Jan 5, 2011

Extensions at the Lopez Museum

I love it when there's something culturally significant going-on just a short walk away from home. Yesterday I took the kids for an afternoon field trip to the Lopez Museum, particularly because I guessed their latest exhibit would have something that appeals to a 21st century child's aesthetic sense.


Amongst Jose Rizal's handwritten letters, the Juan Lunas, Hidalgos, Saguils, Bencabs and Manansalas, lo and behold…

Street Art! Click, click, click on photos to enlarge.

Obviously, the curators here are not a stuffy bunch of people. Very forward thinking Lopez Museum. Props! Pilipinas Street Plan (PSP) was responsible for the street art assemblage, which was inspired by an old Philippine map from the Lopez library collection.



The (kidrobot or kidrobot-esque?) vinyl toys represent graffiti which seem to be "creeping-in unnoticed from the street into a museum environment." That's what the brochure says and it makes sense to me. I also guessed right: among the kids favorite sights was the PSP installation. They love kidrobot dolls so that was actually a no-brainer. We hope PSP gives the Keys kids another art course this summer. Please.

Zero In: Extensions runs up to April 20, 2011. Plataporma, Rock Ed and Maya Munoz also contributing greatly to this very engaging exhibit. For more details, you can call the Lopez Museum at 631-2417.



And look…



museum-sanctioned, DO-IT-YOURSELF graffiti. Hello Little Banskys!



The little girl took up a lot of space. She was thinking Mar the Fish needs a friend. Haha! It was a good way to start the year. I've already said it, but again, Happy New Year crickets!

7 comments:

RONE said...

Thanks for the tip! My earthlings would love that.

Nona said...

You're welcome : ) Enjoy!

tashie's mommy said...

Despite living nearby, I haven't been back in over 5 years. Your post inspired me visit again today, and to take Tasha. It was great to see all the changes and updates the museum had done. We enjoyed the exhibits, the drawing and our time in the library. It was just wonderful! Thanks for sharing. :)

Nona said...

Hi B! Glad you and Tasha enjoyed. Hope she found some space to write her own graffiti on the wall : )

tashie's mommy said...

The wall graffiti was gone, but they had sketchbooks in every room which Tasha enjoyed. :) By the way, on another topic, thought you might find this parenting read from the Wall Street Journal controversial but surely interesting: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html

Nona said...

Wow. What an article. My mouth dropped open as early as when I read her kids could not have a play date, be in a school play, get grades less than A, choose their own curricular activities, etc. Discussing it with take longer than an entire book club meeting! Thanks for the interesting link : )

The Viva La Vida Mamas said...

Correction above: I meant EXTRA-curricular activities.