Humanities, Vol. 1

Exhibit Details

July 23 - November 13, 2022
Eldredge, Spratlen, and Armstrong Galleries

The Springfield Art Museum is supported by a wide variety of staff roles. It takes everyone from security to custodial, to curatorial and education, to development and administration to keep the Museum running smoothly. Regardless of job duties, everyone at the Museum works in some capacity alongside the permanent collection. Does this impact our relationship with the art objects on view? What connections with art have we made as we secure the building, manage contracts, coordinate school tours, and write grants? This exhibition seeks to answer these questions by highlighting the people who keep the Museum moving forward including staff, board and committee members, and community partners as illustrated through a range of objects they’ve selected from the Museum’s collection.

This exhibition is the first in a series that seeks to investigate the 'spark' that begins a connection with art by examining disparate works in the Museum’s collection with a wide range of community members.  

Exhibit Resources

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Program Details

Opening Day:
Saturday, July 23, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Museum Galleries

Join us in celebrating the opening of Humanities, Vol. 1. Drop-in for guided exhibition tours (every hour, on the hour until 5:00 PM) and hands-on activities. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Slow-Viewing with Shauna LeAnn Smith:
Saturday, July 30, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Museum Galleries

Join us for Slow Viewing of Humanities, Vol. 1. Slow Viewing is a supportive practice for anyone who wants to develop their skills of interpretation, observation, and discussing art. Guests spend an hour carefully observing and speaking about the works on view, resulting in a deeper understanding of how they and others relate to the artwork and to each other. This program is facilitated by artist Shauna LeAnn Smith. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Collaborative Curation Discussion Panel:
Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 PM
Auditorium

This panel, made up of Museum staff, Board members, and community partners and moderated by Curator of Art Sarah Buhr, explores the process of collaboratively selecting and interpreting the works exhibited in Humanities, Vol. 1. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

99 Times (99x) Party Retrospective Panel:
Thursday, September 1, 6:00 PM
Auditorium

In anticipation of the sixth 99x Party, join us for a reflection on the importance of this annual event. Joshua Best, Museum Affairs Officer for Audience Development, will speak with previous 99x stylists and environment designers about the event’s history and future – and explain why it is an integral part of carrying out the Museum’s mission. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Gallery Talk with Nick Nelson:
Thursday, September 29, 6:00 PM 
Spratlen Gallery

Museum Director Nick Nelson will discuss his thoughts on the object he chose for exhibition in Humanities, Vol. 1, a Russian religious icon, from both personal and historical perspectives. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required. 

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Images: 1) Julie Blackmon, The Power of Now, 2008, c-print on paper. Collection of the Springfield Art Museum. Copyright Julie Blackmon. 2) Gib Neal, East Adams Co., NE, 2004, acrylic and watercolor on paper. Collection of the Springfield Art Museum. Copyright Gib Neal.