ColorLab transforms a 1,700 square-foot corner of the museum’s second floor, once housing a library, into a hands-on art-making workshop with reading area and curated exhibition. Embodying the pedagogy of Josef and Anni Albers, we set out to define space and program within the restraints of a shoestring budget through allegories of perception. Two art-making areas radiate from a central reading corner. An enfolding lily-pad, the reading corner gathers seats beneath a cluster of giant barnacles floating overhead— an amplification of Josef Albers’s Homage to the Square, woven into a dense three-dimensional tapestry of colored fishing line. Colorwalls of cantilevered cubbies and shelving bracket the lab at twin ends, contemplating interactions of color that draw each eye out to distinct horizons from the reading corner. The Wonderwall, transformed from the room’s original open shelving, curates a heightened sensory experience of the Museum’s art objects. saturated in color rendered in raking, natural light. While in the act of making art in the ColorLab, children see for themselves how color makes space. At living scale, allegories of perception become experience.
Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn New York
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Amanda Schachter, Alexander Levi; Dugan Lunday
Barnacle Weaving: Amanda Schachter, Alexander Levi, Dugan Lunday, Cara Welch, Weronika Kosior, Diana Drogaris, Claire Natirbov with staff and interns of BCM
NYCity Slab; BCM Exhibitions Team