The Connection of Folk Art and Modernism Is the Focus of Symposium

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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:

Annual Cooperstown Americana Symposium

September 27, 2014, from 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Fenimore Art Museum

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (08/27/2014) — Join scholars and experts in an exploration of the world of Americana. On September 27, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, hosts its annual Americana Symposium. This year’s theme is "Folk Art and American Modernism."

The symposium brings together leading scholars and experts on American history, art, and culture. This year's presentations include "The Ogunquit Modernists Discover American Folk Art" by Elizabeth Stillinger and "Forks in the Road: Continuing Narratives of Self-taught Art in America" by Stacy Hollander.

Presentations focused on individual collectors of folk art include "Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Holger Cahill and Dorothy Miller, and Edith Halpert" by Wendy Jeffers; "Elie Nadelman, Modernist Sculptor and, with His Wife, Viola, Collector of American and European Folk Art" by Cynthia Nadelman, and "Jean and Howard Lipman, Collectors of American Folk Art and Patrons of Contemporary Artists" by Ruth Wolfe.

Symposium attendees have the opportunity to explore the exhibition Folk Art and American Modernism.

The public is invited to the symposium. Registration is $65 for members of the New York State Historical Association, $75 for non-members. For a complete schedule and to register online, visit or call 607-547-1461.

The Annual Cooperstown Americana Symposium is held September 27, 2014, from 9:00 am-5:30 pm at the Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Hwy 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.


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Publication Date: 
August 2014