YRT MARCH 5, 2017

PRELIMINARY ACTIVITIES

MINDFULNESS

  1. Yoga (self, pair)
  2. Check-in

STATE OF MIND

  1. To be (you want time and space to yourself)
  2. To unwind (you want to release thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc.)
  3. To connect (you want to engage with other people, places, ideas, etc.)
  4. To make meaning (you want to make, create, do, take action on an idea already in your mind)

GROUP ACTIVITIES

  1. Meet Creative Person of the Day: Mark di Suvero
  2. Visit di Suvero's sculptures on Stanford campus
  3. Make sculptures with pipe cleaners

MEET CREATIVE PERSON OF THE DAY: MARK DI SUVERO

Mark di Suvero, Abstract Expressionist Sculptor (b. 1933, Shanghai, immigrated to U.S. in 1941, studied philosophy at Berkeley, worked in NYC)

What do you see?

Miwok & Sieve of Eratosthenes

MAKE SCULPTURES WITH PIPE CLEANERS

Side Challenging: Discover di Suvero's Intentions --- Some Clues

  • Di Suvero attended San Francisco City College from 1953 to 1954 followed by the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1954 to 1955. He began creating sculptures while at UC Santa Barbara after reflecting that he couldn't make an original contribution in his philosophy major. Under the guidance of Robert Thomas, who allowed di Suvero to take his sculpting course, his work began to flourish. He transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a B.A. in philosophy in 1957.
  • In the aftermath of the accident, di Suvero realized that he had to find ways to make art that did not depend on his physical strength alone. Over the next few years, he continued to build sculptures from found objects, but he also learned to weld, to operate a crane, and to use other machinery. By the late 1960s, he was making his sculpture exclusively from metal—steel I beams, for the most part—which allowed him to create sculpture at the scale of architecture, and of the modern city.
  • Like the city, di Suvero’s sculptures provided many opportunities for interaction. Some early works incorporated benches or swings, which invited their audiences to experience the work physically as well as visually. As Elizabeth Baker pointed out in Art in America, these seats offered an ideal perspective from which to view the sculptures: from within. Di Suvero strove to make his art as accessible as possible, including to people who do not regularly visit museums or galleries.

Before we leave, set your intention for the personal activity when you return.

PERSONAL ACTIVITIES/PROJECTS

  1. Musical project
  2. Khaled Hosseini - Kite Runner
  3. Challenge - discover di Suvero's intentions, particularly re two Stanford sculptures
  4. Write up notes from today

After you finish your personal activity, write about your creative process and your little memory from today.

DONE. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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