What would it be like to live with works of art? This is the question artist Andrew Oesch posed to USES' After School Program in this year’s Community Arts Initiative Artist Project. Through drawings, writing, and performance exercises, the students explored objects in the galleries, using their own imaginative worlds as inspiration to create a ‘character’ of their own. Soon students performed as their characters, with works of art coming to life as Oesch and the students used handmade puppets and costumes to explore flights of fantasy and encounters with distant cultures. “Characters in the Collection” shows these creative narratives and reflections captured in collaged drawings and screen prints.
The exhibit will be on view from May 10 - October 6, 2013 in the Linde Family Wing.
The Community Arts Initiative allows the Museum to serve as an art and cultural resource within Boston-area communities. Working with eight community organizations, the Community Arts Initiative introduces youth to the Museum's collections and the art-making process, while also helping them understand how art can be an important part of their lives.