Lange Family Experiencenter
Criss-Cross: Creative Connections now open!
Criss-Cross: Creative Connections explores ways that the arts all relate, from dance to visual arts to music to written and spoken word. These connections were at the heart of Dayton’s Living Arts Center in the 1970s, and they continue through art education today.
For the exhibition, leading art educators Pamela Houk and Willis “Bing” Davis, together with Dayton Art Institute curators and educators, selected around 25 works from the DAI collection and from Davis’ personal collection. Houk and Davis were instrumental in making the Living Arts Center a success and have continued throughout their careers to bring people together through the arts and make Dayton a thriving artists’ community. We are fortunate to have their assistance in this project, our latest Experiencenter exhibition.
An Interactive Art Gallery for All Ages!
Year-round, The Lange Family Experiencenter provides informal learning opportunities for children and their caregivers, encouraging families to engage with art and learn together. Exhibitions are designed to inspire exploration, collaboration, enhance family learning and provide a social experience in a relaxed museum setting.
Yeck Artist-in-Residence Fellowship
The Yeck Artist-in-Residence (AiR) fellowship engages a local artist with museum guests, particularly families and children in DAI’s nationally renowned Lange Family Experiencenter (LFE) gallery. The program provides a paid opportunity for greater Dayton area artists to create an original, participatory art project related Stories in Cloth, a year-long exhibition about textile-based artworks. By designing and offering an interactive and engaging hands-on creative arts experience, the AiR supports families’ and children’s connection to museum spaces. Length of residency varies. Please visit DAI’s YeckAIR page to learn more about the program. To apply for the program visit DAI’s employment page.
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.
Image: Sandy Skoglund (American, born 1946), Shimmering Madness, 1998, jelly beans, wood, plastic, metal, motors. Museum purchase, 2001.34
HOW TO GO
Visiting the Experiencenter is always free and included with general museum admission.
The Lange Family
AES Ohio Foundation
Mathile Family Foundation
Marion’s Pizza Piazza
Experiencenter Endowment Fund established by
William and Dorothy Yeck
The Harry S. Price Jr. Family Fund