Fine Arts Museum News

Springfield Museums to Display Rare Japanese Woodblock Prints, Snow Globes

October 2, 2014

Later this month, the Springfield Museums will unveil an exhibit combining Japanese woodblock prints depicting winter scenes with a collection of rare and whimsical snow globes from the past century. The exhibit, titled Let it Snow: Winter Scenes in Snow Globes and Japanese Prints, will be on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 28, 2014–January 4, 2015.

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Museums Host Exhibit by Edgardo Abello

August 26, 2014

Next month, a new exhibit of paintings and drawings by Somers, Connecticut-based artist Edgardo Abello will open in the Starr Watercolor Gallery at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit, which is part of the Springfield Museums’ third annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, runs from September 9, 2014 through January 4, 2015, and is sponsored by The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the Eugene A. Dexter Charitable Fund administered by Bank of America, Trustee, and in part, by the Art Angels.

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American Moderns Exhibit Extended

August 18, 2014

Through a special arrangement with the Brooklyn Museum, the Springfield Museums have extended the engagement of American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The new closing date is now Sunday, September 7, allowing visitors an additional week to enjoy this unique and wide-ranging exhibit.

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Springfield Museums Host 'American Moderns' from Brooklyn Museum

May 14, 2014

Next month, an exhibit of master Modern paintings from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum will travel to the Springfield Museums. American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell opens on June 6 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and will be on display through August 31, 2014. American Moderns has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum; the exhibit’s local sponsors are Field Eddy, Inc. and Lyman and Leslie Wood. MassMutual is the 2014 Premier sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Museums to Display Recent Gifts Peggy and David Starr

April 24, 2014

On May 13, a new exhibit titled Gifts from the Collection of Peggy and David Starrwill open at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Long-time supporters of the Springfield Museums and active leaders in the arts community, the Starrs recently donated a dozen exceptional objects from their personal collection to the D’Amour Museum. A selection of the works will be placed on display in the gallery named for the couple---the Starr Gallery of Watercolors--- through August 17, 2014.

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CBS News Video - The art of deception: Turning forgery into an art form

April 16, 2014

A counterfeit masterpiece is treated just like a fine work of art at the D'Amour Museum in Springfield, Mass. Curator Colette Loll makes sure even forgeries get the white glove treatment. Anthony Mason reports.

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WGBH - Open Studio With Jared Bowen: Intent to Deceive

April 1, 2014

Jared visits the Springfield Museums for a preview of their ground-breaking exhibit, Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World, and talks with playwright Melinda Lopez about her stirring new drama Becoming Cuba, opening Friday, March 28th, at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion.

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Forbes - At This Massachusetts Art Museum, Some Forgeries Are Faker Than Others (But Better Not Trust Your Eyes)

March 27, 2014

In 1967, the aristocratic Hungarian art collector Elmyr de Hory told his neighbor a secret. All the modern masters on the walls of his Ibiza mansion were fakes; he was the real painter. Others that he’d made, including artwork attributed to Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, had been sold to museums around the world. He’d lost his family fortune with the Second World War. Forgery was how de Hory made his living.

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The Recorder - Dark Arts: ‘‘Intent to Deceive’ takes a close look at famous forgers

March 26, 2014

With TV crews from Russia, Spain and CBS News, as well as correspondents arriving from Germany, China, France, Denmark and other points of the compass, Springfield’s D’Amour Museum exhibit of art forgery and fakes has struck a resounding global chord. Perhaps no one is more surprised at this wellspring of interest than the show’s guest curator, Colette Loll.

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NEPR Podcast - Famous Fakes: Art Exhibit in Springfield Looks at Forgeries and Forgers

January 24, 2014

This week, an exhibit opened at the Springfield Museums exploring some of the most infamous art forgery scandals of the century. It also delves into the minds of serial forgers. Called "Intent to Deceive," the exhibit places masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse alongside examples of fakes that fooled some of the world's most revered experts.

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CBCRadio Podcast: Intent to Deceive: Why art forgeries are commanding top level security

January 15, 2014

The fakes and forgeries of the Art World are now on tour. There are 60 works - only 14 of them authentic - showing the genius of those who would imitate Rembrandt or Vermeer ...to name two. Today, we take a close look at the art of forgery and the deceptiveness of authentic art.

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WBUR: ‘Intent To Deceive’ Explores Some Of The Art World’s Best Fakes

January 7, 2014

They’re described as the world’s most notorious con artists, and they’re about to be profiled in an exhibit set to debut at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Mass.

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New York Times Article: So Valuable, It Could Almost Be Real

December 31, 2013

A personal escort — flying first class to be well rested and alert — will accompany the painting “The Head of Christ” from the moment it leaves the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, until it is safely locked in the vault at Springfield Museums in Massachusetts this month, when it will be exhibited in the United States for the first time.

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Famous Fakes Exhibit to Debut in Springfield

December 19, 2013

Next month, a provocative new exhibit about art forgery will have its international debut at the Springfield Museums. Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World will open on January 21 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and will be on display through April 27, 2014. The media sponsor for the exhibit is WGBY Channel 57.

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New Currier & Ives Exhibit Opens at D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

November 26, 2013

This month, the Springfield Museums unveiled a new exhibit of Currier & Ives prints from the collection of the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The display, titled The Connoisseurship of Currier & Ives, is on view through June 15, 2014. The Museum is home to one of the largest permanent collections of Currier & Ives prints.

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Museums to Display Rare Antique Toys and Holiday Photographs

November 5, 2013

Next week, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will unveil two exhibits to help usher in the holiday season. A Peek Inside Santa’s Sack: Vintage Cast Iron Toys and Season’s Greetings: Photographer’s Holiday Cards both open on November 12, 2013 and run through January 5, 2014. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Museums to Host Art Exhibit of Flora and Fauna from Puerto Rico

August 27, 2013

Next month, the Springfield Museums will play host to an exhibit of evocative watercolors by artist Josie Vargas. The exhibit, titled Fiesta: Flora and Fauna from Puerto Rico, will be on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from September 10 through May 11, 2014. The exhibit is part of the Springfield Museums’ annual Hispanic Heritage Month events, which are sponsored this year by Baystate Health. MassMutual is the Springfield Museums Premier Sponsor for 2013.

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Museums to Host Sentinels and Nomads

August 8, 2013

Later this month, the Springfield Museums will unveil a new installation of whimsical sculptures created by New York –based artist Don Porcaro. The exhibit, titled Sentinels and Nomads: Imaginative Sculpture by Don Porcaro, will be on display in the Community Gallery of the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from August 27, 2013 through June 1, 2014. MassMutual is the Springfield Museums 2013 Premier Sponsor.

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Museums to Show Off their "Wild" Side

June 6, 2013

The black leather jacket is cultural shorthand for “cool.” Everyone from rebel outsiders to fashion insiders have made their mark by slipping on this second skin. Some of the more famous and outlandish leather jackets have been gathered together into the new exhibit, Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket, on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from June 22 – September 22. Media sponsors are Kix 100.9 FM and the Valley Advocate. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums. To accommodate the demand to view the exhibit, the D’Amour Museum and the Blake House Café will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through the summer.

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New Japanese and American Print Exhibits at the Springfield Museums

May 6, 2013

Two exhibitions featuring Japanese woodblock prints are now on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Prints for the People: Japanese Ukiyo-e and Currier & Ives features Japanese and American prints from the 19th century, while Skin Deep: Tattooed Warriors and Fantastic Beasts includes images that have inspired tattoo artists for over 150 years. All of the images in the new exhibits are from the D’Amour Museum’s acclaimed print collections, and both feature works that in some cases have not been on display in recent years.

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The Beatles! Exhibit Set to Open at Museums

February 21, 2013

A new exhibition at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will transport museum-goers back to a pivotal moment in American cultural history. The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes will be on view from March 12-June 2, 2013, and is sponsored by FieldEddy Insurance and Raymond James and Associates. The media sponsors are The Republican and WDRC 102.9 FM.

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Recent Deaccessioning from the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

December 3, 2012

Over the last ten years, the staff of the Springfield Museums has carried out a thorough review of its permanent collections held at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. One of the outcomes of this review has been the award of a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the gallery installations at the GWV Smith Art Museum with the goal of making the collection more relevant and meaningful to the community we serve.

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Springfield Museums to Offer Docent Lecture on Colonial America’s “New” Elite

November 7, 2012

On November 18th at 2 pm, docent Betty Romer will discuss “Faces of the American Elite” during a mini-tour of the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Modern Dialect Exhibit brings early 20th Century American Paintings to Springfield

November 6, 2012

Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection will be on view in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 20, 2012-February 24, 2013. The exhibition illustrates American Modernism from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II, a period marked by significant change and compounded by the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s. The more than sixty major American Scene paintings in the exhibition illustrate the changes the nation underwent through the eyes of American artists who were often poor and out of work.

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Art Exhibition Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

August 22, 2012

The exhibition Sisterhood: Mixed Media Paintings by Rosa Ibarra will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from September 15 through October 14.

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Hail to the Chief: Power, Politics and Presidents Portrayed by Currier & Ives

June 25, 2012

Just in time for the Fourth of July and in anticipation of the November presidential election, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is presenting an exhibition that pays tribute to the American Presidency. Hail to the Chief: Power, Politics and Presidents Portrayed by Currier & Ives will be on view from June 26, 2012 through January 20, 2013.

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Love, American Style: The Art of Lisa Hoke

April 30, 2012

Lisa Hoke creates colorful art out of things that we all encounter every day: paper, cardboard, product packaging, paper plates, plastic cups, matchbook covers, printed advertising material, and all sorts of other discarded flotsam and jetsam from our consumer society. She has assembled an intriguing and vibrant collection of these materials in the installation Love, American Style, on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through May 26 of next year.

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Conscious Impressions: Green Printmaking from Zea Mays Printmaking Studio

April 16, 2012

An exhibition of prints by some of the finest printmakers in the region is on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 25 in the special exhibition Conscious Impressions: Green Printmaking from Zea Mays Printmaking Studio.

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Exhibit Presents “The Real Housewives of Currier & Ives”

February 7, 2012

Hand-colored Currier & Ives lithographs that illustrate the changing role of women in the 19th century are on view through June 25 at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition The Real Housewives of Currier & Ives.

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Museum School Art Faculty to Exhibit Work

January 4, 2012

Art work by 14 professional artists from the area who teach at the Museum School will be on view from January 17 to April 8 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition Teaching Artists.

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Have Passport, Will Travel

December 14, 2011

Ooo la la! There is a spectacular new exhibition of French painting at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and to give the event some true Gallic flavor, the Museums are offering free admission to anyone with a current French passport.

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French Paintings from the Wadsworth Atheneum to Be Shown for the First Time in Springfield

November 15, 2011

Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum will premier at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield from December 13, 2011, through April 29, 2012.

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Print Exhibit Features Scenes of Paris

October 24, 2011

Scenes of the “City Of Light” will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 1, 2011, through April 29, 2012, in the exhibition Je Ne Sais Quoi: Views of Paris.

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Watercolors by Connecticut Artist on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

October 24, 2011

A series of 23 abstract watercolor paintings by Connecticut artist
C. Ronald Bechtle (born 1924) will be on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 25, 2011, through October 28, 2012 in the exhibition Poems II, 1969-1972: Watercolors by C. Ronald Bechtle.

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Artist Finds Beauty in Ordinary Things

September 21, 2011

The work of a local artist will be on view from October 18, 2011 through January 8, 2012 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition “Beyond this Window: Paintings by Briana Taylor.”

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Photo Exhibit Focuses on Impermanence

July 21, 2011

Photographer Jessie Carleton creates and photographs still life compositions inspired by traditional Dutch vanitas (vanity) paintings that were designed as reminders of the transient nature of life and the certainty of death. The photos are now on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 9 in the special exhibition Tabletops: Photographs by Jessie Carleton.

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Award-Winning Chinese Artist to Appear at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

July 21, 2011

Li Zou, an award-winning artist who specializes in the “meticulous style” of traditional Chinese painting, will present an exhibition and lecture/demonstration at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Exhibit Shows the American West as Portrayed by Currier & Ives

June 23, 2011

Currier & Ives images of the American West will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from June 28, 2011-January 29, 2012 in the special exhibition Imagining the Frontier: Landscape and Hunting Scenes of the American West.

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Contemporary Video Art on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

May 26, 2011

Project 35, an exhibition of contemporary video, will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from June 7, 2011 through June 24, 2012.

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Natural Beauty of America’s National Parks Revealed in Art Exhibition

May 6, 2011

The most beautiful natural scenery in the United States is presented in the exhibition American Legacy: Our National Parks, on Location with the Plein-Air Painters of America, on view from May 24 through November 6 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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In the Footsteps of the Masters: Painting by Christina Mastrangelo

April 11, 2011

Paintings that evoke the work of the “old master” artists of the Renaissance will be on view from April 19 through July 10 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition In the Footsteps of the Masters: Painting by Christina Mastrangelo.

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Printmakers from the Bauhaus School: 1919-1933

April 4, 2011

An exhibition of prints by American and European artists associated with the Bauhaus School in Germany is on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 30.

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The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit

January 27, 2011

Often found on calendars, cookie tins and Christmas cards, Currier & Ives images strike a nostalgic chord in many people. A selection of the firm’s hand-colored lithographs will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from February 1 through May 1 in the special exhibition The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit.

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Currier & Ives and the Majesty of the Sea: Clipper Ships and Steamboats

January 17, 2011

Images of majestic clipper ships, powerful steamboats and great maritime races will be on view from January 25 through June 26 at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition Currier & Ives and the Majesty of the Sea: Clipper Ships and Steamboats.

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Found Object Quilts on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

January 6, 2011

Contemporary art quilts by B.Z. Reily will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from January 18 through April 10 in the special exhibition
Re-collections: Found Object Quilts.

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Museum Displays Contemporary Art Quilts

October 25, 2010

Contemporary art quilts by 35 textile artists from around the world are on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 2, 2010, through January 16, 2011, in the exhibition SAQA @ 20: Art and Excellence.

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Of Land and Sea: Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Trost Richards

October 20, 2010

Watercolors and drawings by two 19th-century land- and seascape artists will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 24, 2010, through October 23, 2011, in the exhibition Of Land and Sea: Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Trost Richards.

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X-Ray Floral Photography Reveals Hidden Beauty

October 18, 2010

Dramatic x-ray images of flowers are on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through January 9 in the special exhibition Radiographic Photography by Merrill Raikes: The Inner Beauty of Flowers. A free reception with the artist will be held on November 11, from 5 to 7 pm at the museum.

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Prints by Depression-Era Artists on View at Museum

October 13, 2010

Prints by American artists who worked during the Great Depression are on view through March 27, 2011, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition WPA Artists in Print.

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D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Presents Exhibit of Contemporary Realism

September 8, 2010

A selection of art in the style of contemporary realism will be on view from September 21 through October 24 at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the Academic Artists 60th Anniversary Exhibition.

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Outdoor Sculpture by James Kitchen Displayed on Museum Grounds

September 2, 2010

Saturn, a found-object sculpture by Chesterfield artist James Kitchen, will be on view on the grounds of the Springfield Museums from September 1, 2010 through May 1, 2011.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition Features Images of Childhood

August 25, 2010

The firm of Currier & Ives is known for its idealized images of life in 19th-century America. As with other subjects, Currier & Ives presented an optimistic, romanticized vision of childhood. A selection of these prints is displayed in the exhibition Season of Joy: Celebrating Childhood in Currier & Ives Prints, on view now through January 23, 2011, in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Brick Artist to Create Sculpture from LEGO® Bricks at Museum

July 19, 2010

New York artist Nathan Sawaya will create a sculpture out of LEGO building bricks at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, July 31, from 11 am-3 pm The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of Sawaya’s LEGO sculptures, is on view at the museum through September 5.

