The following was written by my friend Darla. Unfortunately we had to miss out on this event, looks like it was fun!
Our first daughter was born in 2007, which completely explains why I knew about neither the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Art Museum (opened in 2007) or the underground parking garage at the Art Museum (opened since then). I was thrilled to have an introduction to both, and a sneak peak at the ArtSplash summer initiative at the Perelman Building today.
ArtSplash is a season filled with art, imaginative installations, and creative play. If you are thinking hushed halls and framed masterpieces, think again.
One of the exibit we visited was called All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families. My girls love to play dress up, and they were smitten with the elaborate “costumes” that people used to wear.
They even got a chance to create their own fashion designs at a drafting table.
We also visited the CandyCoated Wonderland, a distinctively modern and whimsical make-believe setting for selections for the Museum’s extensive collection of children’s fancy dress costumes. We were treated to a guided tour by the exhibit’s creator, Candy Coated (formerly known as Candy Depew).
While the CandyCoated exhibit was a “touch with your eyes only” space, we did get a chance to make our own mannequins (that’s a big word for little people, but they picked it up), and they are now on display in our own private installation. That would be our kitchen.