Thursdays are a special time for Jessica Roller and her 2-year-old daughter, Wren.
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HOW TO GO
What: “I See the Rhythm,” an interactive exhibit for families.
Where: The Experiencenter at the Dayton Art Institute
When: Through April 2014
About the exhibit: “I See the Rhythm” explores the creative space where music and the visual arts overlap. Highlights include Delirioso, interactive sound sculpture by Anthony Luensman, a 20-foot work of kinetic and electronic musical instruments wired together and played by visitors through push buttons and a joy stick. Many people can play at once and the sounds range from soft and atmospheric to a dense wall of sound.
20th century works of art from the museum’s collection: John Cage (Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel), Norman Lewis (Cantata) and Dwinell Grant (Red Circle)
Musical instruments from around the globe: Biwa (Japanese flute); Kayageum (Korean string instrument); Horn in the Form of a Dragon (Tibet); Rain Drum (Southeast Asia); Slit Drum (Papua New Guinea); bell and drum from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Thunderbolt bell (Tibet); bells from Korea and China; Native American flutes and rattles.
12 hands-on gallery activities will explore visual and musical composition, art making, dramatic play, and storytelling:
- “Prepare” a baby grand piano and play improvised compositions a la John Cage
- Find the origins of instruments on display with an interactive map
- Listen to the music of instruments on display at the iPad kiosk
- Create your own tune on a Componium (works like a music box)
- Draw patterns, letters, words and create movement with stencils and colored pencils
- Make a picture with magnetic shapes that shows feeling and rhythm
- A singing card catalogue — open the drawer and hear your favorite nursery rhyme — then fill the drawers with the appropriate words.
- Play a slit gong! (handmade by Erich Reith)
- Decorate an instrument
- Make a drawing that shows rhythm.
- Interact with the sound installation, Delirioso and Sonic Interplay in September, and the Biggers dance floor in January 2014.
- For the youngest of visitors, The Art Place for Young Learners will present art and song, rhyme and pattern through the lens of classic nursery rhymes, which represent some of our first experiences with rhythm.
Hands-on activities include: Puppets, dressing up as a character from a nursery rhyme, drawing and drumming! The area will feature one of Erich Reith’s handmade slit gong drums that visitors can play. The light table also will stay along with the reading area, blocks and the pattern activity.
June 22, July 27, Aug 17: Super Saturday family workshops in the Experiencenter, Saturdays 1-3 p.m, museum members are free. Non-member family of 4: $10. Each additional child, $2
May 30: Tiny Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to noon, Experiencenter classroom, $6/child with member/caregiver, $8/child with non-member caregiver
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
About Anthony Luensman: An accomplished multimedia artist, Luensman has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2007 Luensman was invited to create Arenas for the Cincinnati Art Museum, a series of sculptures and installations throughout the museum. His recent 2012 solo show at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts won support from the National Endowment for the Arts and incorporated thought provoking sculpture, photography, sound and video. Luensman is the recipient of several awards including two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, three City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grants and the prestigious Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship.
The Experiencenter will feature new work and activities throughout the year that continue the exploration art and music.
- Delirioso, Anthony Luensman, interactive sound installation — Through April 2014
- Sonic Interplay, Michael Bashaw, interactive sound installation — Sept. 2013 –April 2014
- Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva I, Stanford Biggers – Interactive hip-hop dance floor and video — January to April 2014
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