The Springfield Museums have announced that the popular exhibition Currier & Ives: An American Panorama, on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, has been extended until September 10, 2006. (Original closing date was June 4.)
"We're extending the exhibit through the summer tourist season because it has been so popular," said Heather Haskell, director of the Springfield Art Museums. "The show has attracted visitors from Texas to Maine and from New York to California because it offers a variety and quantity of Currier & Ives prints not available to the public anywhere else in the country." Currier & Ives: An American Panorama features 150 hand-colored Currier & Ives lithographs depicting American landscapes; leisure activities such as hunting, yachting and horse racing; portraits of famous people; heroic activities such as firefighting; westward expansion; and important events in American history. The varied, idealized subjects of Currier & Ives prints reflected how 19th-century Americans wanted to see themselves and their nation. After the exhibition closes, the Museum of Fine Arts will continue to present smaller, changing exhibits of Currier & Ives prints in the Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert Currier & Ives Gallery, the country's only permanent museum gallery devoted to the work of the "printmakers to the people." Currier & Ives: An American Panorama is sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. The media sponsor is 88.5FM-WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England.