Sculpture conference to discuss women suffragettes
Residents are invited to discover the stories of suffragettes sculpted by artist Cyrus Dallin from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 27.
This virtual presentation, moderated by Sarah Burks, Co-Chair of the Dallin Museum’s Board of Trustees, describes Dallin’s sculptures of women as influential as Julia Ward Howe, Anne Hutchinson and Zitkala-Sa. Throughout his career, Dallin has championed the rights of Indigenous peoples and his commitment to social justice has extended into the lives of all Americans.
Julia ward howe
Author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, Dallin created the plaster bust of Howe in 1915. The New England Women’s Club asked Dallin to produce a bas-relief of Howe, and the artist then created the statue now exhibited at the Dallin Museum. This sculpture was then presented to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is currently part of their “Art of the Americas” collection.
Howe (1819-1910) wrote the Republic Battle Anthem during the Civil War, as a pro-Union anti-slavery anthem. The song survived the Civil War era and later became a staple of patriotic programming across the country. Dr. Martin Luther King’s final public address ended with Howe’s famous words: “My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
Howe was also a women’s suffrage advocate and author. In 1870, she wrote her “Call for Femininity Around the World”, later known as the “Mother’s Day Proclamation”.
Dallin created his bronze statue of Anne Hutchinson in 1915. Anne looks skyward with her left hand clasped over her heart and her right arm holding her child Susanna close to her, protected by her cloak. The statue is currently located on the South Lawn of the Massachusetts State House.
Hutchinson (1591-1643) was a Puritan spiritual advisor and religious reformer. She claimed that she was a prophetess, receiving direct revelation from God. Hutchinson’s strong religious views were at odds with Boston’s established Puritan clergy, and his popularity and charisma helped create a theological schism that threatened to destroy the Puritan religious community in New England. She was eventually tried and convicted, then banished from the colony along with many of her supporters.
Dallin, best known for his depictions of Native Americans, created a model of Zitkala-Sa (“Red Bird”) in the early 1920s. Dallin probably met Zitkala-Sa (1876-1938) when she worked on the Uintah-Ouray reservation in Utah.
Zitkala-Sa has worked tirelessly for the full right of citizenship of indigenous peoples. She also campaigned against harmful assimilationist policies and advocated for better access to education and health care. She has written several books chronicling her struggles with cultural identity and the pull between the majority culture in which she was educated and the Dakota culture in which she was born and raised.
To register for this program:
1. Go to http://dallin.org.
2. Under “Programs and Events” you will see information about this program.
3. Click on “here!” ” record.
4. To obtain your tickets, click on “Tickets” (green box).
The suggested donation is $ 5 per person. A Zoom link to the program will be sent to your email address once your registration is complete.