Friday, February 15, 2013

Face to Face at CMA - Part 2

Here are photos of our visit to the new Face to Face exhibit (February 7 - June 9, 2013) at the Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) in the Hudson Square area of Lower Manhattan.

Portraits were hung up in the gallery from CMA's permanent collection of children's art (curated from an impressive collection, art from over 50 countries and dating back to the 1930s).

A few hands-on activities allowed kids to explore self-identity.

They set up a Lens Photo Booth, for visitors to operate. Being a PC/Windows user, for as long as I can remember...when the iPad accidentally went into email, I needed the assistance of the staff member at the front desk. She was nice enough to navigate the Apple exit out of email and bring it back to the photo-taking application. The directions that were posted were clear, though, in terms of taking the photographs in the booth ourselves and selecting the picture to be projected onto the gallery wall. They also had various props available, to make it more fun for kids! The photos will stream into a time-lapse montage that will be added to the collection.

There were Pin Impression boards for kids to explore dimension. I suppose kids could close their eyes and press their faces into them make self-portraits. LC chose to make an artwork with impressions of her hand.

In the center of the gallery, there was a structure that consisted of panels of mirrors and LC enjoyed walking around it to see how her reflection looked.

Other than exploring various textures and shapes for portraits...there was also audio and video.

A still image below of a time-lapse video that showed an artist painting 30 portraits on his torso, one over the other, with each image representing a meaningful influence in his life.

Animated-Loop Portraits (a still image below of the stop motion video we saw in person):

LC enjoyed this Face to Face exhibit exploring self and identity through still and moving images.