Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape & Donna Castellanos: You're Surreal


3/24/2018 - 6/10/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm

$5 for adults ages 19-64


Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706


Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), a Chicago painter who created surreal and dream-like imagery, is the subject of Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape. Abercrombie developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained her paintings saying “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include over 40 of the artist’s enigmatic works of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.”

Elmhurst artist and educator Donna Castellanos created You’re Surreal, an interactive installation inspired by Gertrude Abercrombie’s art and life. Abercrombie’s contagious personality and extraordinary complexity provided the inspiration for Castellanos’ playful dialogue with the Abercrombie paintings on view in our galleries. Castellanos’s immersive installation is a surreal landscape and an interior domestic space.

Visitors are welcomed to enter, have a seat on the sofa, don a hat or crown, and become a character in an Abercrombie inspired environment. Picture taking and sharing are encouraged!