Posts filed under ‘Family Exhibition & Fun Day’
“Okay, I’ll dance to one more song, but then I HAVE to get in line to get my face painted,” said one adorable young girl who was dancing in the gallery with the Zumbatomics participatory activity, led by Melinda Mills-Walkey.
“I want to be KISS,” said one young man as he approached the face painter. His mother explained that he was very interested in becoming a rock star and that she had no idea how he had even found out about KISS, but she saw nothing wrong with it.
Another child suddenly halted working on the art project in front of her when she saw her favorite PBS character, Super Why, and only returned to the table after having her photograph taken with him.
I observed each of these moments at the ASU Art Museum’s Family Fun Day on July 9th, 2011. With hands-on art-making activities, interactive performances and readings and illustration demonstrations by Chris Gall and Alex Rex, everyone at the museum on Saturday had a great day.
This is my fifth year organizing the Family Fun Day with the help of our Windgate Intern, who also curates an exhibition based on a theme, pulling works broadly from our collection. It’s so rewarding to see the hours put into planning the crafts, contacting performers and working with our fabulous community partners result in such an entertaining day for families. My favorite part of Family Fun Day is that the entire event is free, allowing families to have fun without worrying about how much it costs. This year, more than 1,200 people stopped by to enjoy the four-hour event, and that’s not including visitors to the Ceramics Research Center across the street.
Now we’re putting the supplies away from Saturday’s activities, and starting to prep for next month’s 1st Saturdays for Families (Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), which explores the exhibition By myself and with my friends through an interactive dance led by choreographer Elizabeth Johnson, a special visit from the Arizona Animal Welfare League (and animal friends), and a fun animal-making art craft.
And I also will start planning next year’s Family Fun Day – after I finish recovering from this year’s event.
–Andrea Feller, Curator of Education
Photos in the slideshow are by Stephen Gittins and Stu Mitnick.
By myself and with my friends…
July 2 – August 27, 2011
Krista Birnbaum (Houston)
Donna Conlon (Panama City)
Rivane Neuenschwander and Sergio Neuenschwander (Belo Horizonte / Frankfurt)
Connie Samaras (Los Angeles)
Corinna Schnitt (Hamburg)
We spend time by ourselves; we spend time with others. We are aware that these two circumstances differ greatly.
Time alone can be a period of comfort and reflection — or of nervousness and despair. It can be a time of rejuvenating our bodies, peaceful silences, an opportunity to become one with ourselves or perhaps engage in an act of individual creativity. But alone time can also be filled with boredom, fidgetiness and a restless mind that wanders in uncomfortable directions.
On the other hand, when we are with others, we can be influenced by peers to participate in activities we would never consider as individuals. Ordinary people can gain empowerment by acting collectively, with both positive and negative results. Looking no further than recent headlines, we can see examples of different kinds of group behavior – from post-sports-championship rioting to the anti-government protests occurring throughout the Middle East and Europe.
In By myself and with my friends . . . six artists explore the complexities of human nature by looking at some of the things we have in common with other living creatures, from our herd mentality to our moments of solace. The exhibition provides an opportunity for reflection, a time to examine and reconsider our own behaviors, to slow down and breathe. It is a chance to realize that even when we are alone, we are all in this together.
Featured videos include work by Krista Birnbaum, Donna Conlon, Rivane Neuenschwander and Sergio Neuenschwander, Corinna Schnitt and Connie Samaras.
Curated by John D. Spiak, ASU Art Museum, this project is generously made possible by the Everlyn Smith Family Exhibition Fund and Friends of the Arizona State University Art Museum.
COMPLETE EXHIBITION CHECKLIST:
Rivane Neuenschwander and Sergio Neuenschwander
running time: 5:17min
Courtesy of the artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Untitled (Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica), 2005
running time: 4:30min
Courtesy of the artist.
So, I’ve been doing quite a lot of editing, calendar posting and other things to start getting our future exhibitions lined up, and I have to say, we have some really cool stuff coming! At the risk of stealing a little thunder, I’m gonna share a few:
This is a piece from our summer family exhibition titled What Moves Us: Art of Transportation. Fun! This is in two galleries starting May 29. (Hover on the photo for credits.)
I can’t wait to see this exhibition, Lasting Impressions. I’ve seen some of the prints and they’re really amazing. Aug. 28 – Nov. 27 – that means if you’re coming to our Welcome Back Student Party on Aug. 31, you’ll get to see this!
Check out our web site for more information on all of our exhibitions and events. There’s always something going on at the museum!
Our curator of education, Andrea, came to me today with this: the next First Saturdays for Families art project! It’s based on the ceramic art of David Gilhooly, who uses a lot of frogs in his work. See the work in our Summer Family exhibition, Food: Feast for the Eyes, which is now open, and make your own paper plate frogs!
ASU Art Museum is always free and open to the public! There’s no cost to participate in our event and kids get to keep their art projects. Perfect for kids 4-12 and their families, and no registration is required. Just stop by the museum any time between 10am – 3pm on the first Saturday of the month!
Where can you bring the kids this summer that’s fun, indoors, and isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg?
Come to ASU Art Museum! The museum is always free and open to the public, and our annual summer family exhibition is getting ready to open next Saturday, May 16. There’s even free parking (on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street, just outside of our Ceramics Research Center). So you can afford to bring the kids and spend a day learning about and having fun with art.
We also have some great, FREE, family activities coming up in addition to the exhibition:
Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, August 1, join us for First Saturdays for Families. It actually happens the first Saturday of each month here in the museum. We offer hands-on activities that are perfect for kids 4-12 and totally free! No registration is required and all materials are provided free at the museum. And kids can keep their art projects, too. It’s a great way to get creative and have fun for a day!
July is special: the first Saturday is a holiday so the museum is closed, but the *second* Saturday is Family Fun Day! July 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., join us for hands-on activities, puppet show, an appearance by a KAET/Eight character, a reading area and great food-related information and art to go along with our family exhibition. All activities are free and there is no admission fee at ASU Art Museum. This is a really fun event that you won’t want to miss!
Family Fun Day is only once a year, but First Saturdays for Families is a monthly program, so mark your calendars and come on over. Don’t be bored this summer!