Belgian Cultural Festival

Sunday, Sep 22, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us Sunday, September 22 for a celebration of Belgian culture! CMA is partnering with the Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in the United States to present performances and interactive workshops inspired by Belgium. Story Time takes place at 11 am featuring books by Belgian authors with children’s librarian Kristy Raffensberger from the Hudson Park Library. Interactive performances and workshops will take place at 12 pm and 2 pm with harpist Pia Salvia.

Workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Belgium include:

Straw Sculpture in Fine ArtsToday in the studio, we’ll be creating sculptures inspired by the work of Belgian artist Michel François. François uses simple objects and materials to create complex and meaningful sculptures. We’ll be taking inspiration from his practice by using materials like straws, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks to create a dense web of material that mirrors the artists’ delicate sculptures. How can long, skinny ties be combined to create a structure that is sturdy and powerful?

Mylar Monoprint Madness in Fine ArtsAnn Veronica Janssens is an artist that uses light, color and transparency to create intriguing installations. Today in the studio we will be creating monotypes on mylar which, after drying, can be hung or framed in interesting ways to play with light and space! Join us in looking at this artist’s practice and trying a new process. 

Surrealist Collages in the GalleryThe Surrealist movement in Belgium was the second largest and pioneered by René Magritte. Surrealists in Belgium were searching for a union of the real and the imaginary. Today we will play with that concept by creating surrealist collages in the gallery. Join us in exploring collage and surrealist artists!

Smurf Stories in the Clay BarInspired by Belgian cartoonist and creator of the Smurfs, Pierre Culliford, create your own Smurf at the Clay Bar. Build a Smurf universe with your friends and family!

Colored Reality Animations in the Media LabBased on the conceptual work of Ann Veronica Janssens, who uses light to alter reality, the Media Lab will be exploring light and color through animation. Stations featuring 2D, 3D, and pixelation animation will be set up with their own color scapes. Using reflective and crystal-like objects, how can you alter your reality? Join CMA in this very special exploration of COLOR!

Saxophone Songs in the Sound BoothJazz is one of Belgium’s most beloved genres of music, but did you know that one of the most famous jazz instruments, the saxophone, was invented there? Adolphe Sax created this instrument in 1864. Celebrate this brass woodwind by making a saxophone-heavy tune today in the Sound Booth!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in the United States. CMA gratefully acknowledges in-kind support from Artist & Craftsman Supply Brooklyn.

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