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Open Studio From Home:
Jay DeFeo

Sat, May 22, 2021
11–11:40 am

Online, via Zoom

Families with kids of all ages

You are invited to Open Studio From Home, free weekly online art classes with Whitney educators! Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.  

Jay DeFeo began The Rose in 1958 with only an idea of something “that had a center to it.” She would apply thick paint, let it dry, then chisel away at it, and then apply more paint. She built up the painting layer by layer, burying earlier versions until it was eleven inches thick! DeFeo called the artwork “a marriage between painting and sculpture.” She worked on The Rose for eight years in her apartment in San Francisco until she was evicted and forced to stop. The final work is nearly eleven feet tall and weighs almost a ton! In order to move it out of her apartment, DeFeo had to saw away part of the window and lower The Rose to the ground with a forklift.

Together we will explore the fascinating story behind The Rose. Then, we will create our own collages with hidden secrets! 

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Clear tape
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Color options:
    • Markers or pens
    • Colored pencils
    • Oil pastels or crayons 

This event will have automated closed captions through Zoom. Live captioning is available for public programs and events upon request with seven business days advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made outside of that window of time. To place a request, please contact us at accessfeedback@whitney.org or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.

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Vaccination required. All visitors aged 5+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, in accordance with NYC requirements. Visitors aged 18+ must also show photo ID. Face coverings are required. Review the Whitney’s safety guidelines.