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Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

June 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 28, 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:


6/7    Critical Reading of Dr. Seuss: Contextualizing His Life Work Maria José Botelho, Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, & Culture, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Five College Doors to the World Project

6/14*   Impressionists as Printmakers Beautiful and celebrated, Impressionist paintings are characterized by bright colors and loose brushstrokes. Lesser known are the many black and white prints created by Impressionists. How did artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir create etchings and lithographs in the Impressionist style? Explore this question and the world of Impressionist prints with Assistant Curator of Art Maggie North. This talk is hosted in conjunction with the exhibition Impressions: Prints from the Impressionist Movement on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through August 5, 2018.

Presented by Maggie North, Assistant Curator of Art, Springfield Art Museums.

6/21   The Sublime in the Everyday: The Donald Clark Collection and American Studio Pottery Handmade pottery exploded in America after WWII, with the establishment of individual studios, university programs, craft schools, and a vibrant scene that celebrated new directions and techniques. Studio potters, in dialogue with clay—the most primordial of natural materials—and in collaboration with the alchemy of fire, produced objects that embodied their unique individual voices, while serving as vessels for everyday sustenance. At their best, studio pots bring the sublime to the daily activity of eating and drinking. This talk will explore how the Donald Clark Collection illuminates the rise of the Studio Pottery movement as well as pottery’s dynamic presence in the local culture of the Connecticut River Valley.

Presented by Mark Shapiro, potter, writer, mentor, director of Apprenticelines, and founding member of POW! (Pots on Wheels)

6/28* Albert Einstein: Reluctant Superstar George Capaccio, storyteller, actor, writer

* Continuing Conversations follow these lectures, featuring docent led gallery tours

Members Only!

Thursday, June 21, 5-8 pm Members Only Opening Reception of Beyond Function:  Contemporary Ceramics from the Donald Clark Collection.
Tour the special exhibition with collector Donald Clark and meet with the artists from the show. Reception will follow in Blake Court.


Member Mondays June 25-August 20
Bring a guest for free, get 20% off at the Museum Store and enjoy exclusive access to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum from 9-10am.

Join or renew now: Support one of New England’s premier cultural institutions and get free admission to our five distinctive museums and a host of other benefits. Visit SprinfieldMusemsums.org/Membership or call 413.263.6800, ext. 255.


Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Two Lives, One Passion: American Impressionist Paintings and Sketches by William Jurian Kaula and Lee Lufkin Kaula Through September 16, 2018

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

Beyond Function:  Contemporary Ceramics from the Donald Clark Collection Through September 2, 2018

Ceramics from the Vault Through September 9, 2018

Modern and contemporary ceramics from the storage vaults

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.

Impressions: Prints from the Impressionist Movement
Through August 5

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

Feature Exhibit

The Baby’s Biography: Theodor Seuss Geisel

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

Ted Geisel’s mom, Nettie Seuss Geisel, kept a detailed record of the precious baby who would grow to become Dr. Seuss, the man who made learning to read FUN! Don’t miss this remarkable glimpse into the lives of an early 20th century Springfield family. Open Now!

Made possible by the gracious donation of Lark Grey Dimond-Cates and Leagrey Dimond, Ted’s stepdaughters.

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
Charles Manthos and his prototype Indian Motocycle. Open Now!


June 14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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