The William Benton Museum of Art Presents BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art

The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut is presenting BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art, opening June 2 with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and remaining on view through July 31, 2016. This playful, family-friendly exhibition features 21 works that explore the medium of inflatable art with imagery that Lynn_WhiteElephant1-389x400is figurative, conceptual, and abstract, accessible yet rich with meaning.

The pieces — among them a 10-foot tall White Elephant, two giant, smiling red bunnies, towering superheroes, and a 17-foot long Trans Am replica of the
1977 Smokey and the Bandit car — engage and fascinate, revealing the imaginative ways artists use air as a tool for creating movable art.

“Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic.” — BLOW UP curator Carrie Lederer of the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

New York artists Lee Boroson, Patrick Flibotte, Lewis deSoto, and Momoyo Torimitsu are among the internationally recognized artists represented in the exhibition.

BLOW UP also includes a video of inflatable works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Joshua Allen Harris.

BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. The exhibition was made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Bedford Gallery is located in the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CT. Phone: 925-295-1417. Website: Facebook:

The William Benton Museum of Art is the official state art museum, located on the University of Connecticut main campus at Storrs, CT, 245 Glenbrook Road. Phone: 860-486-4520. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 4:30, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4:30. Closed July 2­–4 in observation of Independence Day. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Website: Facebook: