Open Studio: Oskar Schlemmer
Dec 9, 2016

Kids made costumes during an Open Studios event

Kids in costumes inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s Das Triadische Ballett (Triadic Ballet). Photograph by Filip Wolak

Families participated in a special Open Studio program on November 5 to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016. Kids made costumes inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s film Das Triadische Ballett (Triadic Ballet) 1922/1970. In each of the film’s three parts, a single color defines the background and the dancers move like marionettes. The dance, Schlemmer explained, was intended to “convert and transfigure space through form, color, and light.”

Children pose together in their costumes

Kids model their costumes. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Taking inspiration from the dancers in Schlemmer’s film, families used a variety of materials including cardboard, tinfoil, and fabric to create inventive costumes. Billie Rae Vinson, Coordinator of Family Programs commented: “One of the most exciting things for me was to see people inspired by movement and color, transforming themselves into abstract works of art. There was definitely a joyful and creative energy in the room as families danced and performed in their costumes.”

Check out more images of the kids and their costumes. Photographs by Filip Wolak and Billie Rae Vinson.

  • A girl poses with a handcrafted flower
  • A girl wears a mask she made in a workshop
  • A boy models his costume
  • A boy looks through the eyes of his costume
  • A girl dances with her ballet costume
  • A child poses in a costume made out of cardboard
  • A little girl places a crown on a parent in the workshop
  • A girl dances in her costume she made at Open Studios
  • A boy shows off the wings of his costume
  • A boy models his costume in the workshop
  • Children walk around in their capes

Learn more about Family Programs.

By Zain Al Saie, Interpretation Intern