PUZZLES OLD AND NEW: Head Crackers, Patience Provers, and Other Tactile
[including more variations on Rubik's cube than I've ever seen before]
Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA Nov. 26, '86 - Feb. 22, 1987 MIT Museum April 6 - June 15, 1987 Hudson River Museum July 22 - Sept. 27, 1987 Science Museum of Minnesota Oct. 19, '87 - Jan 3, 1988 Ontario Science Center Jan. 25 - March 6, 1988
Accompanied by the book PUZZLES OLD AND NEW: HOW TO MAKE AND SOLVE THEM
by Jerry Slocum and Jack Botermans ($20).
The exhibit discusses
The Art in Puzzles
The Social Experience
Puzzles in the Industrial Age
Puzzles in Education
Puzzles and Science
It aims "to explore the history, meanings, and design of mechanical
puzzles." The extensive displays categorize puzzles according to their
Interlocking Solid Puzzles
Sequential Movement Puzzles
Impossible Object Puzzles
Puzzles have been lent by collectors and museums around the world. The
exhibit consultants are Benjamin Kilborne and Martin Gardner.
There are hands-on puzzles, but too simple and too few. It's a
wonderful and tantalizing display of puzzles. I was SOOO frustrated not
to be able to handle all the beautiful, enticing pieces. Of course, if
I had been permitted to, I would never leave....
-- Rodney Hoffman