Nancy Blanton talks about Dallin's portrait bust of Julia Ward Howe.
Embrace history through an artist’s vision.
At the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, you’ll experience the art of a great American sculptor in an intimate setting. It’s a place where you can embrace history through the vision of an artist whose work celebrates America’s diverse cultures.
Nancy Blanton talks about Dallin's portrait bust of Julia Ward Howe.
When Cyrus Dallin was a child, his mother Jane nurtured his love of art by harvesting clay from the banks of nearby streams for them to sculpt little figurines together. There was no money to purchase toys, so Jane would bake the figurines in the oven for Cyrus and his siblings to play with. Create your own sculpture and share it with us! https://tinyurl.com/y9flp9jr
Great coverage of our new virtual tour from YourArlington.com and Susan Gilbert! https://www.yourarlington.com/arlington-archives/residents/ideas-fun/56-arts/17123-dallin-051620.html
Enjoy an adventure through the Dallin Museum with your child, and see how many artworks you can find! This game of Picture Bingo was designed specifically to accompany the Museum’s virtual tour. Find it here: https://tinyurl.com/yccbvk9y
Watch Dallin Museum group tour coordinator, Nancy Blanton, describe Cyrus Dallin's 1883 portrait bust of Oliver Wendell Holmes. What is your favorite sculpture in the collection? View the galleries here: https://www.blueimmersivemedia.com/3d-virtual-tours/cyrus_dallin_museum_3d_360/fullscreen
From a recent visit to the grave of Cyrus Dallin's friend and mentor, Daniel Chester French, at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Mass. People place pennies in the wreath in honor of French's Lincoln Memorial. The design is surprisingly simple given the "heritage of beauty" French left behind. Still, Dallin's stone is austere by comparison! Are these two men the exception, or are sculptors' own memorials typically understated? Do you have photos of the graves of other great sculptors? Please share!
Our virtual tour of the Dallin Museum is here! Get up close to Dallin’s iconic Appeal to the Great Spirit and Paul Revere Monument. Experience fascinating stories behind the artwork, like the time Cyrus and Vittoria had tea with John Singer Sargent. Imagine you are a critic and compare Dallin’s portraits alongside historic photos of his subjects. Learn about Dallin’s work for Indigenous rights, his mentorship of a generation of Boston sculpture students, and much more! We are grateful to the Massachusett Tribe for collaborating with us on a land recognition statement (orange tag in the front hall) and to Arlington-based Blue Immersive Media for sharing their technology and expertise with us!
Matterport 3D Showcase
Patriots Day commemorates, among other things, the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Paul Revere’s infamous warning ride from Charlestown to Concord was a momentous factor in the events of that day. Cyrus Dallin’s iconic sculpture memorializing Revere’s ride is located on the Prado in Boston’s North End. Dedicated on September 22, 1940, it was unveiled by Revere’s great, great, great grandson, Paul Revere, Jr.
Check out this great interview with Dallin Museum Trustee Chris Costello on Coin World's podcast "Just Our Type." Chris describes his work as a coin designer and his new commemorative Mayflower design for the Royal Mint. Pay special attention around the 40:15 mark when he talks about Cyrus Dallin and the museum! https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/cwpod_ep054?fbclid=IwAR0b97rqNzOAwfXcKYAZCOnjQ6dXk4M2aCR4LGJbt1C530rM2nBunHWdtjs
Jeff and Chris talk with Chris Costello, a Boston-area artist responsible for a number of U.S. coin designs, and the recipient of the 2019 Coin of the Year Award. He also worked on two different typeface families and developed the Papyrus font.
For the kids! (And grown-ups too.) Learn about Cyrus Dallin's beautiful sculptures with this fun game of memory. Just print and play! Download here: https://tinyurl.com/sjy6o79
As each day brings a new and uncertain reality, we have come to understand how Cyrus and Vittoria Dallin must have felt during the influenza pandemic of 1918. No doubt, they took comfort in family and art - both of which have the power to bring peace in the most stressful of circumstances. They came out on the other side, and so will we, by supporting each other and focusing on the things that matter most.
