Monday, March 9, 2009

Reiter8 at the Brooklyn Museum - Part 1

No, not hanging on the walls (yet!?) but in the store and adult education department.

I was thrilled to receive a call from the Brooklyn Museum of Art's Education Department asking if I would be interested in teaching a workshop in conjunction with their upcoming exhibit of Gustave Caillebotte's impressionist paintings.

(Above:Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894). Oarsman in a Top Hat, 1877–78. Oil on canvas, 35 7/16 x 46 1/16 in. (90 x 117 cm). Private collection)

Perhaps best know for his Paris Street: Rainy Day this exhibit draws on paintings held in private collections that focus on his interests of sailing and gardening.

"... approximately forty paintings included in this focused thematic exhibition reveal Caillebotte’s extraordinary passion for subjects in which water plays a central role—as an enigmatic, magical element reflecting its surroundings, as an essential atmospheric ingredient, and as a scene for sporting activities. As a passionate rower and yachtsman, Caillebotte approached his motifs with the trained eyes and hand of an accomplished engineer and sportsman. The exhibition will also include drawings as well as models and sketches for the construction of Caillebotte’s sailboats."

I'll be working with recycled sailboat sails and additional materials to create several travel related projects: key chain, luggage tag and travel journal on Saturday 4/25 from 2-4 pm. The class for adults is free with admission - what a deal! - but space is limited and you must register with an email to

More info on the exhibit and class at The Brooklyn Museums website.

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