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First Saturdays for Families: Raise a Flag

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First Saturdays for Families: Edible Paint Play, November 2019

Drawing inspiration from the way Hans Haacke uses familiar symbols to critique institutions, families will consider how Haacke alters the American flag in his artwork “State of the Union” (2005) to express his opposition to US policies during the Iraq War. Flags contain symbolically loaded colors and imagery, often meant to communicate a shared national identity, history, and values. When people do not feel and experience this unity, how are such symbols used and altered? Alternatively, how are new representations created to find and express belonging? Join us as we explore how to convey our own values, histories, and experiences and share them with others through symbols on flags. Using mixed media families will construct personalized flags to represent themselves.

New Museum First Saturdays for Families are free of charge. This program is designed and recommended for families with children aged between four and twelve years and includes free New Museum admission for two adults per family. Children under eighteen are always admitted free. No preregistration required. Space is limited, and tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Your entire party must be present; tickets will not be given to partial parties.

The New Museum is wheelchair accessible; learn more about access services and amenities here. To request accommodations, please email or call 212.219.1222 ×235 at least three weeks in advance.


Support for “Hans Haacke: All Connected” can be viewed here.

Generous support for New Museum First Saturdays for Families is provided by the Keith Haring Foundation School, Teen, and Family Programs Fund.

Additional support is provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation.

This program is also made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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