Art Lab: Cecily Brown & Midori Hirose – Inside the Artist’s Studio

Featuring Cecily Brown: Rehearsal and Bloom Projects Exchange Series: Midori Hirose, Of the Unicorn (And the Sundowner Kids)
January 28 - June 3, 2018

Experience the exhibition in a whole new way in our Art Lab, an interactive interpretive space that encourages active engagement with the art and artists featured in our exhibitions. You are invited to explore educational resources and express yourself creatively: be inspired by the same images as Cecily Brown while you practice sketching with watercolors at the Rehearsal Table; express yourself in three dimensions like Midori Hirose and sculpt with clay at the Sundowner Mountain; share what stimulates your creativity and add it to the Mad Lib Inspiration Board. Relax in the cozy corner, listen to the tunes of the curated exhibition playlist, browse the iPad for information on the artists, and enjoy books in our art library for adults and kids of all ages.

Cecily Brown - Additional Resources

Open PDF of the microsite

Midori Hirose - Additional Resources

Open PDF of the microsite

Engage Guide

Cecily Brown, Untitled (Bestiary)(detail), 2011

Cecily Brown: Drawings, Paintings, and their Inspiration

Open PDF of the slideshow

Sundowner Mountain

Inspired by the 3D scanned and printed sculptures of Midori Hirose, visitors are invited to sculpt with non-hardening modeling clay following a variety of prompts.

Mad Lib Inspiration Board

What Inspires You?

Artists find inspiration in many places: stories, nature, social causes, the human form, color, feelings etc. The two artists in the exhibitions are inspired by history in its broadest sense.

Painter Cecily Brown sources a wide variety of materials, often works by well known masters of art history, like Edgar Degas and William Hogarth, but also popular culture, like the 1968 record cover of Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland.

Portland based Midori Hirose is interested in excavating community stories. For this exhibition she focuses on the culture and the environment of Santa Barbara.

Rehearsal Table

Create a (watercolor) sketch! Be inspired by select images of Cecily Brown’s drawings and her source materials from art history and popular culture.

Open PDFs of the inspiration images:

Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland cover
Animals, A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources

3D Scanning FNU Yenni

Midori Hirose 3D scanning FNU Yenni for her sculpture included in Of the Unicorn (And the Sundowner Kids)

Past Art Labs

Making art in the art lab

Art Lab: assume vivid astro focus

Mask Making Throughout their career the artist collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf) has used masks to examine questions of identity and freedom of expression.…

Art Lab @ MCASB

The Art Lab is an interactive learning space in the Museum that encourages active engagement with the art and artists featured in our exhibitions. Here you will find educational resources and hands-on activities, and we invite you to play to explore. The lab theme changes with each exhibition and complements the art on view with engagement opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara CA, 93101

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