October 25, 2016
Installation in Hallway on Main Level
The star attraction is an abstract painting by two of New Bedford’s most beloved residents: Asian elephants Ruth and Emily from the Buttonwood Park Zoo. The 24” x 24” painting in bold primary colors is part of Timeless Toys, a special exhibition for children featuring antique and vintage toys, Punch and Judy puppets, books, comic books, games, and circus memorabilia.
Ruth and Emily’s colorful painting is a good fit for the exhibition, according to Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Christina Connett, Ph.D. “We wanted to design an exhibit that children of all ages would enjoy as they make their way to the Casa dos Botes Discovery Center, our new family interactive zone. We had heard of the elephants’ work and thought it would be great fun to include, so we approached the Buttonwood Park Zoo. They were gracious enough to arrange a specially commissioned painting to be donated to the Museum.”
Connett said that the objects on display were selected with children in mind, “but so far, adults stop as often as kids do to comment on the items in the cases. We keep hearing, ‘I used to have one of those!’”
The Museum plans to keep Timeless Toys fresh for visitors by rotating objects on display every few months, drawing on the Museum/Old Dartmouth Historical Society’s extensive collection of toys, games, books, comic books and childhood memorabilia.
Above left: Moby Dick #05, Gilberton Publications Classic Comics, 1942. Above center: Jonah and the Whale toy bank by Charles and Walter T. Shepard, 1890. Above right: Puppet of Judy from Punch and Judy collection c. 1900.
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