A looking and discussing activity
Gallery: Tate Modern
Materials: No additional materials required, just gallery stools for comfort!
Preparation: Please contact us to check if the artworks will be on display when you plan to visit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Organise the group into three smaller groups and spend five minutes on the following areas:
- Ask the first group to decide why this artwork, Tacita Dean’s The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days 1997, is in a display entitled Material Gestures. What does this mean? If they need help with this, ask them to notice what sort of gestures are used in the artwork: big / small / gentle / vigorous etc.
- Ask the second group to notice what materials are used.
- Ask the third group to look at what the artwork is showing us. For example, is there a story to be told?
After five minutes reconvene and share ideas on the above.
- It is important the group notice that chalk and blackboards have been used as the materials
- Discuss together why Tacita Dean would choose such fragile materials
- There are links between the ephemeral nature of these materials and the fragile aspect of us, as humans, here shown in the storyboards
Tacita Dean has acknowledged that she is influenced by Mark Rothko. You can also look at Rothko’s works and discuss the use of gestures in these paintings too.