Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

February 6–May 1, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center, Exhibit Hall & Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North

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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

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In the first major American exhibition tour, Theo Jansen’s wholly distinctive kinetic creations blur the lines of art, engineering, science and performance. The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests’ locomotion and shows the processes that have driven their evolutionary development. The sculptures are accompanied by artist drawings, videos, daily demonstrations of the Strandbeests’ movements, a display of retired “fossils” as well as photography by Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the Strandbeests' evolution. Handlers will tend to the creatures and provide daily demonstrations of their animation and breath.

 

Reanimation Schedule

Daily demonstrations of the “beests”

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

  • 10:30–11am  Walk with an Ordis
  • 11:15am  Suspendisse reanimation
  • 11:30am–1pm  Walk with an Ordis
  • 1:30pm  Segundas reanimation
  • 2–3pm  Walk with an Ordis
  • 3:30pm  Suspendisse performance

Wednesday & Friday

  • 10:30am–1pm  Walk with an Ordis
  • 1:15pm  Suspendisse reanimation
  • 1:30–3pm  Walk with an Ordis
  • 3:30pm  Segundas reanimation
  • 4–5pm  Walk with an Ordis
  • 5:30pm  Suspendisse performance
 

Audemars PiguetStrandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem, MA. Audemars Piguet, the tour's National Sponsor, provided generous support to PEM. Grant support provided to DCASE by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Netherland-America Foundation and Peabody Essex Museum.

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