"Indispensable" is a series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to explain a tool that’s essential to their work.
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This month in the Artist Studio, glass artist Dana Zed is drawing museum goers into her world of mirrors and reflection. Including the public in the process of art making is integral to the mission of the Artist in Residence program, but working within the Kimball Education Gallery and with the public often results in surprising collaborations, as Zed has discovered.
Posted by guest blogger Dana Zed.
The second week at the Kimball was a blast with Friday night being the highlight.
For the museum, it was the perfect storm of events combining with the Orsay exhibition still going strong, permanent galleries free, and the start of the 6th year of Friday Night Fun. We had a lot of visitors so more people got to make their own totem boats and got to know about Spirit Boats.
An important part of this Kimball residency is to hold a space that invites people to travel within a safe and welcoming place. Leo designed lettering and painted the walls with directions and associated elements as per the Toltec tradition. This helps set the stage and gives people a familiar and useful reference.
I was asked a few weeks ago if I needed pedestals for my Kimball Gallery residency.
Corinne Okada Takara completed a residency in the Kimball Education Gallery two years ago. Her project, Rhythms in Space, explored the assembly of recycled materials into airy three-dimensional tapestries and wearable art, while presenting a visual footprint of diverse cultures in the Asian diaspora. She pulled various motifs from the museum collection, along with visual patterns observed in the museum's surroundings. Visitors created tapestries from these images using wire, netting, and other recycled materials.