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Summer Shake Up art show Saturday at Chinati’s Arena

June 29th, 2017 under Arts
5th-8th graders work on plaster sculptures during Chinati’s Summer Shake Up.

5th-8th graders work on plaster sculptures during Chinati’s Summer Shake Up.

Pre-K through 8th grade artists

MARFA — Please join the city’s youngest artists for an extraordinary show of their Summer Shake Up artwork, from 6:30-8pm Saturday at the Chinati Foundation’s Arena. Visitors will be able to meet many of the artists on site. Free hot dogs and cookies will be served.

For the last five weeks, Marfa students from pre-K through 8th grades have embarked on a mission to create a museum within a museum. Using Chinati’s evocative installation by Ilya Kabakov, “School No. 6,” as a starting point, Marfa students talked in depth about what goes into making a museum. Someone has to make the art! Someone’s got to be the accountant! Someone has to clean the spaces and care for the art! Someone’s got to raise money to keep the lights on!

3rd and 4th grade students plan the layout of their Summer Shake Up museum in Chinati’s Arena, where the opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 1st.

3rd and 4th grade students plan the layout of their Summer Shake Up museum in Chinati’s Arena, where the opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 1st.

After touring Chinati’s offices, meeting different staff members and learning what they do at the museum, the children started creating their own Summer Shake Up museum. A wooden computer sits upon a wooden desk. A cardboard copier stands ready; a fancifully colored museum cat purrs nearby. Busts of the various museum workers were crafted out of plaster and painted. Artwork was made to be installed within the museum, complete with explanatory text. Other museum materials were more unusual, but nonetheless deemed necessary: a telescope, a cannon, dinosaur. It’s their museum; what goes in it matters.

“The Kabakov installation looked real to these students,” said Education Director Michael Roch. “What they created was a museum world where they, and their viewers, could get lost in the realness of what they made. It’s an installation with multiple experiences and a variety of ways of looking at it. They used their imaginations to tell stories and describe this museum with these objects. It’s just wonderful.”

All are invited to the opening; please join us for this festive celebration.

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