The year ahead at the Reading Public Museum promises to be an exciting one, as indicated by the diverse and extensive lineup of exhibitions scheduled for 2014. For the first time, the Museum has announced its complete slate of exhibitions for the coming year in anticipation of increased attendance and membership drives.
The programming ignites with Electricity, opening on January 14 and sizzling into the spring. It’s a classic set of 16 hands-on interactive displays which engage visitors of all ages in the exploration of the fundamental properties of electricity, and is presented locally by Edge Insights.
Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore, opens February 8 and continues through May 11. This interactive traveling exhibition was created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, presented by the WellPoint Foundation and made possible locally by Wells Fargo with support from The Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund of Berks County Community Foundation. It gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the bilingual worlds of Dora the Explorer and her cousin, Diego, to engage in problem-solving and active play.
Also on view from February 8 through May 11, is IHLENFELD/BERTOIA: An Artistic Friendship. This exhibition explores the sculpture of Klaus Ihlenfeld and works by artist Harry Bertoia, including more than 30 works from all stages of Ihlenfeld’s career including examples made from welded bronze and found objects. Additional works on paper and sculpture by Harry Bertoia help tell the story of collaboration and artistic influence.
Opening February 8 and continuing through April 11, Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby is a landmark exhibition featuring the work of this contemporary ceramist, who is widely considered to be one of the most innovative second generation artists to emerge from the post-World War II American ceramic studio movement. The 60-piece exhibition is the first major retrospective to provide an in-depth critical analysis of Higby’s work from the 1960s to the present, and recently was on display at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.
Spring and summer exhibitions include Icons of British Sculpture (April-August), The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design (May 31 - July 27), CITI BLOCS/Architecture (May 31 - August 30), Frank Lloyd Wright: Architcture of the Interior (May 31 - July 27), and Masterpieces of American Longrifles: The Kindig Family Collection (May 24 - September 1).
Exhibitions on the calendar for fall and winter include Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon (August 23 - October 5), Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race (September 14, 2014 - January 7, 2015), Call to Duty: World War Posters (September 14, 2014 - January 7, 2015), and The American President (September 14, 2014 - January 4, 2015).
Additional programming will be built around this eclectic mix of educational and entertaining exhibitions, and detailed information on each will be listed on The Museum’s Web site as it becomes available.
Michael Anderson, The Museum’s Public Relations and Marketing Director, said, “It’s a wonderful lineup! Added to The Museum’s extensive permanent collection and Galleries, special events, 25-acre Arboretum, Star Shows and music programming at the Neag Planetarium, you’ll find a year full of experiences you won’t find anywhere else.”
The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pa. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID) and free to Members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Web: www.readingpublicmuseum.org