Le Monster Returns: MCA Artists Bring Le Bonheur Patient Drawings to Life
Exhibit on View from Oct 7 – Nov 4 with Monster-themed Reception on Oct 28
After its enormously successful inaugural Le Monster exhibit last fall, MCA and Le Bonheur collaborate again to bring the community Le Monster, Part Boo. In this whimsical exhibit, MCA’s community of students, faculty, and staff have reimagined drawings of monsters originally created by the hospital’s child patients.
The project aligned with Le Bonheur’s Child Life “Art Cart” program over the summer, which gave patients the option of expressing themselves by drawing a monster. Some patients drew interpretations of their favorite classic monsters and villains, while others produced original creations ranging from scary and silly, to benevolent and bizarre.
The MCA community of artists then selected from among the 125 monster drawings and reimagined the monsters in their own styles and in various media, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, sewn fabric creations, collages, digitally created images, metal structures and wood-turned figures. The project was proposed by MCA Associate Professor Michele Noiset after being inspired by The Monster Project, an international program in which artists from around the world reinterpret children’s original artwork.
“We’re thrilled to have so many students, faculty, and local creatives participate. Funlola Coker, Lisa Tribo, Veda Reed, and Haley Morris-Cafiero will all be making monsters for the exhibit,” says MCA Gallery, Exhibit, and Lecture Coordinator, Melissa Farris, who is also creating a monster this year.
Photos of in-process and completed work may be found online through the event’s work-in-progress Facebook page.
A family-friendly, monster-themed celebration of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6–9 p.m. in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall in Overton Park. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes or monster-themed attire. Attendees have the opportunity to meet the MCA artists, view the original artwork, and purchase selected works. All proceeds benefit the artist directly, Memphis College of Art’s Scholarship Fund, and Le Bonheur’s Child Life Program.
Le Monster is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community every year. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon–5 p.m., and Saturday noon–7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.