshops tend to be programs where a museum educator leads a bunch through both a gallery experience and a hands-on art-making task in a studio. I enjoy preparing these, because frequently museum educators do many independent example preparation, but for the workshops we get to work with teams. I’ve constantly liked collaborative brainstorming, therefore working together on these jobs exercises that element of my mind. This autumn, we put my mind as well as other Family Programs Educators Shannon Murphy, Keonna Hendrick, and Lynn Seeney to prepare a workshop called Dreamscapes.

A MoMA educator showing collage methods. Picture: Johnny TanOur challenge was to make René Magritte’s work approachable the workshop’s target age four- to six-year-olds and their particular accompanying adults. Each educator training the workshop throughout many weeks would do things somewhat differently, but our basic plan was to just take people to the Magritte event to see how he painted each day items making them unusual or changed in many ways. After examining and talking about some paintings, we would go right down to the studio to produce Magritte-inspired Surrealist collages with cut forms and patterned documents.

individuals working on collages. Photo: Johnny TanOur materials were bought, and now we had been all set to go, but there was one hiccup in our plans. Once we struck later November/early December whenever our workshops were set to happen, the convention galleries had been so crowded with Magritte devotees that we couldn’t fairly anticipate sets of 20 young ones and grownups to go through space or sit on a floor to focus on paintings collectively.

Time for Arrange B.

A participant's finished collage. Picture: Rachel RopeikHaving a Plan B ready to go rapidly and efficiently could be the name of online game whenever you’re a museum educator, and now we had an experienced team of versatile teachers contributing to this workshop. Thank goodness, we’re working at MoMA, in which there is no shortage of great art, therefore we were able to shift our focus for some of the Surrealist works in the fifth-floor Painting and Sculpture Galleries. Due to the work of Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, and Salvador Dalí, we were capable of getting families to note some of the primary ideas—such as modifying just how items work, or compositional alternatives that induce unique spaces—that would help them collaborate independently collage-style dreamscapes.

In the end, they could not need seen the Magritte paintings we’d originally meant to show, however the people just who participated got to understand changing things and configurations to change an average landscape into a mysterious dreamscape. And their particular collages would do any of the Surrealists pleased, in the event that you ask me.