Art Splash Opens on June 30, Offers Families a Modern Metropolis
June 30–September 3, 2018
Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, Art Splash will open on June 30, offering families a summer of fun and learning through unique hands-on activities in a comfortable, playful, and imaginative setting. This year’s theme is Bright Lights, Little City, inspired by the modern metropolis, a subject that inspired the work of many artists in the exhibition. The headquarters for Art Splash—the Splash Studio where families can create art together—will be located on the Great Stair Balcony on the second floor of the main building, with a great window that provides a dramatic view of Philadelphia’s dazzling skyline. Art Splash is presented through PNC Arts Alive, an initiative of the PNC Foundation that is designed to support the visual and performing arts.
Art projects in the Splash Studio will explore a range of themes and media reflected in Modern Times, including sculpture, portraiture, and landscape, using high-quality, artist-grade supplies. The first two weeks of studio projects and gallery tours are based on the theme “CurioCities” (June 30–July 15), which will provide families with the opportunity to build their own mini modern cities inspired by urban scenes in the exhibition, such as Francis Criss’s painting titled Words and Music of Two Hemispheres. Next, “Color Me Modern” projects (July 17–29) will explore color mixing and how artists use color to evoke emotion, with the painting Red and Orange Streak by Georgia O’Keeffe as an inspiration. Themed projects during “Face Time” (July 31–August 12) will focus on aspects of portraiture, and “Sound Off” projects (August 14–26), will ask kids “What if you could see sounds?” as they experience Alexander Calder’s sculpture, The Water Lily. For the final weeks of Art Splash, “LandShapes” (August 28–September 3) will capture nature through shape and pattern, and will highlight landscapes by American modernists such as O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Morton Livingston Schamberg.
The Splash Studio will also feature a new LEGO model of the Museum, created especially for Art Splash by LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia. Families can build on to the existing LEGO model and create their own vision of the city. Other interactive elements that can be found in the Splash Studio include a magnet wall, a book nook, and a whimsical art installation evoking a city skyline.
Beyond the Splash Studio, specially-curated family experiences include gallery and stroller tours, art workshops, interactive kiosks, a “Modern Art for Modern Kids” family guide, and special performances on Pay What You Wish days throughout the summer, including a performance by Grammy-nominated singer Brady Rymer on Sunday, August 5 (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.).
Art Splash will also offer four sensory friendly mornings designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. These activities will be led by specially-trained Museum staff. For family-friendly dining options the Museum Café is open throughout the week.
Elizabeth Yohlin Baill, Manager of Family Programs, said: “Here at the Museum, we understand the needs of families and how important it is to engage even our youngest children through a variety of playful, hands-on activities. By making art and exploring together, we welcome families to extend their experience and relate the exhibition’s modern themes to their own lives.”
Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey, said: “Through PNC Arts Alive, we continue to help invigorate local arts organizations while bringing new and exciting programs to our community. The creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the local arts community is evident in the programs that will be introduced, while enabling new visitors and residents alike to experience a diverse range of exhibits and performances.”
Art Splash Hours
Tuesday–Sunday; drop-in between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday Nights (with Pay What You Wish admission after 5:00 p.m.).
All Art Splash programs are drop-in and free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. Admission for kids ages 12 and under is always free.
Art Splash is presented through PNC Arts Alive, with support from The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PECO, Ellyn C. Phillips, the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other generous donors. Family programs are generously supported by Harriet and Larry Weiss and Steve and Gretchen Burke.
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