Framed: Step into Art™

January 22, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Framed logo

Step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art like never before!

In the exhibit Framed: Step into Art™ children and adults can enjoy a robust noontime meal in Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers, climb into a tent and explore camping gear in John Singer Sargent’s Camp at Lake O’Hara and add “corn husks” to the flower tower in Diego Rivera’s Corn Festival. Enter Clementine Hunter’s Big Chicken and get behind the reins of a giant rooster. Visitors can explore a small collection of Mona Lisa prints featuring the original and famous parodies, then step behind a cutout version and replace Mona Lisa’s face with their own.

Dinner for Threshers by Grant Wood

Enter Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers and learn about rural life at the turn of the century. Visitors can tend to a chicken and eggs, prepare a meal in the kitchen, set the dining table, enjoy a noontime dinner, and mix and match the farmers’ patterned shirts.  Observe the painting’s details, such as patterns, the farmers’ tan lines and the hour of the meal. 

Camp at Lake O’Hara by John Singer Sargent

Visitors travel to the Canadian Rockies in 1916 at John Singer Sargent’s Camp at Lake O’Hara. Children can climb inside a tent and explore camping gear like Sargent would have used. After cooking a pretend meal over the campfire, kids can tell stories around the fire and arrange items in a magnetic frame to show what a painting of today’s campsite may look like. 

Big Chicken by Clementine Hunter

Step inside Big Chicken by Clementine Hunter, Louisiana’s most famous female artist and folk art icon, and create imaginary animals like Hunter’s “goosters” by mixing body parts. Children and adults can load the cart with cotton, climb behind the reins of the giant rooster and take their load to town. 

Corn Festival by Diego Rivera 

Travel south of the border through this piece from the Court of Fiestas in the Ministry of Education Building in Mexico City. Visitors can explore a rendition of one of Rivera’s frescos, add flowers and ribbons of “corn husks” to the flower tower for a celebration and include their flourish in a mural on a miniature building. 

Framed: Step into Art™ was created by Minnesota Children's Museum.