All Exhibitions

Home Sweet Home: Is a Home a Sanctuary?

On view:

Exhibiting Artists

Emilie Clark, Tom Fruin, Todd Hido, Lucia Hierro, Ann Toebbe, Shinique Smith, Letha Wilson

Click here to view more images

Noun: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household

Noun: a place of refuge or safety

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) presents Home Sweet Home: Is a Home a Sanctuary?, a group exhibition featuring Emilie Clark, Tom Fruin, Todd Hido, Lucia Hierro, Ann Toebbe, Shinique Smith, and Letha Wilson in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery.

Is a home a sanctuary? Throughout history, we have built shelters to protect from the elements, intruders, and animals of prey, but at a certain point, people wanted more than just a hideout or shelter. Issues such as privacy, family needs, and personal comforts began to influence the types of residences that were built and lived in. The idea of home moves beyond the concept of a place to live or a place of shelter, and connects to ideas of identity, safety, one’s place in the world, as well as a foundation for a lifetime, and a place to leave…and possibly return to. When does a house provide the sanctuary of a home? When is home really a sanctuary?

The idea of sanctuary, whether physically, emotionally or intellectually, is important in shaping a sense of self-hood and community. However, in our current political climate, the right to a safe haven is threatened, and the necessity for compassion is greater than ever. For many, sanctuary can signify a sacred place, a refuge, a ritual, a haven or an oasis, while for others, it can also mean home, family, community, religion, and identity, or even a place for thoughts, ideas, hopes, dreams, and a form of comfort in times of trouble.

We can take sanctuary in our memories, habits, and routines, and we can seek sanctuary for not just for our bodies, but for our hearts and minds as well. Sanctuaries can be created for ourselves, those we love, or those fleeing conflict, prejudice, and persecution. We create sanctuaries to protect and preserve ecosystems and the flora and fauna dependent on them. Seeking to address these issues and ideas, this exhibition offers a multiplicity of perspectives on the idea of home; shelter, protection, sacred ground, identity, sense of place, community and belonging.

What does home mean to you: is it only four walls and a roof, or is it something more?

Join the conversation using the hashtag #HomeSweetHomeCMA!

Top Image: Ann Toebbe, Friends: Lisa and Tim, 2018

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Also on view

    stART Studio The Ecosystem of stART Studio

    Home Sweet Home continues in stART Studio! A dedicated space for CMA’s youngest artists, stART Studio is both a fun environment for art exploration and a sanctuary for a wide variety of colorful creatures who provide inspiration for art-making. The ecosystem on display in stART Studio serves to spark imaginations, ignite curiosity, and build awareness of our natural world. Can you spot the penguins, snakes, dinosaurs, caterpillars, and other creatures who inhabit this landscape of waterfalls and tree houses? There’s even a banjo-playing frog and a chicken playing the saxophone! Come make art in their home.

    Created by Teaching Artists Lynn Roselli, Curry Whitmire, Kathleen Armenti, Jacque Emord-Netzley, Charlotte Ahlin, and Tom Burnett.

Sign up to get updates and special invitations