Until we can all safely enjoy each other's company in public settings, the Dallin Museum will remain closed. Currently, our spring fundraising gala is scheduled for June 19th at Arlington Town Hall. We will update you if alternate arrangements become necessary.
We wish all of you health and hope that you will take comfort in the knowledge that we are a community of unlimited strength and resilience!
Great article featuring our own Geri Tremblay and Jim McGough as Arlington MA Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year! Get your tickets for the March 24th celebration here: https://business.arlcc.org/events/details/arlington-chamber-citizen-of-the-year-and-business-awards-dinner-2844
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce will honor James McGough and Geri Tremblay as its Citizens of the Year. McGough and Tremblay are the co-founders of the
We enjoyed having Cambridge Neighbors in for a private tour last week!
On Saturday, February 15, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum welcomed sixteen children, ages 5 to 11, for a special tour of the galleries and hands-on sculpture workshop. We love teaching children about Cyrus and his work, and are always so impressed with their creativity!
Congratulations to two Dallin Museum co-founders Geri Tremblay and James McGough for being recognized as Citizens of the Year by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce! They continue to inspire us every day with their energy and dedication. A dinner will be held to honor them and other recipients on Tuesday, March 24th at Town Hall. More details soon!
Announcing our Citizens of the Year...James McGough and Geri Tremblay, co-founders of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum. For 25 years (this year!), they have worked tirelessly to create this gem in Arlington Center. We're looking forward to celebrating their work, as well as the work of our other award winners, at a special dinner on Tuesday, March 24 at Town Hall! Tickets will be available soon!
Our turn! Get you a museum that can do it all. #DollyPartonChallenge
If you haven't visited in a while, come see these beauties and much more!
John Trowbridge, c. 1907
Cyrus and Vittoria Dallin's 50th wedding anniversary, 1941
Congratulations to Dallin Museum Trustee Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio for earning her MFA in Fine Arts from the Institute of Art and Design at New England College!
Just when we thought we knew everything! Cyrus Dallin was on the board of a production company for a film called “The First American.” It was the project of Jane Gordon, “an Indian girl from the Quapaw Agency” who wanted to tell “her story of the American Indian.” Dallin gave Ms. Gordon permission to reproduce an image of his “Appeal’ to advertise the effort, saying, “It is a great satisfaction to me to be associated, even in a small way, with the splendid work you are doing…”
*Some historical context… The advertisement’s claim that Native peoples are “passing rapidly and this work must be made soon,” is reference to the myth of the “Vanishing Indian” – the commonly held belief that American progress was a natural process that would come at the expense of this land’s Indigenous peoples. As a man of his time, Dallin did fear that Indigenous peoples were vanishing. Unlike most Americans, however, he had the moral clarity to publicly assign blame on white colonizers (past and present), while working with Native and non-Native groups to reverse destructive federal vanishing policies.
And this is why we never take our collection of Cyrus Dallin's taxidermy birds out of storage!
"The V&A has spectacular examples of hats from the Edwardian era, when there was a craze of putting whole birds on them. Most of them would have been treated with arsenic."
Relocation of museum’s collections to east London has brought surprising dangers
We are thrilled to annouce that the museum has been awarded a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council to restore Cyrus Dallin's c. 1890 French landscape painting entitled “Village Road, Auvers-sur-Oise." You can see where the painting has been partially cleaned by the conservator to test whether it will withstand treatment. Once the project is complete, we will have a public unveiling! Arts Arlington
Memberships to the Dallin Museum make great gifts! Recipients at the $100 level and above will receive reciprocal member benefits at over 1,100 museums in North America! Purchase here: http://dallin.org/?page_id=1167
Are you a customer of Watertown Savings Bank? In recognition of their 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2020, the Bank will be distributing $150,000 to their customers' favorite local non-profit organizations. Please cast your vote for the Dallin Museum! Donations will be awarded in proportion to the number of votes submitted - so the more votes we get, the larger the donation! Thank you! Watertown Savings Bank - Massachusetts https://www.watertownsavings.com/community/customer-choice-awards
Wow! There is even one of Julia Ward Howe, who was one of Dallin's better known subjects. I wonder if something like this could be done with Dallin's works around Arlington. Thinking specifically of his Mary Scanlon relief.
