Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Cyrus Dallin is best known for the iconic "Appeal to the Great Spirit" and "Paul Revere Monument" in Boston.
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Discover the art of Cyrus Dallin (1861-1944), a celebrated Utah-born sculptor, educator, and Indigenous rights advocate who lived and worked in Arlington, Massachusetts for over 40 years. His many public sculptures bring beauty and a unique historical perspective to shared spaces across the nation. In the intimate setting of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, visitors experience over ninety artworks spa

nning the sculptor's sixty-year career. The Museum's comprehensive exhibits ground Dallin's unique body of work within the context of his commitment to artistic expression, education, and Indigenous rights.

A free concert celebrating the legacy of the renowned Armenian American composer and Arlington High School alum, Alan Ho...
06/05/2024

A free concert celebrating the legacy of the renowned Armenian American composer and Arlington High School alum, Alan Hovhaness, will take place at Arlington Town Hall this Sunday, June 9 at 3 pm. With over 500 surviving works, including 68 symphonies, Hovhaness is considered one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. A memorial to Hovhaness was unveiled on the grounds of the Dallin Museum in 2009. Come check it out!

This family-friendly performance is part of the Armenian Cultural Foundation's Mirak Chamber Music Series. We have a special place in our hearts for the Mirak family. In 1998, they donated the Jefferson Cutter House to the Town of Arlington, MA for the community's use and enjoyment. The building has served as the home of the Dallin Museum ever since!

Thank you to all who supported our online auction! We raised over $7000 for collections care and programs! We would like...
06/04/2024

Thank you to all who supported our online auction! We raised over $7000 for collections care and programs! We would like to extend a special thank you to Dallin Museum Trustee Amy Williams Moyer. Amy is an Arlington-based art and antiques dealer who spent many hours photographing and listing our items on Ebay. She also taught us how to run an Ebay store and was VERY patient with my frequent texts and calls for help.

Amy is the owner of Antmuffin: Art, Antiques & Collectibles. Here she is with Rick Harrison after filming her appearance on the Salem episode of Pawn Stars Do America last October!

Learn more about Antmuffin at http://www.antmuffin.com/ and visit Amy's first floor stall at the Cambridge Antique Market.

Happy Pride month! 🏳️‍🌈❤ In honor of the occasion, we will be sharing a fuller picture of the lives of some inspiring fi...
06/03/2024

Happy Pride month! 🏳️‍🌈❤ In honor of the occasion, we will be sharing a fuller picture of the lives of some inspiring figures in LGBTQ+ history whose work impacted Cyrus Dallin and many others of his time.

Anne Whitney (1821-1915)

Did you know that the model for Cyrus Dallin’s 1915 statue of Puritan religious reformer Anne Hutchinson – located on the west lawn of the Massachusetts State House - was a descendant of Hutchinson AND a celebrated sculptor?

Anne Whitney died at the age of 93, just prior Dallin to starting work on his statue of Hutchinson. In the absence of an existing portrait of Hutchinson, Dallin used Whitney’s facial features to guide his work. As colleagues in the Boston area, Dallin would have been very familiar with Whitney and her sculpture.

Like her contemporaries, Anne Whitney focused on classical subjects and historical figures in marble and plaster. Her monuments to Leif Erikson (1887) on Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, Samuel Adams (1880) in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Plaza, and Charles Sumner (1902) in Harvard Square, Cambridge continue to be widely admired, though Whitney’s association as the creator of these landmarks has been all but forgotten.

Whitney was an individualist who was a champion of the arts, women’s rights, abolition, forest conservation, and more. Her life partner was the painter Abigail “Abby” Manning. Their relationship would have been described at the time as a “Boston Marriage,” a domestic and sometimes romantic partnership between two unmarried upper-class women who were financially and emotionally dependent on each other.

Whitney and Manning lived together for much of their lives, including the five years they spent living in Rome in a community of American women artists, most of them fellow sculptors, many of whom were in “Boston marriages” of their own. This group of women sought independence, artistic freedom, and resources abroad that were harder to come by in the United States.

Anne Whitney and Abby Manning are buried together in Cambridge’s Mount Auburn Cemetery.

The Dallin Museum's online auction ends tonight at 8:30 PM! Bid on a HUGE variety offerings! Our 130+ listings include f...
05/19/2024

The Dallin Museum's online auction ends tonight at 8:30 PM! Bid on a HUGE variety offerings! Our 130+ listings include fine art and collectibles, getaways, private classes, dining, museums, entertainment, and more.

