In our newest exhibition, Lee Mingwei: The Gifts of Connection, the internationally renowned artist blurs art and life in his work, revealing the potential for beauty in our everyday interactions. In, The Gifts of Connection, four of his major pieces of work come together - 100 Days with Lily, The Tourist, The Living Room, and The Mending Project to demonstrate his interest in uniting people through simple, shared moments.
Both volunteers and visitors are a central part of Lee’s work, he uses participatory installations to foster meaningful connections. A special piece of clothing or an object from someone’s living room becomes a departing point for conversations about experiences and emotions inspired by physical items that hold symbolic meanings. With installations that enable strangers to explore trust and self-awareness, Lee Mingwei celebrates the possibilities of unexpected and meaningful connections.
During this tour, students will take a closer look at contemporary art, where the fusion of community and storytelling takes center stage. Together, we will discuss how Lee Mingwei uses his art to highlight storytelling, healing and connection. Expect open conversations about gift giving, trust and personal identity. Our dialogue will encompass the concept of mending as well as the appreciation of diverse perspectives. Finally, students will take inspiration from these discussions to create their own artwork related to connections, sharing of stories, healing and change.
K-2nd grade project:
Create and share story stones.
2nd-5th grade project:
Build and design an accordion book.
6th-8th grade project:
Mend a gift for a classmate.
9th-12th grade project:
Explore book binding techniques.