Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Robert Middaugh: Machines Inherit the Earth

This exhibition highlights the career of Chicago artist Robert Middaugh (1935-2011).  Middaugh paintings and assemblages presents us with strange, fantastic structures and machines inhabiting a mysterious, deserted world. Middaugh's work pulls together several strands of thought—Surrealism, Magical Realism, Precisionism—along with his unerring palette of broad, flat color and precisely rendered images. Time stands still in these places; the future and nostalgia coexist. The purpose or logic of these man-made worlds is subverted by an absurd, magical atmosphere.

Museum Day Live!

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
9:00am to 4:30pm
The Illinois State Museum will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the US open their doors for free to those who download a ticket.

Pets Family Event

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
11:00am to 3:00pm
Domestic animals, and especially pets, have played an important role in human history. Come learn about pets in the past and how you and your pets can contribute to the health of the planet in the present and future.

Music at the Museum: Patchouli

Patchouli Music at the Museum
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Thursday, September 14, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The acoustic worldbeat duo Patchouli is comprised of Wisconsin songwriter Julie Patchouli and guitarist Bruce Heckles. They light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry.

Prairie Restoration and the Challenge of Maintaining Earth’s Biodiversity on a Changing Planet

Dr. Amy McEuen, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Dr. McEuen and her lab’s work at the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon restoration involves tracking the floristic quality of the tallgrass prairie restorations through time and testing whether certain plant species may be better candidates for restoration.


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