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Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2018

The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include: 

* Continuing Conversations, docent-led gallery tour, follows lecture.

Nov 1    “She Kept Her Head:” The Life and Work of Artist Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun.  Dr. Simon P. Sibelman, Professor Emeritus of French and Holocaust Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, former Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and Professor Emeritus of French and Holocaust Studies, Appalachian State University

Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun proved one of the most popular portrait painters in the last decades before the French Revolution. Capturing the elegance, style, and élan of the French aristocracy, Vigée-Le Brun eventually drew the attention of Queen Marie-Antoinette whom Vigee-Le Brun would paint more than six times. When the Ancien Régime collapsed in the summer of 1789 and rapidly moved toward the tragic excesses of the Terror, Vigée-Le Brun went into exile eventually arriving in Russia where she painted the great and good at the Imperial Court. Eventually allowed to return to France, she would witness the whirl of events before her death in Paris in 1842 aged 86.

Nov 8: Exhibition on Screen: Degas: Passion for Perfection (documentary film presentation)

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters. Running time: 85 minutes

Nov 15: Working Nine to Five: Interpretations of Working Women in the 1930s -1940s by Isabel Bishop. Julia Courtney, Independent Curator (guest curator for Bishop exhibition), curator emeritus for the Springfield Museums, and adjunct professor in Graduate Museum Studies Program at Tufts University

American Artist Isabel Bishop (1902-1988), part of New York City’s Fourteenth Street School of artists, specialized in portraying men and women who worked in the city of New York. This included the “new woman” of the 20th century: the workingwoman, unique but ordinary and unencumbered by gender stereotypes. Whether posing nude, eating ice cream, or engaging in the vibrant city life, Bishop’s interpretations of the new women informed other artist’s renditions and altered the perception of women of the 20th century. Hear about the artist’s life, process and contribution to the view of women from guest curator and curator emeritus for the Springfield Museums, Julia Courtney.

Nov 22: NO LECTURE – Thanksgiving

Nov 29: I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone (living history presentation). Judith Kalaora, Founder & Artistic Director, History At Play™

I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone features the life of the Massachusetts based human rights activist and suffragist Lucy Stone. Challenging discrimination is not easy, but Lucy Stone is never one to take the easy road. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy was a fierce abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Even Susan B. Anthony credited Lucy Stone for her involvement in the tumultuous women’s rights movement. The fight for suffrage is ferocious, so come along for the ride.

Women@Work: Influence and Impact is a Springfield-wide collaborative of programs, exhibitions, and gatherings celebrating the power of women. Women@Work highlights women’s achievements in visual and performing arts, science, literature, community-building, social outreach, and the workplace.

At the hub of this collaborative is a major exhibition at the Springfield Museums exploring artist Isabel Bishop’s work, which depicts ordinary women in an extraordinary way. Isabel Bishop’s Working Women: Defying Convention explores how Bishop not only defined herself as a unique, independent, and unconventional artist, but also how she changed how artists perceive and portray women.

December 2018

Dec 6: POP! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian. Smithsonian speaker TBA

Dec 13*: POP! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian. Smithsonian speaker TBA

Dec 20: Joy to the World: Holiday Music for Classical Guitar & Mandolin. Judy Handler & Mark Levesque

Enchanting instrumental renditions of traditional and contemporary holiday music. A variety of lively tunes and lyrical melodies with an international flavor. Audiences will enjoy the charming sound of the classical guitar & mandolin as Judy & Mark play their own arrangements of beautiful holiday music from many cultures. Judy & Mark offer interesting commentary about the origins of holiday music from the U.S., England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Russia, Puerto Rico, and songs of Hanukah. The audience will have a chance to join in at the end of the program on some rhythm instruments.


Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Thomas Hart Benton: A Visiting Masterpiece from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Through December 31, 2018

Elemental: Contemporary Encaustic
July 17, 2018– July 14, 2019

Explore human relationship to natural environment, advocating for a more connected, sustainable approach in the 21st century.

Dynamic Duos: Printmakers as Partners
Opening August 7–February 3, 2019
Pairs of prints by artists who were friends, couples, or business partners.


November 22
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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(413) 263-6800