As the novel coronavirus spread, the cultural sector has slowed to a halt: Museums and galleries are shuttered in many countries, and fairs and festivals have been canceled. At the advice of experts, people are hunkering down to self-quarantine and practice social distancing. The situation is evolving quickly, a new reality is being forced upon us, and fields like architecture and painting can seem trivial. And yet, at moments of such isolation and crisis, art, design and performance can offer powerful means of connection – and a welcome escape from the disorienting present. With exhibitions and concerts called off, our editors survey six low-risk ways to experience culture – from David Zwirner’s community viewing platform to coloring sheets from RxART and more.
Coloring From Home with RxART
Every weekday at 4pm, RxART – which taps artists to create site specific displays at children’s hospitals – is streaming live video on Instagram of an artist coloring a page that they conceived for one of the nonprofit’s coloring books. Daniel Heidkamp, Tara Lewis and Sam Falls have all participated so far, nad other big names are on the way. If you have a printer, you (Or the whole family!) can print out the page and work on the same drawing, but do not be dissuaded if that’s not possible. This project fosters camaraderie and community – the simple joy coming together to make some art. Consult the groups’ ‘gram for more information.