Pipilotti Rist @ Luhring Augustine: Curricular Connection

In the yellow room we create tiny worlds to play inside. We play with light, shapes, characters, and create our own stories. In the yellow room we are all artists.


Play is processing and our city is full of special opportunities to extend the learning. There is a phenomenal Pipilotti Rist show at Luhring Augustine Gallery right now that connects to our work in school and is also a great vibe/space for kids to explore the art world. I have been a few times and found the show kid accessible. With a little previewing and a solid snack beforehand I think yellow room friends would have a ball. That might sound like, “In an art gallery we look with our eyes and listen closely. Look we can lay down over here and look at the lights!”


You might also….


1. Take some small figurines, a small amount of magnatiles, or stuffies with you to “teach” about or play inside of the world Rist creates.


2. Bring a blanket and lay it out and snuggle in the cozy back room of the show.


3. Skip the show altogether, throw a blanket over a table, and bring some flashlights underneath to tell “shadow stories.”


info here: https://www.luhringaugustine.com/exhibitions/pipilotti-rist4


A Little More Context if You’re Interested:


In Yellow Room Speak (maybe pick one or two things to say – we like to be as simple and direct here):


“Piplotti Rist paints with light.


She makes safe spaces where you can time travel and explore!


It’s ok to close your eyes and just listen.


It’s ok to breathe deep and imagine the colors filling up your whole body when you are inside her art.


When you look at her work find the color of red beets! That’s her favorite food.


She shows you how to look and notice peace and hope.“


In Grown Up Speak: “Pipilotti Rist was born on June 21, 1962 in Rheintal, Switzerland. She likes red beets a lot. Her focus is video/audio installations because there is room in them for everything (painting, technology, language, music, movement, flowing pictures, poetry, commotion, premonitions of death, sex and friendliness) – like in a compact handbag. Her opinion is: Art’s task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities, and to destroy clichés and prejudices.”