Yun-Mo Ahn and Jacque Jarrige's Butterfly project featuring 1000 butterflies created by children with autism
Jacques Jarrige and Yun-Mo Ahn and children with autism
Become a Butterfly by Yun-Mo Ahn at Valerie Goodman Gallery
Become a Butterfly - Yun Mo Ahn + Jacques Jarrige - Traveling exhibition
Valerie Goodman Gallery hosts the work of Yun-Mo Ahn created with children with autism in Korea and in the U.S.. The 1000 paper butterflies are displayed at the 42nd Street bus terminal, the Queens Museum, the Rockefeller Preserve and MoMA
Become a Butterfly presenting work by Yun-Mo Ahn, Jacques Jarrige and their collaborators.
Valerie Goodman Gallery is committed to promoting artists with a cause. Yun Mo Ahn from Seoul, Korea and Jacques Jarrige from Paris, share a passion for working with mentally and emotionally challenged individuals nurturing their artistic talents. Together they have originated “Become a Butterfly,” an ever-growing exhibition to create awareness about autism and mental illness. In Korea, Yun Mo Ahn has been working with autistic children for the last six years, organizing exhibits in museums, galleries, schools and institutions. These shows have contributed to a growing collective body of an imaginative colorful artwork: The artist Yun Mo Ahn’s sensitivity and inventiveness has inspired children to participate in his creative projects and to share their dreams. The “Become a Butterfly” exhibition, now touring Korea, initiates a progressive goal by Yun Mo Ahn; to reach an international audience by incorporating the work of disabled children and adults from around the world, thus supporting the funding of research and treatment of autism. By enlisting French artist Jacques Jarrige, who for years, has taught sculpture in a mental hospital, Paris, France. Mr. Ahn has found a great ally in raising awareness about autism. Both Mr. Ahn and Monsieur Jarrige have been emotionally enriched by their experiences as visual communicators and creators. By addressing difference as an opportunity like a cultural and language condition, something awe inspiring and beautiful is evolving through their programing- placing stricken patients on an equal footing with other children. “Butterfly Art” is a significant tool breaking through their isolation. It is about hope and belonging. The Valerie Goodman Gallery has partnered with the McCarton Foundation to introduce the “Become a Butterfly” concept in the United States, starting with New York. The goal is to reach hundreds and more children on the entire Autism spectrum offering opportunities that will enable them to express their individuality. The first USA butterfly artwork sessions will take place at the McCarton Foundation, 331 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10001 supervised by Yun Mo Ahn and Valerie Goodman. The Museum of Modern Art will conduct a special tutoring program at their educational department on March 23, 2014. Images produced in America added to the work from Korean children will be presented as curated exhibitions at the Valerie Goodman Gallery, the 42nd Street Bus Terminal, The Art Gallery at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and the Museum of Modern Art.