Proceeds from this auction will support uplifting and meaningful museum experiences that reflect Cyrus Dallin’s values as an artist, educator, and Indigenous rights advocate. Every bid makes a difference!

We are so grateful to our generous auction donors. Here are a few more! Boston By Foot, The Celebrity Series of Boston, Discovery Museum, Native Plant Trust, The Huntington, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Plimoth Patuxet Museums, Salem Witch Museum, Springfield Museums, The Umbrella Arts Center, Worcester Red Sox, BarkBox, Boston Duck Tours, Boston Harbor Distillery, Boston Organics, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Bromley Mountain, Buzzards Bay Brewing, Capitol Theatre & Creamery, Charles River Boat Company, The Charles Hotel, Donut Villa Diner, Henry Bear's Park, Jimmy's Steer House, Kickstand Cafe, Spindler Confections, and TreeTop Adventures

There are so many beautiful works of art, handmade items, and collectibles up for bid in our auction. Place your bids so...
05/18/2024

There are so many beautiful works of art, handmade items, and collectibles up for bid in our auction. Place your bids soon! The auction ends tomorrow (Sunday) May 19 at 8:30. https://www.ebay.com/str/cyrusdallinartmuseum

Here's a sampling:
* 2 silver ink drawings donated by Waltham artist Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio
* 3 signed surrealist prints donated by Arlington artist Julian Landa
* Floral paintings donated by Arlington artist Jacky Pullman and Brooklyn Artist Natalia Orlova-Silberfarb
* Tuscan landscape painting donated by Arlington artist Stephen Joseph
* Portraits of Vince DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti by Beverly, MA artist Tim Lawrence, donated by Daniel D. Johnson and Faye Kolhonen
* 3 original Maxfield Parrish prints (in period frames!) donated by Terry and Ron Shaoul
* Ledger art by Quinton Maldonado (Lakota) and ceramic vase by Romona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), donated by Joy Harris
* Photo of Arlington Reservoir by photographer and Old Schwamb Mill board member Rose Austin
* 7 artful n**e photos donated by Jim Montanaro
* A custom house portrait by Cutter Gallery Director Chuck Luca
* 2 antique sculptures by early 20th century artist Anna Wilkinson Rathbun, donated by David Formanek
* Tiffany glass donated by Peter Middleton and Ellen Aamodt
* 2 Shaker chairs donated by Gene Benson
* 3 cold forged pendants by Arlington jewelry designer Deborah Sirotkin Butler

A HUGE thank you to these kind and generous donors!

Beginning this weekend, the Dallin Museum will temporarily close while we make some exciting improvements to the galleri...
05/17/2024

Beginning this weekend, the Dallin Museum will temporarily close while we make some exciting improvements to the galleries! We anticipate reopening in early July, barring any unforeseen delays. Thank you to Intelligent Labor & Moving for carefully moving Dallin's Euro-American figures in with his friends and family. 😂

The Euro-American Figures gallery will be painted in a fresh, new (and historically appropriate) color palette as part of phase one of the redesign process. Phase two, exhibit fabrication, will take place next year. The new gallery will feature a nuanced history of these works from multiple vantage points. Upgraded LED track lighting will also be installed in the Euro-American Figures and Indigenous Peoples galleries. We are very grateful to Representative Sean Garballey and the Town of Arlington, MA for helping to make this work possible!

The building may be closed, but we are NOT out of commission. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming walking tours, Porch Fest, and Art in the Park! Check dallin.org for reopening updates and event details.

In our auction you'll find so many opportunities to do something new and fun! Learn about Blue Zones and how to cook mea...
05/16/2024

In our auction you'll find so many opportunities to do something new and fun! Learn about Blue Zones and how to cook meals that promote health and longevity with chef Jessica Drench at Mama Jean. Explore music and movement with veteran dance caller Jacob Bloom or Middle Eastern dance instructor Seyyide Sultan. Taste the sea during an oysters and champagne experience with Andrew T. Jay. Try the piano with professional instructor Janice Zaganjori. Enjoy a private fitness session with Lisa Halloran, who is certified in iyengar yoga and elder fitness. Learn the secrets of your old(er) house's past with historian A Michael Ruderman. And take a class or workshop of your choosing with our friends at Arlington Center for the Arts.

