Miami show stands tall

‘Seldom Seen: Fun and Quirky’ has a fitting name.

Curator of Exhibitions Jason Shaiman, Miami University Art Museum and Sculpture Park, said, “ ‘Seldom Seen’ resulted from my desire to display a 12-foot papier-mache man titled ‘The Cocktailer.’ So unique in character, it was a challenge to find a suitable thematic approach for the display of this work other than presenting it within an assemblage of fun and quirky works.”

“The Cocktailer,” by James Grashow, is a main feature of the exhibition, which will be held in the museum’s largest gallery, showcasing works from their collection. These are works that are seldom shown in an exhibition.

Sherri Krazl, marketing and communications coordinator for Miami University Art Museum and Sculpture Park, said the display will highlight 57 pieces, ranging from paintings to two-dimensional and three-dimensional sculptures. There are seven themes within the exhibition, including mythology, symbolism, representation of the human body, regional origin and pop art.

“There’s a little bit of everything, and some of the pieces are rather large,” Krazl said.

Several special events will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. Grashow, from West Redding, Conn., will show and talk about his work and multifaceted career next Thursday, March 31, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the auditorium. His art ranges from intense compulsive miniatures, to giant corrugated installations, and woodcuts that have appeared in magazines and periodicals for decades.

A Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, April 3, from 1 4 p.m. The free, afternoon event will continue the fun and quirky theme. Activities will include photo opportunities with “The Cocktailer” and a 3 p.m. performance featuring “Frosted! The Acoustic Sing-Along Story-Time.” DiscoKnitting will be another highlight. There will also be hands-on activities such as make-and-take crafts for children ages 5 to 10.

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