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Take Care with Art After Dark: Slow Dance, Music, and Art Making

October 21, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Join us for a virtual gathering that mixes art inquiry, music sharing, and communal art making.

Led by Mayra Cecilia Palafox, this Art After Dark program looks at Slow Dance by Kerry James Marshall, a painting that is included in the Smart Museum of Art's current exhibition Take Care. As we make close observations, discuss his process of color mixing, the mood of the painting and the two figures, we will also think of what songs come to mind and how that makes us feel. There will be a collaborative playlist for everyone to listen to while we explore with art making.

Join in from home—participants are encouraged to use readily available materials during this live art-making session. There will be a space to share our artworks, process, and listen to music together as we spend time together.

The program will be led by Mayra Cecilia Palafox, an artist and arts administrator based in Chicago and originally from Michoacán, Mexico. She is a Lead Museum educator at the Smart Museum of Art.


FREE. To help build a community of participants, capacity is limited and advanced registration is required.


Suggested materials

  • Oil pastels
  • Collage materials (newspaper, magazines, recycled paper)
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Block printing ink
  • Brayer
  • Sponge
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers

Take Care with Art After Dark

Join the Smart Museum of Art on the third Wednesday of each month for Art After Dark, a series of live art-making gatherings led by our Museum Educators via Zoom. Stay tuned for details on future sessions:

  • November 18, 6–7:30 pm
  • December 16, 6–7:30 pm
  • January 20, 6–7:30 pm
  • February 17, 6–7:30 pm
  • March 17, 6–7:30 pm
  • April 21, 6–7:30 pm

Image: Installation view of Take Care at the Smart Museum of Art, showing work by June Leaf and Kerry James Marshall.