Dick Button | Fenimore Art Museum

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.


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 Events skating on glice—a warm-weather alternative to ice. Find tickets here.





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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Our strength is our people:
the humanist photographs of
Lewis hine

September 16-December 31, 2017

Immerse yourself in the work of the father of American Documentary photography, Lewis Hine, with this very special exhibit of rare, vintage prints.

Sponsored in part by Dr. Nancy Kollisch and Dr. Jeffrey Pressman. Exhibit organized by Herman Leonard Photography, LLC.”

Image: Sadie, a cotton mill spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina, 1908. Lewis Hine.

Cooperstown Art
& Dining By the lake

september 16–October 31, 2017

This fall, Fenimore Art Museum, featuring the Dick Button Collection, has partnered with the Otesaga Resort Hotel’s Hawkeye Bar & Grill for an offer that makes a day trip to Cooperstown downright spectacular.


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.