Saturday 05/07/16 10AM-12PM

First Saturday for Families: Soft Space

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Cally Spooner, On False Tears and Outsourcing – dancers responsible for delivering self-organized efforts to resolve difficult and time-consuming issues “go the distance” across multiple overlapping phases using appropriated competitive strategies and appropriated intimate gestures, 2015. Installation view: Vleeshal Markt, Middelburg, the Netherlands. Courtesy Vleeshal Markt, Middelburg, the Netherlands. Photo: Anda van Riet

Join us for a family workshop offered by the New Museum in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN, New York’s official citywide celebration of design, and with the exhibition “Cally Spooner: On False Tears and Outsourcing,” on view at the New Museum from April 27 through June 19, 2016. Marking an important shift in her work, “False Tears and Outsourcing” will bring Spooner’s live performance practice into the format of an exhibition. Responding directly to the space of the Lobby Gallery, Spooner’s project plays on the gallery’s architectural similarity to industrial glass structures and office environments. Ongoing performances by different dancers in the space will investigate the materiality of modern architecture and its effect on the human body.

Reflecting on Spooner’s consideration of architectural spaces, families will use fabric, stockings, and a variety of cushioning materials to create soft sculptures that will double as lounge furniture. Families will collaboratively utilize their sculptures to soften the space around them, transforming the surrounding environment.

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 “Cally Spooner: On False Tears and Outsourcing” 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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