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The Figure of Women in Art at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

  The Figure of Women in Art at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery   

LOCKPORT, IL— The female form has been depicted by many artists—both male and female—and all genres throughout art history.  She—the Woman as subject—is a mother, a wife, a seductress, a goddess, a symbol, and an object.  She is depicted clothed and unclothed, sometimes elegant and sometimes gangly, sometimes strong and sometimes fallen.  Join us on Sunday, January 13, 2013, for a discussion entitled “Figuring Women” led by Jennifer Jaskowiak, Curator of Art at the ISM Lockport Gallery, which explores the many re-presentations of women through art history.  This free event is part of the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery’s Sunday Series of programs which accompany our current exhibition Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection.  Reservations are not required to attend, though seating is limited.  Doors open at noon on Sunday to view the current exhibition.  Figurism runs through April 19, 2013.

Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection brings together historical and contemporary artwork of more than fifty artists that emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive figure in Midwest art. The artworks in the exhibition demonstrate the many artistic styles which adhere to representation yet still capture feeling, experience, memory, and time.  Many lean towards the fantastic, with a heightened sense of the super-real and super-natural.  The work by more than fifty artists represented in Figurism reflect the range of styles, and variety of media, and the richness of figurative art created in the Midwest over the last century.

Two more public events are scheduled for Sundays during the exhibition. On Sunday, February 10, 2013, Jim L. Zimmer, ISM Director for Art and History, will speak on “The Figure in New Deal Art.”  And on Sunday, March 3, visitors will have an opportunity to meet artist Judith Raphael and here her talk about her work. All events will begin at 2:00 pm and are free to the public.  Reservations are not required, but seating is limited.            

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building at 201 West 10th Street in Lockport, Illinois, and is fully accessible to all physically challenged individuals.  Museum hours:  Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am until 5:00, closed Saturdays and State Holidays. Admission is free.  For information on exhibitions and related programs, becoming a member, directions to the museum, or to schedule a group tour of ten or more, please contact museum staff at (815) 838-7400 or visit the museum online at  The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is part of the Illinois State Museum system, including sites in Springfield, Rend Lake, Chicago, and Lewistown.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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