“Fan-Tastic: A Collection of Hand Fans from Around the World”, is the title of a new exhibition presented at the Donald B. Palmer Museum at the Springfield Free Public Library.
Curated by Alexsandra Gizzi, an alumnus of the Graduate Program in the Museum Professions at Seton Hall University, the exhibit features 26 items that have been selected from the Palmer Museum’s collection of over 70 hand fans and Folding frames of intricate design and chosen either for their beauty or for their novelty.
One of the fans chosen for its beauty is the largest in the collection, a fan from Japan with a colorful rendering of Mount Fuji. Other fans in this category include those constructed from painted silk, intricately carved bone, feathers, or metal inlays.
Fans chosen for their novelty include one that was used as an advertisement for the New York Zoological Park (later known as the Bronx Zoo), along with a full map and legend for the park. Other unusual fans include a collection of three black mourning fans, used for this period when female family members were in the deepest stages of mourning.
This exhibition will be on display until December 31 and admission is free.
The Donald B. Palmer Museum is located inside the Springfield Free Public Library at 66 Mountain Avenue. The museum is currently open according to the library’s summer hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 7:45 pm; Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Alongside this exhibition, the library will also offer a virtual program, “The Language of the Fans”, which will be presented by Gizzi via Zoom from 7 pm to 8 pm on Monday September 27th. Gizzi will show off the various ways folding fans have been used in the past to facilitate wordless communication, offering it up for flirting purposes. Participants in this program will be encouraged to have their own fans with them so that they can practice these gestures during the program. This Zoom program is free and open to the public. To attend the program, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85224859437?pwd=NnEyTWxzVCt1VmV1T3RHdjlwcEtmQT09
To access this program by dialing, call 646-876-9923 and when prompted to enter the meeting ID, press 852 2485 9437, then type 471 703 when prompted to enter the meeting code. meeting access.
This exhibition and the associated program are made possible in part by a HEART 2021 grant (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) from the Council of Union County Commissioners. For more information on the Donald B. Palmer Museum and the Springfield Free Public Library, visit www.sfplnj.org.