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Revisit Past CMA Exhibitions Using Critical Thinking Skills!

Do you have a favorite past exhibition at CMA? Bring the classroom into your home by examining popular artworks from past exhibitions using critical thinking skills! Share any artwork you create with us using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

Day 1: Rachel Marks

Artist Rachel Marks used reclaimed and recycled books as the basis of her site-specific installation Naturae Liber, turning our Bridge into a peaceful, magical forest. Look closely at this installation. What do you see? Could you recreate your favorite peaceful place in your home? What materials would you use?

Day 2: E.V. Day

In 2019, artist E.V. Day exhibited her site-specific installation Breaking the Glass Ceiling in our gallery. In this exhibition, she honored women who persist with a sculpture of broken glass — this one is attributed to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Who are the people you admire and why? Are they someone we all know or someone special to you? If you were to create a sculpture to celebrate that person, what would it look like?

Day 3: Casey Curran

Artist Casey Curran’s kinetic sculptures use reclaimed books as their base. What else do you see? This sculpture also includes many different materials. If you could reach out and touch this artwork, what would each part of it feel like? Kinetic sculptures can also move! How do you imagine this sculpture could move?

Day 4: Lisa Kokin

Look at this piece by artist Lisa Kokin carefully. Upon first glance, it could look like a colorful quilt hanging on the wall. Look closer — what do you see? Is it made of fabric or something else? And what binds it together? Here’s a hint: this artwork was featured in our exhibition called A Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book. How does this piece include books as a material?

Day 5: Guy Laramée

It’s fun to travel to different worlds and cultures while reading a book. Artist Guy Laramée uses that idea as inspiration to create sculptures of landscapes and cultures from books themselves! Do you recognize this famous natural landmark? What do you wonder about this artwork? If you could ask the artist anything, what would you ask?


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