National Native American Heritage Month~ November 9

Illustration by Angel DeCora for
Francis La Flesche’s book The Middle Five

1900 / Oil on canvas / No size available / Original held by J. Andrew Darling

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Paying Tribute to Smith’s First Known Native American Graduate
https://www.smith.edu/newssmith/fall2003/decora.php

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 3

“Art That Inspires Us to Vote”

Illustrations by Mai Ly DegnanRudy GutierrezAnita KunzTim O’BrienWhitney Sherman, and Yuko Shimizu

One of the most famous American painters and illustrators, Norman Rockwell produced pithy artwork to promote democracy and civic engagement in his time. Now, a museum in Massachusetts dedicated to him asked artists to design “get out the vote” posters for 2020.
Source: The Norman Rockwell Museum wants you to vote, and recruited top illustrators to inspire you – CNN

“The Unity Project is an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators that is dedicated to an inclusive America in which all voices are heard.
Inspired by the rich and continuing tradition of American illustration, this project inspires us to consider the integral role that published imagery plays in creating cultural narratives which connect us to our times.”  ~The Unity Project

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Classical Music Month~ September 16

Poppy and Her Trainer/Newmarket by John Hassall

Poster advertising a production of Newmarket, a racing comedy with music by F. Taylor and E. B. Jones performed by Alexander Loftus’s Musical Comedy Company at the Opéra Comique, London
~http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O712130/poster-hassall-john/

c.1896 / Color lithograph on paper / 30″x20″ / Various collections

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June 17~ Pride Month

Tove Jansson and Tuulikki Pietilä

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They found one another at the Artists’ Guild Christmas party in Helsinki in 1955…and their relationship gradually developed in the course of the following spring. “At last I’ve found my way to the one I want to be with,” Tove Jansson wrote in one of her first letters to Tuulikki Pietilä in the summer of 1956. ~Literary Hub

Self-Portrait by Tove Jansson
1942 / Oil on canvas / Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Portrait with Flowers by Tuulikki Pietilä
1947 / Drypoint / Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

June 13~ Pride Month

Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun

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The creative alliance between Cahun and Moore formed in provincial Nantes, where, in 1909, the fifteen-year-old Lucie Schwob (who would later adopt the pen name Claude Cahun) encountered the seventeen-year-old beaux-arts student Suzanne Malherbe (Marcel Moore) in what they both described as “une rencontre foudroyante.” [an electric encounter] ~Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

Self-portraits by Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun
c.1920 / Gelatin silver print / Jersey Heritage Collections/Jersey Heritage

Fashion illustrations by Marcel Moore
1916 & 1915 / Sketch on paper / Jersey Heritage Collections/Jersey Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Je Tends les Bras by Claude Cahun
1931 or 1932 / Gelatin silver print / Tate Britain, London, UK