Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until Aug 5.


April 14 - August 5, 2018
Opening Reception: April 13, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Eldredge, Spratlen and Armstrong Galleries

Before Mickey Mouse, there was the Kewpie doll - a much beloved elf-child created by illustrator Rose O'Neill. The Kewpie was introduced to the world in December 1909, in a cartoon published in the Ladies' Home Journal. Their frolics and impish pursuits soon became so popular they moved off the page and into doll form, and beyond, eventually finding their way onto objects as disparate as fine china, ash trays and hood ornaments. Their subsequent popularity made O'Neill a millionaire.

The exhibition will trace O'Neill's work in all media and will feature 150 works from a number of public and private collections including the Springfield Art Museum, the Huntington Library and Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bonniebrook Home and Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. The exhibit will include illustrations, rarely seen paintings, drawings, archival documents, personal effects, and smaller sculpture. A fully illustrated catalogue will bring new research to the topic, featuring several guest essays. Curated by Sarah Buhr, Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museum.

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Dates Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until Aug 5.
Location Springfield Art Museum
Address 1111 E. Brookside Dr. - Springfield, MO 65807
Admission Free
Phone Number (417) 837-5700
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