Lange Family Experiencenter
Please Note: The Lange Family Experiencenter is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An Interactive Art Gallery for All Ages!
The Lange Family Experiencenter provides informal learning activities for children and their caregivers that encourage families to engage with art and learn together. Hands-on stations located throughout the space encourage exploration and collaboration, and enhance family learning and social experience in a relaxed museum setting.
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.
Image: Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946), Shimmering Madness, 1998, jelly beans, wood, plastic, metal, motors. Museum purchase, 2001.34
The Lange Family
Experiencenter Endowment Fund Established By:
William and Dorothy Yeck
The Harry S. Price Jr., Family Fund