MoMA goes Dumpster diving at MFTA!

Detail of “Flag” (1954-55) by Jasper Johns. Encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on plywood. Museum of Modern Art, New York

We were thrilled to welcome a group of teenagers participating in MoMA’s Dumpster Diving: Making Art from Found and Scavenged Materials summer program. The Modern, an MFTA recipient since 1996, is one of the best spots in the city to check out masterworks made with overlooked or unconventional materials. Highlights include Robert Rauschenberg’s Rebus (1955), Jasper John’s Flag (1954-55) and Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel (1951, third version, after lost original of 1913). After checking out inspiration in MoMA’s collection and diving into the museum’s own Dumpsters, the students headed to MFTA to check out what we have to offer New York City’s nonprofits and public schools. There are some pictures from their visit below, and there are many more on our Facebook page.

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Kerry Downey who was a frequent visitor to MFTA during her time at Flux Factory, offered this description for the program:

Some of the most beautiful art in the world has been made from the cheapest, ugliest, and most overlooked materials. Members of the class will scour the nooks and crannies of our city streets, hunting for inspiration in the unlikeliest of places, and turning people’s preconceived ideas about art making materials upside-down. Turn a back alley into an art gallery, a mess into a masterpiece, and see if you have what it takes to hunt down creativity wherever it exists.

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures!

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