As part of our partnership with our neighbor Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, DMA educators co-teach Learning Lab, a class for seniors in the visual arts cluster. This group of bright and talented young artists walks down Flora Street to the Museum about fifty times during the academic year. Besides spending quality time with, discussing, and responding to works of art in the DMA’s collection and special exhibitions, this year the students also had the opportunity to meet artists Jim Hodges and Stephen Lapthisophon and ask them questions about their DMA exhibitions.
For their final project, pairs of students capped off a great year of projects and discussions by creating smartphone stops for a work of art of their choosing in the exhibition Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art. They were given the option of producing a three-minute audio recording or video for their chosen work. They were asked to design their audio or video clip to either facilitate a visitor’s understanding through contextual information about the artist and his/her work, or to provide visitors with an alternative perspective or interpretation through which to view the work. They were also encouraged to exercise their creativity.
All of the pairs’ submissions were fantastic. Below are two smartphone stops created by the students:
This smartphone stop is a video inspired by Will Benedict’s 1 800 Bad Drug.
This smartphone stop is an audio clip related to Sara Cwynar’s Corinthian Temple (Plastic Cups).
Thanks to the BTWHSPVA Learning Lab students for a wonderful year and congratulations on graduation!
Andrea Severin Goins is the Interpretation Manager at the DMA.