A new exhibition at the Upcountry History Museum will allow children and their families a chance to step inside famous paintings and get up close to art like never before.
“Framed: Step into Art” is set to begin its run on Saturday, Feb. 27, and will be on display until May 23. The displays, designed for children ages three to 12, will be in English and Spanish.
The exhibition will provide immersive science, technology, engineering, art and math experiences allowing visitors to actually step through oversized frames into what the museum describes as “a three-dimensional, sensory world,” transforming the art of well-known artists into experiential opportunities and conversation prompts.
“This unique exhibition encourages them to ask questions and find answers through the exploration of art, as well as recognize art as a tool for expression, understanding and an important aspect of life,” a release announcing the exhibition read.
Framed is set up in four discovery spaces for visitors to explore. Those include a camping trip in the Canadian Rockies in 1916 through John Singer Sargent’s “Camp at Lake O’Hara”; climbing up a wagon and taking the reins to deliver a load of goods to town with the help of a giant chicken in Clementine Hunter’s “Big Chicken”; a taste of the country life in the 1930s by tending to farm animals and preparing a meal in Grant Wood’s “Dinner for Threshers”; and a trip south to provide flowers and ribbons of “corn husks” to the flower tower to celebrate in Diego Rivera’s “Corn Festival” from the Court of Fiestas in Mexico City’s Ministry of Education Building.