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This exhibition of experimental contemporary art celebrates diversion by engaging visitors in multi-sensory, interactive installations. It campaigns for the idea that play should be part of everyone’s daily life and not just for children. Unlike other exhibitions, the works of art aren’t confined to one space, one time or one medium in this intriguing show. Objects on view and visitor experiences will change throughout the summer. Some works of art will even change locations. Artists include Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam, Jillian Mayer, Kurt Perschke, Edith Dekyndt, Stina Kohnke, Cameron Fuller and Kim Harty, among others.
Highlights: Harmonic Motion by artists Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam will be in the Canaday Gallery. The colorful, multi-sensory playground allows children and adults to climb and play inside its hand-crocheted hanging nets.
Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project is a massive, inflated red ball that previously has turned up in such cities as Abu Dhabi, Taipei and Toronto. Perschke uses his art to explore each city’s unique architectural landscape and history. RedBall Project, which will spend part of August in locations around Toledo selected by the artist, represents the immediate creative impulse embedded in all of us – the simple act of seeing afresh.
In a meeting of the virtual and the physical world, Swing Space, a 2013 work by Jillian Mayer, creates a blissful immersive experience. The installation uses video projection and swings, enabling visitors to become part of a sublime performance. As noted on the artist’s website, “The skies in Swing Space are digitally enhanced to contribute to the sense of a mediated reality that is authentically enjoyable on various sensory levels.”
Significance: This is a fun, interactive, family-friendly, hands-on exhibition in which visitors can immerse themselves with contemporary art as they may never have done before. Because of the changing array of works and experiences in the show, visitors will not be able to see everything on just one visit.
Credits: Play Time is made possible by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and sponsored in part by ProMedica and the sustainability grant program of the Ohio Arts Council.
Curators: Halona Norton-Westbrook, Mellon Fellow and associate curator of contemporary art, and Amy Gilman, associate director and curator of contemporary art