Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Jason Hackenwerth @ The New Children's Museum
Playing with Agartha
I love when "play" is associated with "art". I love to see my children happy when they go see the creatures made of thousands of balloons created by Jason Hackenwerth at the New Children's Museum or Tara Donovan's show at MCASD. I would like them to think that art is a beautiful component of their everyday life, not necessarily something super expensive and inaccessible.
What Hackenwerth did for the kids at the Museum is great. It is a gift, they can play with Agartha, they can also enjoy the other creatures suspended in the museum for a while, until they deflate. We missed the construction of the creatures, which was public.
Each month the museum highlights the work of a contemporary artist. Lot of them are local, some, like Hackenwerth do not work here. Artists participating in the current museum's program "AnimalArt": Roman de Salvo, Felipe Dulzaides, Sam Easterson, Jason Hackenwerth, Sun K. Kwak, Julio Morales, Marco Ramirez Erre, Ernest Silva, Mungo Thomson, Perry Vasquez and Allison Wiese.
These programs are not well-known outside of the circle of the parents/kids. But it is great that an institution like the New Children's Museum develops that type of relationship between contemporary art and the children. It is very much needed.
The membership for the whole family for one year is $85 ($75 if you bring 20 recyclable grocery plastic bags).
The New Children's Museum
200 West Island Avenue
San Diego, California 92101