Fenimore Art Museum Announces 2011 Exhibition Season

Publication Date: 
January 2011

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (01/11/2011) — Building off the critically-acclaimed and popular success of the 2010 season, the Fenimore Art Museum announced today its exhibition schedule for 2011, reopening April 1st.  The Museum will feature several exhibitions themed around 20th century American art, along with two major showcases of classic Americana.  The 2011 season marks the first appearance of noted artists such as Jackson Pollock and Edward Hopper at the Museum.    

Featured Exhibitions include:   

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray
April 1 – September 5
“Endlessly fascinating” describes renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.  She is a 20th-Century Mona Lisa; her enigmatic face means something different to everyone.  While she was often the subject of her own paintings, another very talented artist captured her different attitudes, moods, and postures—her on-again, off-again ten-year lover Nickolas Muray.  Muray photographed Frida more often than any other person, noteworthy for a photographer who built his reputation on photographing portraits of celebrities and presidents.  The exhibition will feature 46 photographic prints of Frida and her work reproduced from the original negatives, taken between 1938 and 1948.  (Tour management by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri)   

Shadow Catcher: Edward Curtis Among the Kwakiutl
April 1 – December 31
Edward Curtis devoted over 20 years to photographing and documenting over 80 American Indian tribes.  After receiving a commission from financier J.P. Morgan, he produced a 20 volume series called The North American Indian, with each volume comprising 75 photogravures and 300 pages of text.  The exhibition features the complete Portfolio Number 10, entitled The Kwakiutl.  Paired with the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, which includes numerous Kwakiutl artworks, the exhibition allows visitors to see the masterpieces of the Thaw collection be brought to life in the ceremonies and lives of the Kwakiutl people.        

A Window Into Edward Hopper
May 28 – September 11
In an innovative collaborative program with The Glimmerglass Festival, the Museum is showcasing the work of Edward Hopper to coincide with the Festival’s presentation of Later the Same Evening, an opera based on Hopper’s paintings.

Edward Hopper, one of the most well-known 20th century artists, played a key role in bridging the gap between traditionalists and modernists.  His work is rooted in realism but his streamlined compositions capture the essence of modern American life.  The exhibition focuses solely on Hopper and the evolution of his work over a lifetime, giving visitors a deeper insight into the man, his process, and his art.  Approximately 45 pieces will be on display including watercolors, etchings, sketches, and oil paintings.  

Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute
May 28 – September 15
The exhibition showcases key works from every major artist from the first half of the 20th century and displays the radical and visual transformation of art in that period.  This dynamic exhibition features 35 masterpieces of modern art by such celebrated American artists as William de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.  

This traveling exhibition was organized by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York. The national tour sponsor for the exhibition is the MetLife Foundation. The Henry Luce Foundation provided funding for the conservation of artworks in the exhibition.

Unfolding Stories: Culture and Tradition in American Quilts
September 24 – December 31
Organized by renowned quilt scholar Jacqueline M. Atkins, the Fenimore Art Museum for the first time in over 10 years will display selections from its large collection of quilts. The exhibition will address themes of diversity, ethnicity and culture. Also included are the three award-winning quilts from the 2010 New York State of Mind Quilt Show.

Inspired Traditions: The Jane Katcher Collection of American Folk Art
October 1 – December 31
This is the first major showcasing of one of the most prominent private folk art collections in America.  The exhibition features portraits, sculpture, quilts, weathervanes, trade signs, furniture, baskets and Shaker objects dated from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century largely from New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.   The astonishing and enamoring stories behind each object illuminate our understanding of our American culture and heritage.    

Additional exhibitions include:

Highlights from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
April 1 – May 8 and October 1 – December 31

Art Buzz: The Fenimore Art Museum Blog
April 1 – December 31

Otsego Lake Landscapes
April 1 – December 31

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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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