Springfield Museums, Exhibits
August 1 - September 1
Van Gogh for All immerses visitors in the works of the world’s most famous painter. Visitors can literally jump right into Van Gogh’s artwork to discover the unusual perspective of Van Gogh’s bedroom, get behind the shutters of Van Gogh’s yellow house, or become part of one of Van Gogh’s famous landscapes. The exhibit offers multiple photo ops and opportunities to create your own art—with stations for drawing a still life or a portrait. Many of the elements in the exhibition are interactive, offering the visitor the opportunity to manipulate the artist’s work in new ways including through a 12-foot-wide, electronic version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
Van Gogh for All and Van Gogh and Japanese Prints will be on display at the D’Amour Museums of Fine Arts from July 20, 2019–October 14, 2019.
Additional Programming to Complement Van Gogh for All
August 5, 1-1:30 pm: Docent Talk: Van Gogh and Japanese Prints,
Vincent van Gogh was captivated by Europe’s popular fascination with Japanese culture. Join Pat Bertone-Gross when she discusses the Japanese woodblock prints on view that complement the special exhibit Van Gogh for All in the Wheeler gallery. Free with museum admission!
August 12, 1-1:30 pm Docent Talk: Millet and Van Gogh
Join Kate Belhumeur when she talks about Jean-François Millet’s influence on Vincent van Gogh while discussing Summer, the Gleaners in the 19th Century French gallery. When Van Gogh was interned in a mental asylum in Saint-Rémy de Provence he made over twenty paintings that were “translations” of the work of Jean-François Millet including Siesta.
Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26 (three classes), 6-8 pm; Museum School Class Series: Van Gogh: Print, Paint & Plant
$90, Members; $105, nonmembers (includes all materials); Individual class: $35, Members; $40, nonmembers; DMFA. Register for any or all three classes. Be inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings and the Japanese prints he collected. Each class features wine, light refreshments, and a chance to view the Van Gogh for All exhibit.
Print – Wendy Staples; September 12 – Learn simple print-making techniques to create your own sunflower prints.
Paint – Tiago Finato; September 19 – Paint a Van Gogh-inspired still life with acrylic paints on canvas.
Plant – Heather Sullivan; September 26 – Create a stunning floral arrangement using seasonal sunflowers and mums from Durocher Florist
Friday, October 11, 12:15-1 pm, $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums)Special lecture by Artist and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer Steven Naifeh:
Van Gogh: The Life
Artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Steven Naifeh will talk about the book that he and his partner Gregory White Smith wrote on the great Dutch artist, a book that the New York Times called “magisterial” and the Van Gogh Museum called “the definitive biography for decades to come.” He will talk about the ways that Van Gogh’s tortuous but wholly interesting life helps us see his work more intensely and the discoveries that he and Smith made during their ten-year-long odyssey.
Exhibit produced and designed by the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation, in collaboration with Luci, and fabricated by Ravenswood Studios. Related programs funded by a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.
August 6, 2019–February 23, 2020
Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Although her designs adorned the walls of homes and businesses across the United States, the name Frances (Fanny) Flora Bond Palmer (1812-1876) remains largely unknown. The Springfield Museums will celebrate the accomplishments of this important and talented lithographer with the new exhibit Fanny Palmer: The Artist behind Currier & Ives’s Greatest Prints, opening August 6 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and on display through February 23, 2020.
Currier & Ives prints, some scholars suggest, were like the Instagram of the 19th century because of their popularity and their ubiquity—everyone had at least one print on display in their home or business. Before partnering with James Merritt Ives in 1857, Nathaniel Currier established a successful New York City-based lithography firm in 1835. He produced thousands of hand-colored prints that together created a vivid panorama of American life. Among the many artists he employed was Fanny Palmer, who was already an accomplished printmaker when she arrived in the city from England in 1843. As an artist and designer who was also able to transfer her compositions to lithographic stones for printing, Palmer was invaluable to the firm. Currier & Ives relied on many different hands—artists, lithographers, colorists, and salesmen—to produce in great number the spectacular American scenes people collected with enthusiasm. By the time Currier & Ives became a household name, Palmer was well on her way to producing hundreds of images that contributed to the success of the company.
Though she passed away at the young age of 64, Palmer’s 26-year career with Currier & Ives left a lasting legacy.
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.