Virginia Living Museum
March 15 - April 27, 2014
(Monday-Saturday) and Noon-5pm (Sundays)
Cost: Exhibit included in general museum admission. VLM members free, non-members $17 adults, $13 children (ages 3-12).
The whimsical and delightfully colorful works
by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) are returning to the Virginia Living Museum March 15 - April 27, 2014.
Harper’s life-long love of nature inspired his work and his creativity takes viewers on an artistic and environmental journey shared by people of all ages.
Harper was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints,
posters an book illustrations. He called his style "minimal realism,"
capturing the essence of his subjects with the
fewest possible visual elements. Using graphic shapes and bold colors,
Harper distilled and simplified complex elements.
This exhibit also includes
interactive art activities that educate visitors in Harper's style
(tangrams, large puzzles, alphabet art table and rubbing stations).
Budding artists can sketch a natural science item from the museum’s collections.
debuted at the Virginia Living Museum in 2010 and has been traveling the country to art and science museums. The exhibit is
centered around the personal collection of Executive Director of the
Virginia Living Museum, Page Hayhurst and her family.
Harper's nature-oriented artwork is often contrasted
with the realism of John James Audubon and the simplicity found in
Inuit Art. Harper used many media in his artwork, though he is best
known for his serigraph prints. Best known for the children's book “The
Golden Book of Biology,” Harper was an extraordinarily prolific graphic
designer contributing his unique, geometric style to a wide range of
publications. This exhibit is sure to delight and entertain the art
lover an animal lover alike!
Many of Harper’s works incorporated visual puns and were accompanied by word puns. Often the puns were commentary on the peculiar habits of a species or the struggles in nature. Others were just fun repartee about the natural subject at hand be it fish, or fowl. Listen to podcasts (mp3) of puns about artwork in the exhibit.
Dinos Live! May 24 - Sept. 1
A new gang of dinosaurs are coming to town this summer at the Virginia Living Museum!
Roaring, stomping robotic prehistoric creatures have been a popular attraction every time they’ve been featured at the Newport News museum. But this year, for the first time, the VLM will feature the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North America's leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs.
The summer exhibit, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, will take visitors back more than 65 million years to the cretaceous period when Tyrannosaurus Rex ruled North America.
Tremble at a growling T-Rex, always a favorite with museum visitors. Other dinosaurs are making their museum debut. Watch an Edmontosaurus mother tend her brood. There’s even a nestful of eggs ready to hatch. See Euoplocephalus, built like a military tank, and Styracosarus, one of the most spectacular of the horned lizards. Citipati’s tall head crest is similar to that of a modern cassowary.
Built by Billings Productions, Inc. of McKinney, Texas, the robotic dinosaurs use air pistons and state-of-the art electronics under steel frames covered with detailed foam rubber skin to simulate their lifelike appearance.