Opposites Abstract: A Mo Willems Exhibit
Is this dark? Is this light? Is this broken? Is this fixed?
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is proud to debut a new exhibit based on the exploration of opposites in best selling children’s book author/illustrator Mo Willems’ recent book, Opposites Abstract.
Taking inspiration from the eye-popping, emotive and highly-accessible words and images of the book, the exhibit leads children and former children of all ages to explore the complicated yet simple concept of opposites in their own unique way through hands-on experiences, art making and performances.
what you'll find
Explore opposites with these hands-on activities:
Twenty colorful, large-scale ink and acrylic paintings on paper created by Mo Willems explore opposites through abstraction and provoking questions that help us explore how we see and experience the world.
As you draw lines and shapes on one side of a screen, compare it to the OPPOSITE drawing that appears on the other side.
Choose a pair of OPPOSITES, then use the buttons and rollers to change how the words look. Do the changes affect what the words mean? How many different combinations can you make?
Hold one of the masks or cards up to the screen and press the button. How do the colors change? How does the reverser change the feeling of the image?
Play a melody, then turn the crank to change the speed of the music and notice how the song changes.
Pull a lever to send an individual ball through a group of pegs. See if you can make the ball disappear into one of the groups.
Create your own abstract artwork using light, color and shadow play. Move the colorful and translucent shapes to create your composition. Choose an OPPOSITE ABSTRACT question to go with your artwork
Intentionally stack colored shapes in a vertical frame to build a composition. Once complete, pull the knob to dump the blocks onto the table top. How does this accidental composition compare to your intentional arrangement?
Combine an Element of Art and an OPPOSITE into a single artwork and hang your work in the section of the board that represents the two ideas.
Touch the art and discover! This tactile book features raised lines and textures that make artwork more accessible for people who are blind, have low vision or like to learn through touch. Created by Touch Graphics, Inc.
Opposites Abstract: A Mo Willems Exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Mo Willems Studio. Art © Mo Willems