Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
Inspired by Grant Wood’s paintings of rural America, artist Stina Puotinen will design an immersive installation in collaboration with the Whitney’s Education Department. Wood combined his experience of the country as a child in the 1930s with his imagination to create paintings of rolling hills and scenes of rural living. He also made everyday objects from unexpected materials. Influenced by Wood's often surreal representation of the familiar and his use of found materials to represent organic objects, Puotinen will work with participants to transform the Whitney’s Susan and John Hess Family Theater into a space that represents their own vision of the rural world represented in Wood’s work. Across five days, families, teens, school groups, and community will contribute to a mural representing an imagined countryside landscape, build fantastical plants using recycled materials, or create large-scale sculptural objects inspired by what they see in Wood's paintings.
Free for all participants. Siblings are welcome. Registration is required.
The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.
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