Play! Exhibition
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibition on view September 16 – December 29
Palo Alto Art Center - 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

The concept of play is undergoing a renaissance. Whereas once it may have been applied to immature behavior, or used to describe the wasting of time, now it is recognized as an essential form of intellectual work for both children and adults, as well as a path to creative productivity and social wellbeing.

Each of the artists in Play! is vigorously engaged in the practice of play, and together they illustrate the myriad of ways this can be done. Andy Warhol and Billy Klüver’s immersive Silver Clouds and William T. Wiley’s Punball machine were imagined as instruments of play. Berlin-based artist Hans Hemmert uses balloons, a material we all recognize as a play object, to build a slowly deflating castle barely contained by the walls of the gallery. Dana Hemenway and Terry Berlier turn everyday objects into the stuff of play, while painter Robert Burden and installation artist Nils Volker use familiar imagery to recover the wonder they experienced as children.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Art Center's Season of Play!, which will provide community members with the opportunity to participate in all types of play through public programs, hands-on activities, and community partnerships.