Have you ever wondered what stories a house could tell if the walls could talk?
Built more than 160 years ago, the Field House was once part of a row house, a get-away from the noise and smoke of the small metropolis of St. Louis. The embodiment of the past and present, the brick house is the centerpiece of a series of dynamic stories that include attorney Roswell Field, who became the advocate in Dred and Harriet Scott’s quest for freedom, poet Eugene Field, whose verses captivated boys and girls across the country, and school children, whose pennies helped saved the house from the wrecking ball.
Detachable collars and cuffs, a doll house, inkwells, historic toys, as well as bottles excavated from the sites are some of the objects that help tell stories of compassion, resilience, and generosity that catapulted this simple brick house into a historic landmark and now a museum.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but an illustration brings imagination to life. Sparking creativity and creating worlds of wonderment, the picture book brings substance to fiction, all while subtly teaching morals and life lessons to its readers. Illustrating the Words: The Artistry of the Picture Book showcases original illustrations of both classic and contemporary children’s books. Let your creativity come alive as you wander through over 40 pieces of artwork adoring the walls of the Field House Museum.
Illustrating the Words: The Artistry of the Picture Book contains artwork that is generously on loan from Mr. Ed Nickels and Mr. & Mrs. Donald Zork, along with pieces from the Field House Museum’s collection.
Not just bedcovers, quilts were made with careful consideration. Whether commemorating personal events, remembering friends, broadcasting social status, or displaying skill, quilts often provide details of a woman’s life that would otherwise have been lost to time. They act as important representations of the American spirit in art, worthy of recognition and regard. Motifs and practices shown throughout the history of fine art can be found in abundance in these carefully crafted textiles, as both a continuance of past styles and a precursor to artistic movements that would not be popularized for decades to come.
Threads of Society: American Quilts and the Stories They Tell showcases selections from the Field House Museum’s collection of quilts dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition explores the story of quilting in American society, with a focus on the recognition of quilts as historic and artistic materials.
Pop-In for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book
November 2017 – January 2018
Join us as we display a variety of fun and whimsical pop-up books from the golden era of pop-ups, generously loaned from the collections Marianne Gleich and from the collections of Mary Officer. Our newest exhibit Pop-In for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book will open in late October and continue through the holidays.
Children will enjoy the many brightly colored pop-up books designed to inspire imagination. Also on display will be various antique books, including some from the popular series Jolly Jump-Ups, which were first produced in the 1940s and 50s. The illustration and engineering of paper has come a long way since the early books for children, as will be exhibited by the books on display.
From the turn of the 20th century to the present day, visitors will be able to see the change in style and motion of paper. Pop-In for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book focuses on the artwork and mechanisms of movable books. On display will be works that are artistic and focus on aesthetics more than the storyline. One artist whose creations will be exhibited is Robert Sabuda. Sabuda’s works span from the colorful books for children to the complex artwork for adults, often absent of color. On display will be five different books illustrated by Sabuda, including some duplicates.
Along with children and adult books in the exhibit are examples which were produced in Europe. Visitors will be able to see many movable books, both old and new, that were published in French. Many of the books to be displayed are of stories that most have heard in their childhood including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and the Beast.
A special treat for visitors of all ages will be waiting for you in the library. To go along with Pop-in for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book will be a fun hands-on activity. After seeing the many pop-ups, you will be able to make your own pop-up card. Also available to explore is a touchable recreation of the mid-century French story blocks which will be on display as a special part of the exhibit.
Check back to see all of the great exhibits that we have coming in the future!