Fenimore Art Museum is now open for the 2019 season, and what a season we have in store for you! From illustrations of children’s book author Mo Willems, to Rock & Roll photographs, to our prized collection of letters between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, the Fenimore truly has something for everyone.
The season is highlighted by the exhibition Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in association with the Herb Ritts Foundation, featuring photographs of rock & roll icons including David Bowie, U2, Cher, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Madonna and many more. This exhibit is sure to wow both art and music lovers (on view April 2-September 2). Also combining the love of art and music, the Fenimore will present the exhibition Perfect Harmony: The Musical Art & Life of William Sidney Mount from May 25-September 8. Mount’s passion for both art and music will be featured in this exhibit which includes oil paintings, pencil drawings, musical instruments, and related objects.
In the Spring, from April 2-May 15, beloved children’s book characters Elephant Gerald and Piggie from the award-winning early reader series, Elephant & Piggie, are making a stop at the Fenimore to star in the exhibition Elephant & Piggie in We Are Art! This exhibition features a selection of author Mo Willems’s original illustrations from all 25 Elephant & Piggie books as well as a special area to sit and read some of your favorites.
In the Fall, the museum will highlight the photographs of photography pioneer Duane Michals in the exhibit Duane Michals: The Portraitist, the first comprehensive overview of portraits by one of the medium’s most influential artists (on view September 14-November 10).
Our Hamilton’s Final Act: Enemies and Allies exhibition continues for another year in 2019 in conjunction with a brand new publication from the Fenimore, Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr, authored by Douglas Ambrose, Ph.D. This fully-illustrated book focuses on the museum’s collection of thirty-five letters exchanged between Hamilton, Burr and their seconds leading up to their fatal duel on July 11, 1804. Ten of the most significant letters are presented in pictorial form for the first time, alongside their transcriptions. These ten letters are also on view in the 2019 Hamilton’s Final Act exhibition at the Fenimore and provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives and thought processes of Hamilton and Burr as they wrote a correspondence that would culminate in the death of one of America’s founding fathers.
In addition to exciting exhibitions, Fenimore Art Museum will also present many engaging, educating, and fun programs to accompany them. Our popular Food for Thought lecture series returns for another season. This season’s workshop offerings include painting classes, the art of papercutting, photography excursions, a create-your-own holiday card workshop, and much more. This year, the Fenimore will also be showing a series of films to correspond with our Herb Ritts and Duane Michals exhibitions. Please visit our calendar for a complete list of movies and times.
2019 will be an exciting year at Fenimore Art Museum and we can’t wait to see you here in Cooperstown!
The museum is open April 2 through December 31. Spring hours (April 2–May 6): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Summer hours (beginning May 7): open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Fall hours (beginning October 15–December 31): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas).
This exhibition season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
For more information on Fenimore Art Museum’s 2019 season, please visit our exhibition page.
For more information on upcoming programming, please visit our website calendar.
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