On view:

Exhibiting Artists

Louisa Armbrust, Zoe Buckman, Dario Escobar, Michelle Grabner, Norm Paris, David Rathman, Christin Rose, Jean Shin, Hank Willis Thomas

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Children’s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce Game On!, an exhibition about our passion for sport and how it has defined our individual and collective identities. Throughout history, the world of games —with its inversions of mastery, dependence on chance and reliance on both verbal and physical play—has intrigued and inspired visual artists. Game On! presents works by contemporary artists who take a reflective, critical or inspired look at sport and how we play the game. Addressing issues of identity, power, heroism, nostalgia, popular culture and gender, Game On! highlights a variety of media that reminds us that within every ruled system, there exists potential for creativity and exploration.

The artists featured in Game On!—Louisa Armbrust, Zoe Buckman, Dario Escobar, Michelle Grabner, Norm Paris, David Rathman, Christin Rose, Jean Shin, and Hank Willis Thomas—investigate the line between freedom and authority embodied in games and sports. From the portrayal of masculinity and femininity in boxing iconography, to wistful history preserved through photographs of abandoned basketball hoops, the works in Game On! explore an array of games and their dynamic histories.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Also on view

    In the Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO PLAY?

    This exhibition highlights the work Skipping by Eric Koomets, Age 12 from Estonia, a watercolor painting from CMA’s permanent collection. The work shows four girls in intricately patterned clothing jump roping on a green, grassy field with a bright blue sky behind them. In this interactive exhibition, visitors are invited to LOOK at Skipping, then MAKE their own unique watercolor showing their favorite playtime activities. Afterward, they can SHARE their work by becoming part of the exhibition by hanging their works on the studio wall.


    Steed Taylor’s work often is composed of “tattoos,” which are usually painted directly onto a roadway for purposes similar to that of a tattoo on skin—as a means of commemoration, communication, and ritual. For this Bridge installation, Taylor explores situating a tattoo onto the ceiling and walls of CMA’s Bridge space. Taylor’s road tattoos are site-specific, community-based public artworks. For Comity Bridge, Taylor worked with children enrolled in CMA’s classes and community programs during the installation process, asking participants to write their statements of comity, or statements of mutual courtesy and consideration, into the lines on the walls of the Bridge. Taylor believes that in discussing and writing about the ideals of comity, participants and viewers will begin to understand that people who they believe are different than themselves are actually more similar than they realize. When finished, the statements were painted over, sealing them in the piece forever.

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