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Norton summer exhibition, Wheels and Heels, is a real toy story, reflecting the enduring popularity of Barbie dolls, miniature cars

Jun 19, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

You’ll have fun, fun, fun when the NortonMuseum of Art kicks off its summer exhibition of Barbie dolls and Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars on June 19, 2014.  While the playful, in-depth exhibition, Wheels and Heels:The Big Noise Around Little Toys, opens at 10 a.m., the celebration begins at 5 and runs through 9 p.m. Admission is free for Florida residents every Thursday through Sept. 4, 2014. (Wheels and Heels is on view through Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.)

The evening’s Art After Dark activities include Under the Hood of Wheels and Heels, exhibition guest curator Matthew Bird’s colorful and dynamic presentation of the history of both the beloved and enduring Barbie doll and popular miniature cars. The Shindigs maintain the summer theme of cars, dolls, surf, and sun, performing Beach Boys’ and other ‘60s and ‘70s classics. (Beach Boys trivia: In the early ‘60s, before signing with Capital Records and hitting it big, members of the group, recording as Kenny and the Cadets, cut a song about Barbie titled –Barbie.)

Visitors also can examine an array of real “Matchbox era” cars in the front parking lot while listening to Jammin’ with Jimmy spin nostalgic tunes from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Budding artists can enjoy the popular Sketchbook Thursday and sketch a fashionably attired live model. A docent-led tour of the Industrial Sublime exhibition is also on the bill.

The evening’s schedule is:    

5-9 p.m. - PBC Classics presents a display of 10 “Matchbox era” vintage cars while DJ Jammin’ with Jimmy spins classic sounds from the ‘50s through ‘70s. / Front parking lot

5:30 p.m. - PBPulse.com Tour: Industrial Sublime / Meet in lobby

6-8 p.m. - Sketchbook Thursday with live model / Delacorte Gallery, third floor

6:30-7:30 p.m. - Curator’s Conversation: Under the Hood of Wheels and Heels with Guest Curator Matthew Bird / Theater      

6:45-8:45p.m. – Live music by Beach Boys tribute band, The Shindigs / Central Garden

About the Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under.  Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org. 

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