Here I Come to Save the Day! The Science, Culture & Art of Superheroes
February 3 – July 17, 2017, in the Maslow Galleries
This multi-disciplinary exhibition explores the animal powers of comic book superheroes and supervillains. Highlighting the Museum’s natural science collection, the show will incorporate contemporary art pieces and historical artifacts to illustrate how these characters influenced American history and global popular culture as well as how they have been used to interpret contemporary social issues.
Participating lenders include Joel Bangilan, Comics on the Green, David Romeo, Jr., Andrei Constantinescu, Jean and Steve Kammer, Seamus McCune, Amy Pascale, Mark Schultz, Steamtown Blueprint & Copy Center, Cori Williamson.
Some Enchanted Land: The paintings of John Willard Raught
April 22, 2016-March 27, 2017 in Galleries 12 & 13
The Everhart Museum has the largest public collection of artworks by John Willard Raught, the first recognized regional landscape artist from Northeastern Pennsylvania. In commemoration of Scranton’s 150th, the Everhart Museum opened a special exhibition of paintings, including new acquisitions and artworks from local collectors. Born in Dunmore on September 9, 1857, and trained in New York and Paris, Raught grew up surrounded by the contradictory landscapes of the burgeoning coal industry and the pastoral agricultural communities of the region. Raught applied his skill of painting en Plein air (outdoors) to pleasant rural settings around Scranton as well as painting portraits of prominent citizens and businessmen. Raught witnessed many developments in the region throughout his lifetime. Rural landscapes often changed to accommodate the coal mining industry which had its zenith in the earliest part of the 20th century. His artworks embody the masterful, light-infused compositions of the Impressionists, as well as the simple and industrial dichotomy of the landscape of anthracite coal country.
Underwriting for this exhibition was provided by the Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust. Lenders include: Anthracite Museum, Lackawanna Historical Society, Ruth and the late Patrick Gerrity, Dr. Timothy and Dorota Kearney, Bernard McGurl and Maria Santomauro, and two private collections. The Lackawanna Historical Society has shared an LHS Journal article about Raught’s coal breaker paintings here.