Fenimore Art Museum Opens For New Season on April 1

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Todd Kenyon, Marketing and Communications
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: pr@nysha.org

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—March 21, 2014—The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York re-opens Tuesday, April 1, offering visitors an opportunity to be the first to view six new exhibitions.

2014 Exhibition Schedule:

The Adirondack World of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait
April 1–September 1

Few painters are so closely associated with images of the Adirondacks as Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. His storytelling pictures of its wildlife, sportsmen, landscape, and rural community life resonated with 19th-century Americans seeking respite from the fast pace of urban living. See many examples of Tait’s original works that were subsequently reproduced as prints and marketed to a mass audience. His iconic paintings helped create and perpetuate the vision of the Adirondack wilderness as a sportsman’s paradise and his images helped define what is “Adirondack” about the Adirondacks. This exhibition has been organized by the Adirondack Museum.

A Moment Past: L.F. Tantillo Paints New York History
April 1–December 31

Len Tantillo brings the past to life through his remarkable historically accurate paintings. Much of his work celebrates maritime themes, focusing on little-known subject matter depicting the early history of New York State and the Hudson River. Taking pride in the small details, he meticulously researches his subjects to formulate what eventually comes to life on the canvas–creating an extremely realistic piece.

Widely collected, his work has appeared in national exhibitions, books, periodicals, and television documentaries in the U.S., England, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.

Madame Butterfly: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera
April 1–December 31

See a number of exotic costumes, sketches and photographs ranging from 1907 to the present day, representing highlights from several of the Metropolitan Opera’s many varied productions of Madame Butterfly.

Untamed Spirits and Wild Companions: Animals in American Indian Art
April 1–December 31

Native American artists celebrate animals as powerful companions on the journey through life. Explore some of the finest examples of animal imagery depicted in North American Indian art assembled from the world-renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The exhibition features clothing, adornments, and other objects.

Everyday Heroes: Ralph Fasanella’s Paintings of American Life
April 1–May 26

Fasanella’s folk art paintings portray the people and places he observed while growing up in New York City. These intricate and colorful paintings from the Fenimore’s collection range from portrayals of monumental events in our country’s history to detailed observations of America’s working class.

Lake & Village: Cooperstown’s People & Places
April 1–June 8
and again October 4–December 31

Photographs, prints, and paintings emit intriguing details of the people and places of Cooperstown. Venture into the village’s past and present with artists and photographers such as Milo Stewart, Michele Harvey, and iconic images from the extensive Smith and Telfer photographic collection.

Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life, from the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
June 6–August 24

Explore rarely seen works by famed landscape painter Winslow Homer, considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America. See over 23 original works including oil paintings and delicate watercolors collected by Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, New York, and the Beech-Nut Company. Now housed at The Arkell, this marks the first time this exceptional collection of Homer paintings will be displayed as a complete collection. The exhibition was organized by the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie.

Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan
June 21–September 21

Inspired by Glimmerglass Festival’s 2014 production of Madame Butterfly, this exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints highlights the changing world in which Butterfly lived. The collection features prints that represent “traditional” Japan, as well as those showing the influence of Western culture.

Dorothea Lange’s America
September 18–December 31

Lange’s empathetic images of migrant workers, suffering families, and tortured landscapes have seared the imagery of the Depression into America’s consciousness. Her most celebrated photographs of that era—"Migrant Mother," "White Angel Breadline," and "Migratory Cotton Picker"—have become icons in American cultural history.

Folk Art and American Modernism
September 18–December 31

This exhibition peers into the world of the first collectors of American folk art during the period of Modernism and explores the connection between the collectors and the pieces they collected. See how these insightful pioneers influenced the future of American art purely by the items they gathered and revered.

Spring hours: 10:00a.m.–4:00p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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Exhibition Press Releases
Publication Date: 
March 2014