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02 Feb 2019

Families and Folk Art: Nightscape Drawings

Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Jamaican artist John Dunkley created nightscape paintings that tell complex stories of the nature, people, and scenes of his homeland. After a guided tour in the galleries, participants will use special glow-in-the-dark materials to create their own mysterious “drawings in the dark.”

Families and Folk Art is held the first Saturday of every month. This program introduces children ages 4 to 12 and their accompanying adults to folk art through interactive discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. Museum admission is always free. Space is limited; registration required.

More info: 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or

Families and Folk Art is supported by the estate of Marlene Gordon.

Image: John Dunkley (Jamaica, 1891–1947), Spider’s Web, n.d., mixed media on canvas, 17 1/8 x 28 3/4 in., Collection of Ernest, Kenneth J., and Tina Dunkley. Photo by Mariela Pascual.

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Free; registration required