For thousands of years, the unique relationship between art and poetry has been philosophized by the world’s greatest thinkers. This summer, the Figge invites visitors to join in the conversation. The interactive exhibition, Waxing Poetic: Exploring Expression in Art opens on June 9 and will make museum guests a part of the exhibition.
The exhibition pairs art from the Figge’s permanent collection with large-scale magnetic poetry, and visitors will be encouraged to play with words to create poetry and tag works of art with descriptive words. Regardless of their prior knowledge of poetry or art, visitors will be able to participate in the exhibition and explore the meaning and expression in art through poetry.
The Figge education staff worked with the curatorial staff, the Midwest Writing Center, and Dr. Pat Villeneuve, professor from Florida State University, to develop this unique exhibition. This exhibition’s approach is based on a model that Dr. Villeneuve has developed for visitor-centered exhibitions. In her model, Dr. Villeneuve looks for ways to connect art and museum visitors in a meaningful way.
Look for many events and programs to be offered in conjunction with the exhibition this summer and fall.
This exhibition will be on view June 9, 2012 – October 7, 2012.