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A winter Currier & Ives could — almost — recognize

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Published on January 28, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

Look out the window these days and it almost looks like a classic Currier & Ives image — people working and playing as a thick, pristine snow blankets the landscape.

Of course, the famed lithographers couldn’t have known about the rampaging plows, balky snowblowers, slipsliding cars, and mountainous piles of dirty snow that would one day be part of the scene.

Now those who yearn for the snows of yesteryear can escape to an exhibition of original Currier & Ives lithographs at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, running Tuesday until May 1.

“The winter scenes tend to be the classic ones that people remember being on calendars and cookie tins,” said the museum’s curator Julia Courtney. “Most of what people recognize are those winter scenes.”

Though Currier and Ives based their business out of New York, both hailed from Massachusetts, and there is a New England feel in many of their prints, said officials at the museum, which currently houses about 900 Currier & Ives prints.

The exhibit will feature 64 original lithograph prints, categorized into several sections, including Introduction to Currier & Ives, Identity, Home, Success, and Progress. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

 

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Written by jdunccc

January 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

Posted in MetroDesk Blog, The Boston Globe

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