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The Museum's Interactive Gallery for Children and Adults
Please Note: The Experiencenter is closed April 14 - May 9, for installation of Decked Out! We apologize for the inconvenience.
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.
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.
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
The William and Dorothy Yeck Family Foundation
Barbara and Bill Zook Memorial Fund
Harry S. Price Jr. Family Fund of the Dayton Foundation
Julian G. Lange Family Foundation