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Things Come Apart

OPENING Feb 15 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 is organized by 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. At the MSV through May 10, 2020, Things Come Apart is a must-see for photography fans, tinkerers, and STEAM learners (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).