Exhibition Details

Location: The Hub: The James K. Ballinger Interactive Gallery
Dates: December 7, 2019
to August 30, 2020


The artists who created the works in this gallery saw new possibilities in ordinary things. From plastic toys to dried bugs and leftover spaghetti, the materials these artists chose to use stretch our understanding of what art is and how to make it. The textures, histories, and colors of what some might consider trash spark creativity in others.  Start here and as you explore other parts of the museum, continue looking for ways that artists give everyday objects a new purpose. 

Why do you think these artists chose the materials they did?

Los artistas que crearon las obras en esta galería visualizaron nuevas posibilidades en cosas ordinarias. Desde juguetes de plástico hasta insectos disecados y sobras de espagueti, los materiales que estos artistas eligieron expanden nuestro entendimiento de lo que es arte y como hacerlo. Las texturas, las historias y colores de lo que algunas personas pueden considerar como basura pueden provocar destellos de creatividad en otras. Empiece aquí y según vaya explorando otras partes del museo, continúe observando en que maneras los artistas han dado un nuevo propósito a objetos cotidianos. 
¿Por qué cree usted que los artistas eligieron los materiales que eligieron? 

Image credit: Miguel Palma, Action Plan (Plan de acción), 2009. Mixed media. Gift of the artist.


Free for Members, veterans and active-duty Militaryand youth aged 5 and under.

General Admission:
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 

— Youth (Ages 6-17)

All exhibitions are included with General Admission.



Voluntary-Donation Hours

This exhibition is open to the public for $8 (adult) / $5 (youth) during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the first Friday of each month, and is free for youth ages 17 and under from 10 am5 pm on the last Saturday of each month during Creative Saturdays: Free Under 18

Group Sales

Interested in coming as a group? For group sales information, click here.