On view:

Exhibiting Artists

John James Audubon, Nina Boesch, Emilie Clark, Sarah Hardesty, Charley Harper, Gail LeBoff, Tamar Mogendorff, Vik Muniz, Perch Interactive, Amy Jean Porter, Eric Rhein, Hunt Slonem, Kathryn Spence, Fred Tomaselli

Click here to view more images

Now commonly used to refer to a “short communication of 140 characters,” prior to 2006, “tweet” was used to describe the chirp of a bird, generally perceived as a sweet or happy sound.

In New York City, we witness more and more pedestrians striding through life with heads buried in smartphones. We tweet, we text, we email on the go. The simple act of looking around as we go about our daily journey is being lost to an ever more fragmented and hectic contemporary society.

All the artworks included in Tweet come from a similar starting point – that of careful observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near distances, with quiet observation and in fleeting moments – this kind of looking is encouraged by these works. As part of the exhibition, CMA asks viewers to use their technology to come together in shared games around bird spotting, or to simply put the gadgets away and draw from nature.

The exhibition Tweet asks us to pause, reflect, and remember a simple act that is available to everyone. Look around you, enjoy nature, and see the birds.

Programs at Children’s Museum of the Arts are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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

    Bridge Space Bridge Projects: Rob Strati: Fields of Play

    “Fields” – from quantum theory to soccer and other games – are essentially outlines where we can watch excited energy in action and track what we see through both rules and randomness.

    Rob Strati’s Bridge Project, Fields of Play is an interactive installation of transparent suspended panels containing packing tape and wire, which interrelate as the children look through the different circles, lines, dashes and dots. Movement through the bridge and between the panels allows visitors to play with compositions, and to plan how to navigate the maze using just their motion, eyes and minds. Rob’s work subtly explores perception, transparency, shadow and light using common materials such as packing tape and wire. He lives in Valley Cottage, NY with his wife and son.

Sign up to get updates and special invitations