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NOW ON VIEW:
CURRIER & IVES: PRINTMAKERS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
This special exhibit features more than 275 hand-colored lithographs by the famed American printmakers, from a private Long Island collection.
This remarkable exhibit transforms the Suffolk County Historical Society's main gallery and exhibition spaces with iconic Currier and Ives images, celebrating the activities, events and every-day lives of 19th century Americans.
ABOUT CURRIER & IVES:
The firm Currier & Ives billed itself as selling "Works of art to brighten the home," "Fine Colored Prints" and as "The Grand Central Depot for Cheap & Popular Prints." Little did they know these images would play an important role in shaping the identity of the nation.
Currier & Ives celebrated the activities, events and everyday life of 19th century Americans. Images included domestic life, historical events, city and country views, religious scenes, scenic wonders, city maps, westward expansion, trains, ships, winter scenes and hunting and fishing. Each print was titled and most were hand-colored by women who worked for the firm. The prints were sold in the New York City shop, distributed through mail-order, and were offered by peddlers agents working throughout the United States.
Working at a time when newspapers did not have pictures, the public was interested in depictions of noteworthy events. In 1840 Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) produced the lithograph "Awful Conflagration of the Steamboat Lexington in Long Island Sound on Monday Evening, January 13th, 1840, By Which Melancholy Occurrence One Hundred Persons Perished." The print was a resounding success and Currier's print became a sensation.
Partnering with James Merritt Ives (1824-1895) in 1834, the firm sought to sell lithographs to ordinary people, and its works hung on the walls of America's homes stores, barbershops, firehouses, barrooms, out houses and barns. The firm was the most prolific and successful company of lithographers working at the time. It is estimated that the company created more than 7,400 different images and produced more than a million prints before it closed in 1907.
DR. SHERMAN MILLS: HEALTH CARE INSTRUMENTS PAST AND PRESENT FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A new exhibit presented in partnership with Stony Brook University Health Sciences Library, featuring the antique surgical instruments of Roswell Sherman Mills, M.D. (1914- 2009), Family Practitioner and Collector of Americana.
At the Level 3 Health Sciences Tower of Stony Brook University. Visit: www.hscl.sunysb.edu for Library hours.
HIDDEN AND FORBIDDEN:
Curated by Georgette Grier-Key Ed.D., Director and chief curator of Eastville Community Historical Society, President of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies and, ex-officio board member of the Suffolk County Historical Society, David Byer-Tyre, Curator of African American Material Culture, Hostra University Oral History Programming Director and Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of Suffolk Historical Society, this exhibit presents art and objects covering themes of Slavery, Jim Crow, Homegrown Terrorists: the Ku Klux Klan, Exploits, Characterizations, Black Movements in America, Stereotypes of Blackness along with segregation, and racism.
DENNIS PULESON: EXPLORER, NATURALIST & ARTIST
Events to be posted.
MATERIAL, PROCESS, FORM: THE FURNITURE OF DAVID EBNER
Events to be posted.