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The Lange Family Experiencenter

The Museum's Interactive Gallery for Children and Adults!

The Lange Family Experiencenter will be closed April 11 - May 20, for installation of its next exhibition, The Nature of Art, which opens May 21. We apologize for the inconvenience. Make plans to join us for the opening reception on May 21, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.!

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.

Coming Soon! Opens May 21, 2016

The Nature of Art

Plans for The Nature of Art, the new 2016-17 Lange Family Experiencenter exhibition, are underway, and for the first time it will complement The DAI's 2016 special exhibitions, which feature the classical elements of nature. Works of art in this exhibition will exemplify how artists use natural materials. The first installation of artwork will include 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!

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.

Shimmering Madness

A permanent installation by Sandy Skoglund

Shimmering MadnessCreated 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.


Title Sponsor
The Lange Family Foundation

Patron Sponsors
The Frank M. Tait Foundation 
The William and Dorothy Yeck Family Foundation

Supporting Sponsors
Barbara and Bill Zook Memorial Fund
DP&L Foundation
Harry S. Price Jr. Family Fund of the Dayton Foundation
SoBran Inc.
Speedway LLC

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