Tag Archives: Found Objects

“Pleased to Meet You” : The Art of the MFTA Staff

If you’ve visited Materials for the Arts before, you’re aware of the treasures lurking in our warehouse, and you know about our educational programs spreading the word about creative reuse. You have heard about or even attended the Third Thursday open … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Improv Theater

Seasoned MFTA shoppers know that meandering through our warehouse aisles leaves one susceptible to discovering unexpected treasures, a wandering imagination, and to thinking outside the box. In this particular case, we’re talking about the black box. Nestled amidst the brick … Continue reading

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Beth Williams Garrett named artist-in-residence at Materials for the Arts

Friends of MFTA is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Williams Garrett as artist-in-residence at Materials for the Arts. During her two-month residency at the MFTA warehouse this fall, Garrett will create new sculpture for a solo exhibition at … Continue reading

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WasteDiversions Preview: Pepto stares with red eyes

This week we’ll be offering previews of MFTA Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, WasteDiversions, which opens this Thursday, March 29! Each day until Thursday’s opening reception, we’ll show two works featured in the exhibition. The assemblage above is a collaboration between MFTA … Continue reading

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Free Parent Engagement Workshops: Bring students, families, and staff together through art

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Bring families, students, and staff together through art

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Art of Reuse: Spring professional development workshop series

This spring at MFTA, learn to creatively reuse items from your recycling bin to make extraordinary art projects! While open to the public, the Art of Reuse workshop series is especially designed for community-based educators: After school providers, social service … Continue reading

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Art emerged from New York City’s waste stream on the third Thursday

We are thrilled with the results of our Third Thursday open studios last night! A very creative crowd arrived at MFTA, and after enjoying refreshments, small groups started work on found object sculptures. Check out pictures from the workshop and … Continue reading

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Queens Vocational High School recycling team gets creative with reuse

Last Friday the recycling team from Queens Vocational and Technical High School visited MFTA to learn about art and reuse.  Before their warehouse tour, we discussed how both visual artists and musicians reuse ideas, sounds, and objects in their work–the … Continue reading

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Creative Reuse: From Tribeca to the classroom

Thierry Despont, the architect, designer, and artist, has organized an exhibition which presents contemporary artwork alongside 18th and 19th century furniture and antiques. The exhibition, Le Cabinet de Curiosités, features the work of artists from Marlborough Gallery’s roster including  Despont, … Continue reading

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John Chamberlain, master of creative reuse, dies at 84

“I think of my art materials not as junk but as garbage. Manure, actually; it goes from being the waste material of one being to the life-source of another.” -John Chamberlain, 1927-2011 John Chamberlain was an artist whose practice meshed … Continue reading

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