Aug. 09--If you're traveling this summer, consider making a stop at some of these special exhibits in our region and around the nation:
If you've never thought of video games as art, think again. The Toledo Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit that will appeal to the whole family, especially the kids. The museum says it's rated "E" for everyone.
"The Art of Video Games"is on display through Sept. 28 and it's one of the first major exhibitions to explore the evolution of video games as an artistic medium. It examines the 40-year evolution of video games and highlights the ways in which new technologies have allowed for increasingly interactive and sophisticated game environments.
The free exhibition focuses on four game types -- action, adventure, target and combat/strategy and features playable games such as PacMan, Super Mario Brothers and Flower. It includes renderings and video interviews with key game developers and artists. You'll also find interactive kiosks with selection of home consoles from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3.
The show -- which is organized by "era" -- was developed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Toledo museum is the only site in Ohio where the touring exhibition will be shown. For information: www.toledomuseum.org
If you're enjoying the Dayton Art Institute's current glass exhibit, you'll want to head for the Hawk Gallery in Columbus, 153 E. Main St. Owner Tom Hawk has been focusing on gorgeous glass for years and has a close association with many of the world's most renowned glass artists. He's also been intimately involved with the DAI exhibit and was a guest lecturer at the show's opening.
At the moment, he's showcasing Venetian glass master Lino Tagliapietra who spends time in Columbus and it's worth the drive just to see 30 more of Tagliapietra's beautiful creations. Be sure and schedule time to watch the 45-minute documentary about Lino, his life and his glass-blowing. It will give you a wonderful appreciation for the process. Lino's 80th birthday was celebrated at the gallery in June.
For hours and information: www.hawkgalleries.com or call (614) 225-9595 o
The New York Public Library has extended its charming exhibit "The ABC of It:Why Children's Books Matter" through Sept. 7. The exhibit is free.
In addition to seeing first-editions of famous children's books and kids' books from around the world, you'll stand in front of a life-sized "great green room" from "Goodnight, Moon," and see the original Winnie the Pooh and his friends. We loved watching Alice in Wonderland grow taller.
"My goal for the exhibition is to show that children's books express the hopes and dreams of the people in literate societies everywhere and that they have been doing so for more than three centuries," says curator Leonard Marcus who believes children's books offer one of the best and most intimate ways for a parent and child to bond and enjoy spending time together. you'll see examples of children's books from around the world.
"Children's books are a gateway to a lifelong love of literature and art and therefore play a really important role in society," Marcus says. "Amazingly talented people are responsible for creating these deceptively simple works." For information: www.nypl.org
The Columbus Museum of Art is also highlighting children's books at the moment -- it's part of a creative partnership between the art museum, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI and the Franklin Park Conservatory.
They're labeling it the "Summer of Imagination" with kids getting a map that can be stamped at all four locations. COSI is hosting "The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes" through Sept. 1.
"The Art of the Picture Book" features original art from a variety of famous illustrators including Robert Sabuda, Maurice Sendak, Eric Kimmel. You'll also find the matching books that families can read together.
The exhibit, in one large room, comes from the personal collection of Carol and Guy Wolfenbarger, Carol is a docent at the museum. It's on display through Nov. 6.
It's hard to believe that the amazing collection of paintings on display in "Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection" were all acquired in a 10-year period by one couple.
The exhibition, on view through Aug. 31, showcases American Modernist paintings from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II. More than 60 artists are featured and they come from all parts of the country, wherever each artist found inspiration.
You'll see a range of art -- from rural landscapes and abstracts to industrial cities. The show includes works by Charles Burchfield, George Ault, Charles Sheeler, Marsden Hartley, George Bellows, Clyde Singer, Lois Mabel Head, Arthur Osver, and others. The Columbus museum is free on Sundays.
The Art Institute of Chicago has always been one of America's most illustrious art museums and if you haven't visited in a while, this is a great time.
"Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938" runs through Oct. 13 in Chicago and is beautifully done. A collaborative effort among three museums , the show premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Chicago is its final stop.
The galleries are darkened, adding to the eerie atmosphere created by Rene Magritte's dramatic and surrealistic works.
The exhibition includes 118 paintings, collages and objects, including a selection of photographs, periodicals and Magritte's early work in the field of advertising. One of his most famous paintings is "La Trahison des Images" ("The Treachery of Images") which shows a single pipe.
If you haven't seen the museum's stunning new modern wing, don't miss it. You'll see some of the world's most famous paintings: Picasso's Old Guitarist; Matisse's Bathers by a River; BrÂncusi's Golden Bird; Magritte's Time Transfixed; O'Keeffe's Black Cross, New Mexico; Orozco's Zapata; Wood's American Gothic; Ivan Albright's Picture of Dorian Gray; and Lachaise's Woman (Elevation).
Enjoy a snack or lunch in the lovely outdoor courtyard overlooking a fountain. Food is healthy and yummy!
For more information: www.artiic.org
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