Lesson Plans

Photo: Will Ragozzino

Lesson Plans

Photo: Will Ragozzino

This lesson, inspired by artist Senga Nengudi's 1978 Performance Piece, provides educators the opportunity to incorporate performance art into their classrooms, and explore how incorporating the body can affect the story of an artwork. Performance Piece (1978) is a photographic series that documents artist Maren Hassinger activating one of Nengudi's nylon mesh sculptures with her body. Nengudi's work often incorporates black and brown nylon pantyhose that are stretched, filled with sand, and manipulated to mimic the flexibility of the human body in motion. This artwork provides a basis for a discussion about improvisation, motion, and mass.

Artist Barbara Chase-Riboud is known for work that explores topics such as identity, historical narratives, and notions of power. Chase-Riboud's 1973 sculpture Le Manteau (The Cape) provides educators with an opportunity to explore contemporary art and its relationship to history and culture.

Abstract expressionist painter Stanley Whitney creates works of art by organizing blocks of colors into grids that fill the canvas. Viewing the paintings of Stanley Whitney provides a platform for understanding color and light, and how they can inform creating a composition. The art-making process engages students with an experience in color mixing, exploring lightness and darkness.

This lesson, inspired by artist Senga Nengudi's 1978 Performance Piece, provides educators the opportunity to incorporate performance art into their classrooms, and explore how incorporating the body can affect the story of an artwork. Performance Piece (1978) is a photographic series that documents artist Maren Hassinger activating one of Nengudi's nylon mesh sculptures with her body. Nengudi's work often incorporates black and brown nylon pantyhose that are stretched, filled with sand, and manipulated to mimic the flexibility of the human body in motion. This artwork provides a basis for a discussion about improvisation, motion, and mass.

Artist Barbara Chase-Riboud is known for work that explores topics such as identity, historical narratives, and notions of power. Chase-Riboud's 1973 sculpture Le Manteau (The Cape) provides educators with an opportunity to explore contemporary art and its relationship to history and culture.

Abstract expressionist painter Stanley Whitney creates works of art by organizing blocks of colors into grids that fill the canvas. Viewing the paintings of Stanley Whitney provides a platform for understanding color and light, and how they can inform creating a composition. The art-making process engages students with an experience in color mixing, exploring lightness and darkness.

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