Eight of the structures now house the stories of women who made history in the city.
We are proud to be one of the rare museums dedicated entirely to the work of just one person, Cyrus E. Dallin.
From Edward Gorey to Norman Rockwell, individual artists are soloists and stars at these small museums.
We had a wonderful visit with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Senior Associate volunteers yesterday!
Art on the Green is Saturday! Come mingle with local artists and a star-studded lineup of authors from 10-4 pm. Free museum admission and family art hunts! https://arlington.wickedlocal.com/news/20190911/cyrus-dallin-art-museum-to-host-arlington-town-day-activities
The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum hosts its annual Art on the Green art and author festival this Town Day, Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.This event,
The Dallin Museum learned about and was able to acquire the painting Mrs. Hall’s Letter with the generous support of Andrew and Irene Jay. Andrew reflects:
“Having had the pleasure of living in Arlington for several years, we enjoyed the richness of the community and see the Dallin Museum as being an important aspect of the fabric of the community. While he is best known for his sculpture, he was an accomplished painter as well. We were lucky to find this painting in New York. We were particularly impressed with the scholarship within the Dallin team as they quickly pinned down many details around the painting. Irene and I are delighted to support the Museum in growing its collection.”
We are so honored to have received a very generous, unrestricted gift from the Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust in memory of Cyrus Dallin and Joan Pearson Watkins. “I want to continue with what help that I can to honor the memory of Cyrus and Joan Watkins,” said Jonathan Fairbanks, Trustee of the Watkins RevocableTrust. “Joan was a talented potter, devoted educator, and avid collector and proponent of the arts. I know that it would please Joan to assist with the Dallin Museum and its collection.” Mr. Fairbanks, was the curator of the American Decorative Arts and Sculpture department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston for almost thirty years. He more recently served as Executive Director of the Fuller Craft Museum. He is shown (right) with Daniel and Donna Fairbanks at the unveiling of the portrait bust of a young Dallin sculpted by Daniel for the museum in 2013.
Two of Dallin’s fans.
Beautiful day in the beer garden! Please stop by our table next Saturday between 2:00 and 3:30!
In case you missed it, check out footage from the spring symposium "Cyrus Dallin's 'Appeal to the Great Spirit' Reexamined" at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dallin Museum Director Heather Leavell gave thorough and thoughtful remarks attempting to answer the question: Is it possible for Appeal to the Great Spirit to convey the meaning that Dallin intended in today’s world?
Installed at the MFA’s entrance in 1912, Dallin’s monumental equestrian sculpture is one of the Museum’s most visible—and understudied—works of art. Does "Ap...
We're very excited about the Whittemore Park Revitalization Project, scheduled to start next year. Highlights of the final design include a new front lawn and walkway around the perimeter of the park; regrading along Mystic Street to extend the lawn area; additional seating throughout the park; an accessible path adjacent to the railroad tracks with a raised granite curb engraved with historical information; a paved program space to the right of the museum; and amphitheater-style steps and a new pedestrian plaza at the rear of the building. Learn more about the project here: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/departments/planning-community-development/whittemore-park-planning-project
"Mrs. Hall's Letter" has been restored! Peter Williams/ Museum Services (located in Boston's historic Fenway Studios building) did a beautiful job stabilizing and cleaning the painting. We then headed over to Stanhope Framers to pick out a period-appropriate frame. We are grateful to Andrew T. Jay and Irene Jay for making it possible for the museum to acquire this rare oil portrait by Cyrus Dallin at auction!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Lakota youth from the Pine Ridge Reservation! We looked closely at Dallin's sculptures and talked about how he tried to make the world a better place through his art. Then we discussed how Dallin used armatures to build his clay models. The kids created their own sculptures using armatures made of toothpicks and foil. We can't wait for next year's visit, which is made possible by the Lakota YouthStay Program!
Arlington welcomed teenagers from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as they made clay sculptures at the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
611 Massachusetts Ave
MBTA buses 77, 79, and 350
Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Cyrus Dallin Art Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Send a message to Cyrus Dallin Art Museum: