Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Free Family Day at the Frist on April 21st


Sunday, April 21, 2013 – 1:00 pm

From the Frist website:

Imagine!  Create!  Discover!
Get creative on a FREE Family Festival day filled with art, music, and fun! Investigate the culture of the Aztecs, Maya, Inca, and Olmecs in a daylong celebration of the exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection. Discover the unique traditions of Mesoamerican, Central American, and Andean civilizations with more than 125 art objects including sculptures, pottery, and jewelry. Enjoy dance performances by indigenous Central American performers, listen to Latin American music, and hear an ancient Maya folktale.
Check out our other current exhibitions: Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Highlights from the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Camille Utterback: Tracing Time/Marking Movement.

Family Day programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are appropriate for all ages. Outdoor activities will be held weather permitting.
Look-n-Learn
1:30, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00
Information desk (Main Level)
Join Frist Center docents for a family friendly look at the exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection. Our twenty-minute tours focus on just one or two artworks, and encourage a playful approach to looking at art.

Performances
Tradicion Americas
1:45 and 3:30 p.m.
Auditorium (Main Level)
Dance to a musical fusion of Central American instruments and Latin rhythms with Tradicion Americas: a lively band that combines musical influences from Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

Artful Tales: “Playing for the Rain”
1:15, 2:45, and 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium (Main Level)
Listen to a Maya folk tale about an athlete who provokes a rain god and must win a ballgame to save the land and his people from drought.

Danza Azteca Ilhuicamina
5:00 p.m.
Turner Courtyard (Weather permitting)
Celebrate the arrival of spring and the sounds of the natural world by watching a traditional pre-Hispanic dance performed by Central American dancers.


Hands-on Activities
Conservation Conundrum
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Turner Courtyard (Weather permitting)
Learn about the art of museum conservation while solving artistic puzzles. Participants will “restore” artworks using giant puzzle pieces and broken artifacts, and then visit the upper level galleries to see some professionally conserved works of art in our exhibition.

Soap-on-a-Rope
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Turner Courtyard (Weather permitting)
In the ancient Americas, the stone jadeite was more valuable than diamonds. Carve a mini sculpture using soap and simple carving tools. Get your hands not-so-dirty with this fun activity for all ages.

Animal Effigy
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Studio A (Upper-Level)
Make a sculpture that celebrates a family pet or favorite exotic creature using quick-drying modeling clay. Have fun modeling a jaguar, a Quetzalcoatl, or even a llama!

Mystical Mesoamerican Masks
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Studio B (Upper-Level)
In Mesoamerican ceremonies, masks were used to transform the wearer into a supernatural being. Design your own magical mask using metallic oil pastels and paper templates.

Cryptogram Glyphs
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Studio C (Upper-Level)
Use Maya alphabet glyphs and wax crayons to translate your initials into an ancient Americas inspired bookmark that only you can read.

Martin ArtQuest Gallery
1:00–5:30 p.m. (Upper-Level)
Visit the Martin ArtQuest Gallery to experiment with a variety of exciting hands-on art activities ranging from figure drawing to printmaking. Sketch a Dutch Golden Age inspired flower still life, create an imitation “jadeite” pendant, and enjoy additional art-making activities with your family.

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