Last summer I took an really inspiring tour of the home of Victor & Mabel D’Amico, a small cottage on Napeague Bay filled to the brim with spirited and amazing art and objects of their life there.
Victor D’Amico was the founding Director of the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art from 1937 until 1970. He created innovative learning environments for children, parents and children, high school students, and war veterans, as well as outreach programs for the community. His philosophy was based on a fundamental faith in the creative potential in every man, woman, and child and he believed, “that arts are a humanizing force and that their major function is to vitalize living.”
In 1955, under his direction, the Museum of Modern Art sponsored summer painting classes at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton. But Victor had a greater vision for these classes, some place “more dramatic and reflecting the character of the environment – sky, sea and salt air, either a boat, or resembling one.” This dream was found in a retired World War I Navy Barge in March of 1960 that, with the help of local baymen, he anchored in Napeague Harbor where it still stands today as The Art Barge. AND THIS IS WHERE I AM TEACHING A WORKSHOP! Click HERE to find dates etc.
The workshop is loosely based on the found object art of Mabel D’Amico and the green door of John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Through a object of your finding, we’ll explore different techniques of handbuilding and surface treatment, etc. all the good stuff you get your hands into when working with clay. We’ll talk about the basics of clay and experience it’s capabilities & limitations. I’ll demo some techniques and work one on one with each participate as they create their own found object art work.
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