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Activities

These activities focus on works of art in the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions. Through discussion, research, art making, and writing activities, we hope to encourage close looking, foster conversation between students, and connect artwork to classroom learning. Learn about our four artist-centered themes.

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LUCAS SAMARAS, CHAIR TRANSFORMATION NUMBER 16, 1969–70

Transform an everyday object.

Lucas Samaras made more than two dozen Chair Transformations, creating sculptural objects that played with the size, shape, and structure of a basic chair. Samaras was drawn to the ubiquity, variety, and power of chairs in our daily lives and throughout history, literature, and art.

Look at Chair Transformation Number 12 and discuss the changes Samaras made. How does this look similar to or different from the chairs in your classroom? What elements did he add or take away? In what kind of place might this chair be found? Could you use this chair? Why or why not?