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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

STEM and Contemporary Art

  • 1

    Slide Notes

    Students will look at Ellswoth Kelly's "Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red," to see how artists use pure color in compositions. Studetns will compare and contrast to other works in the collection. 

    Students will complete an interactive color mixing activity in the galleries, using transparent colored plastic. 

    Details

    Blue Green Yellow Orange Red

    1968

    Ellsworth Kelly, American, born in 1923

    Dimensions

    120 x 272 inches (304.8 x 690.9 cm) overall

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    2011.93.1-5

    Collections
    Contemporary Art More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

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    2

    Slide Notes

    Pick any work from the "Permission to Be Global" show

    Details

    Description

    Multimedia

  • 3

    Slide Notes

    Students will learn about artwork that use recycled materials. 

    Students will also learn about the collaborative process the artist uses to collect garbage from the land and create art with scores of friends and assistants. 

    Details

    Black River

    2009

    El Anatsui, Ghanaian, born in 1944, active in Nigeria

    Dimensions

    105 x 140 inches (266.7 x 355.6 cm)

    Medium

    Aluminum, bottle caps and copper wire

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    2010.586

    Collections
    Contemporary Art
    On View
    Buttenwieser Gallery (1950s & 1960s) - 259 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • 4

    Slide Notes

    Students will learn how art can imitate processes in nature. 

    Tara Donovan's works often resemble beehives, coral, and other natural scructures. Students will discuss the process of making this work of art, and how it relates to natural processes. 

    Details

    Untitled

    2003

    Tara Donovan, American, born in 1969

    Dimensions

    192 1/16 x 192 1/16 inches (487.8 x 487.8 cm)

    Medium

    Styrofoam cups, hot glue, aluminum structure.

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    2011.1905

    Collections
    Contemporary Art More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • 5

    Slide Notes

    Students will look at the work of Alexander Calder, and discuss his use of material, and concepts such as composition and balance

    Details

    Vache (Cow)

    about 1929

    Alexander Calder, American, 1898–1976

    Dimensions

    40.64 x 60.96 cm (16 x 24 in.)

    Medium

    Brass wire

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    60.240a-b

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Lane Galleries (American Modernism) - 332 More Info

    Description

    Wire sculpture of a cow, with a cow dropping represented by a separate coil of wire. One leg is broken.

    Multimedia

  • 6

    Slide Notes

    Students will discuss scale, materials, and construction

    Details

    Lime Green Icicle Tower

    2011

    Dale Chihuly, American, born in 1941

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 42 1/2 x 7 ft. (1295.7 x 213.4 cm)

    Medium

    Blown glass, steel

    Classification

    Glass

    Accession Number

    2011.1634

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Shapiro Family Courtyard - 130.9 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia