Wednesday 10/21/20 4:30PM-6PM
Workshops · Educators

Signs and Symbols for Healing: A Workshop for Teachers with Maia Ruth Lee

Cover Image:

Maia Ruth Lee, Auspicious Glyphs 1.2, 2016. Steel, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

In this hands-on workshop for teachers, artist Maia Ruth Lee will discuss how migration and translation inform two bodies of work in her creative practice. After a discussion of the pictorial code that comprises her “Auspicious Glyphs” and the bundled forms of her “Bondage Baggage” series, educators will be invited to experiment giving symbolic language and material shape to experiences, memories, and emotions. We will reflect on how art making can create a healing space through communication and exchange and, at the same time, honor self-preservation, personal meditation, and private meaning.

This program is part of a series that brings the New Museum’s annual Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice online. Free workshops and discussions will be available during the 2020/21 school year on topics of “Art and Healing,” designed to consider how teachers, entering conversations with diverse knowledge and a sense of urgency for supporting each other and their students, may gain inspiration and resources that nurture creativity, socioemotional learning, and justice in education.

This program is at capacity, please subscribe to our school and teacher programs for updates and upcoming programs.

Please gather these suggested materials before the workshop:

First Activity
· A piece of clothing or fabric of any kind (t-shirt, sock, tote bag, mask, scarf, or fabric sample)
· Sharpies and/or fabric markers
· Fabric dyes and inks, paintbrushes (optional)

Second Activity
· Fabrics
· Wrapping of any kind (reuse-gift wrap, newspaper, or craftpaper)
· Re-used cardboard shipping boxes of any size that can be covered with your fabrics and wrapping material
· Tape, rope, string, or yarn
· Scissors

Maia Ruth Lee (b. 1983, Busan, South Korea) lives and works in New York. Lee has had solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery (2018) and Eli Ping Frances Perkins (2016) in New York and has participated in numerous group shows, including the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2019), and exhibitions at Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2019); Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles (2017); CANADA, New York (2016); and Salon 94, New York (2016). She received a Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant in 2017. Lee was the Director of the nonprofit afterschool art program Wide Rainbow 2016-2020.


Generous lead support is provided by the Keith Haring School, Teen, and Family Programs Fund.

New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

New Museum school and youth programs are made possible, in part, by Con Edison, Bloomingdale’s, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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.

Additional endowment support is provided by the JPMorgan Chase Professional Development Workshop Program for Teachers.

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