The redesigned 85,000-square-foot facility, striking with its angular glass windows and steel elements, opened January 31, 2010. Two family-friendly exhibits remain on view through October 11, 2010. One has more than 50 works by M.C. Escher. The second exhibit, the Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, showcases drawings, paintings, animation cells and other objects from the cartoon company that brought us Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.
The new AGA has increased its family programming. Tours for Tots, geared to kids ages 3 to 5, uses scavenger hunts, stories and crafts to create awareness of the elements that go into a painting or sculpture. On the second Sunday of every month, parents can create museum-oriented art projects with their kids. Through December, architecture is the theme of the BMO World of Creativity, an interactive children’s gallery where kids can draw buildings on drafting tables and assemble giant blocks.