Cyrus Dallin, Sculpture in Service of Social Justice (virtual)

Did you know that Cyrus Dallin, sculptor of the Francis B. Hornbrook statue which is part of the Newton Free Library’s Permanent Collection of Art, was also an educator, activist and agent of change?

Join Heather Leavell, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum director and curator, for a program that will cover the history of three local Dallin works:

Menotomy Hunter (Arlington)
Massasoit Ousamequin (Plymouth)
Appeal to the Great Spirit (in front of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

She will illustrate how Dallin employed his position as an internationally acclaimed sculptor to fight for Indigenous rights through humanizing portrayals of Indigenous peoples, extensive public education, and efforts to reform harmful federal vanishing policies. Learn about Dallin’s close, collaborative relationships with Indigenous leaders and non-Native activists, and the positive impacts of their work together. Leavell will also discuss what allies today might learn from Dallin’s example. This program is cosponsored by Historic Newton, Newton Art Association and the Newton Human Rights Commission.

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Produced by | February 19, 2021 |