The Viewing Project: Wondering about Detail

May 19-December 3, 2009

Wondering is an important part of enjoying art. What am I seeing? How was it made and of what material? What, if anything does it mean? In works of art, details become doorways to viewing pleasure, which isn’t always the same as “liking,” in the usual sense. We thought it would be interesting to assemble several art objects that offer many details to notice, explore, and wonder about. These objects may prompt us to wonder about cultures, times and places very different from our own.

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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