Illinois is home to classic toys such as Radio Flyer, Lincoln Logs and TinkerToys. These, like all toys serve as templates to the imagination for children at both social and cognitive levels of development. For adults, toys are vessels for memory that contain identity, activity, and comfort. For many working artists today, a toy represents a creative opportunity to transform the object into an experience that transcends nostalgia and represents an act of discovery. The artwork featured in this exhibition comes directly from artists working across Illinois.
The use of grave markers and burial grounds to understand life in western Illinois
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Hal Hassen and Dawn Cobb will explore how burial grounds and the markers found in them inform us about the social, economic and technological changes that occurred in western Illinois during the mid-nineteenth century.