June 1–July 27, 2012 – 6:00 pm | Family Activity
Art Making in the Lobby: The Simple Life
Thursday and Friday evenings from June 1 through July 27, visitors are invited to create cardboard drawings in the Grand Lobby using the modest materials of artist Bill Traylor and inspiration from the exhibition Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, on view in the Ingram Gallery through September 3, 2012.
Born into slavery, artist Bill Traylor moved to Montgomery, Alabama, around 1928 where he began drawing at the age of 82. Most of his works were composed with limited materials like found cardboard, pencils and poster paint to portray his own life experiences and observations. Traylor’s ability to create such moving artwork from simple geometric shapes and the few materials that were available to him is what solidified his place among some of the most respected American artists from the twentieth century. Following in Traylor’s footsteps, visitors will be using colored pencils and charcoal on cardboard to create their own piece of artwork reflecting their life experiences. This art-making activity in the Grand Lobby is free and open to all visitors.