Originally developed in Asia, origami has evolved into an exciting art form explored by artists worldwide. Works in this intimately scaled exhibition in the museum’s Art and Nature Center demonstrate the breadth of origami art, ranging from depictions of nature to self-portraits and abstract forms. In addition to showing masterworks of origami, the exhibition reveals connections between origami and innovations in other disciplines, such as design, medicine and math. Interactive displays give visitors of all ages opportunities to engage in the artistic process of origami.
Origami Now! is sponsored by Comcast.
From massive to minuscule, explore art and nature on a vast scale! PEM combines the opening of Sizing It Up and the annual Big Draw Festival for a lively day of art and investigation.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
Mega Heart Meets Mini Heartbeats
10 am-4 pm | Atrium
Explore Marilu Swett's giant abstract heart and add your own heartbeat drawing to the inside of the sculpture.
Tinkering with Scale
10 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge
Doodle in 3-D, make a pattern with a pantograph and tinker with tools and techniques for making drawings big and small.
Nail Scale Art
10 am-12:30 pm and 1-3:15 pm | Atrium
Pick a nail for Nina Park to use as the canvas for one of her mini scenes. Animal face nail stickers are available for younger guests.
Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes at a Grand Scale
10 am-4 pm | Create Space
Discover why marine microbes are called tiny giants as you investigate live organisms and create your own scale-warping art. Scientists and artists are on hand to share ideas, answer questions and help with your creation.
Made possible by American Dental Partners
Mysteries of the Unseen World
11 am-4 pm, runs hourly | Morse Auditorium
Recommended for families with children ages 3 and up
Discover events in nature that are not visible to the human eye. From microscopic creatures to actions that occur in only a millisecond, this film gives us a peek into the unseen.
39 minutes, 2013.