Springfield Museums, Exhibits
February 1 - March 5
Sweet: A Tasty Journey, through – April 26, 2020, Wood Museum of Springfield History. People at Work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek, through – July 12, 2020, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move, February 15 –April 26, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit, February 1 –May 10, Springfield Science Museum. The Essence of Nature Paintings by Marlene T. Yu (Green Movement in Art), February 8 –May 3, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
Sweet: A Tasty Journey October 26, 2019, to April 26, 2020, in the Wood Museum of Springfield History. This interactive, hands-on, immersive exhibit blends fun and learning to create a unique experience, one that will be savored by all generations.
Sweet takes candy from a “farm to fork” perspective, peeling back the label of our favorite sugary confections. Visitors can engage with the stories from famous candy-makers and chocolatiers and get into the nuts and sprinkles of chocolate making, getting up-close and personal with real factory equipment. They will engage with both the history of candy and its current role within popular culture while exploring this fun and colorful environment.
A giant version of Candyland, a Milton Bradley game, is one of many interactive stations that lead visitors on an adventure not unlike the game of Candyland itself. Plus, the exhibit stations ignite the senses—taste, smell, sound, and sight as well as touch.
The centerpiece of this exhibition is the Rock Candy Mountain, which offers visitors an exciting experience sprinkled with interactive displays, Instagrammable moments, and photo opportunities.
As a companion exhibit to Sweet: A Tasty Journey, the Wood Museum of Springfield History is highlighting local historical stories with Sweet on Springfield: The Confection Connection. November 29, 2019–April 26, 2020 at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.
Gaspar’s Chickens #1 (Hadley, MA), 2016, photograph by Tad Malek, loan courtesy of the artist.
People at Work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek
August 13, 2019–July 12, 2020
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Striving to connect with the contemplative solitude of remote natural environments, Malek, a resident of Northampton, MA, began his photographic journey producing color landscapes. Today, inspired by the stark honesty and compositional genius of photographers such as Dorthea Lang, Fan Ho, and Vivian Maier, he works almost entirely in black and white.
With his environmental portraits, Malek seeks to capture unique and authentic moments of people at work in Western Massachusetts and around the world. Sometimes candid, sometimes posed, these momentary snapshots provide a glimpse into the lives and narratives beyond the lens. This exhibition features twenty-four works by Malek that embrace the unedited moments—the nuance, drama, comedy, and dignity—of daily life.
Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move
Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit
Don’t miss this adventure back to the time of dinosaurs and unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history, and paleontology!
Join a curious Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who travels the world to discover everything there is to know about dinosaurs! Based on the Dinosaur Train TV series, the exhibition embraces and celebrates the fascination kids have with both dinosaurs and trains.
- Hop on the Dinosaur Train and travel to all three time periods during the Age of Dinosaurs (Mesozoic Era – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous)
- Learn the characteristics of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, and how dinosaurs are classified into these groups
- Explore math concepts by studying the different sizes and measurements of dinosaurs
- Interact with real and replica fossils and learn how scientists use fossils to make dino discoveries!
Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit was created by The Magic House in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company.
The Essence of Nature Paintings by Marlene T. Yu (Green Movement in Art)
Inspired by the natural world, Marlene T. Yu (born 1937) creates monumental canvases using energetic brushstrokes and vibrant colors. Born in Taiwan and trained in Chinese brush painting as well as academic drawing, Yu came to the United States in 1963, where she was exposed to Abstract Expressionism. For over fifty years, the artist has synthesized Eastern and Western traditions to create immersive abstractions that evoke the power and beauty of nature.