How Are You?

Through Mar 31, 2022

MoMA

Elvin Flores. Robin and Batman. 2020. Marker on paper. 9 x 12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm). Courtesy of the artist. A colorful drawing on white paper of two figures standing on a black wavy ground between a long yellow and red leafed plant that divides the page. The larger figure on the left has hot pink eyes and a gaping red smile, pointy ears, purple spiked hair, and an upright red tail with pink scales going up its back. It reaches toward the smaller figure on the right with its pink and red clawed arms. The figure on the right, outlined in red and filled in with a mustardy brown, has its hands up and a surprised expression.
  • Education Center, Mezzanine The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Founded by the nonprofit AHRC NYC, ArTech Collective provides opportunities for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities to express themselves creatively and expand their practice through artistic development. ArTech enables individuals to realize their full potential as artists by providing studio spaces, art supplies, and access to an artistic community and mentorship.

Over the past year, Access Programs at MoMA and ArTech Collective artists across New York City’s five boroughs participated in an extended partnership. The group met virtually every week, learning about the ideas and processes of artists in MoMA’s collection and engaging in conversations about their own work. Between sessions, the artists were invited to create new work inspired by a theme grounded in the current moment, prompting self-reflection and observations about the uncertain state of the world as well as imagining new places and possibilities. The group’s members pushed themselves to experiment with new mediums, share their interpretations and perspectives, and support one another through a global pandemic. We checked in by asking, “How are you?” at the start of every session, making space for each person to share and build community.

Works by ArTech Collective artists are on view in the exhibition Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw.

The Museum of Modern Art strives to create a space for New Yorkers with disabilities to express themselves and feel seen, heard, and valued. We are committed to creating programs and resources that support participants’ unique goals, learning styles, and abilities.

For more on MoMA’s commitment to accessibility and information about upcoming programs, please visit moma.org/accessibility.

Organized by Theresa Rodewald, Assistant Educator, Community and Access Programs, MoMA; in collaboration with Pola-Ana Mora, Program Supervisor of ArTech Collective, AHRC NYC; Darinka Vlahek, Director of Program Services, AHRC NYC; and Magdalena Kosciuch, Transition Developer, AHRC NYC.

Volkswagen of America is proud to be MoMA’s lead partner of education.

Access and Community Programs are supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Major support is provided by The Taft Foundation and by the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Fund for Older Adults at MoMA in honor of Agnes Gund.

Additional funding is provided by the Estate of Gordon M. Pradl, the Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, Allene Reuss Memorial Trust, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation, Megara Foundation, Langer Family Fund of the New York Community Trust, Von Seebeck-Share B. Charitable Trust, Karen Bedrosian Richardson, Frank J. Antun Foundation, and the Annual Education Fund.

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