Museum's toys and games exhibition puts a new spin on your favorite top
June 03, 2003
Ready, Set, Go! Toys and Games in Art
June 15, 2003 through May 9, 2004
Opening reception on Father's Day, June 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Children's Gallery
The Children's Gallery is transformed into every child's dream-come-true this summer when the Museum takes a fascinating look at different forms of play in this fanciful exhibition reflecting cultures from around the world. Pass through the fa?ade of a Barbie doll castle and enter a world where imagination reigns supreme. Imagine yourself driving car made of LEGOs. Play with giant checkers. Ready, Set, Go! puts a new spin on your favorite top.
Children and artists are curious by nature. Perhaps that is why toys and games have long appeared in visual art. The color and design elements of toys and games, as well as their ability to symbolize mass culture, make them attractive subjects for artists. Many contemporary artists are also drawn to the idea of making art as a form of play. References to popular toys in the exhibition result in new versions that are at times fanciful and functional.
Ready, Set, Go! features works by 30 artists from Alaska and outside the state. Mary Porter's vibrant paintings offer a nostalgic look at toys beloved from childhood. Stunning and eerie black and white photographs by Ernie Button present, through a doll's-eye view, the surprising ability of inanimate objects to stir us. Kat Winters turns sleek silver jewelry into wearable toy art. Using a variety of mediaÑphotography, painting, sculpture, assemblage, and collageÑthese artists revel in preserving their memories of childhood play and presenting them from an adult perspective. The result is sometimes stylish, sometimes surprising and always fun for children for all ages.
Children will have the opportunity to create their own toys and games through activities in the gallery, and in the Museum's ongoing art classes. Every Monday between June 16 and August 16 from 1 to 2 p.m., preschool children and their parents can drop in for Art on the Spot, a fun and free workshop of art activities. An illustrated catalog and resources for teachers are available with this exhibition.
Ready, Set, Go! The Board Game The catalog for this exhibition is an interactive board game featuring 35 works of art from Ready, Set, Go! The game teaches children and players about the art in the exhibition and about the value of aesthetics and self-expression. Ready, Set, Go! The Board Game is available fro the Museum Shop.
Toys and Games in Art is sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency; Anchorage Museum Association; Anchorage Museum Foundation (through the Larry and Wilma Carr Education Fund and the William Randolph Hearst Fund for Children); and the Municipality of Anchorage. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children 17 and under.
For a preview of this exhibit, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org.