The Real Housewives of Currier and Ives in Springfield
The Real Housewives of Currier and Ives
Exhibit at Springfield Museums through June 25, 2012
Throughout history and changes in culture, women have been depicted within various media as a stable and nurturing force, despite changes in their role within society.
The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts (part of the Springfield Museums) is currently hosting a show of hand-colored Currier and Ives lithographs featuring Victorian portrayals of women. The Real Housewives of Currier and Ives, as the show is titled, mainly shows women being portrayed as nurturers, caring for their homes and families, all while looking their best and dressing in period-appropriate, fashionable clothing.
However, the images do not necessarily represent women’s role in society during the periods pictured.
The exhibit will be open to visitors through June 25th, 2012 – check it out, and use the images as a jumping off point for learning about cultural influences on media and portrayal of women. To find the museum’s hours, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org. And check with your local library. Many branches have museum passes for library patron to check out.