Norton Museum of Art’s Summer Exhibitions Sizzle

LEGO Certified Professional Dan Parker puts the finishing touches on the Space Needle.

LEGO Certified Professional Dan Parker puts the finishing touches on the Space Needle.

One of Palm Beach County’s premier cultural institutions, the Norton Museum of Art will debut its summer exhibitions this month – and area children are in luck.

Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture features a series of 10 iconic skyscrapers from across the globe, all in one exhibit, and all built out of colorful plastic LEGO toy bricks. The impressive models, constructed by LEGO Certified Professional Dan Parker, will tower over most of their young – and adult – admirers, as they range in height from four to nine feet tall.

Among the buildings in the mix: the world’s tallest, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Space Needle in Seattle, of World’s Fair fame, and One World Trade Center in New York City. The exhibition also includes an LEGO play area, where inspired visitors can make their own skyscraper or other architectural wonder. It opens June 20.

Another exhibit, Architecture in Detail – Works from the Museum Collection, will have museum-goers marveling at the works of masters of their craft Stuart Davis, John Marin and Addison Mizner. It opens June 20, as well.

On June 27, Lucian Freud: Paintings and Prints opens to the public. The portrait presentation from arguably one of the greatest artists of modern times will bring The Brigadier to the museum, as well as a Freud self-portrait.

Circa 1960: Figure and Form, which also opens June 27, will showcase some of the museum’s most-recent acquisitions.

Already under way is the “Masterpiece of the Month series, which highlights four pieces by Mary Cassatt through June 30. Then, in July, Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, will hang within the halls. August will bring Salvador Dali’s untouchable Portrait of Marquis George de Cuevas to the museum.

The Norton Museum of Art is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and admission is $12 for adults and $5 for students. Children 12 and younger get in free. Residents of West Palm Beach, where the museum is located, get in free every Saturday, and all Palm Beach County residents get in free the first Saturday of each month.

For information, call 561-832-5196.


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