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"Figuratively Speaking" About New Deal Art At Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

  "Figuratively Speaking" About New Deal Art At Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery   

LOCKPORT, IL— During the years of “The Great Depression” (1935-1943) the Federal Artist Project under the initiative of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, employed thousands of artists across the country in what we would refer to today as economic stimulus.  What resulted was the creation of approximately 200 thousand works of Art that illustrated the American story during this time of uncertainty for the nation.  Join us on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 2:00 PM for “Figuratively Speaking,” a multi-media presentation led by John Lustig, Director of the ISM Lockport Gallery.  Mr. Lustig will focus on the portrayal of the human figure in society through the art created during this era. He will also consider the relationship of art to the viewer and the American consciousness as well as the relevance of the art to the cultural bias of contemporary society.  This free event begins at 2:00 PM and lasts approximately one hour; it 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; event begins at 2:00 PM.  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.

One more public event is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, when visitors will have an opportunity to meet artist Judith Raphael and hear her talk about her work. All events 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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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