The Antarctic Sublime & Elements of Nature: Water

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Jul 201616 Oct 201616

Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N
Dayton, Ohio, 45405
United States

Cool off at your Dayton Art Institute! Our summer suite of exhibitions features three installations, highlighting the many forms of the classical element water: frozen across the expansive and rocky terrain of the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina; implied in a colony of 450 mechanized, interactive penguins; and free-flowing in a 10-foot-tall digital waterfall!
Elements of Nature: Water
The second part of our summer exhibitions,Elements of Nature: Water,  presents a 10-foot video projection of a waterfall (pictured at left) by the Japanese ultra-technologist group, teamLab, titled Universe of Water Particles. Informed by the tradition of ancient Japanese Art, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and contemporary forms of anime, the Universe of Water Particles demonstrates teamLab’s keen interest in the transcendental qualities of water and the combination of both two and three-dimensional space in digital form. Exhibited alongside selections of The Dayton Art Institute’s strong collection of Edo period ukiyo-e woodblock prints, visitors will see a source of great influence alongside the morphing beauty of the immersive waterfall and be able to explore the associated pioneering and intellectual concepts of these technologists at work, as well as the mesmerizing innovative capabilities at play.
Related Focus Exhibition: Water in Japanese Art
Elements of Nature: Water also features a single, monumental photograph by Berlin-based artist Frank Thiel of the Perito Moreno glacier. Thiel created large-format images to capture the immense scale of the 18-mile-long by three-mile-wide formation - located in the Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Argentina - which is one of the few glaciers in the world that is growing. Thiel’s large-scale photograph recalls the sublime landscapes painted by members of the Hudson River School, which frequently represented the powerful drama and overwhelming scale of nature and human’s small place within that terrain. Similarly, the monumentality of Thiel’s photograph places the viewer in a related context and invites them to question the transient nature of what is around them, while also providing the opportunity to discuss the fragility of man in the face of nature’s awesome might and simultaneously emphasizing man’s hubris and determination.

Museum Members: Free
Adults: $14
Seniors (60+): $11
Students (18+ w/ID): $11
Active Military: $11
Groups (10 or more): $11
Youth (ages 7-17): $6
Children (6 & under): Free



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