WHO: Walter Wick, the award-winning author and photographic illustrator of Can You See What I See? and co-creator of the famed I Spy book series has his first museum retrospective and is now a full-time resident of Miami-Dade County.
WHAT: Opening of the first museum retrospective of Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic an engaging exhibition featuring a selection of Wick’s early photographs, which provided a foundation for the artist’s interest in illusions, puzzles, games, and science. It includes several of the artist’s handcrafted, meticulously detailed installation models along with his large-format color photographs, which Wick used to illustrate his children’s books. Together these works provide a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process and a window into the puzzles and illusions for which he is so well known. Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic is organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art, with generous support from Presenting Sponsor Beaux Arts.
WHEN: Thursday, June 22 free opening reception and Gallery Talk by the artist from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The exhibition runs through September 24 and is accompanied by a rich array of complementary programming, including a lecture by Wick (who is now a full-time resident of Miami-Dade County), teacher workshops, Family Days, K12 tours and hands-on learning opportunities, docent tours, and late-night openings. Beyond inspiring and bringing joy to the broad array of visitors who will visit this appealing exhibition, Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic is the perfect platform for STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math)-based learning.
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