Connected \\ January 18, 2019
Art and nature popping up
The hum of the Aeolian Landscape by Ned Kahn, the flip of a page of a favorite storybook, the scribble of a pencil shaping the leaves of an air plant — these are all things visitors have come to expect from the Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center’s Ongoing Displays area, so what would happen if it was no longer there?
It’s been a joy to see how well received the Pop-Up has been since it opened in November. I have a good feeling the large number of finger puppets made of our new highlight objects, a 350-pound bronze tiger and a taxidermied Indian peacock, is only a small indication of how visitors of all ages will react to the reopening of the displays room on March 9th, with exciting new features and a new name - The Pod.
The Pod will be a space that highlights opportunities for connectivity and creative expression through a wide array of experiences and activities. In total, there will be over 240 objects in this installation including artworks and natural history specimens — a massive undertaking with the goal to represent art from every collection area at PEM. Visitors can also expect commissioned original artworks from living artists, plus a maker station and digital interactives to augment the experience and, of course, the reappearance of the famous bird case, which will feature 85 native bird mounts plus nine decoys and decorative carvings.