Sing Muses: History and Allegory in Narrative Art


2/23/2019 - 5/13/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm

$5 adults


Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

Narrative art is art that tells a story, either a single moment in an ongoing narrative or told as a sequence of events unfolding over time. This exhibition looks at artwork from the museum’s permanent collection that narrates a story for us. How do we discern narrative action as opposed to a picture of something? In a picture, such as a still life of flowers for example, what we see is what we know of the world. Narrative takes us deeper than our recognition, opening us up to myth, history, allegory and moral struggle. Narrative art strives to tell us stories that go beyond our day to day comprehension, opening up the fields of time and space in new and surprising ways. Artists included: Stanley Bly, Henry Darger, Glen C. Davies, Nicole Gordon, George Klauba, Shirley Mann, Nancy Plotkin, Filemon Santiago, Kevin Veara