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Large-scale inflatable sculptures on view at Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum, located at 138 S. Pine Street in Doylestown, is now presenting “Frank Hyder: The Janis Project,” a multimedia exhibition that showcases the work of sculptor and painter Frank Hyder.

Featuring a series of large-scale inflatable heads and accompanying watercolors, Hyder’s Janis Project defies traditional methods of exhibition and encourages dialogue about art in public spaces.

The sculptures are on view to the public through February 23rd, 2019.

Hyder, who splits his time between Philadelphia and Miami, has become known for his unique integrations of painting and sculpture.

His Janis Project has garnered international attention during its travels throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Comprised of more than a dozen large-scale, double-faced inflatable sculptures of heads, The Janis Project draws on themes of unity and equality and invites the public to consider issues that often divide us as humans. 

“With The Janis Project, I intended to engage people with art in surprising places,” said Hyder of his project. “Monumental sculpture is usually found in clearly designated public spaces and museums; my installations are random and almost always surprising. Toy-like yet carrying meaning, the heads are at once disarming while also evoking humor and wonder. They are sculpture, they are paintings, they are culture.”

The sculptures, which are inspired by the Moai of Easter Island, the Olmec heads, and the ancient Roman god of new endeavors, present two faces with two distinct skin colors and a unique adornment of face paint. A series of watercolors documenting the public’s response to these heads as the exhibition traveled the world will accompany the sculptures.

The sculptures will be on view at Michener’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden. The watercolors will be on view in the Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery.

The exhibition program in the Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery is presented by Vivian Banta and Robert Field.

The installations in the Outdoor Sculpture Gardens are sponsored by Silverman Family Partnerships.

Exhibition and programming-related information can be found at MichenerArtMuseum.org.