Maya Freelon

Thursday 6/21 10:00AM | FREE | Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
Friday 6/22 10:00AM | FREE | Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
Saturday 6/23 10:00AM | FREE | Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
Sunday 6/24 10:00AM | FREE | Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
Event Information

'Reciprocity Respite & Repass'. Experience happiness in this immersive tissue paper sculpture installation at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. Join us for collaborative art making workshops where you can add on to these colorful sculptures.

Artists are conduits for change and visualize a trajectory beyond what we currently know and understand. My tissue paper sculptures speak directly to this, by transforming the time honored tradition of quilt-making, to a new realm of creative discovery.Tissue Quilts are simple, yet complex, bright and bold, kinetic and interactive, massive scale, lightweight and silently powerful. The future includes advances in technology, virtual reality, and inward spaces, as well as the physical experience of awe that takes place when you see a new work of art in person. We access the future by inspiring the minds of tomorrow.

Maya Freelon is an award-winning artist whose artwork was described by poet Maya Angelou as “visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being.” Her unique tissue paper work was also praised by the International Review of African American Art as a “vibrant, beating assemblage of color.”

Freelon was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City 2013, by the Huffington Post’s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know, Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Art Stars as “the most badass female artists in the biz,” and by Complex Magazine’s 15 Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Art World. Freelon was commissioned by Google to design original art for their OnHub router, by Cadillac to create a live-sculpture for their Dare Greatly creative campaign and by the North Carolina Museum of Art to create a collaborative tissue paper sculpture celebrating the opening of their African Art wing.

Freelon has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including Paris, Ghana and U.S. Embassies in Madagascar, Italy, Jamaica and Swaziland. She has been a professor of art at Towson University and Morgan State University, and has attended numerous residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Korobitey Institute and Brandywine Workshop. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College and and Master of Fine Arts from the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.

View more of Maya's current work here.

Installation is open from 10am-6pm.