November 19, 2011

November Family Day: Mysteries and Surprises!

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November Family Day: Mysteries and Surprises!

 

On November 5th, 2011, the World Chess Hall of Fame hosted its first Family Day event! Based around the theme of “mysteries and surprises,” the day explored works in the collection that contain secret and unexpected elements.

 

At the center of the event was Gavin Turk’s video installation, The Mechanical Turk, found in the first floor exhibit Out of the Box: Artists Play Chess. The work is based upon the real-life chessplaying “robot” that defeated opponents like Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In fact, the Turk was nothing more than a hoax (the game was being controlled by a skilled chess player hidden inside the device), but it managed to puzzle audiences in the United States and Europe for 50 years.

 

Following a tour of Out of the Box: Artists Play Chess, the mystery theme continued, as families created a self-propelling toys that appeared to “walk” on its own when lowered to the ground.

 

Check out the World Chess Hall of Fame’s Family Days, held on the first Saturday of every month!