We are so grateful to these talented and generous donors for their incredible support of our auction! Bidding ends Sunday, May 19 at 8:30 pm. Bid here: https://www.ebay.com/str/cyrusdallinartmuseum

Look at this stunning Indigenous beadwork interpretation of Dallin's Paul Revere Monument and the museum's logo! The pho...
05/14/2024

Look at this stunning Indigenous beadwork interpretation of Dallin's Paul Revere Monument and the museum's logo! The photos don't do justice to its beauty and sparkle. The artist, Sage Carbone, spent 70 hours designing, beading, and finishing this piece just for our auction! Sage is a Cambridge resident (Massachusett Land, Turtle Island) and member of the Northern Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island with Massachusett, Nipmuc, and Mi'kmaq ancestry.

Sage used four different styles of beads sewn two-needle style on pellon. The finished piece measures 6.5” x 6.5”. This beadwork is an example of contemporary Indigenous artistry, which draws from both historical and current iconography to share cultural knowledge.

One of the joys of our work at the Dallin Museum is the opportunity to honor and center contemporary Indigenous arts, experiences, and viewpoints. We are so grateful to Sage and others in the Indigenous community for sharing their time and knowledge with us!

You can bid on Sage's beadwork and many other unique offerings here: https://www.ebay.com/str/cyrusdallinartmuseum

Old North Church & Historic Site The Paul Revere House

Our online auction is live through May 19! Bid on a HUGE variety of fun, useful, pretty, and unique offerings! Our 120+ ...
05/10/2024

Our online auction is live through May 19! Bid on a HUGE variety of fun, useful, pretty, and unique offerings! Our 120+ listings include fine art and collectibles, getaways, private classes, dining, museums, entertainment, and more. Check back often as we continue to list new items! Bid here: https://www.ebay.com/str/cyrusdallinartmuseum

Proceeds from this auction will support uplifting and meaningful museum experiences that reflect Cyrus Dallin’s values as an artist, educator, and Indigenous rights advocate. Many thanks in advance for your support!

We are SO humbled by the kindness of the many generous individuals, organizations, and businesses who donated in support of the work we do at the Dallin Museum.

Happy birthday to Cyrus Dallin's granddaughter, Jean Dallin Doherty! Last month, Jean turned 101! We are in awe of her i...
05/07/2024

Happy birthday to Cyrus Dallin's granddaughter, Jean Dallin Doherty! Last month, Jean turned 101! We are in awe of her intellect, sweetness, and longevity. She has been our number #1 supporter since the Dallin Museum opened in 1998. Wishing you and your family the best always, Jean! ❤🎉🎈🎂

Photo by Barbara Milhender

Did you know that Cyrus Dallin's work is featured in the The Library of Congress? The Dallin Museum's municipal chair Sa...
05/03/2024

Did you know that Cyrus Dallin's work is featured in the The Library of Congress? The Dallin Museum's municipal chair Sarah Burks was recently there and shared some photos! In 1895, Dallin was commissioned to create a statue in honor of Sir Isaac Newton for the balustrade in the main reading room of the Library building, which was then under construction. He was one of several leading American sculptors, including Daniel Chester French and Frederick MacMonnies, chosen to adorn the new building with statuary dedicated to leaders in thought and creativity.

In Feburary 1896, Dallin invited members of the Fairmount Park Art Association (now Association for Public Art) for a private viewing of the model in his Philadelphia studio. (Dallin was then teaching at Drexel.) The Philadelphia Times described Dallin's Newton as standing in an "easy, graceful pose and in profound meditation." The article's author determined that the sculptor "achieved triumph in imagining the 'sweet reasonableness' of the philosopher." Dallin based Newton's facial features on a portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller, a bust by Louis Francois Roubiliac, and a death mask (eek!) also by Roubiliac.

First photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. The statue is in a very difficult spot to capture!

We had such a fun visit with Girl Scout Junior Troop 64757 from the Bishop Elementary School! They also enjoyed seeing D...
05/01/2024

We had such a fun visit with Girl Scout Junior Troop 64757 from the Bishop Elementary School! They also enjoyed seeing Dallin's Menotomy Hunter and Robbins Memorial Flagstaff as part of their work toward earning their Outdoor Art Explorer badge! Arlington Girl Scouts - Arlington, MA Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

This National Volunteer Week, we want to say a special thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, both in front of and ...
04/25/2024

This National Volunteer Week, we want to say a special thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, both in front of and behind the scenes. We have so much gratitude for our team of volunteer tour guides, greeters, trustees, directors, and special event volunteers! Thank you for all of the time, energy, and expertise you give to the museum. We could not do it without you!

