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Mural Project with Dan Colen

On September 26, 2011, Youth Insights participants met artist Dan Colen and assisted him in “defacing” his mural, located at the Details Guild Wall. They used pieces of trash as makeshift paintbrushes to transform the original black and white mural into a riot of color. For more on this mural collaboration with Dan Colen, go to the Whit blog.  

Artist Dan Colen poses with his collaborators, members of the Whitney’s Youth Insights program, in front of their work. This series of collaborations between contemporary artists and teens is made possible by a partnership with the Details Guild Wall. Photograph by Cameron Johnson

Artist Dan Colen poses with his collaborators, members of the Whitney’s Youth Insights program, in front of their work. This series of collaborations between contemporary artists and teens is made possible by a partnership with the Details Guild Wall. Photograph by Cameron Johnson

Teens applaud themselves and artist Dan Colen as they wrap up the day. Photograph by Cameron Johnson
YI Leader Eloise gets the painting process started with a bit of retrieved bubble wrap. Photograph by Berry Stein
Members of YI Artists, Writers, and Leaders work together to adhere a variety of materials to the mural with glue and paint. Photograph by Cameron Johnson
YI Leaders Zoe and Evelin add to the controlled, painterly chaos at the Details Guild Wall. Photograph by Cameron Johnson
The mural, before the teens arrived. Photograph by Berry Stein
Barry, a participant in the Whitney’s Youth Insights Leaders program, gives a discarded mop new life as a paintbrush for this mural project at the Details Guild Wall. Photograph by Cameron Johnson
YI participants dive into the mural project using hands and found objects to apply color. Photograph by Berry Stein