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Expanding Our Minds With This Year's Art Institute Project

November 01, 2017

  • Miss Expanding Universe

With the new school year in full swing, it is time for another Art Institute Project. This year the chosen piece is a sculpture called ‘Miss Expanding Universe’ by Isamu Noguchi. This sculpture is very inspiring and, I think, abstract enough that the children will come up with a wide range of ideas when interpreting it. I am always amazed at the creativity of our children, making this my favorite Art project of the year. I love that the children can take the stimulus in whichever direction they choose and that each classes outcome is unique.

As a bonus this year, the Art Institute project is linked with this year’s MIT theme of ‘Navigating Tomorrow.’ As a department, we are always trying to find new ways to collaborate and show the children all the ways our subjects interlink.  When I met with the Art Institute to select this year’s piece, we used the MIT theme as the focus for our discussion. Several pieces were considered, but this sculpture seemed to fit perfectly. The piece also comes with an interpretive dance and costume. As a result, the Art department will work closely with our dance and music departments to see how we can really highlight the ‘A’ in STEAM.  I am excited to see the outcome of this year’s project and look forward to showing you all at our gallery exhibit in summer term.

I would encourage everyone to take a trip the Chicago Art Institute to see the sculpture in person and learn a little more about Isamu Noguchi.