MIDNIGHT IN CENTRAL PARK: UNGA POCH KID
There are purple flowers, orchids and grapes.
Purple is the color of Patricia's rain coat, the priests' vestments and wine.
Soft edges float with uncertainty like rain clouds.
Fog, cotton, marshmallows, mud.
Green is rough.
Green is smooth.
Green is a walk in the new mowed lawn
This poem was created as part of the "Meet Me at MoMA" project. The session was led by Museum Educator, Riva Blumenfeld.
She had participated in staff training I provided at MoMA last year and she used some of the APP techniques
in leading the session. She asked a series of questions:
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS COLOR PURPLE?
THESE EDGES ARE SOFT LIKE...
IF I WERE TO TOUCH THIS GREEN SHAPE IT WOULD FEEL LIKE...
IF I WERE THE ARTIST I WOULD CALL THIS PAINTING...
The group's answers form the lines of the poem.
Riva and I reconnected last week at the Practice & Progress: The MoMA Alzheimer's Project Exchange and I was excited to learn from her that she had been using the APP techniques and having success.
Painting No. 3/No. 13 by Mark Rothko
Bequest of Mrs. Mark Rothko through The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York