THE MICHELE AND DONALD D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts presents the Meow
Mix exhibit, running from January 17 to May 14, 2017, featuring a wide variety of artistic works on paper, illustrating the beauty and grace of our feline friends. You’ll find
hand-colored lithographs, woodblock prints, etchings, wood engravings and a
serigraph by Dr. Seuss, among others.
“Each came to the museum in a different manner,” said Julia Courtney, Curator of Art,
Springfield Museums, about the collection. “They are all in the permanent collection of works
on paper. Folks seems to like all the images, especially the ones created by Currier & Ives.”
Julia explained that the collection of Currier & Ives prints came from Lenore B. and Sidney
A. Alpert, who loved Currier & Ives and amassed a significant collection of their prints.
Currier & Ives was a New York print shop that created more than a million lithographs
from 1834 to 1907.
“During that time Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives created affordable art, or
‘prints for the people,’” Julia said. The hand-colored lithographs were designed by various
artists of the time, including Currier & Ives. ( currierandives.com.)
“The images in the exhibit were most likely created for the home, for children’s rooms
and living areas,” Julia said. “They were lighter in subject matter than the disaster prints
for which Currier & Ives was originally known.”
UNTITLED (CAT AND
BEE), woodblock print, Unknown
Artist, Gift of Mr. Yngve H. Olson
Currier & Ives
BY MELISSA L. KAUFFMAN
ART PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY MICHELE AND
DONALD D’AMOUR MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS