By joannearnold, Dec 15 2013 03:35PM
Bringing the art to the children is an excellent way to start art appreciation and Red Grooms is the perfect artist to start ‘em young. His whimsical mixed media dioramas of Rockefeller Center and Central Park’s Wollman Rink is endearing to children of all ages. The scale, the layers and the details are incredible. There are eight Red Grooms original pieces in the exhibit that “help children see and understand many different ways of seeing their world and environment.” The exhibit runs until January 5, 2014.
Children are what the museum is all about which makes for a lively gander through the four floors of fun. To get to the Grooms rooms you are bombarded with many displays of exaggerated Fisher Price people. I loved that the exhibit are in classrooms. Instead of sterile museum walls, there’s an up close and personal way to look at the skewed perspectives and humor that is notable in Grooms’ work.
“Portrait of Francis Bacon” (getting back to the previous blog) carries more memory than the multi-million dollar Bacon triptych. In this piece, Grooms centers Bacon in a circular diorama. Bacon is posed in his own studio clutter which is narrative to most artists. It’s a fun show. I only wished that the entire museum was filled with his work as it still would represent, by all means, a children’s museum.