Ever since seeing the movie Pollock, I've been wanting to go to the Pollock Krasner House & Study Center, in New York's Long Island. This summer I finally got to go and am so grateful to have had that experience.
It isn't often that you get to experience an artist's personal space like this...let alone walk on his "artwork." These are our feet here on the floor of the barn where Jackson Pollock painted. He put his canvases on the floor and walked around them, applying the various types of paints from all four sides. The friendly tour guide told us that Pollock considered the drips on the floor as part of the art work, simply extending the canvas. It is amazing you're actually allowed to walk on it (with these lovely foam slippers). You also get to walk inside the house where he and Lee Krasner lived. However I found this studio the most exciting part of the place and quite an emotional experience. Even my kids were impressed. Jackson Pollock is a great artist to introduce your kids to, as his art, or at least the art he produced in this barn from 1946 on, is so recognizable and the technique clearly appeals to children (of all ages). I've read this book to my boys years ago, and every visit to the MoMA or many other contemporary art museums, they're thrilled when they "find" one of his paintings. So this was the perfect family outing. If you live anywhere close, I highly recommend it. The house is still open until the end of October by appointment (if you can't make it this summer, or live too far away, do check out their website, which is great. It also shows a video that gives you a 360 view of the place). Enjoy!