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It will include ATA artists, masters of their craft,
who have contributed to Black culture by creating impactful works
for decades. Some have received national recognition like Bisa Butler,
Jerry Gant, and Faith Ringgold. Many of the artists began their
careers with ATA and through the organization, they received
significant exposure that helped launch their artistic
Generous support for this exhibition is provided by
M&T Bank. Additional support is provided by Novartis.
May 20-22, 2022
Gathering people from around the world, the
convention aspires to share ideas, build relationships, and
grow interest in automata new and old. Beginners as well as some
of the premier artists, collectors, historians, and authors in
the automaton community plan to be in attendance. The convention
will include a variety of private and public programming,
including social gatherings, museum tours, panel discussions,
live demonstrations, workshops, presentations, and exhibitors.
The AutomataCon will kick off with a
social reception on Friday night, followed by two full days of
programs, including a mini film festival and a maker's mash-up.
The latter consists of “shop talk” on tools and techniques.
Traditionally, the talks and presentations relate automata with
art movements, magic, and public entertainment. Programming also
includes a kinetic artists panel and a presentation of “What
Could Possibly Go Wrong?” with automaton builder Bradley Litwin.
The program schedule will be posted on automatacon.org as the date draws
near. Featured attendees include upcoming and well-known automata
artists such as David Bowman, Rajiv Dholakia, Chris Fitch, Tom
Haney, Aaron Kramer, Brad Litwin, and many more.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22,
young inventors and can take part in the action and make their
own automata in a "make and take" activity in the
Spark!Lab. Free with museum admission.
May 6, 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 7, 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 8, 2:00
Member Tickets: $35.00
History, memory, and imagination collide in this new
work of puppet theater about the possibly true life of Poppy, a
Russian Jewish refugee raised in China. Created and performed by
the writer and puppeteer, Sam Jay Gold, All Vows features
five hand-carved wooden puppets, each modeled after Sam’s own
grandfather at different ages in his life. The show explores what
it means to suddenly realize you’re both an inheritor and active
participant in your family history—and that that history is a
Mother's Day Promotion, Sunday, May 8
In honor of Mother's Day, children 18 and under can
come for free when attending with a parent for the Sunday, May 8
performance of All Vows. In order to access and
reserve these free tickets along with a purchase, you must
contact the box office at 973-971-3706.
All Vows was first developed at St. Ann’s Warehouse
Puppet Lab with Matt Acheson and Lake Simons as Lab Co-Directors
at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, in 2019. Additional
development was made possible with the generous support of The
Jim Henson Foundation. All Vows was created partially
in residence at Live Arts at the Morris Museum.
Together with puppeteer Sam Jay Gold, learn about
the characters, stories, and techniques found in the living
tradition of Indonesian Wayang Kulit. Then make your
own shadow puppet! All the materials
are provided in this opportunity to learn, experiment, and create
your own puppet inspired by a centuries-old form of shadow
puppetry and storytelling. Each workshop lasts one hour.
Members First Tuesday
Tuesday, May 3, at 11:30 am
Join us as Puppeteer/theatre artist Sam Jay Gold,
alongside Brett Wellman Messenger, Curatorial Director of Live
Arts, discuss his long-anticipated world premiere, All
Vows. This intensely personal work was developed
during Gold’s residency at the Morris Museum during the
fall of 2021. Having studied traditional forms of puppetry
worldwide from the Czech Republic, Japan, and Bali, his practice
has been rooted in rich and diverse traditions and has been
supported and promoted by the Jim Hensen Foundation, St. Ann's
Warehouse, BAM, and the New York State Puppetry Festival.
This June, gear up for Kinetic Kids! An art class
where art, sound, motion, science, and engineering connect! Over
the course of 4 weeks, students will create kinetic art and automata
with inspiration from Morris Museum’s own juried exhibition, Timeless
Movements: A Cache of Kinetic Art.
Also, check out our new summer program called Artful
Afternoons where each week is inspired by a Museum exhibition.
These dynamic and unique classes will be offered for four weeks
this summer. Due to the variety of media and projects offered
returning students are welcome!
credits (from top to bottom): Bisa Butler, "Basquiat", 2015, Mixed media;
Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), "Seated Mother and Child",
2011, Bronze; David Driskell (1931–2020), "Woman in
Interior", 2008, Silkscreen. Photographs by Elizabeth Catlett
& the Morris Museum. All Vows images courtesy of the
artist. Education program images courtesy of the Museum.