Springfield Museums Press Releases

January Lectures Include Journeys into Polynesia and Abstract Art

General Museum News

December 27, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte lecture programs in January. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

  • January 10 - French Polynesia: Retracing the Journey of Artist Paul Gauguin While Making My Own. Amy S. Dane, avid traveler and docent for the Springfield Museums, shares her search for the artist as well as her own experiences visiting these magical islands.
  • January 17 - Writers Reading Under the Stars. Janet Sadler, writer, writing coach, and Creative Writing Workshop facilitator for the Museums leads program participants in reading exceprts from their writing in progress, including memoir, short fiction, and poetry. (Note: This lecture will take place in the Seymour Planetarium at the Science Museum.)
  • January 24 - American Abstract Artists and the Opposing Forces of Modern Life. Heather Haskell, director, and Julia Courtney, curator, Springfield Art Museums, will discuss Modern Dialect, an exhibit of evocative American Scene and modern paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection, on loan from The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and now on view in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
  • January 31 - The Berkshire Cottage: Symbol of the American Gilded Age. Dr. Carole Owens, author, lecturer, and Mass Humanities Scholar in Residence, will lead a discussion of the many changes in American society during the “Gilded Age” from the close of the Civil War until World War I.

Admission to Museums à la Carte is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. Visitors are invited to bring lunch to enjoy during the program. Cookies and coffee are provided.

Free onsite parking is available. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488.

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