Saturday, March 3, 2012

NYC Friday

Day 2 at the NAEA Convention:

Jeanine Antoni was presented by Art 21at 8:30 am on Friday. What a way to start the day! Transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art, Antoni’s primary tool for making sculpture has always been her own body. In her work, she says, she tries to solve the problem “How does my body relate to the world?”

My roommate Susan was very impressed by the Middle Level Medley; she loved hearing presentations from our own Kim Cairy and others. She was also impressed with the Green Imagination presentation. Their website is an eco web that promotes stewardship of the natural world and explores sustainable design possibilities.

An Art 21 session talked about Studio Habits of Mind. Envision, reflect, authentic process, stretch and explore. The tension of dealing with the traditional vs. the contemporary can become a conversation instead. Just because one is working with contemporary themes one doesn’t throw away traditional skill-building experiences—need a “balanced diet.”
Calder at MOMA

Turn On That Cell Phone! presenters mentioned numerous apps that could be used in the art classroom as well as in museum education. Go to their LiveText site and use Visitor Pass Code: B35941B5 for more info.

Tattoos: The New Canvas? was hugely popular; we had to move to a larger room. Combining health, historical and design concepts, and a Think Before You Ink philosophy, a balanced and safe approach to the subject was presented.

A busy and eventful day ended with a final trip to MOMA and, of course, the MOMA design store!

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