Clyfford Still, Art, and the Young Mind, March 11–August 7, 2022, is a community-wide collaborative exhibition examining the aesthetic preferences of early learners using Still’s artworks as a basis for study. Installed in five of the Clyfford Still Museum’s galleries and based on current research and fieldwork, the exhibition will investigate five significant themes in the visual development of infants through early childhood: high contrast, pattern, scale, recognizable imagery, and bright, highly saturated colors. Gallery text, video, and audio will reveal how children in the community responded to these themes and how Still achieved an art form that continues to resonate through time by mastering these fundamental visual motifs.
The remaining galleries will be arranged in a chronological narrative and will highlight works from the collection selected with families and young children in mind. CSM’s curatorial and educational staff worked with young children (ages six months – eight years old) and teachers from partner schools and childcare centers around the Denver metro area on every level of the exhibition, including artwork selection and arrangement, object interpretation, gallery text, and programs.
Though primarily created by and for early learners, Young Minds will include various levels of engagement for all ages to explore and enjoy.