Our Materials Lab is a makerspace located within the museum at the corner of 4th & Robert Streets. Anyone is invited to walk in, sit down, get creative or just hang out and witness others in action. Prompts are available to get you started, and change with each exhibition. Occasionally, artists host workshops in the Materials Lab that riff off artworks on view or respond to something in the world that has captured their imagination. The Materials Lab is free and open during regular gallery hours.
In the Materials Lab: Creative Reuse
In conjunction with the M’s summer exhibit, David Hamlow: Mirror Stage, the Materials Lab will be set up with supplies for gallery visitors to make their own creations from recyclable consumer packaging. Who needs oil paint when you have oil-based take-out containers? We invite you to take a cue from artist David Hamlow, and create something new with cast-off materials with this art-making activity encouraging you to give creative new life to materials typically tossed out after a single use. Take recycling into your own hands. Make art, not trash!
Response Wall: Love Letters to the Earth
What’s your wish for Mother Earth? What are your hopes for her waters, grasses, critters, and future? Write the earth a letter, and post it for others to see and consider as they look through the exhibit in the gallery.
The Materials Lab is closed through April 25, 2017, while the gallery space is closed for installation of our next exhibitions.