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The Lange Family Experiencenter
An Interactive Art Gallery for All Ages!
The Lange Family 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.
The Nature of Art
The Nature of Art, the new 2016-17 Lange Family Experiencenter exhibition, complements The DAI's 2016 special exhibitions, which feature the classical elements of nature. Works of art in this exhibition exemplify how artists use natural materials. The first installation of artwork includes wood, ceramics and works on paper and draws inspiration from past exhibitions by the founder of The Lange Family Experiencenter, Pamela P. Houk, to celebrate the interactive gallery's 40th anniversary! [ Read More ]
The Art Place for Young Learners
Permanently on view
The Art Place for Young Learners is a permanent space in The Lange Family 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 Lange Family 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 Lange Family
The Frank M. Tait Foundation
Dayton Freight Lines, Inc.
Betsy and Lee Whitney
Experiencenter Endowment Fund Established By:
William and Dorothy Yeck
The Harry S. Price Jr., Family Fund