The Viewing Project: Seeing Doubled

October 29, 2008-March 29, 2009

Works of art deserve individual attention. But sometimes what is unique and wonderful about one is easier to find when we compare two. We thought people might be intrigued by seeing two paintings together, taken from their usual placement in museum galleries devoted to separate cultures. By placing them together, we hoped that they might initiate a “three-way dialog” with each other and the viewer. At first glance, these two paintings look different, but a longer look reveals similarities.

The Viewing Project is a three-year series of small-scale installations designed to offer visitors creative and enjoyable experiences with objects from the IMA's permanent collection. Although themes vary, the main goals of all Viewing Project installations remain constant: to encourage active looking, to support visitor creativity and engagement, and to present objects from the permanent collection in new ways. Over the next two years you’ll see new installations of the Viewing Project in the Alliance Gallery, located on Gallery Level 1. We invite you to visit our signature piece for The Viewing Project, Bill Viola’s The Quintet of the Silent, located on Gallery Level 3.

Funded in part by a generous grant from ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE and support from Wayne Zink.

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