John Singer Sargent and a Totem Pole – Together Only at the Fenimore Art Museum
The place to be this Memorial Day Weekend is the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown for the unveiling of their new thirty-foot totem pole and the opening of the John Singer Sargent exhibition
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (05.14.2010)— On Saturday, May 29, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. becomes a hub of family-friendly activity with two exciting events: the long-awaited unveiling of the Museum’s newest acquisition – a thirty-foot Haida totem pole as well as the opening of the John Singer Sargent exhibition.
The Museum opens its doors at 10:00 a.m. offering the first public glimpses of the new exhibition John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women. This major exhibition features 25 works by John Singer Sargent, the foremost American portrait painter of the late 19th-century.
At 1:00 pm, the Museum unveils the latest addition to the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art - a Haida Totem Pole carved by Reg Davidson, Haida artist and master carver. The 30’ tall, 4’ wide cedar carving will showcase the work of a contemporary Native artist to a large public audience. Renowned art collector Mr. Eugene V. Thaw commissioned the internationally acclaimed artist to create the contemporary totem pole for the Museum which was completed and delivered early this spring.
Schedule: (Related activities begin Wednesday, May 26th)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
10:30 a.m. Village Library of Cooperstown – Story Hour
7:30 p.m. FAM Auditorium - Otsego Institute lecture
Chuuchkamalthnii (Ron Hamilton) This is Mine: Nuu-Chah-Nulth Territory, Beliefs, and Material Culture
Saturday, May 29, 2010
10:00 a.m. Fenimore Art Museum opens for the day
11:30 a.m. Children’s Center – Story Hour
1:00 p.m. Official unveiling of the totem pole
1:30 p.m. Performance by the Rainbow Creek Dancers (Haida)
2:30 p.m. Totem Pole Talk by Steve Brown (associate curator of Native American art at the Seattle Art Museum) - Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium
Totem Pole Carving Styles of the NW Coast
Steven Clay Brown has been a student of NW Coast Native cultures since the mid-1960s. He has participated in numerous carving projects from totem poles to dugout canoes in Native communities in Alaska and Washington State. In 1986, he began a writing career that has flourished to include more than five major books in this field, a large number of chapters in other books as well as numerous articles and scholarly papers. Brown lives in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula with his wife Irma and their son Abaya.
5:00 p.m. Fenimore Art Museum closes to the general public.
7:00 p.m. Members Opening for John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women
The Fenimore Art Museum will have ongoing children’s’ activities such as totem pole pages to color in the Education Room throughout the day. Please check the Museum’s website (FenimoreArtMuseum.org) or inquire at the admissions desk for more information.
Food will be available for purchase.
About the totem pole
The totem pole will be permanently sited on the Museum’s park-like front lawn and will be accompanied by an interpretive panel to provide important details about the piece.
Totem poles have a long tradition among the Native American peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and may be one of the most widely recognized art forms from that region.
About Reg Davidson, Haida artist and totem pole carver
About John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women
John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women features well known subjects such as Sargent’s famous Capriote model Rosina Ferrara and perhaps his most famous (or infamous) subject of all, Virginie Avegno Gautreau, or Madame X, represented in the exhibition by two preparatory drawings for her 1883-4 portrait.
“John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women breaks new ground in several ways," commented Dr. Paul S. D'Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator at the Fenimore Art Museum and exhibition organizer. "It is the first museum exhibition devoted exclusively to Sargent’s portraits of women. It is the first exhibition to directly compare the varied attributes of the women Sargent portrayed and the visual strategies employed by the artist to communicate those characteristics. Lastly, paired with the Museum’s new exhibition Empire Waists, Bustles and Lace, the first exhibition of the Museum’s collection of historic costumes, the Sargent exhibition will be the first to allow visitors to see and experience broader historical context of women’s fashion."
A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition. A variety of public programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition.
About Fenimore Art Museum
Press Release Category:
Program and Event Press Releases
Press Release Contact:
For more information or images, please contact: