Hillcrest Art Students Explore Museum of Contemporary Art


Hillcrest art students explore Museum of Contemporary Art. (9/2017)

A field trip, led by Art Teacher Mrs. Adebesin Mason was held for Hillcrest students to observe the Murakami exhibit held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Students from various art courses participated in the field trip to view the work of popular Japanese art Takashi Murakami who students were familiar with from his work with Rap/Hip Hop artist Kanye West and were excited to see the artist’s work in person. The show, titled Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, featured “a major retrospective of his paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works—many of which are being shown in North America for the first time—to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings.

According to Timeon Oyeyemi (‘18), “Murakami’s art style resonates with my aesthetic preference and I hope to learn from his process, so I may include this knowledge in the development of my Advanced Placement Studio Art portfolio.”

Hillcrest’s Mrs. Adebesin Mason believes “visits to museums and galleries aids in the art students realization of the position of artwork in everyday society,” thus extending the classroom into the world and encouraging participation in the arts by our students.  

For more information about Hillcrest’s art classes or field trips, please contact Mrs. Adebesin Mason.

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