The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to present Summer School, on its 9th floor gallery from June 9 – August 12,
This expansive group exhibition highlights artists who ignite our imagination through fantasy, humor, and play. Accompanying educational programming will include artist-led workshops, tours, and events, created with and driven by the interests of children and their families. The artworks in Summer School resonate across generational lines. “Creative Thinker,” John Baldessari’s dualtone proclamation, and Alex Israel’s dreamy, Disneyland-inspired self-portrait, set the tone for the exhibition in which everyday ideas are transformed into extraordinary objects of wonder: Robert Therrien’s wonky tower of giant plates; Awol Erizku’s stacked basketball hoops slyly nodding to minimalist sculpture; Tara Donovan’s dizzying and seemingly endless wall-mounted Slinky® maze; Gina Beavers’s thick, impasto painting of psychedelic soft serve ice cream; and Ugo Rondinone’s monumental suspended lightbulb, colored to represent the light of the thirteenth hour of the day. Other works contain complex, internal systems of logic that are more participatory in their nature: Tom Sachs’s riddle and game board, which logs all attempts to play it; Tim Rollins’s collaborative work with members of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), wherein organic patterns obscure Darwin’s Origin of Species; Jennifer Dalton’s colorful gumball sculpture; and Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s interactive and shimmering pile of patriotic red, white, and blue candy.