A Message from Board Chair Jody Harrison Grass and Executive Director Irvin Lippman
The Boca Raton Museum of Art strives to enable rewarding experiences with art for people of all ages, and our Education Department has a long history of serving children and adults with disabilities and special needs.
In September, we launched Conversations that Matter, a new program that delves into issues and ideas that affect our community. The first panel discussion was on how can we in the arts create interactive experiences and encourage self-expression and personal growth for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
Our panel participants wonderfully underscored the potential of looking at art and creating art to improve quality of life for millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Indeed, experiences with art are often transformative, enabling all people to live with dignity, purpose, and joy.
Our fall exhibitions Clifford Ross: Waves and Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge celebrate artwork from two very different art-making traditions, an attribute that has become a hallmark at the Museum.
It would seem obvious that, with a coastal address such as ours, we would naturally be fascinated by the subject of waves; thus our interest in Clifford Ross’s monumental body of work. But the subject of Clifford’s photographs is as much about unpredictable shapes as the action of waves, as much about abstraction as realism.
This is all brought to a high point with his most recent work — Digital Waves, an LED wall in which the artist’s memory of the sea has been recreated with the aid of computer-generated animation. Happily, the work has been acquired by the Museum and will reside in our galleries long after this exhibition ends.
Maren Hassinger has used as her inspiration the banyan tree in Pearl City, our historic African-American community that is only a few blocks from the Museum. The public was invited to join her in making the aerial roots for the banyan tree out of richly textured streams of newspapers.
The volunteers, throughout the summer, twisted sheets of newspapers, creating one streamer after another, sharing stories around a table set up in the Museum’s Grand Hall and community-based workshops. The project has been supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation. Installed in the Museum’s gallery, it becomes a metaphorical banyan tree that celebrates the Tree of Knowledge as the banyan tree is known in the Pearl City neighborhood.