The Learning Lab
The Learning Lab is a non-profit educational department created in 2015 by the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation team with the aim of providing educational tools for anyone interested in art, color and the enjoyment of the artwork of Cruz-Diez. The organization produces workshop manuals, videos and other pedagogical materials to be used in the context of exhibitions, in the classroom or at home.
The ethos behind the Learning Lab stems from Cruz-Diez’s desire to share his research with young people, explaining how color behaves to open their minds and stimulate thinking outside the box. For Cruz-Diez, his most receptive audience is children, and those that are children at heart, as children are not polluted with learned concepts about meanings, symbols and compositions - they just see.
Our activities and advice are meant to guide educators to strengthen their own educational activities. We have partnered with institutions across the world such as Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Museo del Barrio, Pasquart, Daelim Museum, Casa Daros, amongst many others.
Our activities work best in solo or collective exhibitions as an accompaniment to the classical works of Cruz-Diez. We have created a pedagogical handbook that provides a general introduction to color and activities related to each of Cruz-Diez’s investigations.
The activities kits, produced by the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation in conjunction with Cruz-Diez and his workshops, are available for purchase. They are intended for use in exhibitions, art centers, and schools. Please contact us for more information.
The mission of the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation is to spread the reach of the work of Cruz-Diez, inviting people to know more about his works and contribution to the history of art. His artworks, research on color and philosophy of life can be inspiring. Publishing books in multiple languages, both in print and digital formats, is one of the ways the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation transmits Cruz-Diez’s artistic and conceptual legacy.
So far we have published three books independently; Cruz-Diez In Black and White (2013), Cruz-Diez: Vivir en arte: Recuerdos de lo que me acuerdo [Cruz-Diez: Life in art: Memories of what I remember] (2014) and 10 Years, Cruz-Diez Foundation (2015). We have also produced 11 books in collaboration with various institutions including Cruz-Diez Reflection on Color (2009), Cruz-Diez: Color Espacial (2014) and Cruz-Diez: The Autonomy of Color (2017).
Our new collection, Conference and Study (2017), launches this year and the first title, The Autonomy of Color by Ariel Jiménez, is now available to purchase in the gift shop. This collection publishes the writings of art critics and art historian masters students that have contributed new thinking on Cruz-Diez, kinetic art or reflection about art movements that changed the history of art in the 20th century.
Conferences & Talks
The Cruz-Diez Art Foundation is open to organizing and participating in talks about Cruz-Diez. We are happy to discuss his works, research and concepts and are well versed at sharing his knowledge with a wider audience. Sometimes Cruz-Diez has participated thanks to video technology.
Recent notable talks with the artist have included Cruz-Diez In Conversation with Dr. Joanne Harwood, Director of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, at The Royal Academy of the Arts in London 2014, Cruz-Diez: El arte como invención y comunicación [Cruz-Diez: Art as invention and communication] at TEDx PuntaPaitilla, Panama 2015, Habla con los Pioneros [Talk with the Pioneers] at Art Lima, Peru 2016 and El taller y el maestro [The workshop and the teacher] at IESA School of Art Market & Culture, Panama 2016.
Interactive Random Chromatic Experience
Cruz-Diez has always been interested in new technologies, discovering new solutions to further his work and involve the public. It was back in 1995 that he originally created a programme for a computer with the help of his son, Carlos Cruz Delgado, who used his programming knowledge to deliver what Cruz-Diez wanted.
First available on floppy disk, it was updated for the CD format in 2001, doubling as a Chromointerférence Manipulable [Manipulable Chromointerference] sculpture. By discovering a way to share his tool with the viewer, Cruz-Diez allows people to experience the intimacy of an artist’s workshop, but without the critical look of an artist, rather a playfulness not ruled by logic.
The Interactive Random Chromatic Experience will let you play with colored shapes and lines, creating your own interpretation much like a musician interprets a musical score. A version is available to museums and exhibitions for use with large screens.