Recent visitors to Joslyn have had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative art-making activity. Based on Carl Andre’s Gazetteer (in the Legacy exhibition), a text-based artwork that builds word after word into a final two-dimensional piece existing, not as poetry or prose, but as an end unto itself, we applied that same directness to the Word Art Wall that was prepped and ready for ink at Joslyn’s most recent Family Fun Day. Using nothing more than a palette of stamping ink and a set of alphabet stamps, Museum-goers were asked to consider the word “place” and print one word that reflected their conception of that idea. While some thought long and hard, and others answered on a whim, the Word Art Wall slowly transformed itself from a big, green, flat plane into a intricate, dimensional, and diverse representation of who we are, where we live, and why art and community are an integral part of it all!
Using the enthusiastic participation we’ve witnessed, it has been proven, Omaha, that people want more of these opportunities! So… we continued the project for the November Saturday Surprise sessions, a free, drop-in art-making opportunity offered every other Saturday morning. Come and make your mark!