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The Museum's Interactive Gallery for Children and Adults
The Experiencenter provides formal and informal learning activities for children and their caregivers, in a relaxed museum setting, by encouraging visitors to engage in active participation at hands-on stations located throughout the space. Connecting activities provide opportunities for families to explore the museum and its collections together, enhancing the visitor’s learning and social experience.
On View through April 6
I See the Rhythm
It's the final month to see the Experiencenter exhibition I See the Rhythm, which explores the creative space where music and art overlap. The artistic urge to merge the language of visual art with musical notation, composition and sound is particularly pertinent to 20th century artists and especially important today as artists frequently and freely cross disciplines to create works that are visually and aurally captivating. Watch here for more details! Check out this interactive feast of sounds while you still can ... and be sure to press the green button!
Opening May 10
Join us on May 10, as the new Experiencenter themed exhibition, Decked Out!, will be unveiled. It will explore forms of body adornment, textiles, jewelry and costume, both traditional and contemporary. Find your unique style with interactive hands-on gallery activities for all ages, pre-school to adult. Challenge your creativity and learn about the ways we express ourselves through dress – from subtle and serious to fun and funky.
During our year of being Decked Out!, you will see different styles of dress in portraits of children and textiles from around the globe. Masks from the permanent collection will be on display alongside Byzantine rings, African bracelets and European fans and lace. A costume chest will be filled with dress-up clothes for preschool children and costumes by performing arts organizations. Regional artists and an area school will create unique installations that spur imagination.
Put on your best bib and tucker and come see what we have up our sleeves! Watch here for updates.
The Art Place for Young Learners
Permanently on view
The Art Place for Young Learners is a permanent space in the Experiencenter that focuses on early learners, ages 3 - 6, supporting the growth and development of young minds through creative play and problem-solving activities. As new exhibitions are installed in the Experiencenter, the activities and design of this space reflect the new exhibition theme.
A permanent installation by Sandy Skoglund
Created by artist/photographer Sandy Skoglund in 1998, Shimmering Madness is an installation of two jellybean-covered mannequins assembled in dance-like poses on a jellybean-covered floor. Small kinetic, hand-painted butterflies cover the surrounding walls. By incorporating multiples of everyday objects, such as food, into her installations (seen here in the form of thousands of jellybeans), Skoglund redefines the concept of what is precious and beautiful in art.
"I like to work with food because it is a familiar material," Skoglund explains. "The value of art, the educational value of art, the sort of life affirming value of art has to do with bringing our awareness of the everyday miracle that's around us, that everything is, in its own way, if you look at it, quite strange and quite marvelous. For me, food is an icon of familiarity, which is so natural to us on a daily basis that it's almost invisible." Skoglund has achieved international recognition as a photographer, and her installations have been commissioned and acquired by museums and universities around the world.
The Frank M. Tait Foundation
Henny Penny Corporation
Julian G. Lange Family Foundation
June Miller Fund
Harry S. Price Jr., Family Fund of the Dayton Foundation
Betsy and Lee Whitney
William and Dorothy Yeck Family Foundation
Barbara & Bill Zook Memorial Fund
Hauer Music Company