April 1 - December 31, 2017

Dick Button is widely considered one of the premier male figure skaters. He dominated the world of figure skating for a seven-year period, winning two Olympic gold medals (1948 and 1952), five consecutive World Championships, seven U.S. National titles and North American and European Championships. Button has since had a long and illustrious broadcasting career from 1960-2010, becoming the first winner of an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Analyst” and too many Halls of Fame to count. In December, 2015 he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame as the first honoree of the “Sports Analyst” category.  His legacy of the sport extends beyond competition, performance, analysis and production into building a diverse and distinguished collection of paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, costumes, and folk art that honors the long history, evolving artistry, and cultural impact of skating.

This diverse collection of ice skating art ranges from 17th-century Dutch paintings to 20th-century sculpture and showcases the full range of media in which ice skating has appeared. The pieces shed light on the pervasiveness of the sport in everyday life across various cultures and time periods. In addition to fine art, visitors will see costumes, photographs, advertising art, antique skates, and much more. With its wide range of art forms, links to history, and connections to American culture, this family-friendly exhibit appeals to all—including skating enthusiasts who will find it quite gratifying.
 

RELATED EVENTS

Dick Button on "The Eye of the Beholder"
Saturday, May 13 • 2:00 p.m.

Dick Button offers a fascinating lecture on gardening, figure skating, and why we do what we do.  Button is, of course, an Olympic figure skating champion, but he is also an avid gardener. Here he considers the two art forms, exploring questions about the things we do, how we do them, and ways we invite others to view and participate.  A wonderful event to attend with your mother or loved one to celebrate Mother's Day weekend! Find tickets here.

 

Fenimore on Ice
Saturday, July 15 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Dick Button makes appearances at the museum throughout the season including our summer event Fenimore on Ice, a special retrospective/symposium focusing on figure skating over the last century. It includes a guided discussion with panelists JoJo Starbuck, Dorothy Hamill, and Dick Button. The symposium is moderated by Douglas Webster, Artistic Director of Ice Dance International, and includes screen clips from past Olympics, highlighting performances by the panelists, and an audience Q&A.  There is also a Tableaux Vivant public performance before the symposium (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) featuring members of Ice Dance International skating on glice—a warm-weather alternative to ice. Find tickets here.

 

 

 

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The exhibition is sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation, The Tianaderrah Foundation, Fenimore Asset Management and NYCM Insurance. Support also provided by a Market NY grant through I LOVE NY/NewYork State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.

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MORE THIS SUMMER AT THE FENIMORE

50 Years, 50 Works,
50 Reasons. Maurice sendak:
The memorial exhibition

April 1 - May 14, 2017

See highlights from Maurice Sendak’s 60-year-long career, including original illustrations from Where the Wild Things Are, Little Bear, In the Night Kitchen, and others.

© Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved.

ANDREW WYETH AT 100:
A FAMILY rememberance

May 27 – September 4, 2017

The exhibition will include objects from Ms. Wyeth’s personal collection, many never-before exhibited, including Andrew Wyeth’s sketches, studies, paintings, artifacts, and ephemera, as well as Ms. Wyeth’s own photographs

Fuzzy Wooly Andy, ca. 2000, photograph by Victoria Wyeth. Silver gelatin print. Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth.

MORE REASONS TO VISIT COOPERSTOWN

TAKE A TOUR of Fenimore Art Museum

Located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper's "Glimmerglass" -- in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including, an extensive collection of domestic artifacts and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures.