Chinati Summer Shake-Up 2018 Video Release

This year’s Summer Shake Up was a spectacular success, with students exploring light, color systems and film. Students pre-K through 8th grade were encouraged to sink deep into Chinati’s works by Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, moving deliberately and thoughtfully through these installations.

This year’s Summer Shake Up was a spectacular success, with students exploring light, color systems and film. Students pre-K through 8th grade were encouraged to sink deep into Chinati’s works by Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, moving deliberately and thoughtfully through these installations. The works’ mysteries fueled observations, which led to questions, which resulted in more proclamations and further questions. How do the yellow and blue Flavin bulbs make pink on the wall instead of green? Look how those diamonds of light climb up the Irwin’s fabric. If we stand still for a few minutes, how does the scene change?

Students had these experiences in mind when they turned to making their own work over the four-week class. They delved into fantastical projections, made color block movies, created large-scale paintings out of mylar and worked together on intentional installations. These works, which contained magic of their own, were shared with the public at a June 30 reception at which their guests wandered among the installations and marveled at the videos and film that were live-scored by professional musician Brian LeBarton.