Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Courting Controversy: In Search of Central Illinois’ Contentious Monuments and Memorials

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  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Controversies over historical monuments have been in the news, from Charlottesville to Johannesburg and Chapel Hill to Belfast. This presentation imagines which local heritage sites might serve as flash points in today’s renewed culture wars.

Binding Our State Together: 200 Years of Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Sunday, May 20, 2018 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
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After Illinois was created, state and private companies have worked to bind our different regions together through infrastructure. Such links turned our state from merely a designated area on a map into a more unified, functional territory.

Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape & Donna Castellanos: You’re Surreal

Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), a Chicago painter who created surreal and dream-like imagery, is the subject of Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape. Abercrombie developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained her paintings saying “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include over 40 of the artist’s enigmatic works of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.”

Binding Our State Together: 200 Years of Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Sunday, May 20, 2018 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
To event remaining 26 days
In Illinois, as in most places, people and communities have sought to connect with other places through nodes of transportation and communication for cultural, economic and political reasons.

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