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Brick Artist Transforms Toy LEGO® Bricks into Art

May 17, 2010

If you build it, they will come. And New York artist Nathan Sawaya has built some amazing sculptures out of common LEGO® building bricks. The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of Sawaya’s work, will be on view from June 16 through September 5 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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Exhibit of Paintings by Local Artist on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

April 16, 2010

The Mechanics of Introspection, an exhibition of paintings by East Longmeadow artist Kris Ludwig, is on view in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through July 11, 2010.

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Museum Program to Celebrate the Art of Watercolor

March 9, 2010

The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will present A Spring Celebration of Watercolor on Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m. The program will feature a discussion of the art form by Heather Haskell, director of the museum; Julia Courtney, curator of art; and Deborah Rubin, a watercolor artist from Amherst.

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Artist Donates Two Paintings of the Connecticut River

February 23, 2010

Hadley artist Lewis Bryden has donated two landscape paintings to the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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American Watercolor Society Exhibition on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

February 23, 2010

The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will host the American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual International Exhibition from March 16 through May 23.

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Paintings by Connecticut Artist Reflect Feminine Nature

January 13, 2010

Paintings by Connecticut artist Daryl Zang will be on exhibit in the Community Gallery at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from January 19 through April 4, 2010. There will be a reception with the artist on April 1 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Winslow Homer’s New Novel Featured in Watercolor Exhibition

October 29, 2009

Some of the finest watercolors at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts are now on view through Oct. 24, 2010, in the exhibition Watercolor Highlights from the Permanent Collection.

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Actress Brings Georgia O'Keeffe to Life

October 26, 2009

"Artful Lives: A Living Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe" will be presented by Boston actress Robin Lane at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum.

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Camera Obscured: Photograms by Paul Bloomfield

October 20, 2009

An exhibition of photographic images called "photograms" by Wilbraham artist Paul Bloomfield will be on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from Oct. 27, 2009, through Jan. 10, 2010. A free reception with the artist will be held on November 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

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Wood Engravings by Asa Cheffetz on View at Museum

September 30, 2009

Wood engravings by the celebrated, self-taught artist Asa Cheffetz are on view in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through March 28, 2010 in the exhibition Asa Cheffetz: Master Wood Engraver.

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Mixing It Up: Digital Collage Paintings by Robert Masla

July 6, 2009

Digital collage paintings by artist and teacher Robert Masla will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from July 21 through October 18.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition Features Images of Animals

June 25, 2009

Currier & Ives are known for their idealized images of rural life in America. In keeping with this theme, the firm created many “parlor” prints of young children interacting with household pets and barnyard companions. A selection of these prints will be displayed in the exhibition Feathers and Fur: Animal Companions in Currier & Ives Prints, on view from June 30, 2009, through Jan. 24, 2010, in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

May 13, 2009

The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a multi-gallery exhibition that highlights the history of the museum through the artwork it has acquired, exhibited, and loaned through the years. A Tradition of Excellence: The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates 75 Years will be on view from May 29, 2009, through February 21, 2010.

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Alternative Visual Energy: Photo Collage by George Jacobi

April 15, 2009

Photo collage by Connecticut photographer George Jacobi is on view in the Community Gallery at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through July 12 in the exhibition Alternative Visual Energy.

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Wild Life Captured: Woodcuts by Elliot Offner

March 26, 2009

Woodcuts by the American painter, sculptor and printmaker Elliot Offner will be on view from April 7 through September 27, 2009, at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition Wild Life Captured.

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American Watercolor Society Exhibition on View

February 17, 2009

The Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts will host the American Watercolor Society's 141st Annual International Exhibition from March 3 through May 3.

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Exhibit of Currier & Ives Prints Features Religious Themes

January 6, 2009

Although the firm of Currier & Ives is known primarily for its idealized images of rural life in America, the firm also published more than 350 lithographs featuring religious and moralistic themes. A selection of these will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from January 20 through June 7 in the exhibition Divinity: Religious Images by Currier & Ives.

