Traverse City, MI

Inflatable Contemporary Art Exhibit Open In Traverse City

Becca Ballard

Blow It Up II, the inflatable contemporary art exhibit, now in Traverse City, is still open for the public to explore and embrace. Now until May 16, 2021, enjoy inflatable blow up art that is unimaginable and amazing. Now until May is the only time this year that, Blow It Up II's art viewing opportunity is available in Michigan.

Today inflatable art seems to be more prevalent than ever with an incising number of air-filled peaces created each year. Inflatable art explores the imaginative ways that air is used as a tool to create large-scale sculptures. Inflatable art is a relatively recent form of art that originated in the 1960s, so it really hasn't been aroud for that long yet. Artists transform materials and imagery into larger-than-life, yet nearly lighter-than-air art. This art is all rich with meaning, resulting in a wide variety of different figurative, conceptual, and abstract pieces you'll see created. This art is initially regarded as whimsical or humorous, yet they can contain serious critiques of pop-culture and social norms.

Many artists use inflatables to explore the complex subject matter such as identity and violence. While, also questioning the role of materials in art as well. Playing with scale, color and the lightness of balloons, these artists experiment and break additional grounds. BLOW UP II explores the complex relationship between the familiarity of the material and it's message is ofter times relatable to many.

BLOW UP II is curated by Carrie Lederer and organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA but being brought to Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. This event is one that doen't come around often, making this a top activity to add to your calender.

What To Expect

Upon arrival, you'll find 10 large-scale inflatable sculptures/installations to explore and take in the meaning and complexity of each.


Chromaforms (Oakland, CA), Sharon Engelstein (Houston, TX), FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles, CA), Joshua Harker (Ann Arbor, MI), Susan Lee-Chun (Miami, FL), Matt Ritchie (San Francisco, CA), Lizabeth Rossof (Denver, CO), Jen Stark (Los Angeles, CA), and Max Streicher (Toronto, Canada).


Feb. 27 – May 16, 2021


Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College

1701 E. Front Street,
Traverse City, MI 49686

Click HERE for more information!

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