Arshile Gorky: Child’s Companions
The Yellowstone Art Museum (Billings, MT) created an interactive experience around Arshile Gorky’s Child’s Companions, on display in conversation with the museum’s permanent collection from September 2017 – September 2018.
The painting was shown in YAM’s permanent collection installation, Boundless Visions, which is designed to connect the artists of Montana and the region with those in the broader canon of art. It serves as a distinguished, refreshing, and pivotal piece in an ongoing effort to present and clarify Modernism within the history of American art.
The team at YAM created an interpretive: a four-sided cabinet that employs two tablet computers, each offering a different way to respond or learn about Gorky. Two sides have activities that reinforce activities happening in tours and workshops, offering visitors a chance to explore in a hands-on way. The four themes are:
- REACT: visitors can record a short video of their first reaction to Child’s Companions, or view other people’s reactions.
- REDEFINE: explores how Gorky redefined himself, and gives visitors a chance to create their own alter ego.
- REVEAL: invites visitors to use maps and share where they are from, and where their ancestors came from.
- RECREATE: uses magnets – words and shapes – to invite visitors to create their own surrealist works of art.
Art Bridges support included:
- Programming & Evaluation Project – support for the interactive as well as additional youth and adult programs. Applicable program costs include honoraria for presenters, printing, some advertising support, IT, and some scholarships for students to take workshops.