Momentum!

July 13 – September 13, 2013

Art in Action. Creativity in Motion.

Join us as we explore momentum, and the creative explosion that happens when Art meets Science. Come play with things that walk, fly, roll, swing, slide, and dance. We’ll be investigating physical momentum and things that move—flying creatures, bikes, roller coasters, mobiles, Rube Goldberg machines, a pendulum made from soccer balls, spirographs, and more!

We’ll also look at momentum in culture and community—as in the development and growth of social movements created by people. We challenge you to consider how small changes in your everyday life can lead to big impacts. What do you believe in, and how can you make it happen? Why do things move, and how can they make art?

Gallery Exhibit + Discovery Center

The Tsao Gallery will be turned into a dynamic, interactive Discovery Center and exhibit space that will evolve over the course of 2 months as a collection of collaboratively generated artworks come to life with the support of the local community. By using art-making as a means of scientific and creative inquiry, these free and low-cost programs will provide opportunities for informal science learning to community members of all ages. The exhibit will address our relationships with creativity and action as a physical and social force. The show will revolve around a collaborative public art installation created through a number of drop-in experiences at the Davis Art Center and local partner organizations.

Off the Grid
Back by popular demand! School children, artists, UCD students, families, and the local community will be invited to recreate one section of a large image that will beautifully come to life during the show; covering the wall with a vibrant scene from the Davis environment.

I Like to Move It!
How can wheels, gears, air, and bells make art? Swing and spin in our wall-mounted kinetic playground. Try your hand at a giant drawing machine, make some music with your friends, or design your own art-maker. Created with local artist Daniel Hall.

Moving Parts
Local artists Rachel Hartsough, Margo Mullen, Mark Rivera, and Camille Shea-Lichter will create a dynamic, collaborative mural installation using crowd-sourced ideas and images, and inspired by the exhibit theme of momentum. Return frequently to watch the mural develop.

Nuts & Bolts
The Davis community is invited to share their ideas of Momentum through photography, drawing, or written word. These examples of creative thought will become an image map that will slowly spread across the wall, documenting the progression of a shared idea. We challenge you to consider the following: What is momentum? What does it look like to you? How can small gestures make big impacts? Participants will also be asked to document examples of art in the Davis community, and to think about how we come together to define the creative culture of the place in which we live.

Wheels, Wings, & Widgets
Conjure your inner inventor! Alexander Calder and Rube Goldberg inspire this hands-on action station where you can experiment with physics and design by creating a dynamic mobile or wonderful chain reaction from recycled materials and small found objects. Baskets of dominoes, springs, small bouncy balls, tubes, cars, blocks, marbles, legos, used bike parts, and more encourage visitors to let their designs, imaginations, and engineering skills go wild.