Art, Scene

The Scene Wednesday: Teen Programs @ MoMA


Good Morning! It’s been a bit slow here, but I’m getting back into the swing of things. I found a little something for the teens. Teens need an outlet just as much as young children and adults and MoMA has a program just for them. I’m passing this along so for those teens living in the NYC area interested, this is maybe the program for you and it’s free! How can you beat that?


(from MoMA email)
In the Making: Spring 2016

Free hands-on art classes for NYC high school students, ages 13–19. No experience necessary! Applications are due Friday, January 8, 2016. MoMA provides all materials, food, and other costs. Each course runs for 10 weeks and culminates in a teen art show of participants’ work.


WTF Is BHQF University?!?
An Intro to Art School for People Who Hate School
Tuesdays, Feb 9–Apr 12, 4:00–6:30 p.m.

Welcome to Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), a free art school and learning experiment where artists work together to manifest creative, productive, demanding, and “useless” interactions between art and the world. This season, members of their notoriously secretive and anonymous organization will enlist a diverse group of New York–based artists to collaborate with participants across a variety of mediums—sculpture, performance, drawing, video, and more. Sample numerous approaches while working alongside some of NYC’s most interesting merry art pranksters. Each week’s session will be its own unique hands-on experience led by BHQFU artists and special guests, giving participants an immersive introduction in what it really means be an artist, with or without a formal education. Try art school before you buy art school.

CLICK@MoMA: Make Art Not War
Transforming Military Materials into Social and Mobile Spaces
Tuesdays, Feb 9–Apr 12, 4:00–6:30 p.m.

Through design workshops and collaborative projects, artist Mary Mattingly leads participants in reinventing a disused military-grade trailer, turning an object of war into an all-encompassing artistic and social environment. What strange new space can this object become? You’re in charge of every step of the process, from budgeting to designing to assembling and more. Working as a group of co-conspirator, members of this course will brainstorm new uses for this old piece of technology, crafting possibilities using moldable plastic, wood, and foamcore, and transforming the trailer using metal-cutting, soldering, drilling, sawing, and laser-cutting techniques. No prior design experience needed!

Acting Your Age
Cross-Generational Performance and Photography
Thursdays, Feb 11–Apr 14, 4:00–6:30 p.m.

18+ Only. 21 and Up. No Minors Allowed. Why is so much of our access to the world defined by our physical age? Don’t our abilities, skills, and interests transcend these basic definitions about who we are and what we are capable of? This experimental and avant-garde course represents a new step forward for cross-museum collaboration, bringing a group of teens together for a multiple-session collaboration with MoMA’s Prime Time initiative—a group of New Yorkers ages 65 and up working to foster the relationship between creativity and aging. Smash stereotypes and redefine what it means to grow up! Led by artist Kerry Downey, the course will explore preconceived ideas about aging and youth while using photographic and performance-based techniques to create artwork that expresses our own experiences of what it means to be young (and old).

POWER Figures
A Sculptural and Political Exploration of the Human Form
Thursdays, Feb 11–Apr 14, 4:00–6:30 p.m.

Can a simple material like papier-mâché transcend its basic nature when made into a personal and political sculpture? Can we explore our truest selves through the creation of secondary figures, turning simple objects and materials into a community of powerful and proud human forms? Taking inspiration from the things that make each of us unique, POWER Figures explores the strength and physical beauty of the human form. Shellyne Rodriguez leads this hands-on sculptural exploration of large-scale 3-D figure making, discussing cultural histories, myths, and the way we construct our personal and public identities along the way. Power to the people!


Please note that In the Making is open to NYC high school students, 13–19 years old. No junior high school or college students allowed. New York City residents ONLY.


Phone: (212) 333-1252
Fax: (212) 333-1118

I repeat, for those living in the New York City area only, if your interested you need to apply before January 8, 2016. You have plenty of time, so get to it!





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