Art that Moves

Art that Moves: The Intersection of Creativity and Innovation

(Farmer Gallery) This exhibition of kinetic works from the Art Museum’s permanent collection and several regional artists will explore the marriage of design and aesthetics with technology and innovative constructions popularized in the 20th century. Art that Moves is developed in connection with the Year of MIAMIdeas: Creativity and Innovation (2015-2016) initiative set forth by President Hodge. #ArtThatMoves

August 25-December 12, 2015


About the Exhibition

In the fall of 2014, Miami University President David Hodge proclaimed Creativity and Innovation as the theme for the 2015-2016 academic year. In support of Dr. Hodge’s announcement, the Art Museum has embraced the university-wide theme with the exhibition, Art That Moves.

Scientifically, Art That Moves refers to objects that possess energy due to their motion. In art, kinetic works include pictorial or sculptural objects that change with time by mechanical, magnetic, electro-mechanical, electronic systems, optical or chemical reactions. Optical art, or Op Art, popular in the mid-to-late 1960s, provides the impression of kinetic movement even though nothing is actually in motion. Due to excessive stimuli on the eye’s retina, the artwork produces images that fascinate or confuse the brain and sometimes gives the impression that something appears to be moving.

Featuring works from Miami University Art Museum’s permanent collection, as well as a selection of contemporary kinetic art created by local artists, Art That Moves is an exhibition with energy all its own. In conjunction with the exhibition, Rod Northcutt, Associate Professor of Art and a contributor to Art That Moves, will discuss kinetic art on Thursday, November 12 at the Miami University Art Museum. To round out the year, the third annual Student Response Exhibition, on display during the Spring 2016 semester, will offer Miami students an opportunity to create new works that comment on, or respond to, the theme of Creativity and Innovation.


Exhibition Program

Thursday, November 12 – Lecture: Kinetic Art & Beyond: Why sculpture can no longer be what you think it is ~ Rod Northcutt, Associate Professor, Department of Art, Miami University.

(Art Museum)
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the
Contemporary Art Forum.