Mess Fest Saturday, June 25
FRAMED: STEP INTO ART
Step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art™. This immersive exhibit encourages children to ask questions and find answers through the exploration of art, and gain an understanding that everyone can have fun with art and appreciate it.
The exhibit environments are accompanied by information on each artist and provide conversational prompts that employ visual thinking strategies. By spending time with the paintings and talking about them, children and adults learn to appreciate their own, as well as others’ opinions of individual art by:
Explore Art From the Inside Out!
Enter Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers and learn about rural life at the turn of the century. Visitors can tend to a chicken and eggs, prepare a meal in the kitchen, set the dining table, enjoy a noontime dinner, and mix and match the farmers’ patterned shirts. Observe the painting’s details, such as patterns, the farmers’ tan lines and the hour of the meal.
Guests travel to the Canadian Rockies in 1916 at John Singer Sargent’s Camp at Lake O’Hara. Children can climb inside a tent and explore camping gear like Sargent would have used. After cooking a pretend meal over the campfire, kids can tell stories around the fire and arrange items in a magnetic frame to show what a painting of today’s campsite may look like.
Travel south of the border through this piece from the Court of Fiestas in the Ministry of Education Building in Mexico City. Guests can explore a rendition of one of Diego Rivera’s frescos, add flowers and ribbons of “corn husks” to the flower tower for a celebration and include their flourish in a mural on a miniature building.
Guests can explore a small collection of Mona Lisa prints featuring the original by Leonardo da Vinci and famous parodies, then step behind a cutout version and replace Mona Lisa’s face with their own.