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First Saturday for Families: Surreal Dreams

Cover Image:

Jim Shaw, Dream Object: Paperback Cover (“I saw a guy falling into a giant membranous, disgusting throat or other orifice.”), 2008. Gouache on rag board mounted on plywood, 10 ½ x 6 ¼ in (26.7 × 15.9 cm). Courtesy Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London

Join us for a family workshop offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Jim Shaw: The End is Here,” the artist’s first New York survey exhibition, on view from October 7, 2015 to January 10, 2016. In “Dream Drawings” (1992–99) and “Dream Objects” (1994–present), two of his most iconic projects, Shaw translates his dreams into surreal works of art. The works reflect everyday events, personal histories, and the artist’s anxieties, desires, and obsessions. Inspired by Shaw’s own process and the Surrealist game exquisite corpse, families will work collaboratively to translate their dreams into poetic lines, then drawings, and, finally, fantastical sculptures. The resulting “dream objects,” made out of playdough and a variety of decorative materials, will capture what Shaw calls the “magical thinking” of his spectacular worlds.

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 up to two adults per family. Children under eighteen are always admitted free. No preregistration is 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.


Support for “Jim Shaw: The End is Here” 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.

This program is also made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Additional support is provided by the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and the TD Charitable Foundation.

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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