Robert Middaugh - Machines Inherit the Earth

12/5/2017 - 2/11/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm

Admission: $5: Adults ages 19-64

The Illinois State Museum opened three new exhibitions featuring the work of Chicago artist Robert Middaugh – "Robert Middaugh: Machines Inherit the Earth" – along with works by a host of other artists, including many works from the Illinois State Museum Illinois Legacy Collection.

The exhibitions highlight the career of Robert Middaugh (1935-2011), whose paintings and assemblages present strange, fantastic structures and machines inhabiting a mysterious, deserted world. Middaugh's work pulls together Surrealism, Magical Realism, and Precisionism, along with a palette of broad, flat color and precisely rendered images.

In addition to "Robert Middaugh: Machines Inherit the Earth" are two exhibitions complementing Middaugh's work. "Bricks and Metaphor: Architecture as Poetic Space" and "Confluence: Friends and Contemporaries of Robert Middaugh"

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  • Starting Friday, January 5th, 2018, repeated every day until Sunday, February 11, 2018 — all day


Illinois State Museum

502 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL

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