New school tour explores connections between art and text.

Opening on July 29 is our new curriculum-driven exhibition TXT/MSG at Spalding House. This exhibition delves into the communicative nature of art through the use of text, the principles of design, visual narratives, and looks at how one’s emotional, physical, and psychological response to an object, image or experience can shape it’s meaning.

On view will be Bennett Lieberman’s visual poems inspired by the descriptive names of paint swatches from the hardware store and an installation by Tae Kitakata and Brittany Powell that brings to life daily conversation through paper-cut words and phrases. Also featured is muralist Aaron Noble whose work deconstructs comic book imagery and narratives on a large scale; political cartoons by 19th-century Frenchman Honoré Daumier and 20th-century Oahuan Corky Trinidad, which reveal the connection of image and text from different times and places, and finally artist Gaye Chan (who is also chair of the UH Department of Art and Art History) adds to that discourse through intimate new media works.

During this activity-filled tour, the galleries turn into writing laboratories as students combine art and words. They will write personal interpretations of artwork, compose colorful poetry, and create words as art with paper and scissors. The tour offers multiple ways to enjoy art and literacy skills in fun ways! Following the hour-long tour, the students will create a work of art inspired by what they saw in the galleries.

This tour is designed for grades K-12, and runs from July 29 to Jan. 10. Registration for the tour is now open.

Thanks to generous support from the Louis L. Borick Foundation, limited funds are available for bus transportation and the MAKE ART activity for Title 1 schools.

Learn more about this FREE tour here.
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Learn more about the FREE TXT/MSG Teacher Workshop here.