When a friend asked me to go see the Escher Exhibit in Brooklyn, I would like to say that my brain knew who that was. My brain, however, did not. My brain was MISSING OUT! While I will never be able to say I am an official Escher expert, I can say that I am officially an Escher enthusiast and an uber fan of this particular experience exhibit. There’s that word again: experience. The show is literally called Escher: The Exhibition and Experience. What!? Count me in.
What is so compelling about this exhibit that has been crisscrossing the world, having already been to Rome, Bologna, Milan, Singapore, Madrid, and Lisbon, is the combination of art and experience. Escher’s art alone is a brain tease, but then the masterminds who created this exhibit layered on interactive elements throughout the huge space that further connect you to his art and the mysterious inner workings of his brain. Genius from both an experiential and a marketing perspective. And so much fun! His art and the immersive components kept us completely engaged for almost 2 hours as we took photos and learned about perspective and the morphing of reality!
Mid-exhibit I started studying the calendar on my phone determined to find a date to bring the kids. This is an art playground for kids and their brains and adults with kid’s brains. I am told kids are given a treasure hunt map, which I am certain would add so much value to their visit. I completely plan to hunt along with them, cause why should kids have all the fun? Escher himself on this topic said, “I don’t grow up. In me is the small child of my early days.”
If you are not up on your Escher deets let me fill you in… The Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is considered one of the world’s greatest graphic artists. His work very much reminded me of Da Vinci (heard of him?) who explored art via math, science, and poetry. Like Da Vinci, Escher was left-handed and he kept himself VERY busy with his creations. So busy in fact he once had this to say about all that he could produce, “I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints.” In his lifetime, he created 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches. The exhibit features 200 pieces by the prolific Escher.
His work gives hope to all the “I’m not good at math” folks in the crowd. While he did poorly at math in school, he went onto to be revered for his unique integration of mathematical concepts in his art. As I’m not good at math, I can’t really explain this very well – you will have to go see it for yourself. His work very much influenced popular culture. You learn all about this as you navigate and experience this exhibit.
I started to imagine ways I could weave the term Escheresque into my weekend parlance. With my eyes now wide open to the Escher influence, you can see it EVERYWHERE. The show is here until February. Highly recommend you grab your group and your brain and go. Half the fun is getting there (I took the Q and the D trains) and “the there” also rewards you with a visit to Industrial City which I probably will write a post about. Cause guess what? I’d never heard of that either. Must get out from underneath this rock I seem to be under.
Escher – The Exhibition & Experience
Industry City; 34 – 34th Street, Building 6; Brooklyn, NY
The exhibit is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Sunday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm; Thursdays 10.00 am to 9.00 pm. The exhibit is closing February 3rd.
Tickets: Adults – $20, Students with ID (18-26) – $15, Youths (12-17) – $13, Children (5-11) – $6.
For more information, visit the official website here.