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Figurism: Narrative and Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection

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The Gray Room, 1980 Oil on Linen © Collection of the Illinois State Museum, Gift of the Artist
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Man with Hammer, 1935 Painted Plaster © Collection of the Illinois State Museum, Gift of Mr. Louis Cheskin
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The Family, 1986 Gelatin Silver Print © Collection of the Illinois State Museum, Gift of the Artist
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Loss, 2004 Woodcut © Collection of the Illinois State Museum, Gift of the Artist
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Line Up, 2010 Oil on Linen © Collection of the Illinois State Museum, Gift of the Artist
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Oh My Milo! That Ain't No Horse, 1979 Acrylic on Canvas © Collection of the Illinois State Museum, Purchased with the aid of the National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Program
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Paul, 2004 Polychromed Resin © Collection of the Illinois State Museum, Gift of the Capital Development Board Art-In-Architecture program
Figurism: Narrative and Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection
Curated by: Doug Stapleton

201 W. 10th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
October 30th, 2012 - April 19th, 2013

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WEBSITE:  
http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/l...
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Suburbs
EMAIL:  
info-lockport@museum.state.il.us
PHONE:  
815-838-7400
OPEN HOURS:  
Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 12noon to 5pm.
TAGS:  
mixed-media, figurative, modern, sculpture
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

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.   According to exhibition curator Doug Stapleton, Assistant Curator of the ISM Chicago Gallery, “This exhibition does not try to define a regional figurative tradition but shows how ‘figurism’ (an invented term) has endured and evolved into pluralistic, eclectic, and highly individualized expressions.”  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.

Four public events are scheduled for Sundays during the exhibition, including two which offer the opportunity to meet artists in the exhibition.  Artist Sam Himmelfarb will speak at the museum on Sunday, December 2, 2012, and artist Judith Raphael will present on Sunday, March 3, 2013.  On Sunday, January 13, Jennifer Jaskowiak, ISMLG Curator of Art, will present a lecture on “Figuring Women.”  And on February 10, 2013, Jim L. Zimmer, ISM Director for Art and History, will speak on “The Figure in New Deal Art.”  All events will begin at 2:00 pm, are free to the public; reservations are not required, but seating is limited.