2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize presented at NYSHA Annual Meeting

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Cooperstown, NY - The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs and The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson were selected as the winners of the 2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts. The awards were presented at the New York State Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in Cooperstown, on July 16, 2009.

The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs catalogue was written by Joseph Cunningham, curator of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, with a forward by Bruce Barnes and an introduction by Sarah Feyen. Three institutions - the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, Chipstone Foundation, and Milwaukee Museum of Art - worked together to organize the exhibition on Charles Rohlfs’ furniture.

Joseph Cunningham goes into a detailed analysis of Rohlfs’ masterpieces ranging from well-known works to lesser-known objects found in private collections. This book explores Rohlfs’ inspirations as well as his influence on other designers of the twentieth century. Beautifully designed and illustrated, the book also contains a multitude of Rohlfs’ unpublished period illustrations that reflect a mélange of styles such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and proto-modernism.

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend exposes all phases of Nevelson’s work from the 1940s to the late 1980s. Brooke Kamin Rapaport edited The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson, a catalogue comprised of a myriad of essays by Rapaport, Arthur C. Danto, Harriet F. Senie, and Michael Stanislawski. These essays range from detailed analysis of her works to reflections on her personal life, as well as personal thoughts from Nevelson on her own work. This Ukrainian immigrant used her feelings as an “outsider”, allowing her to embrace her artistic talent and introduce a new style into the realm of art. The accompanying exhibit is composed of over 70 works that demonstrate her tendency to use various media and the role of monochromatic color.

These exhibition catalogues present unique insights into the mind, life and works of each artist. Each artist brought an idiosyncratic measure to the world of art and are excellent choices for the 2009 Moe Prize.

Photo Caption 1: Joseph Cunningham,  curator for the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation and a winner of the 2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts poses with Paul D’Ambrosio, Vice president and Chief Curator for the New York State Historical Association, at NYSHA’s Annual Meeting on July 16th.

Photo Caption 2: Joseph Cunningham, curator for the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation and a winner of the 2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts speaks to the crowd after accepting his award at NYSHA’s Annual Meeting on July 16th.

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About the New York State Historical Association

The New York State Historical Association is committed to engaging and connecting a broad public audience to New York State’s unique cultural heritage through exhibitions, extensive library collections, statewide educational programs, and publications that provoke, delight, and inspire. Founded in 1899, NYSHA is a private, non-profit, membership-based, educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting, and interpreting art and historical artifacts significant to New York State’s rich history and American culture. The Association’s remarkable collections, showcased in the Fenimore Art Museum, comprise some of the best examples of American landscape, history, and genre paintings including seminal works by Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount and Benjamin West; the renown Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures; and one of the nation’s most comprehensive and significant folk art collections. NYSHA’s Research Library holdings include over 90,000 volumes on American, New York State, and local history. For more information on the Association, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Research Library, or Membership, please call (607) 547-1400 or visit www.nysha.org. The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326

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The Farmers’ Museum
P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326
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