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  1. Creating an American Identity

    October 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    @
    Musgrave Wing Galleries

    The Springfield Art Museum’s permanent collection contains over 10,000 objects in nearly all media. The works selected for this exhibition were chosen for their ability to reveal the ways in which artists respond to and reveal our cultural identity as Americans. There is no singular or fixed American identity. American art and history is shaped by multiple perspectives, stories, and experiences, and as such, this exhibition aims to present a multiplicity of views within the wider context of historical moments. The exhibition includes 75 works from as wide an array of artistic voices as possible within our current collection, including even more works by women, people of color, Native Americans, and LGBTQ+ communities. This exhibit includes major work by George Caleb Bingham, Asher B. Durand, Jackson Pollock, Wayne Thiebaud, and Alison Saar, among many others.

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  2. Jacques Callot: Varie Figure

    October 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    @
    Spratlen Gallery

    This exhibition features work in the series Varie Figure, or Various Figures (1621-1628) by the pre-eminent French printmaker Jacques Callot. Callot is considered one of the most accomplished printmakers in the Western tradition. He was a keen observer of life and was one of the first artists to introduce the average person, or non-nobility, into his work. The series contains 16 works pulled from the Museum's permanent collection. Most works feature double images of the same figure. It has been suggested that this series served as a drawing book or model for learning rapid, freehand drawing.

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  3. Rose O'Neill and the Kewpie Comics

    October 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    @
    Eldredge Gallery

    The Kewpie doll was a much beloved elf-child created by illustrator Rose O'Neill. The Kewpie was introduced to the world in December 1909, in a cartoon published in the "Ladies' Home Journal." From December 1917 to July 1918, O'Neill produced a Kewpie comic strip for Sunday newspapers, distributed by the McClure Syndicate. These comics reprised stories already featured in "Woman’s Home Companion." Through the syndicate, the comic was published in newspapers across the country including "The Detroit Sunday News," "Los Angeles Sunday Tribune," "Times-Picayune," and the "San Francisco Chronicle." This exhibition features 15 hand-colored proofs from the Sunday comic series, as well as an additional three proofs from the more modern format Kewpie comic strip, published in the 1930s. These works are pulled from the Museum’s permanent collection and were gifted to the Museum in 2018 by the O’Neill Family Foundation.

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  4. Shape, Form, and Color

    October 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    @
    Armstrong Gallery

    There are seven essential elements of art which outline the fundamental components of an artwork. These include color, line, shape, form, value, texture, and space. We often judge an artwork by how effectively the artist uses these elements. This exhibit will explore three of the seven elements: Shape, Form, and Color with a collection of 19 works, including a painting by Deborah Weisel, the founder of the Springfield Art Museum. This exhibition is the seventh in a series, focusing on various artists, styles, and trends, pulled exclusively from the Museum's outstanding collection of contemporary American watermedia. This exhibit was guest curated by Cindy Quayle, Exhibitions Manager.

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  5. The Inferno of Dante: Etchings by Michael Mazur

    October 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    @
    Weisel and Kelly Galleries

    This exhibit presents Michael Mazur's full portfolio of 41 etchings illustrating "The Inferno," written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century. The poem recounts a journey that defines the human condition. Told in the first person, it follows Dante and his guide, the Roman poet Virgil, as they travel through Hell, Purgatory, and eventually Paradise. Each etching is paired with the relevant excerpted portions of Dante’s poem in Italian with English translations by Robert Pinsky.

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  6. Mayoral Proclamation

    October 27, 2021, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    @
    Auditorium

    You are cordially invited to YOUR Art Museum's Mayoral Proclamation Event celebrating our 75 years as a City-owned and operated community cultural resource! This event includes a Missouri House of Representatives Resolution read by Representative Alex Riley, a 2021-2022 Exhibition Schedule Announcement, and Master Plan update. In 1946, the Springfield Art Museum was deeded to the City of Springfield. Today, we are the only American Alliance of Museums accredited museum in all of southern Missouri! Join us on Wednesday, October 27th as the Museum celebrates 75 years as a key cultural asset to the residents, rural neighbors, and visitors to our City and southwest Missouri. ASL interpretation will be available. For other accessibility need or for more information call (417) 837-5700. Parking is available in the Museum parking lot, Phelps Grove Park parking lot, or on-street parking on the south side of Bennett Street. Face masks and social distancing are requested.

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