Next summer, the Springfield Museums will open The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, the first museum to honor Springfield native Theodor Geisel. In anticipation of that momentous occasion, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will exhibit a series of whimsical works on paper around the common theme of “Cats in Hats,” in honor of Geisel’s most famous work of children’s literature as well as "Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Samurai Heroes".
CATS AND HATS
Pounce de Leon, Scott Murphy, oil on panel (no date), on loan from the artist
A Day at the Beach, 2016, Jeff Mack, acrylic on canvas, on loan from the artist
"Cats in Hats" will be on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and will feature over 40 original works by members of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild. The group includes some of the region’s best-known illustrators, including Diane deGroat, Ruth Sanderson, and Jane Yolen, among others. The artistic styles employed by the group’s members range from children’s books to fantasy art to editorial pieces and beyond, and this diversity of methods and the size of its membership make the group a dynamic and active resource for illustration.
“Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Samurai Heroes”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, meet your samurai ancestors! View Elias Derby’s extensive collection of original artwork and memorabilia from the TMNT series alongside centuries-old samurai swords, armor, and pristine Japanese woodblock prints from the collections of the Springfield Museums. Symbols, imagery and artifacts from pop culture will illustrate the connections between the past and the present; the exhibit also features a special “Saturday Morning Cartoon” area for children.
# 46 Mirage Tales (Issue # 36) Preliminary Cove (Raphael and Foot Soldier), 2007, Paul Harmon, no media listed, Elias Derby Collection
60.D05.535 Tomimori Sukeyemon Masakata, 1852, woodblock print, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, D’amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA
# 26 Raphael Drawing, 2012, Kevin Eastman, mixed media, Elias Derby Collection
60.D05.144 Three Turtles, 1829, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, woodblock print, D’amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA
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