Evening Lecture Series Set to Begin at the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum

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COOPERSTOWN,N.Y., April 27, 2007— Fenimore Art Museum, in conjunction with its sister institution The Farmers’ Museum, is pleased to present a series of five evening lectures highlighting the 2007 exhibition season by scholars, critical commentators and authors, from May 5 through August 22. The lectures will be held from 7 to 9 pm in either Fenimore Art Museum or The Farmers’ Museum.

Saturday, May 5: Environmental Landscape Photography in the 1970s
Fenimore Art Museum

Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth’s Beauty, a nationally touring exhibition featuring over two-dozen dramatic black and white landscape photographs by renowned 20th century photographer Ansel Adams, will be on view through May 13 at Fenimore Art Museum. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum is pleased to bring Kim Sichel, Boston University Associate Professor of History of Photography and Modern Art, for an evening talk on the environmental legacy of Ansel Adams as represented in the work of later generations of western landscape chroniclers such as Robert Adams, Richard Misrach, Frank Gohlke and John Pfahl.

Sichel has been teaching at Boston University since 1987. A scholar of photographic history and European modernism, she served as Chair of the Art History Department from 2002-2005, as Director of Museum studies, and as Director of the Boston University Art Gallery from 1992 to 1998. A specialist in the history of photography, she is the author of Germaine Krull/Monte Carlo (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2006), and Evelyn Hofer (Steidl, 2004). She has also authored Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernity, 1999, published in English by MIT Press and in German by Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. This book was a finalist for the Kraszna-Kraus Foundation awards for best photographic history book of 1999, and won an award for best photography monograph for 1999 from the Maine Photographic Workshops. In addition, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, and exhibition catalogues in Europe and the United States.

Saturday, May 26: Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains
Fenimore Art Museum

Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains was guest curated by Joe D. Horse Capture, Associate Curator, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

In this presentation, Horse Capture will discuss this exhibition, which features more than 25 narrative artworks by Plains Indian artists chronicling 19th-century life and culture on the Great Plains. Drawn from Fenimore’s Thaw Collection and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, these artworks tell the stories of the Plains Indians and unravel some of the myths surrounding the Great Plains.

Saturday, June 9: Behind-the-Scenes with Frederic Remington
Fenimore Art Museum

Laura T. Foster, Curator of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, will talk on Fenimore’s principal season exhibition, Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, a stunning exhibition showcasing 20 original paintings and drawings, and four original sculptures by famed western painter and illustrator Frederic Remington (1861-1909). Culled from one of the finest Remington collections in the world, The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York, Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, showcases not only the breadth of the artist’s work, but also the extensive Remington holdings of the art museum. The lecture will include stories about Remington's artistic process, his life in New York State and his adventures in the west and beyond.

Laura Foster has been curator at the Frederic Remington Art Museum for nearly eighteen years. She has a BA in Art History from the College of Wooster.

Wednesday, July 18: New York City’s Volunteer Fire Department: Folk Art and Fires
Fenimore Art Museum

In this presentation, John Jay College Fire Science Professor Glenn Corbett takes us on a journey to 19th century New York City, exploring its flamboyant firemen and the famous fires that they fought. Corbett describes the firefighters’ elaborate equipment and highlights the landmark blazes that changed the landscape of Manhattan.

Glenn Corbett is an Assistant Professor of Fire Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as an Assistant Chief of the Waldwick Fire Department in New Jersey. He serves as Technical Editor of Fire Engineering, a 128-year-old fire service journal.

Wednesday, August 8 and 15: French and English Gardens—Part I & II
Fenimore Art Museum

The Fenimore Art Museum welcomes back Dr. Christopher Tadgell, internationally recognized historian on architecture and gardens, for a two-part lecture on French and English gardens. This two-part lecture will be held from 6 to 8 pm.

Dr. Tadgell is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Most of his career has been spent as Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the School of Architecture, Canterbury College, Kent Institute of Art and Design. He has lectured widely throughout Britain and the United States, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Princeton University, and Brown University, among others. In 1985 he was Morgan Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Since 1987 he has been a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

Wednesday, August 22: Ice Cream: Our Cool Obsession
The Farmers’ Museum

In conjunction with Ice Cream: Our Cool Obsession, The Farmers’ Museum’s major new exhibition on the history of ice cream, we are pleased to bring award-winning Canadian author Marilyn Powell, for a talk on her new book, Ice Cream: The Delicious History.  This lecture will be held at The Farmers’ Museum.

Ideal for ice cream connoisseurs, Powell’s new book weaves together food history and personal anecdotes to reveal the fact and fiction surrounding ice cream’s history, from ice harvesting and gelato to the origins of the sundae and the ice cream soda.

Powell is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and producer, and is best known for her work on CBC Radio's acclaimed documentary program Ideas. Among many other programs, she has hosted and produced a national weekly book hour for the CBC Radio’s Stereo Morning. She is a frequent contributor to the book pages of Toronto’s Globe and Mail. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in Saturday Night, The Canadian Forum, Arts Manitoba, and Books in Canada. Her short stories have been published in Toronto Short Stories (1978) and Aurora III (1980).

Powell has received numerous honors including two Gabriel Awards for Excellence and Creativity in Radio, two Armstrong Awards (from the U.S. National Radio Broadcasters’ Association), a national award for Best Radio Program of the Year, and a B’nai Brith League of Human Rights award for the radio series “Art and the Holocaust.”

About the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum
Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, two distinct institutions that together explore and present the diverse history, art, and culture of rural American life, are located across from each other on Lake Road, Route 80, in Cooperstown, NY. Admission to each museum is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include both museums and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. Fenimore Art Museum is open from April 1 through December 30; The Farmers’ Museum is open from April 1 through October 31, with special events throughout the year. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org and www.farmersmuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: cliggio@nysha.org

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