The Dayton Art Institute has a new exhibit that opens tomorrow (3/12/2011) called “Creating the New Century” – an amazing collection of 70 pieces created by 69 different artists after the year 2000 in a wide range of styles and techniques. The collection is owned by James F. Dicke II – an Ohio businessman and artist himself (who also sits on the DAI Board of Trustees), and it includes several thought-provoking works that deal with modern-day social and political issues, along with many whimsical pieces that are simply fun to take in.
The exhibit has been put together masterfully by DAI in the special exhibit wing of the museum, and it includes several video displays featuring interviews with the artists themselves as well as QR Codes by ScanDayton.com that link visitors with smartphones to additional videos and information about individual works. The exhibit is free for DAI members, $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and it runs through July 10, 2011.
What makes this exhibit exciting is the collection itself – an eclectic mix of paintings, drawings and sculptures with a modern vibe that contrasts greatly with the more historic pieces that many have come to expect at DAI. I was able to preview the exhibit this past Wednesday and was amazed – especially after listening to John Alexander (an artist whose work “Ship of Fools” is part of the collection) and Ellie Bronson – the author of the exhibit catalog. Hearing the stories behind the art really completes the experience, and I encourage visitors to check out the videos and smartphone guides as they tour the exhibit. Below are just a few examples of what you’ll see… and when you check out the exhibit yourself we’d love to hear your thoughts here. Bravo to DAI’s new Director/CEO Janice Driesbach and the rest of her team – you’ve put together a winner!
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