The exhibition, conceived in conjunction with the summer exhibition Wheels and Heels: The Big Noise Around Little Toys, employs a variety of mediums and artistic styles to address familiar and unexpected types of play. Featured artists include Marc Chagall, Edouard Manet, Philippe Halsman, Harold Edgerton, and Fernand Leger. Some of their stellar works, such as Chagall’s The Red Horse, will be on view for the first time in several years.
Energetic works by American photographer Anthony Edgeworth and Chinese photographer Don Hong-Oai address the intensity and pleasure of play, while the enchantment of play is captured by German artist Ilse Bing and American Mary Ellen Mark. In addition to representations of sport, dance, music, games, free play, and theater, the works reveal the artists’ capacity for play in relation to their media and the viewers’ perspective.
In collaboration with the Norton’s Education and Curatorial Departments, the exhibition was organized by the Museum’s 2014 Summer Interns: Molly Downing of Hobe Sound, FL, a rising senior at St. Olaf’s College; Dana Hogan of Buffalo, NY, a rising senior at Williams College; Tanya Mai Olson of Apollo Beach, FL, a graduate of Brown University; and Samantha Tavlin of Essex, VT, a graduate of Indiana University.