Take a deep breath: starting Friday, May 22, the Toledo Museum of Art will invite kids ages 1-99 to come to the galleries and Museum grounds to laugh, run and giggle during a new exhibition, Play Time. Until September 6, the TMA will invite a series of performance artists, musicians and visual artists to participate in installations and public programming.
The exhibition serves as an initiative to promote the importance of play in modern life. Special installations throughout the campus will rotate over the summer. Fun and Interactive works will be paired with a diverse assortment of public programs, also throughout the summer. While convincing kids to play won’t be hard, the exciting summer of Play Time should also coax adults out of the office.
All of the works in Play Time will incorporate elements of play in the work – engaging the viewer and creating a lively, immersive experience. While installations and performances are conceptually interesting, a gallery-goer without an interest in modern art will still find the jovial, light-hearted works fun and accessible. Notable pieces in Play Time include American-artist Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project, where children and adults can both play with a giant, red ball that has travelled internationally for over a decade.
The opening of Play Time will also coincide with a new exhibit in the Community Gallery is Toys! Toys! Toys!, also opening May 22. Toys! Toys! Toys! celebrates the fun and nostalgia of childhood through the works of local artists who have made art related to their own memories and experiences with toys.
Play Time runs through September 6.
Toys! Toys! Toys! runs through September 17. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. For a more comprehensive guide of the installations and program dates, please visit playtime.toledomuseum.org