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Looking at the Collection: Whimsy in 3-D
July 29, 2007 - October 5, 2008
Ever wonder what makes a sculpture different from a painting or a print? Make it a family affair and come visit the Huntsville Museum of Art's McDonnell Douglas Education Gallery to explore the wonderful world of sculpture! (right: Dale Lewis, Clown Princess, 2000, dyed and natural curly maple)
The Huntsville Museum of Art is putting on view some of the more whimsical sculptures from the Museum's collection to talk about the different aspects of sculpture. Some of these sculptures are meant to hang on the walls, some from the ceiling, while others, you will be able to walk around to see all sides.
Look for family-friendly interactive components to complete your experience. There is also a hands-on activity day or children of all ages to create their own 3-D masterpiece using building blocks, legos and other materials. This exhibition also includes a a Family Gallery Guide with activities for children and adults.
Another whimsical component of the Whimsy in 3-D exhibition is Picture Perfect, an exciting, hands-on paint station for young and old alike. Users will create artwork on a large screen with the ability to print and take home. Everyone is encouraged to "paint" their own masterpiece with its array of bold colors. Provided by the Gala 2007 Fund-a-Need project, the Huntsville Museum of Art is pleased to have this latest interactive feature in the McDonnell Douglas Education Gallery during the Whimsy in 3-D exhibition.
Looking at the Collection: Whimsy in 3D features a wide range of art from the Huntsville Museum of Art's permanent collection in which the majority of artists have chosen to work in three dimensions rather than the usual two. Their art is called sculpture. We usually think of a sculpture as an object that sits on a floor or pedestal, has depth in addition to height and width, and can be seen from more than one side. A good example on view in this gallery is Dale Lewis' cartoon-like chair, Clown Princess. However, other types of sculpture can suspend from the ceiling, like Dorothy Gilliespie's brightly colored work, Royale, or hang on a wall, like Emily Wilson's carved and painted wood piece, Back from Heaven.
While most sculptors create works that possess the 3-dimensional features of traditional sculpture, the sense of depth and volume can be "implied" by other, more conventional means. John Kutzik uses the medium of watercolor to create an abundance of seemingly 3-dimensional shapes in his exuberant work, The Newest Toy. Claes Oldenburg, who is best known for oversized outdoor sculptures that mimic ordinary objects like clothespins or flashlights, produced the lithograph Baked Potato Studies before he eventually created an actual sculpture of a giant potato made of cloth.
In addition to using different approaches to create their sculpture, the artists in this exhibition have also brought a touch of wit or "whimsy" to their works. Take some time to look at each piece and delight in the humor that each artist provides. Perhaps you will be inspired to make your own "whimsical" work of art at the interactive Imagination Station within the gallery.
Looking at the Collection: Whimsy in 3D is organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art.
(above: Cappy Thompson, Riding Fearless Into the Future, 1994, vitreous enamels on blown glass)
Artists featured in the Looking at the Collection: Whimsy in 3-D exhibition:
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