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LeWitt in Action

Current Marketing Intern (and soon to be Education Coordinator) Cortney wrote the following blog about a special group she gave a tour to earlier this week:

On Monday we had a different kind of student tour in the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective.  Two fifth grade homeroom classes from Pittsfield’s Stearns Elementary School came for a tour of the galleries, and they brought a video camera with them!  The classes have been studying the mathematical properties of the LeWitt Wall Drawings, and later this week they will be putting up their own drawings inspired by LeWitt; right onto their school’s walls! The whole process—the tour and the execution of their drawings—is being videotaped for Pittsfield Public Access Television.

When the students arrived at MASS MoCA they began their visit by taking footage of the entire class gathered under the enormous Sol LeWitt banner at the front of our campus. The filming continued in the lobby of the museum where a very articulate student read a brief history of the museum. After that, the group split into two, one guided by myself, one guided by my coworker Alison.  At the entrance to the LeWitt building an animated student in my group was filmed reading a paragraph about the Sol LeWitt exhibition, and then the camera followed us on the tour. We paused at some of the oldest Wall Drawings to discuss the mathematical elements that made them up; the kids were already experts having been well prepared by their enthusiastic teachers ahead of time! We were shot creating our own mini versions of Wall Drawing #46 (dir: vertical Lines, not straight, not touching, covering the wall evenly) on pieces of paper while surrounded by the beautiful blue of Drawing #146A.  As we continued through the rest of the exhibition the camera went off to follow the other half of the group to get footage of their mini project and interpretations of the art. It was a lively and engaged group of students who were all ready to create their very own Wall Drawings when they returned to their school.

Alison will be traveling to the Stearns School in Pittsfield in the next few days to see how their Wall Drawings are coming along. Stay tuned for some pictures of the process and finished project, as well as some words from Alison about how they plan to put this project into action at school.

What a fun and integrated way to bring math class to the museum, and the museum back to math class!

Posted April 15, 2009 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, Interns, LeWitt, Staff
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  1. MASS MoCA - Blog - Indeed a fun way to bring the museum back to the classroom! Says:

    [...] to see what Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Hollister’s fifth graders were churning out in response to their visit to MASS MoCA.  When I arrived, the filming that began in the MASS MoCA parking lot and continued in the [...]

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