Programs & Events
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7 pm (EST)
Virtual Unveiling: Mrs. Hall’s Letter and Cyrus Dallin Self Portrait
Fans of Cyrus Dallin’s sculptural work may be surprised to learn that he was also an accomplished painter. Experience the unveiling of not one, but two, recently acquired and restored paintings by the artist. Dallin Museum Director/Curator Heather Leavell will discuss the fascinating history behind a rare 1884 oil portrait of Susan Frothingham Hall, in whose Charlestown, MA home Dallin lived during a crucial period of his early career. She will also share insights on Dallin’s 1915 self-portrait (the only two-dimensional likeness by the artist known to exist) and details of the painting restoration process. Hear from some key supporters who made these acquisitions possible, including Jacqueline Dennis of Columbia, CA, who is a great grandniece of Cyrus Dallin, and Andrew and Irene Jay of Charlestown, MA.
The Dallin Museum is grateful to the Arlington Cultural Council and Dallin family for funds to support the restoration of Cyrus Dallin’s self-portrait.
This event is free but donations are welcome. Register here!
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The Arlington Cultural Council is a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Past Program Videos
Sculpture in Service of Social Justice: Cyrus Dallin’s Tributes to this Land’s Indigenous Peoples
Aired February 16, 2021
Heather Leavell, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Director and Curator, explores the history of Cyrus Dallin’s Menotomy Hunter, Massasoit Ousamequin, and Appeal to the Great Spirit in the context of the sculptor’s work as an Indigenous rights activist and educator. Learn how Dallin employed his position as an internationally acclaimed sculptor to advance Indigenous rights through humanizing portrayals of Indigenous peoples, extensive public education, and efforts to reform harmful federal vanishing policies. Leavell discusses Dallin’s close, collaborative relationships with Indigenous leaders and non-Native activists, and the positive impacts of their work together. She also shares what allies today might learn from Dallin’s example.
NewTV’s Museum Open House – Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Aired October 26, 2020
The Dallin Museum was recently featured on Museum Open House, a show produced by NewTV (Newton, MA) that highlights outstanding museums and cultural organizations throughout the region. This episode features a behind-the-scenes tour spotlighting significant works in the collection, a brief illustrated history of Cyrus Dallin, and a discussion about the Museum’s founding and current activities.
Virtual Unveiling of Auvers-sur-Oise
Aired: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Experience the unveiling of a newly acquired and restored Cyrus Dallin painting from the comfort of your own home! The c. 1890 oil on canvas entitled Village Road, Auvers-sur-Oise, was given to the Museum as a long-term loan by Cyrus Dallin’s great granddaughter Patricia McCabe. Our virtual unveiling will feature an interview with Patricia, who will share some special family memories and anecdotes. Director Heather Leavell will discuss the restoration process, and Board Director Geri Tremblay will explore the reasons why such a celebrated sculptor would also love to paint.
We are grateful to Arlington Community Media, Inc. for assisting us in producing this program and to the Arlington Cultural Council for funds to support the restoration of Auvers-sur-Oise. The ACC is a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Menotomy Hunter and Native American Images: Virtual Forum and Discussion
Aired: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Against the backdrop of the national dialogue over Native American sports mascots, community members in Arlington have been questioning the appropriateness of using Cyrus Dallin’s Menotomy Hunter as a logo or mascot for town entities. This virtual forum will explore the history of the Hunter statue and associated imagery and center Indigenous perspectives on the appropriation of Native American imagery by non-Native groups. Organized by the Arlington Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Dallin Museum and Arlington Public Schools.
Faries Gray, Sagamore of the Massachusett Tribe of Ponkapoag
Danielle Kost, Resident and Algonquin tribe member
Kimberly Kost Okitsu, Resident and Algonquin tribe member
Heather Leavell, Director & Curator of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Dr. Matthew Janger, AHS principal
Louisa Baldwin, AHS student