|the dramatic view from the fifth floor at moma: new york, rainy and historic.|
i viewed matisses, picassoes, calders, and elbowed my way through the crowds gathered before truly iconic works by modern american and european artists: marcel duchamp, andrew wyeth, andy warhol, etc. moma's modern coffers were satisfying and immense--i'll definitely be back to study the galleries a bit more.
and the kids had a load of fun too. after a dirty-water hot dog and pretzel-cart lunch, the kids dove into the lab's digital painting, collage and sculpture labs. cousin katherine and dylan started composing on-screen and the adults couldn't help but start painting too. the digital painting was hands down, the most impressive computerized painting i've seen anywhere (hint, hint children's museums everywhere: time to update those tired old 90s era computers!). using the latest techno from microsoft, this moma-specific software and interface allowed kids to use a soft stylus brush directly onto the monitor to paint.
|after you pass warhol's cows, you'll be on your way to the material lab.|
|katherine and dylan dove right into the digital painting and created these masterpieces...|
|everyone got into the act, sunny, katherine, dylan and john.|
|the material lab entices kids to create, as seen here with dylan. totally absorbed!|
|cousins! they could've painted for hours.|
|gabriel, on the other hand, loved manipulating this very cool folding cardboard chair...|
|pressing it into an accordian/book shape....|
|then back into a couch. fascinating and architectural.|
|dylan's van-gogh inspired painting.|
|kids could make dolls and sculpture out of raw material (the view outside is of the famous sculpture garden--but we got rained out and had to skip it).|
|each lab was inspired by artists' styles and different mediums. here, a lightbox displays cutouts to create vignettes. also included were assemblage boxes inspired by the work of artist joseph cornell.|
|traipsing around the city was the most fun, according to dyl, kath and cousin sunny. more to come!|
read more about the material lab here on moma's blog.
(and a big thanks go to cousin ken for picking us up, sunny for chauffering us around, and to gabe and kath for the good new york-style fun--thank you!)