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New Exhibition Opening at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 15:46

Katja Loher: Videoplanet–Orchestra

Davenport, Iowa (January 21, 2014) – Beginning Saturday, New York-based Swiss video artist Katja Loher will create a multi-sensory environment in the third floor gallery of the Figge Art Museum for the exhibition Katja Loher: Videoplanet­–Orchestra.

This site-specific “inter-planetary” installation will feature kaleidoscopic video works projected onto floating spheres and from within glass spheres. Elements from new and existing works will be incorporated and will all come together for the first time.

Visitors of Katja Loher: Videoplanet–Orchestra will enter the darkened third floor gallery space into a magical universe of floating spheres of varying sizes, whose rounded forms serve as sites for video projections. Museum patrons will have the chance to peer into a series of mini or micro-worlds in which costumed dancers form letters that compose words and sentences to pose simple, thought-provoking questions.

Loher’s dramatic installation creates dreamlike, immersive environments for the visitor that question the balance between humans, nature and technology. Each tiny “universe” in the exhibition provides an elaborate commentary on big issues.

The exhibition is presented through a generous grant from the Riverboat Development Authority and through a multi-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Eastern Iowa Community College District and will be on view through May 4, 2014.  

Companion Programming:

Donor Luncheon

Noon Thursday, January 23

Donors at the Benefactor Level and above as well as media members are invited to a luncheon with artist Katja Loher. RSVP to Amy Martens 563-326-7804 x2007.

Artist Talk

7 p.m. Thursday, January 23

Join artist Katja Loher as she introduces her exhibition. All are invited to this event, which will include a special live performance by Loher’s Bubble Lady, Saori Tsukada.

Gallery Talk

7 p.m. Thursday, February 13

Join photographer/videographer Josh Ford, award-winning choreographer Kim Munn and WQAD Channel 8’s chief meteorologist James Zahara in a lively, engaging discussion of Katja Loher: Video Planet – Orchestra, a unique, multi-media exhibition. From discussion on video and dance to floating spheres, this is a not-to-be-missed gallery talk!  Sponsored by River Cities’ Reader.

FREE Family Day

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, February 22

Beat the winter blues during this family celebration. Explore the amazing world of glass and video through art projects, gallery quests and more. $5 burger baskets will be served in the Dining Room until 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Katja Loher Exhibition Tours

1:30 p.m. Saturdays • February 8 and March 22

1:30 p.m. Sundays • February 9, 16, 23 and March 9 and 30

About the Figge Art Museum 

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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New Exhibit opening! Sun. Jan. 19th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Friday, 17 January 2014 16:41
Hinges & Hearts:

The World of Antique Metal & Mechanical Dolls!

Hear Curator Ellen Tsagaris speak on her collection of metal & mechanical dolls at 2pm!

German American Heritage Center | 712 W Second Street | Davenport | IA | 52802

 
art event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Regan Hatfield   
Friday, 17 January 2014 16:27
At : Gallery 114
location : 114 west 3rd st Davenport , Iowa 52801
title 25 /25/25/  A Regan Hatfield, Showcase
Date :  Saturday ,January 25th 2014
time 6 pm to 10 pm
Our resident artist and creative director has agreed to something outlandish. Yay!!

A series of 25 paintings done on 8x11 canvas paper and matted. $25 a piece! Or 2 for $50. Or 3 for $75. You get it:)

Come experience the amazing art of Regan Hatfield and take one home for a steal. 

Oh and there will be a giveaway!!

 
John Deere Pavilion Unveils New Exhibit with Tango E5 Demonstration Autonomous Mower is a Well-Choreographed Solution to Lawn Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wendy Artman   
Friday, 17 January 2014 09:29
MOLINE, Illinois (January 16, 2014) – The John Deere Pavilion, Deere & Company’s visitor center in downtown Moline, Ill., today unveiled a new exhibit showcasing the company’s innovation in lawn care equipment. The new Tango E5 autonomous mower exhibit treats Pavilion visitors to a real-time demonstration of this hands-free machine and its mowing abilities on a residential lawn setting. The Tango E5 mower is only available in select European countries, so the Pavilion is likely the only place many will see this innovation at work.

“We are very excited about our newest exhibit as it is the first time in the Pavilion’s history we are offering a live product demonstration to our guests,” said Brigitte Tapscott, manager of the John Deere Pavilion. “Beyond that, the Tango E5 is unique, and lawn care is something just about everyone has in common. We think most homeowners will find Tango fascinating whether they see lawn care as a hobby or a chore.”