Featured in the photos, two of our OG volunteers, James McGough and Geri Tremblay, along with our incredibly supportive state Rep Sean Garballey during this year's Patriots Day celebration. ❤❤

So many great Patriots Day events this weekend! Don't forget to join us on Monday at 10 am in Whittemore Park to experie...
04/12/2024

So many great Patriots Day events this weekend! Don't forget to join us on Monday at 10 am in Whittemore Park to experience Paul Revere-inspired poetry, revolutionary history, and the epic story of the Revere statue brought to life by Arlington locals. Then, come inside the Museum to see Dallin's rare sixth prototype for the iconic North End monument. https://dallin.org/events/

We are thrilled to announce the lineup of events for Arlington 250's Patriots Day Week 2024, presented by Leader Bank, with family-friendly activities all throughout the week from April 10-19! Spread the word like Dawes and Revere that we're commemorating the 249th anniversary of the Battle of Menotomy and Arlington’s (formerly Menotomy) historic past and role in the American Revolution -- and everyone's invited! For complete schedule, see https://www.arlington250.org/patriots24/ .

Thanks to Arlington's own Planet Lobo: Digital Marketing + Design for designing our flyer!

ABOUT ARLINGTON 250 & THE SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL

The Arlington 250 Committee is the organizing body for the Town of Arlington, MA commemoration of the — the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. It includes representatives from Arlington’s Select Board, School Committee, Tourism and Economic Development (A-TED) committee, Historical Society, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Commission for Arts and Culture (Arts Arlington); Town Meeting; the Battle Road Scenic Byway Committee; The Menotomy Minutemen; and volunteers from the community at large. Revolution250 is a non-profit organization that is capturing the history of the revolution in Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (Visit Massachusetts) has created MA 250, a statewide marketing campaign commemorating the past and celebrating the future of our Commonwealth.

On August 31, 1932, photographer Herbert Stier captured this stunning image of Cyrus Dallin's Appeal to the Great Spirit...
04/08/2024

On August 31, 1932, photographer Herbert Stier captured this stunning image of Cyrus Dallin's Appeal to the Great Spirit during a solar eclipse. The photo was published in the Boston Herald the following month. As you can see, Boston was slightly outside of the belt of totality. For non-Native people, eclipses tend to be viewed as festive occasions, but for Indigenous people, these events can be sacred and even solemn. This article by Indian Country Today provides a helpful overview of the many different stories and cultural practices around eclipses that have been held by Indigenous communities since time immemorial. https://ictnews.org/news/eclipses-have-special-ties-to-indigenous-peoples

April 2016 was also snowy...a LOT more snowy! This photo was taken 8 years ago today. And for those of us who have lived...
04/05/2024

April 2016 was also snowy...a LOT more snowy! This photo was taken 8 years ago today. And for those of us who have lived here for a long time, who can forget the April Fools storm? ❄️💨

This week, a statue of Spencer, the beloved Boston Marathon dog, was unveiled in Ashland, MA. This heartwarming tribute ...
04/04/2024

This week, a statue of Spencer, the beloved Boston Marathon dog, was unveiled in Ashland, MA. This heartwarming tribute is the work of the talented Canton-based sculptor Jeff Buccacio of Buccacio Sculpture Services LLC.

A statue of Spencer the golden retriever, the dog who could always be seen greeting Boston Marathon runners along the route, is being unveiled in Ashland on ...

Four years ago, Salt Lake City was rocked by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. The quake shook the trumpet out of the right ha...
04/03/2024

Four years ago, Salt Lake City was rocked by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. The quake shook the trumpet out of the right hand of Cyrus Dallin's colossal Angel Moroni statue atop the eastern spire of the Salt Lake Temple. Yesterday, Church leaders presided over the reinstallation of the newly restored 12-foot, 5-inch, gold-encrusted statue. Onlookers gazed in amazement as a huge crane smoothly lifted the Moroni back to its perch 210 feet above Temple Square.

We are grateful to Dallin Museum Board Director Dan Johnson, Cyrus Dallin's great grand-nephew Chris Dallin, and Chris's wife Candice for being there to represent the Museum and Dallin's legacy as the sculptor of this iconic symbol of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read more about the history of the Angel Moroni statue and the Church's extensive Temple restoration plans here: https://www.deseret.com/faith/2024/04/02/angel-moroni-statue-returns-to-top-of-the-salt-lake-temple/

Photos courtesy of Deseret News

Great coverage by ACMi News on the rare Paul Revere No. 6 now on view at the Dallin Museum!
04/01/2024

Great coverage by ACMi News on the rare Paul Revere No. 6 now on view at the Dallin Museum!

We can't do this without your support! Visit https://www.patreon.com/ACMiDid you know that the statue of Paul Revere in the North End is considered by many a...