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Portraits of Women on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

January 5, 2009

Echoes: Portraits of the Female Spirit, an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Amherst, Mass., artist Oriole Farb Feshbach, will be featured from January 13-April 5 in the Community Gallery at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Panel to Discuss African American Visual Art of the 1960s and 1970s

December 5, 2008

A roundtable panel about African American visual art of the 1960s and 1970s will take place at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m.

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Italian Watercolors on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

November 18, 2008

Seldom-displayed watercolors collected by George Walter Vincent Smith between 1884 and 1887 are on view until October 25, 2009, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition The Allure of Italy: Late 19th-century Italian Watercolors.

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Photography Exhibit Recalls Life on the Frontier

November 13, 2008

Richard Buswell: Traces - Montana's Frontier Revisited, an exhibition of more than 50 black and white photographs, will be on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 25, 2008, through February 22, 2009.

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Local Artist Exhibition

September 30, 2008

Paintings by local artist Holly S. Murray will be on view in the Community Gallery at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 14, 2008-January 4, 2009, in the special exhibition Endangered Species.

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<i>Boy and Goose</i> by Eliza Draper Gardiner

Print Exhibition

September 9, 2008

A selection of twenty 19th- and 20th-century color woodblock prints from the permanent collection of the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts will be on view from September 9, 2008, through March 8, 2009.

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Local Artist Exhbition

July 15, 2008

An exhibition of watercolor paintings by the late Springfield-born artist Robert Woolfe will be on view from July 22 through September 28 at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. A reception with members of Woolfe's family will be held on July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum. The reception is free and open to the public.

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<b>Left:</b> <i>Girl with Pearl Earring</i>, Johannes Vermeer, 1665; <b>Right:</b> <i>Girl with Piercings</i>, Ellen Catherwood, 2006

Realism Exhibition

June 23, 2008

The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century, an exhibition that compares contemporary Realism painting with its historical predecessors, will be on view at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts from July 15 through November 16.

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Museum Temporarily Closed

June 19, 2008

The Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle will be closed for electrical upgrades from Tuesday, June 24 through Friday, June 27. The other three Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden will be open regular hours.

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Student Art Exhibition

April 21, 2008

Springfield high school art students will showcase their work at the Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition Creativity Captured: Student Art from the Springfield Public Schools, on view now through July 13, 2008. A free reception with the young artists will be held on Thursday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the museum.

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Teacher Workshop

March 4, 2008

The Museum of Fine Arts will present "The Other Side of Currier & Ives," a two-part teacher workshop on Monday, April 7, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, April 14 from 4 -6:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to teach American history using images from the museum's large collection of 19th-century Currier & Ives prints. The deadline to register for the workshop is March 14.

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Photography Exhibition

February 25, 2008

Stunning photographs of Antarctica will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from March 25 through June 1 in the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey.

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Japanese Prints Exhibition

February 21, 2008

Woodblock prints inspired by animals both real and imagined will be on view at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from March 4-September 7, 2008, in the exhibition Curious Creatures: Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection.

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Abstract Paintings

January 24, 2008

The exhibit Abstract Paintings by Douglas Deihl is on view through April 13 in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stained Glass Lecture

January 15, 2008

The Worship of Wealth: Stained Glass in the Homes of the Rich will be the topic of a talk by stained glass conservator Julie Sloan on Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. The talk is free with the price of museum admission. Coffee and cookies will be served.

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The Burning of New York's Crystal Palace

New Currier & Ives Exhibit

January 7, 2008

Prints showing important 19th-century events and social phenomena will be on view at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from January 15 through June 8, 2008, in the special exhibition Extra! Extra! Currier & Ives and the Mass Media.

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Artist Lecture

December 17, 2007

Glass artist Josh Simpson will speak about his work on Sunday, January 6, at 2 p.m. at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. The talk is free with the price of museum admission.

