Having learned the limits of our walking and viewing attention spans, after a full day of Model Railroad Expo, we explored a bit more of Springfield.
The street lights on Memorial Bridge still seemed to have illuminated celestial halos. They were very attractive.
It took us a while to find the Springfield Museums quad, even with the GPS. Springfield is the second largest city in Massachusetts after Boston. One of its founding family had a strong sense of community and civic pride and deeded a large parcel of land for cultural organizations: The Museum of Springfield History, an Art Museum, A Seuss memorial plaza and another building for special exhibits.
If you click on the image below and embiggen it, you can get a brief history of the museum. I'm glad I took this picture BEFORE I went in to look at the forgeries because it was all covered with snow by the time I came out.
Theodore Geisel was one of several well known artists who spent a long time in Springfield. Below is a bronze statue of The Lorax. Horton, the Who, the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two were nearby..
I don't remember which book the fanciful shrine/pagoda represented.
Each room had a theme. There were American Paintings, Impressionist Paintings, and so on. I wasn't famiiar with Dwight Tryon, but I liked his impression of an October Sunset.I couldn't decide whether the Lady or the Cat looked crabbier. The overall image struck me funny.
There was quite an impressive collection of relatively modern work. The room is apparently often used for lectures and demonstrations. Some of the artists were "old favorites" even if I wasn't familiar with these particular paintings, and others were new.
Seeing paintings is person is SO informative. Below is Helen Frankenthaler's "Cave." It was HUGE. Even if you see it in a giant coffee table book, it's not the same as having it fill your entire field of vision.