Explore Art from the Inside during “Framed: Step into Art™”

Step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art like never before in “Framed: Step into Art™,” opening at Minnesota Children’s Museum on Saturday, Jan. 21. 

Children and adults can enjoy a pretend noontime meal in Grant Wood’s “Dinner for Threshers,” climb into a tent and explore camping gear in John Singer Sargent’s “Camp at Lake O’Hara,” add corn husks to the flower tower in Diego Rivera’s “Corn Festival” and get behind the reins of a giant rooster in an area inspired by Clementine Hunter’s artwork. Visitors can also explore a collection of “Mona Lisa” prints and famous parodies, then step behind a cutout version and replace her famous face with their own. 

Exhibit Details

“Dinner for Threshers” by Grant Wood 

Enter Grant Wood’s “Dinner for Threshers” and learn about rural life at the turn of the century. Visitors tend to a chicken and eggs, prepare a meal in the kitchen, set the dining table, enjoy a pretend dinner and mix and match the farmers’ patterned shirts. 

“Camp at Lake O’Hara” by John Singer Sargent 

Visitors travel to the Canadian Rockies in 1916 at John Singer Sargent’s “Camp at Lake O’Hara.” Children climb inside a tent and explore camping gear like Sargent would have used. After cooking a pretend meal over the campfire, kids tell stories around the fire and arrange items in a magnetic frame to show what a painting of today’s campsite might look like. 

“Corn Festival” by Diego Rivera 

Travel south of the border through this piece from the Court of Fiestas in the Ministry of Education Building in Mexico City. Visitors explore a rendition of one of Rivera’s frescos, add flowers and ribbons of corn husks to the flower tower for a celebration and include their flourish in a mural on a miniature building.  

Clementine Hunter 

Step inside a world inspired by the artwork of folk art icon Clementine Hunter. Load a cart with zinnia flowers, then climb behind the reins of a giant rooster and take the load to town. Create imaginary creatures like Hunter’s “goosters” by mixing parts from different animals. 

“Framed: Step into Art” runs through May 7, 2023, in the Special Exhibits Gallery on the fourth floor of Minnesota Children’s Museum. Admission to the exhibit is included in general admission. Museum admission is $16 per person for ages 1 to 101. Museum members get in free. Tickets are available at https://mcm.org/tickets. “Framed: Step into Art” was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum. 

*Photos Courtesy of Minnesota Children’s Museum.


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