In light of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the 2020 TEEN TAKE is presented digitally. The labels will be printed and installed in the third-floor Museum galleries when restrictions are lifted and the museum is open to the public, and will remain view through the end of 2020. Click on each artwork image to see it larger in eMuseum.
The emphasis on the crowd suggests that society views sports as a chance to display wealth rather than enjoying the actual event. While the scene depicted is one of the past, the same phenomena occurs throughout generations. The scene relates to images we frequently see in modern society of celebrities sitting courtside. We also know that box seats far away from the game are also highly valued; demonstrating a further dissociation from the game itself.
Cyrus Walker | Lewis Wightman | Selim Emir Can | Lydia Robinson
The picture seems to only have women, including the people in the background; in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture, men would traditionally have been responsible for hunting and may have been out tracking animals for the day. In the background, three women appear to be relaxing and one person is smoking a pipe. It was socially acceptable for women to smoke pipes on occasion. To keep the baby safe, perhaps the women are smoking the pipe away from the baby. How do you spend your free time when you have a day off?
Aarushi Bharadwaj | Gargie Deore
In a traditional museum environment, visitors tend to cruise by or skim labels when viewing art in galleries. The TEEN TAKE is an effort to capture visitors’ attention with a fresh point of view and provides authority to teen voices in gallery spaces. The teen council hopes to also encourage visitors to read the curatorial labels to learn more about the art they are engaging with and drive a more meaningful and deeper experience. Perhaps it will provide a supplemental unexpected interpretive twist. Either way, the TEEN TAKE ultimately elevates and illuminates local youth voices about art in The Rockwell collection.
Each label was created by Rockwell Teen Council members in small groups and involved collaboration with both Education and Curatorial staff. The process provided teen members with professional career development opportunities to learn what happens behind-the-scenes and the enormous amount of research, work and effort that goes into displaying works of art in museums for the public to experience and enjoy.
For example, teens were surprised to learn that at The Rockwell, we try not to write a label longer than 200 words. How do you write and say everything with limited word space? What’s most important to emphasize? How do you make sure people look at the art? It was stipulated that everything included on the label text must reference the art and what you see. Calling out specific details in the art and using clear and concise language that is detail-orientated with descriptive adjectives strengthens the interpretation. Just like with curatorial object labels, the TEEN TAKE final versions were produced through multiple rounds of editing and revisions.
The Teen Council empowers teens as agents of change and fosters creativity through inclusive after-school program sessions that invites new ideas and challenges what we know and think about the museum and its collection. This video was created by Rockwell Teen Council member, Cyrus Walker.
If you are interested in joining the council for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact Amy Ruza at firstname.lastname@example.org or look for updates and application information that will be posted by the end of summer. Please note that the Rockwell Teen Council will only be implemented next fall if social distancing restrictions allow and will follow all recommended safety precautions.« Back to Blog
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