Lunch and Lecture Series Provides Generous Helpings of Food For Thought

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New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—February 21, 2014—Interesting, knowledgeable speakers and new exhibitions draw visitors to the lunch-and-lecture series at the Fenimore Art Museum. Ample opportunity to explore the new exhibitions is paired with a generous, delicious luncheon with like-minded art lovers.

All Food for Thought programs are held on Wednesday from 12:30–2:30 p.m. at the Fenimore Art Museum. The museum offers two price discounts: members of the New York State Historical Association receive $3.00 off; register for three or more Food for Thought programs at once and receive $2.00 off. 

Food for Thought Schedule:

April 9: The Adirondack World of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

Tait’s pictures of wildlife, sportsmen, landscape, and rural community life resonated with 19th-century Americans seeking respite from the fast pace of urban living. Join guest curator Caroline M. Welsh, art historian and director emerita of the Adirondack Museum, on a tour of this exhibition of iconic paintings.

April 23: Behind the Scenes: Exhibition Development

Step behind the scenes with Chris Rossi, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, for an intriguing look at how the museum’s exhibitions are conceived, planned, and executed.

May 14: Everyday Heroes: Ralph Fasanella’s Paintings of American Life

Fasanella’s paintings have been widely celebrated as important documents of 20th-century working-class life. View them with the insights of Fasanella’s leading authority, Paul D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and CEO.

May 28: Untamed Spirits and Wild Companions: Animals in Native American Art

Appreciate how Native American artists celebrate animals as powerful companions on the journey through life. Join Eva Fognell on an exceptional tour of this exhibition of clothing, adornments, and other objects from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

June 11: Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life, from the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Explore this exhibition of rarely seen works with Paul D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and CEO. Winslow Homer is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America. This marks the first time this exceptional collection of Homer oil paintings and delicate watercolors is displayed as a complete collection.

June 18: Madame Butterfly: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera

Share your love of the opera with Chris Rossi, Associate Curator of Exhibitions. She guides this tour and discussion of exotic costumes, sketches and photographs ranging from 1907 to the present day, representing highlights from several of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Madame Butterfly.

July 16: Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan

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. Guest curator Dr. Jacqueline Atkins has written and lectured extensively on Japanese early modern textiles and kimono, and Japanese prints.

Lunch and lecture fee: $22 for NYSHA members, $25 non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please call (607) 547-1461.

Register for three or more Food for Thought programs at once and receive a discounted price of $20 for NYSHA members or $23 non-members per program. Please call (607) 547-1461 if you have questions regarding pricing or cancellation policy.

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February 2014