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If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home

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Exhibiting Artists

Matthew Cusick, Joyce Kozloff, Barbara MacFarlane, Loren Munk, Nikki Rosato, Nike Schröeder, Susan Stockwell, Robert Walden

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Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) presents If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home on view in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery. This exhibition takes cartography and mapping as its starting point and includes contemporary artists whose work references maps and mapping. Cartography, from two Greek terms chartis (map) and graphein (to write), is the study and art of making maps. The first explorers started creating maps to help them understand their own surroundings, as well as places beyond their conception. During a time when the world was thought to be flat, many of the first map-makers began embellishing maps with creatures we now know never existed – they were certain that dragons and mythical beings existed just beyond their worldview.

Maps help us glean spatial information about physical areas, but also have a history of capturing the imagination. They brilliantly compress complex ideas about space, scale, topography, power, social condition, and much more. The artists included in If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home take these ideas to the next level and recall those first fantastical cartographers, using maps to blend the transitional with the experimental. These contemporary artists use maps as their personal playground, using them to communicate elaborate ideas and critiques on complex concepts such as personal identity, politics, and even culture. As a medium, maps provide these artists with the freedom to interpret the meaning of the world around them.

How-To Videos Inspired by the Exhibition

Created by CMA Teaching Artists in conjunction with arts education professionals, CMA curriculum guides draw connections between interdisciplinary themes in contemporary art exhibits and classroom learning by using contextual information and reflective practices. View and Download

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 WONDERFUL WORLD!

    On view in the Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio is WONDERFUL WORLD! This exhibition is a collaborative world map created by CMA Teaching Artists and museum visitors. In this interactive installation, visitors are invited to explore geography and symbolism while adding their personal touch to our large-scale world map. Using the mega-collage method (grid-method) to blow up a representation of the world map, the artwork occupies the entire wall. The visitors will add cultural, personal and regional elements using a variety of drawing, painting and collage methods.

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    Free Range Hockey, by artist Louisa Armbrust, re-imagines the Bridge project space as an ice-covered world where a hockey game with no boundaries and few rules rages over the landscape. Players, referees and goalies share the ice with palm trees and black holes. Free Range Hockey uses the sport of hockey as a point of departure to examine, explore, and visualize the experience of navigating systems we encounter on a daily basis. The players, depicted as pictograms, can be seen cheating or getting distracted (much like everyday life!) as they obey, ignore, or create their own new rules.

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    Children’s Museum of the Arts presents Tiny Life: Introducing Families to Microbes through Art, featuring sculpture by Yung Oh Le Page, models from the American Museum of Natural History and scientific imagery. All around us we can see living organisms, from people to plants to animals. But did you know there is a world so tiny that we can’t see it with our eyes? This is the world of microbes, and bacteria are one of these exciting little life forms. Join us to examine bacteria from an artistic and scientific perspective!

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