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The Family Picture

We love going to art museums together. We make ourselves comfortable and have a sincere experience. But we cannot get a family picture of it!  Taking three children under the age of six into an art museum is busy, and these boys are not into photos. Here is the proof (or cry for help).   …

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Des Moines Art Center

Our travel plan included going to Iowa in the winter and sharing a hotel room with three children under the age of 6. Plus, our main activity was going to an art museum. It doesn’t seem like it would be a remarkable vacation, but we would all vote to do it again! We laughed, had …

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Tape Des Moines: Photos

Numen For/Use is a collective of artists based in Europe (starting in Croatia). Their art installations include organic forms made of translucent tape that are suspended in space. They are made entirely by hand and without any computer modeling. “Tape Des Moines” is Numen For/Use’s first art installation in the United States. It is situated …

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Frank Stella: Play

Frank Stella is an abstract painter and printmaker who loves car racing. His print Talladega Three/II is inspired by the famous race track in Alabama. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ “Race to Abstraction” is a display in the children’s gallery explaining the context of this piece. Along with photographs of the Talladega race track, there is …

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Montgomery Museum of Art: Play

Driving across Alabama this summer, we stopped at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art. After walking through the galleries and making the museum guards work a little harder than usual, we decided to give them a break and head for the children’s art studio. What made this children’s gallery stand out is some of the architectural …

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Don’t see all the art. That’s my best advice for adults taking children to see art in a museum. Skip a few, enjoy what you do see, and go back. Museums usually have more art than anyone has the attention span to experience in one trip. That’s how we approached our first visit to Montgomery Museum …

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Travel to Gee’s Bend

I had two things on my mind when we started this road trip a few weeks ago. First, I am raising three white boys in Alabama, and I wonder what they will grow up to think about race and power. Second, I am so loved. My partner-in-crime surprised us by arranging an adventure to see …

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Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis

The Laumeier Sculpture Park is located on over 100 acres at the edge of the city of St. Louis.  It was drizzling and muddy when we began our hike through the “Eastern Woodland” section with grandparents and preschoolers. The art park is divided into a few different areas with some mulched and some paved paths. The …

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Family Guides at the Aldrich Contemporary

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is tucked away in a small town in Connecticut.  It was founded over 50 years ago by an influential art collector, Larry Aldrich. Even though this museum is located outside of a major cultural hub, it consistently exhibits ambitious contemporary art. Thus the historic building, quintessential main street, and quiet …

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