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MFTA Gallery and Public Programs

About the Gallery
MFTA’s Gallery presents artwork made with materials and objects found at the Materials for the Arts warehouse. Exhibitions are seen by thousands of artists and educators when they visit MFTA for supplies, as well as students touring the warehouse during school group visits.

The Friends of Materials for the Arts Artist-in-Residence (MFTAir) program provides an artist with workspace in the Materials for the Arts warehouse, as well as the opportunity to create and exhibit new work inspired by the ever-changing warehouse inventory and other found materials.



Institutional Memory: 35mm Slides from the Met’s Collection Reimagined (March 16 – June 2, 2017)
While advances in technology have made physical photographic slides obsolete, this exhibition, created entirely from the recently digitized slide collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reinvents the format as a new artistic medium.

Materials for the Arts, the creative re-use center of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have teamed up to showcase new artwork created and inspired by the Met’s slide collection.

Participating artists include Martina Mrongovius, Michael Kelly Williams, Andrea Wolf, and Dustin Yellin, as well as work produced in the Teens Take the Met workshop with Jean Shin. With 5,000 years of art history at their disposal, these artists’ interpretations provide an opportunity to explore and imagine the future of institutional archives and their role in how we experience museums and culture at large.

Photo Credit: Barbara Korein/Materials for the Arts
P-Credit (+30) Courses:
Learn how free supplies from Materials for the Arts can be creatively reused to make engaging projects for lessons in all content areas. During these studio-style courses, teachers focus on developing lesson plans, aligned with the Arts Blueprint and Common Core Standards for their own students.
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