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All the feels

All the feels

October 28, 2016 // by Anthony Aiuppy

What do a beret, a pair of binoculars, and a piece of bronze plumbing have in common? 

Can you guess?

If you're stuck, let me help.

Tactile Bag Retro-spective Bronze Fitting
Feel a piece of bronze like the material used in Joel Shapiro's Untitled sculpture. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Tactile Bag Alex Katz Beret
Don a beret just like Alex Katz's wife in January. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Tactile Bag Retro-spective Cyanotype Fabric
Touch a piece of light-sensitive cyanotype fabric while viewing Christian Marclay's cyanotypes. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

The next time your family comes to MOCA Jacksonville, ask the person at the front desk for a Tactile Bag. That's right, a Tactile Bag. This handy-dandy bag is filled with fun objects that can help you experience the artworks on view in the galleries not only with your eyes but also with your hands.

While you cannot touch the works of art in the gallery, you will be able wear a beret in front of Alex Katz's January, manipulate and feel the texture of bronze while viewing Joel Shapiro's Untitled sculpture (which is made from the same type of material), and play a game of “I Spy” with Ethan Murrow's mural Plethora while looking through binoculars. Don't forget to look up!

Tactile Bag Project Atrium Binoculars
Use the binoculars to see things that are far away. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Tactile Bag Retro-spective Film
Hold a roll of film like those used before the invention of digital photography. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.
Tactile Bag Retro-spective Aluminum Plate
Hold an aluminum plate just like the ones Joni Sternbach uses to capture her Surfland images. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

You'll also find plenty of items to help you understand the works in Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World, like cyanotype fabric, a roll of film, and an aluminum plate.

Now you know what a beret, a pair of binoculars, and a piece of bronze plumbing have in common. Snap some pictures of your family using the items in your Tactile Bag and share them with us on social media using #MOCAjax. To further enhance your experience, pick up a Family Guide on the third floor.

Tactile Bag Retro-spective Colored Lenses
View artworks like Adam Fuss' LOGOS through different colored lenses. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

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