The Tango E5 demonstration is presented inside the John Deere Pavilion in a realistic residential setting complete with landscaping. Through an innovative application of video, the exhibit features a family as they go about their daily routine, while an actual Tango handles the lawn care. Numerous demonstrations throughout the day enable guests to see the action almost anytime as they tour the facility. Informative and entertaining videos give guests a preview of what’s in store while Tango takes a short 5-minute time-out in its charging station between performances. To view a time-lapse video of the exhibit installation, visit: http://www.JohnDeereAttractions.com/Tango.

First introduced in 2012, the Tango E5 is energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and is designed to get the job done so homeowners don’t have to. The compact, lightweight, battery-powered Tango is built tough and requires low maintenance.

The Tango E5 is the first of several new exhibits in the John Deere Pavilion’s line-up of new features. Additional exhibits will be unveiled in the coming months as part of the Pavilion’s commitment to feature fresh and fun exhibits for new and returning guests.

The John Deere Pavilion offers free admission, is open to the public year-round, and welcomes group tours. The John Deere Store, located adjacent to the Pavilion, stocks a large and unique selection of the latest officially-licensed John Deere products including clothing, toys, books, and collectibles. For more information about the John Deere Pavilion, Store, and other John Deere Attractions, visit us online at http://www.JohnDeereAttractions.com and on Facebook.

About the John Deere Pavilion

Located along the shores of the Mississippi River near the company's original Moline plow factory, the John Deere Pavilion has attracted more than three million guests from around the world since it opened in 1997. The 14,000-square-foot, glass- and steel-enclosed structure features a wide variety of fun and informative hands-on exhibits about Deere & Company's global businesses and products, its rich history and heritage, and how it's helping meet the challenges of a growing global population. The John Deere Pavilion is a free attraction and is open to the public year-round. For more information call 309-765-1000 or visit us online at www.JohnDeereAttractions.com and on Facebook.

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Kids Design Glass PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:09

Davenport, Iowa (January 15, 2014) – Kids Design Glass, sponsored locally by U.S. Bank, will open at the Figge Art Museum on Saturday. This traveling exhibition of 52 colorful glass sculptures, along with the original drawings that inspired them, originated as an educational program where master glass artists from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington selected drawings of mythical monsters by local school children and turned them into glass sculptures.

The exhibition explores the creative process, from pure imagination to advanced technical skills. As Benjamin W. Cobb, one of the lead artists on the project, wrote in the exhibition catalog, “For the kids, it is several minutes of creativity and fun in the studio. For the glassblowers, the program means several hours of sweating it out in the Hot Shop, staying true to a design with unrealistic dimensions, unforgiving irregularities, and strange color combinations…we, the glassblowers, have to let go of everything we have learned about symmetry, form, color and perfection and embrace an artistry that colors outside the lines.”

To personalize the experience of presenting Kids Design Glass at the Figge, a drawing by a young artist (12 and under) from the Quad Cities will be selected by the Hot Shop artists from the Museum of Glass. The lucky child’s artwork will be translated into a glass sculpture. This process will be streamed live from the Hot Shop in Tacoma, Washington from 2-7 p.m. on March 30 in the Figge Art Museum auditorium. The contest will run from February 1 – February 22. Visit www.figgeartmuseum.org for an entry form.

Kids Design Glass will be on view through May 4, 2014.  

Companion Programming:

FREE Family Day

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Beat the winter blues during this family celebration. Explore the amazing world of glass and video through art projects, gallery quests and more. $5 burger baskets will be served in the Dining Room until 1:30 p.m.

Kids Talk about Kids Design Glass

7 p.m. Thursday, March 6

Melissa Mohr, director of education, introduces the exhibition. Local children will also share their perspectives.

Art Talk: Kids Design Glass

7 p.m. Thursday, March 20

Alex Stisser, one of the original Hot Shop artists, will discuss the exhibition and his involvement with the initial project at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.

Kids Design Glass LIVE 

2-7 p.m. Sunday, March 30

Join the local winner of the Kids Design Glass drawing contest as he/she Skypes with the glass team from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington live in the Figge Art Museum auditorium. Watch as the glass sculpture comes to life on the live feed.

Kids Design Glass Exhibition Tours 

1:30 p.m. Saturdays • February 1, 15, 22 and March 8, 29

1:30 p.m. Sundays • February 2 and March 16

About the Figge Art Museum 

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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