VCS alumna Shellyne Rodriguez is one of two artists featured in “Moving Through the Migration Series,” a recently published interview on the MoMA Learning blog. The post presents a discussion between MoMA Associate Educator for Teen and Community Programs Calder Zwicky, Kerry Downey, and Shellyne about their experiences leading tours through the current exhibition “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works,” and some of the other projects they’ve done with the museum.
Here is Calder Zwicky’s introduction to the interview:
How does artwork created within a specific cultural and political context connect with viewers across multiple generations and disparate locations? How can an institution remain relevant to contemporary audiences while maintaining a commitment to preserving and championing artwork from past generations? Shellyne Rodriguez and Kerry Downey are two longtime teaching artists working with MoMA’s Community and Access Programs who, in addition to their work across a wide range of educational groups, both run the majority of the Museum’s Community Partnerships—a 10-year initiative that provides free in-depth arts projects for a cohort of 24 non-profit NYC organizations, all of whom have been historically underserved by traditional museum-based programming. The Jacob Lawrence exhibition has spurred a number of internal conversations between the three of us, all based around our work with our partners and within the show itself. What follows is an edited version of a multi-week e-mail correspondence that we conducted surrounding Kerry and Shellyne’s recent Jacob Lawrence-related tours, art projects, and programs.
You can read the rest of the interview on the MoMA Learning blog.
Shellyne has also written in the past on the museum’s INSIDE/OUT blog about some of the work she’s done as a MoMA Educator. You can find that post here.