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<i>Woman with a Dog</i> by Pierre Bonnard

New Watercolor Exhibition

November 28, 2007

A group of colorful watercolors will be on view in the Starr Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from December 4, 2007 through October 26, 2008, in the special exhibition At Play: Leisure Time Portrayed in Watercolor.

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Photo by Tommy Olof Elder

Josh Simpson Exhibition

November 5, 2007

Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass, 1972-2007, a retrospective exhibition highlighting more than three decades of glassblowing by one of the most acclaimed artists in the field, will be on view from November 20, 2007 through February 3, 2008 at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.

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Teacher Workshop

October 17, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts will present a two-part teacher workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to teach American history using images from the museum's collection of more than 800 Currier & Ives prints.

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New Print Exhibition

September 11, 2007

Etchings of bridges ranging from spans across the Thames River to the covered bridges of Vermont will be featured in Cross That Bridge: Prints from the Permanent Collection, on view at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts through March 2, 2008.

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Local Artist Exhibition

September 11, 2007

Ruta Smilskalns, an artist from Wayland, Mass., creates intriguing work form the most common object in her sewing basket, colorful spools of thread. Her "Spool Paintings" will be on view in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from September 18, 2007 through January 13, 2008.

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New Currier & Ives Exhibit

July 18, 2007

Some of the finest examples of prints produced by the lithography firm of Currier & Ives will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from July 19, 2007 through January 6, 2008 in the special exhibition Currier & Ives' Greatest Hits.

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New Art Exhibition

June 15, 2007

Vintage household appliances covered with hundreds of colorful pieces of broken tempered glass will be on view from July 3 through October 14 at the Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition Domestic Reflections: Smashed Glass Assemblage by Mo Ringey.

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Contemporary Art Exhibit

May 29, 2007

A panoramic overview of 20th-century art is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through October 21 in the special exhibition Seldom Seen: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection.

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Nature Photography

April 25, 2007

Black and white photos by a camera artist from Leverett, Mass., are on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from May 8 through September 9 in the exhibition Explorations: Photographs by Robert Hallock. There will be a free reception with the photographer on Wednesday, June 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the museum.

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Documentary Films

February 26, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts' Davis Auditorium will be the site of two documentary films presented in cooperation with two local organizations.

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Currier & Ives Lecture

February 12, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts' Currier & Ives 2007 lecture series will conclude on February 25, at 2 p.m., with "Currier & Ives and the Emergence of American Mass Media," presented by Daniel Czitrom, professor of history at Mount Holyoke College.

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<i>Pigs V</i> by Blanche Lazzell

Women Printmakers

February 12, 2007

Prints by female artists are on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield through June 24, 2007, in the special exhibition Women in Print: Extraordinary Examples from the 20th Century.

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Currier & Ives Lecture

February 1, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts' Currier & Ives lecture series will continue on February 18, at 2 p.m., with "Currier & Ives' Greatest Hits," presented by Robert K. Newman, proprietor of The Old Print Shop in New York City. The talk is free with museum admission.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition

January 29, 2007

Patriotic images of American history and heroes are on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield through July 8, 2007, in the special exhibition Liberty & Justice: American Ideals Portrayed by Currier & Ives.

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<i>Western Exposure</i> by Janet Steadman

Contemporary Art Quilts

January 26, 2007

Quilt National '05, the fourteenth in a series of international juried competitions of art quilts, will be on view from February 13 through April 22, 2007, at the Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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Lecture Series

January 22, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts has scheduled Perspectives on America, a three-part Sunday afternoon lecture series which will explore what Currier & Ives prints reveal about American history and the role they played as the precursor to the journalistic phenomena we now refer to as the "mass media."

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Abstract Art Exhibition

January 2, 2007

Dancing Partners: Moving Color Reliefs, an exhibit of mixed-media work by Henry Klein of Adams, Mass., will be on view from Jan. 30 through April 29, 2007, in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.

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Currier & Ives Panel Discussion

December 20, 2006

The Museum of Fine Arts will present the panel discussion Currier & Ives: Visions of America on Sunday, January 7, at 2 p.m. in the museum's Davis Auditorium. The program is free with the price of museum admission.