Happy  ! In honor of the show's 60th anniversary, here's a throwback from an episode in 2011 that featured an answer abo...
03/30/2024

Happy ! In honor of the show's 60th anniversary, here's a throwback from an episode in 2011 that featured an answer about Cyrus Dallin! After 13 years, perhaps it's time for another Dallin-related answer Jeopardy! 😉 Paul Revere is very much on our minds as Arlington gears up for Patriots Day Week 2024. Check out the exciting schedule of events here: https://www.visitarlingtonma.org/https-www-arlington-250_patriotsday_2024/.

The Paul Revere House Old North Church & Historic Site Arlington MA 250 Arts Arlington Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Big news! Now on view at the museum is Cyrus Dallin's sixth prototype for the Paul Revere Monument. Dallin created the s...
03/20/2024

Big news! Now on view at the museum is Cyrus Dallin's sixth prototype for the Paul Revere Monument. Dallin created the statue in 1930 to revive the monument project, which had been stalled since the unveiling of his fifth model in 1899. Paul Revere No. 6 was exhibited at the R.H. White department store on Washington Street in Boston. While the statue received national attention in the press, Boston officials made no effort to resurrect the project. Another 10 years would pass before Dallin's 7th and final model was cast and dedicated in Boston's North End.

The location of this rare presentation model was unknown for decades and was thought to be lost. For the first time ever Dallin's fifth and sixth models are available for side-by-side viewing! Visit us soon and let us know what you think about Dallin's subtle and not so subtle changes.

We are grateful to Stan Sacks for his generous long-term loan of this important piece of history.
The Paul Revere House Old North Church & Historic Site

Join us on Thursday, March 21, for an Arlington poet and artist meet and greet!  Meet Poet Laureate - Arlington, MA Jean...
03/19/2024

Join us on Thursday, March 21, for an Arlington poet and artist meet and greet! Meet Poet Laureate - Arlington, MA Jean Flanagan, and learn how you can get involved in an exciting new project that celebrates Arlington's history, natural spaces, people, architecture, and sculpture through poems and art.

Poets will team up with artists, photographers, musicians, and dancers to create new Arlington poems and new art for exhibits, performances, poetry readings, the Arlington 250, and other town-wide events. Ekphrastic poems inspired by the works of Cyrus Dallin or other points of inspiration in the town of Arlington are welcomed and encouraged.

For more info and to RSVP for this event, contact [email protected].

We had an awesome St. Patrick's Day visit with Girl Scouts from the Gibbs School! ☘️☘️
03/18/2024

We had an awesome St. Patrick's Day visit with Girl Scouts from the Gibbs School! ☘️☘️

The Dallin Museum’s online auction will be launching on May 9, and we are gratefully welcoming donations of pretty, fun,...
03/14/2024

The Dallin Museum’s online auction will be launching on May 9, and we are gratefully welcoming donations of pretty, fun, and useful things! Proceeds support our continued work to provide uplifting and meaningful experiences that reflect Cyrus Dallin's values as an artist, educator, and Indigenous rights advocate.

If you are able to contribute an item or service, please send us a DM, email [email protected], or fill out our online form at https://dallin.org/auction/. Thank you!

This exhibit is a must see!
03/11/2024

This exhibit is a must see!

In 1922, Cyrus Dallin was commissioned by philanthropist Mary Beecher Longyear to create a statue of the founder of Chri...
03/07/2024

In 1922, Cyrus Dallin was commissioned by philanthropist Mary Beecher Longyear to create a statue of the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. When Longyear saw Dallin's remarkable 7-foot finished clay model for the first time, she wrote, "It stood before us majestic, poised, conscious of the Truth of the Message she [Eddy] brought to the world."

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) was a groundbreaking teacher, author, and religious leader. In 1875, she published a volume on her ideas about spirituality and health entitled, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Four years later, she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, which now has branches around the world. Eddy also founded The Christian Science Monitor, a Pulitzer Prize winning international newspaper.

The statue was installed in 1966 on the grounds of the Longyear Museum's former location in Brookline, MA. It was accessible to the public for a relatively short time, likely due to Eddy's views about images of herself. "I regard self-identification as blasphemous...I refuse adulation," she wrote. Visit the Longyear Museum to learn more about Mary Baker Eddy and the history of Christian Science.

ACMi News recently joined us to hear about that time we helped recover Cyrus Dallin's Praying Knight statue for Cambridg...
03/04/2024

ACMi News recently joined us to hear about that time we helped recover Cyrus Dallin's Praying Knight statue for Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. 🥰

In 1929, Cyrus Dallin was commissioned to create a memorial to eleven students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin (then known as Cambridge High and Latin) who d...

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