Behind the Scenes: The Artists Who Worked for Currier & Ives at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Behind the Scenes: The Artists Who Worked for Currier & Ives

June 10, 2008–January 18, 2009 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts » First Floor » Alpert Gallery of Currier & Ives

Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, The Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert Currier & Ives Gallery, First Floor

The lithography firm of Currier & Ives produced more than 8,000 images, including pictures of newsworthy events and prints that reflected familiar all-American themes such as farm life, home and children, religion, sports and leisure, and westward expansion. To design their prints, the company used staff artists who are unknown today as well as a group of celebrated American artists. The work of some of these well-known artists is highlighted in this exhibition. Included will be prints based on the work of A.F. Tait, who did sporting and Western scenes; Frances (Fanny) Flora Palmer, who was responsible for the majority of landscapes produced by the firm; and George Durrie, the New England winter scene painter. Currier & Ives was also inspired by the work of the well-known artists George Inness and Eastman Johnson.