All the Creatures Were Stirring, Even the Mouse! Thomas Nast’s Furry Christmas (December 4, 2019-January 12, 2020)
Thomas Nast (1840-1902) illustrated the figure of Santa Claus and Christmas images throughout his career. Nast was inspired by the famous poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas, popularly known as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. Nast included many elements from Moore’s poem in his illustrations. Through a selection of the artist’s work, this exhibition explores how Nast developed the image of Santa Claus as a jolly, round-bellied, white-bearded, gnome-like figure that immediately captured the imagination of both children and adults throughout the United States when first published and that continue to delight audiences to this day.
Columbia: Thomas Nast Illustrates the Moral Conscience of the United States (February-July, 2020)
Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is credited with popularizing the image of Columbia, the allegorical female embodiment of the United States and the Moral Conscience of the nation. Nast portrayed Columbia as a strong female symbol of the United States. While artists often depicted Columbia’s male counterpart with flaws of the everyman, Columbia was always illustrated as a strong protector of the country. This exhibition explores Nast’s images of Columbia as the champion of American ideals through a selection of original engravings.
Living, Learning, Working, Serving: The Woman of Macculloch Hall (February-August 2020)
This exhibition, planned in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, explores the Macculloch family women and the enslaved women and female servants who lived and worked at Macculloch Hall for five generations. Explore the lives and works of Louisa (1785-1863), her daughter, Mary Louisa (1804-1888), Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942), and Dolly Miller Post (1878-1947) and the work of the women who served them through the rich history preserved at MHHM.