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Online Currier & Ives Database

October 16, 2006

The Springfield Museums have developed a comprehensive, searchable online database of one of the largest public collections of Currier & Ives prints in the world. The database has been funded with a generous grant from the Frank Stanley Beveridge Foundation.

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Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California
Negative date 1941, print date 1980
Photograph by Ansel Adams
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Ansel Adams Exhibition

October 4, 2006

Dramatic black and white photographs of the western landscape will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from October 24-December 17 in the exhibition Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth's Beauty.

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Dramatic Performance

October 3, 2006

The Museum of Fine Arts will host a performance of With Dream Awakened Eyes, an original play about the life and work of a female Jewish artist in Nazi Germany, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. The program is free with the price of museum admission.

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Lecture Series

October 2, 2006

"Ancients Unwrapped" Lecture Series Explores Unusual Aspects of Greek and Roman Culture

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Nature Photography

September 11, 2006

Nature photography by camera artist John Green of Belchertown, Mass., will be on view from Sept. 26, 2006 through Jan. 7, 2007 in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. The public is invited to a free reception with the artist on Oct. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Community Gallery exhibitions are sponsored by The Republican.

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Admiral Farragut's Fleet Engaging the Rebel Batteries at Port Hudson, March, 14th 1863

New Currier & Ives Exhibit

June 22, 2006

One of the most important events in American history is commemorated in the exhibition A Nation Divided: The American Civil War Depicted by Currier & Ives, on view from June 30 through December 31, 2006, at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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June Museums à la Carte Programs

May 15, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in June. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition Extended

May 4, 2006

The Springfield Museums have announced that the popular exhibition Currier & Ives: An American Panorama, on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, has been extended until September 10, 2006. (Original closing date was June 4.)

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New England Landscapes by Local Artist on View at Museum of Fine Arts

April 28, 2006

The work of a Southwick artist will be on display in the Community Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts from May 23 through September 17 in the exhibition New England Vistas: Paintings by Carolyn Avery.

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May Museums à la Carte Programs

April 21, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Lecture Examines How Currier & Ives Prints Helped Define America

March 17, 2006

The Currier & Ives lecture series at the Museum of Fine Arts will continue on
April 2 at 2 p.m. with Currier & Ives: Constructing What It Meant to Be American. The talk will be presented by Barry O'Connell, professor of English at Amherst College.

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April Museums à la Carte Programs

March 17, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Lecture to Examine Depictions of African Americans in Currier & Ives Prints

March 2, 2006

The Currier & Ives lecture series at the Museum of Fine Arts will continue on
March 19 at 2 p.m. with Emancipation Day: Postbellum Visions of African Americans in Currier & Ives' Darktown Prints. The talk will be presented by James Smethurst, associate professor in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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<i>The New Novel</i> by Winslow Homer

March Museums à la Carte Programs

February 15, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Expert on Dead Sea Scrolls to Speak at Museum of Fine Arts

January 6, 2006

Dr. Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scroll collection at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, will present "From Serpent to Satan: The Story of Paradise in Literature and Art" at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts on February 2 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free to the public and will be followed by a reception with Dr. Roitman.

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Museum Lecture Series Explores How Currier & Ives Helped Define America

December 27, 2005

The Museum of Fine Arts has scheduled Currier & Ives: Defining America, a four-part Sunday afternoon lecture series which will explore the social and artistic impact of the 19th-century printmakers Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives.

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Major Currier & Ives Exhibition Opens

October 17, 2005

One of the largest public collections of Currier & Ives prints in the country will be unveiled for the first time in the special exhibition "Currier & Ives: An American Panorama."

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Man's Canyons by Samuel Margolies

"Modern Modes" Exhibit Showcases Famous 20th Century Artists

September 29, 2005

The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts is currently showing prints by famous modern artists.

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October Museums à la Carte Programs

September 20, 2005

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October.

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Dock at Dawn by Len Seeve

Amherst Photographer to Exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts

August 24, 2005

Photographs by Leonard Seeve will be on view in the Community Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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