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
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.

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.”

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