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Art Institute of Chicago | Virtual Studio: Making Something from Nothing

June 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Free, registration required
“I made collages to express the fear and anxiety of being buried in information.”—Mishima Kimiyo
Take inspiration from Mishima Kimiyo’s Fragment II and Kurt Schwitters’s For the Modern to explore the medium of collage as an expression of contemporary life while creating your own collage pieces from home. This virtual studio will be co-led by museum educator Nancy Chen and artist Danielle Wright.
Mishima (Japanese, b. 1932) has long been inspired by “fragile” and instantly disposable materials such as newspapers and remarked, “I made collages to express the fear and anxiety of being buried in information.”
Schwitters (German, 1887–1948) became famous for his “Merz” (a term invented by the artist) assemblage pieces that incorporated found objects and street trash he salvaged while walking around the city.
Studio participants should gather a selection of the following materials before the event:
• Magazines, newspapers, other print media
• Papers of various colors and textures
• Scrap materials (Get creative here! For example: postcards, greeting cards, vintage photographs, receipts, fabric scraps, ribbons, string, or anything lying around the house that could potentially be incorporated—even immortalized—into a collage or assemblage piece)
• Scissors and/or X-Acto knife
• Glue and/or tape
• Pencils, pens, markers, crayons, oil pastels, paint (optional)
Nancy Chen is a writer and a printmaker interested in many forms of paper-based arts. She is particularly fond of making reduction woodcuts and experimenting with color, and has worked out of community-based studios such as Spudnik Press in Chicago and previously at Fleisher Art Memorial and Carpenter Studios in South Philadelphia. Check out her recent collage works on Instagram @taxonomiste.
Danielle Wright is a Chicago-based visual artist engaged in serious play. She is interested in language, the language(s) of materials, and the politics and poetics of what it means to be a witness. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Chicago.
If you have any questions about this program, please email Nancy Chen, educator in Innovation and Creativity, at nchen5@artic.edu.
This event will be hosted on Zoom. We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer and downloading the latest version of Zoom to enjoy this program.
For questions related to accessibility accommodations, please email access@artic.edu.
Image: Mishima Kimiyo. Fragment II (detail), 1965. Through prior purchase from the Mary and Leigh Block Fund.