A couple months ago, out of the blue, I received an email from the Brooklyn Museum asking if I'd like to do some participatory art form them. My response was, YES!!!! But I tried to phrase it so that I didn't come across as a deranged garden gnome who was finally getting to feast on the flesh of that uppity flamingo.
When I actually went down to the museum and talked to them about what they wanted, they said they'd like something for visitors to interact with at their First Saturday parties, which regularly draw thousands of people. So their first question was, "Have you ever done interactive art for a thousand people?" Not yet!
They seem to be willing to take a chance on me, though, so we came up with a plan in which visitors to the Brooklyn Museum will receive a riddle to which the answer is an object in the museum. When the visitors solve the riddle and find the object, they inform a docent who gives them a 20"x20" tile with collage-by-numbers instructions on it. After using programs/poster/catalogs from various Brooklyn art institutions to collage the tile, visitors then receive instructions to place the tile on the floor of the Beaux-Arts Court. When all the tiles have been found, decorated, and placed, they will form a 1200 sq ft Brooklyn themed mosaic.
It's happening this Saturday, December 1st, 5pm-11pm, at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn. It free, so come join in the fun!
Special thanks to all my kind friends who have helped create the hundreds of tiles needed to make this happen!