Barbara Rossi, Rose Rock, 1972. Acrylic on Plexiglas panel and frame, 27 ¾ x 23 ¾ in (70.5 × 60.3 cm). Courtesy the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago
Join us for a family workshop offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits,” which is closing on January 3. “Poor Traits” presents a selection of Rossi’s enigmatic graphite and colored pencil drawings from the late 1960s and her meticulously rendered reverse paintings on Plexiglas from the early 1970s.
After viewing the exhibition, families are invited to produce portraits of each other that are inspired by the cartoonish characters seen in Rossi’s reverse Plexiglas paintings. To emulate the exaggerated forms within Rossi’s work, families will create their images using the method of blind contour drawing—an exercise in which an artist draws a subject without looking at the paper. Then, mimicking Rossi’s reverse painting technique, families will overlay their drawings with clear plastic, embellishing the surfaces of their works by adding color and sparkling texture.
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.