One of our favorite ways of spending a Sunday afternoon is at MoMA PS1 on Long Island City. Yakuza Baby and I love hanging out at The Meeting, by James Turrell. Everyone sits on the rectangular (or might it be square) bench. There’s no where to turn your gaze except at each other, at the sky. The sky in the middle of the ceiling feels real, but it’s so blue, and it’s so clear. At different points, it makes us wonder if it’s really there or it is simply an illusion.
The best of art and education does this. It makes us:
- question our assumptions
- connect to other people in surprising ways
- see what’s in front of us every day as if for the first time
Yakuza Baby attending a meeting with the sky.
- Yen Yen Woo is Associate Professor of Education, LIU Post in New York and also creator of the bilingual comic book iPad app, Dim Sum Warriors