At Kent State Museum Exhibit, Art Adorns the Walls and Your Mobile Device
The Kent State University Museum will present “@Infinitum,” a cross-cultural and technologically enhanced art exhibition, from July 26, 2015, to January 10, 2016. “@Infinitum” includes work by Kent State University faculty members in art, fashion design and visual communication design, representing both Kent and Regional Campuses. The museum will host an opening reception for the exhibition Thursday, October 1, 5-7 p.m.
Curated by Kent State School of Art faculty members Dr. Koon-Hwee Kan (art education) and Janice Lessman-Moss (textile arts), “@Infinitum” displays work by 18 faculty members from across the university. Juxtaposed alongside these are mounted QR (quick response) codes linked to a virtual exhibition of work by 36 Chinese artists on the “@Infinitum” website. Visitors to the exhibit can scan the codes on their mobile devices or use the museum's kiosk to access artist bios, statements and portfolios. In this way, the exhibit uses ubiquitous technology to transpose artworks from halfway around the world, presenting them in dialogue with the Kent State works.
The collaboration between Kent State artists and artists from Sichuan University and Hebei Normal University in China began in 2014, a year marking the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and the United States. An earlier iteration of “@Infinitum” at Hebei Normal University Museum housed the Chinese artworks while the American ones were accessible via QR code. A third show will open at Sichuan University in March 2016.
The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of E. Main St. and S. Lincoln St. in Kent, Ohio. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Thursday; and noon - 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent State ID and free to the public on Sunday. Parking is free. For more information, call 330-672-3450 or visit www.kent.edu/museum. The Kent State University Museum receives support from the Ohio Arts Council through a Sustainability Grant.
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