Mimi’s Dada Catifesto by Shelley Jackson

The story of Mimi’s Dada Catifesto follows a cat’s attempts to woo an artist into taking him home, while also introducing Dada art. The book has a few memorable lines like “Only art that does not look like art is art.” And a rant by the artist to a man dressed as a lobster saying, “…Dada is like …

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The Family Picture

We love going to art museums together. We make ourselves comfortable and have a sincere experience. But we cannot get a family picture of it!  Taking three children under the age of six into an art museum is busy, and these boys are not into photos. Here is the proof (or cry for help).   …

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Des Moines Art Center

Our travel plan included going to Iowa in the winter and sharing a hotel room with three children under the age of 6. Plus, our main activity was going to an art museum. It doesn’t seem like it would be a remarkable vacation, but we would all vote to do it again! We laughed, had …

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Family Art Review: Tape Des Moines

At “Tape Des Moines” by Numen/ For Use (2017), we took photos, we laid on the floor, and we talked. I asked my son why he thought it was made of tape. He said, “Because the artist wants us to think about it.” Why do I take my children to see art with me? Because I …

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Tape Des Moines: Photos

Numen For/Use is a collective of artists based in Europe (starting in Croatia). Their art installations include organic forms made of translucent tape that are suspended in space. They are made entirely by hand and without any computer modeling. “Tape Des Moines” is Numen For/Use’s first art installation in the United States. It is situated …

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Make Painting with Littles Easy

Believe or not, it’s mess-free painting with a 1 year old! I can’t believe that my youngest is one. As the 3rd child, he is super eager to get involved in projects. Instead of passing him the paints, we started using Chinese water painting paper. It’s like the buddha board or water wow products, but …

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Art Parks

We love to visit “art parks” or art collections installed outdoors. Their curation, intention, and influence range just as the size of these parks differ greatly.  Some include more site-specific environmental installations where the work feels more discovered than placed. Others are formally arranged, so it feels like you are walking through a museum but …

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Article for The Other Journal

I wrote about The Floating Piers, an environmental art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, for The Other Journal. In this take, I unpack what the subject of this artwork really is through our story to get there and attempt to show how the real experience of a temporary, celebrity art installation is different than it will …

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Frank Stella: Play

Frank Stella is an abstract painter and printmaker who loves car racing. His print Talladega Three/II is inspired by the famous race track in Alabama. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ “Race to Abstraction” is a display in the children’s gallery explaining the context of this piece. Along with photographs of the Talladega race track, there is …

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Board Book & Art Pairing: Global Babies

Did you see JR’s photos and videos of his new art installation on Instagram yesterday? Like his artwork for the Olympics in Brazil, he created his own scaffolding for his larger than life photograph. This one is closer to home (on the US/Mexico border). In honor of this artwork, I read one of my favorite …

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