Springfield Museums Exhibit: Marc Chagall and Friends: The Salon des Indépendants
The special exhibit Marc Chagall and Friends:The Salon des Indépendants opens July 18, 2017, through January 28, 2018 at the Springfield Museums.
Drawn from the permanent collection of the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, works by the artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and his contemporaries provide a glimpse into the influential avant-guard styles that converged in Paris during the early 20th century. The display features a print by Chagall alongside rarely seen works by Alexander Archipenko, Jacques Lipchitz, and Amedeo Modigliani, all of whom lived in the same studio apartment complex as Chagall between 1911 and 1914. Additionally, the exhibit contains prints by several artists affiliated with the “School of Paris,” a burgeoning group of immigrant artists that included famed cubist Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. The show complements the interactive art exhibition Chagall for Children, on view from June 27to September 17, 2017, at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
Chagall grew up in Russia, and moved to Paris in 1911 in order to master his craft. He participated in the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d’Automne in 1912, and his first solo show was held at Der Sturm gallery in Berlin in 1914. During Chagall’s formative years in Paris, he befriended other innovative artists and was exposed to new movements like Cubism and Fauvism which ultimately shaped his mature style. During World War II Chagall fled to the United States where the Museum of Modern Art in New York, hosted a retrospective of the artist’s work in 1946. He settled permanently in France in 1948 and continued to exhibit in Paris, Amsterdam, and London.
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums in the city where Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and which appears to have inspired much of his work. Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel’s step-daughter, created the endearing bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and his most beloved characters. See the "Story Teller" himself along with the Grinch, the Lorax, Thing 1 and 2, Horton, and Yertle the turtle! Free to see and open daily.
The Springfield Museums
220 State Street, Springfield, MA
Set around a tree-lined quadrangle in downtown Springfield, the world-class museums that comprise the Springfield Museums provide visitors with a wealth of exciting imagery and inspirational artwork. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native. The Quadrangle is also home to the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden, a series of full-scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss's whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. For one admission price, visitors can enjoy all 5 Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss Park. Secure free onsite parking is available around the corner at 21 Edwards Street. Open Tuesday through Sunday.