COOPERSTOWN, NY, July 3, 2007—Food for Thought, the popular lunch-and-lecture series of The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum, features a new schedule of programs for the months of July and August. All programs are held on Wednesday beginning at noon at the Fenimore Art Museum or The Farmers’ Museum.
Food for Thought: Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains
Join Eva Fognell, Collections Manager for the Thaw Collection, for a tour of Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains, an exhibition of more than 25 narrative artworks by Plains Indian artists chronicling 19th-century life and culture on the Great Plains. Drawn from the 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.
Food for Thought: Ice Cream: Our Cool Obsession
Explore The Farmers’ Museum’s major exhibition, Ice Cream: Our Cool Obsession, with Guest Curator Suzan D. Friedlander. See historical artifacts, including Ben and Jerry’s original freezer, contemporary and historical photography and much more as you journey through ice cream’s rich history. This program will begin with lunch in the Louis C. Jones Center at noon.
Food for Thought: A Glimpse into the Life and Art of Folk Artist Mary Michael Shelley
Delve into the life and art of contemporary American folk artist Mary Michael Shelley, whose work is in the permanent collections of the Fenimore Art Museum, the American Museum of Folk Art (New York, NY), the High Museum (Atlanta, GA), the American Museum in Bath, England, and The Museum of Women and the Arts (Washington, DC). Shelley herself will lead this lecture as well as a carving demonstration.
The History of Hops
Wayne Coursen, Farm Interpreter at The Farmers’ Museum, will talk on hops, one of the most valuable crops in central New York between 1840 and 1900. Coursen will also take participants on a tour of The Farmers’ Museum’s Pope Hop House, where hops are dried and stored, and the hop yard, where visitors will be able to see hops growing on long poles. This program will begin at noon at The Farmers’ Museum’s Bump Tavern.
Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum
August 15 & 22
Fenimore’s principal season exhibition, Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, features 22 original paintings and drawings and four original Remington sculptures, drawn from the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY. Paul D’Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator, will lead a tour of this exhibition highlighting the breadth of Remington’s works as well as the holdings of the Frederic Remington Art Museum.
Participants in Food For Thought meet at the Fenimore Art Museum or The Farmers’ Museum at noon for a delicious buffet lunch. Pre-registration and cancellations are required by the Friday prior to the program. Cancellations not made by the Friday preceding the program will be charged in full. Cost for the lunch and lecture is $20.00 for the general public and $15.00 for members of the New York State Historical Association. The program lasts for about an hour and one half to two hours. Call (607) 547-1461 for reservations.
The 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. The 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.
For more information or images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
The Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: email@example.com