Celebrate Art at the Nasher Museum
Take part in a celebration of art at Family Day on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, noon to 4 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Family Day beckons art enthusiasts of all ages to explore the museum's galleries, offers hands-on activities for kids ages 3-12 and their accompanying adults, and showcases live performances by local talent. Admission is free.
"We want to encourage children to become lifelong museum-goers and get them excited about art at a young age," says Wendy Hower Livingston, manager of marketing and communications.
Structured activities are centered around the museum's current exhibitions, including "The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965," which features photographs and recordings of some of the jazz world's greatest legends; "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl," which explores the culture of vinyl records through 50 years of contemporary art; and "Containing Antiquity," which highlights the great variety of vessels - including storage jars, perfume bottles, serving bowls and drinking cups - that were made and used in ancient Greek culture in the Mediterranean region.
Kids and grown-ups can participate in gallery hunts to discover the art within each exhibition and how it relates to themselves, draw on vinyl records with metallic pens, make their own clay vessels, and see performances by local youth group Jazzforce at 1 p.m. and Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble at 2:30 p.m. The Nasher Museum Café serves lunch during the event.
The museum has hosted the family program periodically since it opened in 2005. Other Family Day events are scheduled for April 10 and June 5, noon to 4 p.m.
The Nasher Museum of Art is located on Duke University's Central Campus at 2001 Campus Dr., Durham. For more information and hours, visit www.nasher.duke.edu or call 919-684-5135.