Monday, July 26, 2010

Ruby Tuesday



We visited Great Small Works- Toy Theater Festival last week and loved it. Here is a RED shot I took!

I forgot to read about what this means... What do you think it means? There's a metronome, white wings, and maybe a black top hat. Can you guess?

Don't hate me if no one can figure it out. I'll have to go back to Queens Museum of Art to find out.

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GREAT SMALL WORKS has produced eight Toy Theater Festivals, which have featured the work of hundreds of local and international theater and visual artists.

A popular and simple means of staging dramatic spectacles in the Victorian living room, Toy Theater was the rage in homes across Europe and the Americas. As children, Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles all delighted in re-enacting their favorite literary works and West End dramas by staging them in two dimensions on a miniature proscenium stage.

Combining the visual and performing arts, toy theater originated in 19th century revolutions in printing technologies. By the mid-20th century, the small box in the living room had been replaced by another; and toy theater became outmoded among all but a few practitioners. Since 1993, Great Small Works has been reviving and reinventing this form of storytelling that is fantastic in scope, easily affordable, and open to any content imaginable.




I sent out a 4x6 of the Tiger Lily I posted last week. I haven't heard from the winner yet but I'm sure she'll let me know when she receives it! :)

56 comments:

chubskulit said...

Very interesting! Have a great weeke ahead Mary.

R Montalban said...

First time joining in, hope that is ok?

Leora said...

Toy Theater sounds so much more delightful than Cartoon Network!

Robin said...

What a fun concept, I'd love to see one of their plays.

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marcia@joyismygoal said...

The magic of good music gives us wings?

WINDOWLAD said...

Dear Mary,

I had fun lookin' around in here...(^^) thank you for your kind words at my page... God Bless!!:)

>Kelvin

Stephani said...

Mine might be a bit of a stretch today, but it does have pink some bits of red in it! ~ Thanks for hosting.

Felisol said...

Toy Theater sounds so very interesting.
The wings reminds me of those on Picasso's Peace Dove,but I may be all lost in the guessins game.
Happy Ruby Tuesday, anyhow.

Nora Johnson said...

Very interesting - and Happy Ruby Tuesday!

LOLA:)

Joops said...

Looks like a fun event to attend to.

Rambling Woods said...

What an interesting post Mary...sometimes I think that we have lost so much in this electronic age...Michelle

napaboaniya said...

Mary, head back and find out the meaning!!! *lol*

@nemonen said...

Toy theater - what fun. Like that!

boliyou said...

How crazy were those theaters! Great idea for Ruby Tues.

Greyscale Territory said...

A very interesting post! I was wondering if it symbolised the magic of music and drama taking flight! Just a guess! But the photo is delightful!

toby said...

Looks like a lot of fun, and I really like the art on that poster!

eileeninmd said...

The Toy Theatre festival sounds like fun! Thanks for hosting this fun meme and Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Karen of 3G2S said...

It looks so mysterious! I love red and black together!!

Marites said...

interesting and fun concept! have a good week!

Mimi said...

Anything that promotes the (dying) art of storytelling is a good thing, in my opinion.
When my kids were small, we regularly had Toy Theatre with their cousins. It was great!
Happy RT, Mary!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

That is so cute!

Australia

Linnea W said...

Thanks for hosting RT! Enjoy the day!

rebecca said...

would have loved to have seen this with you!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

Hi Mary. Nice to 'visit' again after not having the chance for a week or so. Great photo ... and I love your story.

A 2 Z said...

I love the new look Mary! As for the picture I cant figure out what it means.

MOO said...

I like it...Bravo!

Dimple said...

Somehow reminds me of The Sound of Music...
I think your puzzle means time flies!

judi said...

Fun site.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Very colorful and interesting. I like learning about new things.

CACHANILLA73 said...

Hope You will post the answer!!! love your blog...

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

That DOES look like fun. I know! Let's put on a show!

I've got the reddest rose in the world, I think, for you:

http://www.artsquadgraphics.com/blog/2010/07/26/oklahoma-rose/

Raven said...

Interesting exhibit. My guess is "time flies and the clock is ticking..." or something like that.

Francisca said...

Tempus fugit! Time flees!

Gattina said...

Never heard of that, very interesting. Probably it didn't exist in Germany when I left there and in Belgium I have never seen it either

cHe said...

it looks like u had a very great weekened:)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I love anything that has to do with theater!!

hahai.ponce said...

joining Ruby Tuesday and having fun going through the other blogs, yours as well.

have a great weekend Mary!

Hahai here and here's my link to my RT post
http://luckytoe.blogspot.com/2010/07/ruby-tuesday-dream-ferrari.html

Spadoman said...

Better later than never for a Ruby Tuesday post. Interesting story about home entertainment in the past. I'm sure there were several novel ways to spend time before TV and the electronic blitz. Thanks for this.

Peace.

anne said...

I bet you had so much fun, here's mine thanks http://www.terryannemary.com/2010/07/ruby-tuesday-15-jeepney.html

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Interesting post, Mary. I hadn't heard of that one before.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I think the home theater should make a comeback! What a wonderful way to interact with family and to share stories! I just loved this post...thank you!
Happy RUBIES!
Coralie

hip-chick said...

that looks like a pretty cool place! I would love to visit a place like that.

Misty Dawn said...

That's really neat! Sounds like a cool place to visit!

I really like your header, by the way.

Trudi said...

I'm writing from Great Small Works. Thanks for helping to spread the word about Toy Theater, which we find to be a wonderfully accessible form of story-telling and puppetry. The image is from a news-based series we call "Toy Theater of Terror As Usual," our take on current events, using images from newspapers and magazines. The stage is on display through October 3rd at the Queens Museum of Art, together with 12 other stages and scenes from the series. The metronome is a figure we call the Angel of History, inspired by an essay by Walter Benjamin.

Jientje said...

Sounds like a fun project Mary!

Jan said...

Interesting post and photos Mary. Hope you're having a grand week.

Gattina said...

Thanks for your comment on my travel blog, this African museum is really interesting.

EG Wow said...

An angel of terror? Sounds intriguing!

Mama Zen said...

How fun!

gee said...

hello there Mary, I am still waiting for my prize from the mail...I m so excited about it and will take a picture for sure and make everyone envious about it. LOL...dropping by to leave my Link, Happy Tuesday :)

charmie said...

Very interesting! Have a nice day :)

Marice said...

sounds interesting :)

Jan AKA Wammy said...

Interesting for sure. Love doing these!

Jew Wishes said...

What wonderful RT photos!

I like the concept of the Toy Theater.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Joining the fun again! Jacqueline

Nelj said...

it's my first time joining ruby Tuesday..Pls visit my post..