Storrs - posted Mar, 20 2013
STORRS- Strings, Rods, and Robots: Recent Acquisitions showcases the exhilarating diversity of puppets from around the world recently acquired by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. Curated by UConn Art and Art History graduate student Lindsay Simon, the exhibition juxtaposes ancient puppet traditions with Modernist interpretations, with objects ranging from Vietnamese water puppets, Persian ritual rod puppets, and Javanese shadow puppets to 1930s Alabama marionettes, department store automata by Ellen Rixford, a lifesize robotic marionette by French media artist Zaven Paré, traditional Egyptian shadow puppets, a Dada-inspired marionette by Australian artist Sally Smart, a spectacular Danish toy theater, and a stunning array of global puppet forms collected by John E. and Marilyn O’Connor Miller. The Gala Opening Day events will begin at 2 p.m. on March 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided by UConn School of Fine Arts Dean Bríd Grant, followed by guided tours of the exhibitions led by the curators, Lindsay Simon and Seth Shaffer. At 3 p.m., Seth Shaffer and revered puppeteer Allelu Kurten, a longtime friend of Dick Myers, will discuss Myers’s work in a special UConn Puppet Forum in the Ballard Institute Conference Room. Refreshments will be served throughout the event. Following the Gala Opening, the Ballard Museum will be open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information about the Gala Opening, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check our website: bimp.uconn.edu. Please see our facebook page for regular updates on Ballard Institute activities.