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 Several sculptures created by Don Glummer now grace Pynchon Plaza, and many more will soon be on display at the Quadrangle.
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Quadrangle Expects a KBounce-back Year
ay Simpson calls it “a sculpture takeover.”
That’s how she chose to describe a new exhibit, featuring
New York City-based artist Don Glummer, that will take place within the galleries of the Springfield Museums, outside on its grounds, and also within the recently renovated Pynchon Plaza.
“He’ll have three works on display in Yertle the Turtle Garden; another four, and these are large sculptures, on the Quadrangle green; one near the Blake House; an exhibition in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts; and several more in Pynchon Plaza,” said Simpson, president and CEO of the Springfield Museums as she referenced “Constructing Poetry: Sculptural Work by Don Glummer,” which will be on display from May 1 to Sept. 12, with many pieces in place already.
She described the works with a number of adjectives, including ver- tical, dynamic, and soaring, the last of which is one she hopes to also use in conjunction with the Quadrangle itself later this year.
Indeed, the Glummer exhibit will be one of the cornerstones of what will certainly be a very important year for the Museums, which, like all cultural and tourism-related attractions, took a huge financial hit due to COVID-19, with Simpson projecting that revenues for the fiscal year that will end June 30 will be off by roughly 50% from the year prior.
Other upcoming exhibits include:
• “Wild Kratts: Creature Power!” opening May 29, an immersive, interactive exhibit where kids explore four animal habitats and the creatures within them, building STEM skills as they play;
• “Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville,” from June 19 to Nov. 28 in the Wood Museum of Springfield History; and
• “Ai Weiwei: Tradition and Dissent,” an exhibit featuring selections from three decades of work created by the internationally renowned artist and social activist. It will run from July 17 through Jan. 2, 2022.
Simpson is expecting these and other exhibits and programs, com- bined with large amounts of pent-up demand for culture — and simply getting out — to inspire a huge bounce-back year for the Quadrangle.
This optimism is fueled by the country’s aggressive vaccination efforts and statistics at her disposal from the Greater Springfield Con- vention & Visitors Bureau noting that 84% of Americans have travel plans for the next six months — the highest number since the start of the pandemic — and a good number of them will be focusing on day trips, which is what Springfield’s Quadrangle, a five-museum gem, spe- cializes in.
“We attract people from all across the country and also internation- al travelers coming to our museums,” she said, “but the biggest per- centage of travelers are coming from the New England region.”
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