November 8, 2019 – July 12, 2020

Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects, and fascinating videos, Things Come Apart reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. This exhibition presents more than 40 images of dozens of objects that explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. Things Come Apart features the works of creative photographer Todd McLellan and the exhibition is organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). For his photographs, McLellan spent countless hours disassembling objects of all sizes and functions—from a bicycle to laptop and an upright piano to an iPhone—and photographing them. His images of these disassembled objects highlight the contrast between old-world craftsmanship and sleek modern engineering. The MSV display of this exhibition has been extended through July 12, 2020. Things Come Apart is a must-see for photography fans, tinkerers, and STEAM learners (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Read the exhibition press release HERE.

CLICK HERE for a video highlights tour of Things Come Apart with MSV Deputy Director, Arts and Education, Nancy Huth.