People spend approximately one third of their lives in bed, a simple fact reflected in the rich variety of household objects related to sleep. What goes on behind the closed doors of the bedroom raises interesting questions of privacy, comfort, intimacy, and fashion that can be examined through objects as varied as bedsteads and coverlets, nightclothes and cradles, tin tubs and mahogany high chests.
Drawing upon the expertise of Consulting Curators Jane and Richard Nylander and their groundbreaking research to explore the material culture of sleeping, as well as the Concord Museum’s exceptional collection and loans from several New England institutions, this unusual exhibition will uncover the complex role sleep has played in everyday life throughout American history.
In association with Behind Closed Doors: Asleep in New England, the Concord Museum will be mounting an exhibition of original children’s book illustrations related to sleep, nighttime, going to bed, dreams, and lullabies. The exhibition of the art of approximately 20 illustrators, entitled Good Night, Sleep Tight: Art from Children’s Literature, will be on view from October 10, 2014 through March 22, 2015. The work of Tomie dePaola, Salley Mavor, Melissa Sweet, Ilse Plume, Pamela Zagarenski, Beth Krommes, and Peter Reynolds, among others, will be exhibited. Also included in the exhibition is a Frank Thayer Merrill illustration from the Roberts Brothers 1880 edition of Little Women.
Baseball, the great American pastime, has inspired America’s artists to create works of art in many forms. The Concord Museum’s exhibition, The Art of Baseball, will be drawn from a private collection of extraordinary art – paintings, sculpture, prints, fabric, and memorabilia - that viewed collectively are an outstanding artistic example of how baseball and our culture are woven together.
This collection, assembled as a team effort over forty years of diligent searching, is in every instance about the spirit of the game itself. These two- and three-dimensional works summon up the essence of baseball: the irreducible elements that every baseball game, player, and fan share and that together serve as the definition of the game.
Programming for the exhibition will include a Vintage Base Ball game played by the rules and customs of the 19th century, as well as demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on family activities.
Stimulated by thinking at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Modernism shaped the landscape of Cambridge and Boston's western suburbs from the 1930s to the 1960s and beyond. Architects such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Henry Hoover experimented with modern design, new materials, and innovative technology, creating buildings that fluidly interacted with outdoor space and took advantage of scenic views in the former farmlands of Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington.
The Concord Museum’s innovative exhibition, Middlesex County Modernism, will explore the development of Modernist architecture in this region and its impact on design ideas, the community, and the environment. The exhibition will include models, architectural drawings, photographs, buildings materials, furnishings, and other materials. A rich menu of public programs, open houses, driving tours, and interactive experiences, designed for audiences of all ages, will accompany the exhibition.