In 2014, the museum enjoyed robust attendance due to our signature offerings and the new dramatic interpretation program which has provided new energy and content to the visitor experience.
In 2015, we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art with a new installation highlighting 50 outstanding works of American Indian Art spanning 2,000 years in North America. In conjunction with this exhibition, we will be borrowing selections from the Coe Collection of American Indian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Together, these exhibitions will feature the finest American Indian Art collected in the 20th century.
Another feature exhibition celebrates Maxfield Parrish, one of the most popular American artists of the twentieth century. Parrish created fantastic images of fairy-tale figures and idyllic landscapes in a highly unique and recognizable style. The mass reproduction of his paintings—originally intended as book and magazine illustrations, advertisements, calendars, and murals—ensured his reputation as one of the most widely known figures in the history of art.
Other 2015 exhibitions include “A Perfect Likeness”: Folk Portraits and Early Photography, part of the Jane Katcher Americana Series; Raymond Han, a well-known Cooperstown painter; Lavern Kelley, a former local folk art sculptor; Colorama, an exhibition of the large-scale photomurals that Kodak installed in Grand Central Station for over 30 years; and an exhibition to complement the Glimmerglass Festival’s production of Magic Flute, which will include hand-painted costumes by Marc Chagall.
Please do make it a point to visit Cooperstown this year. You will not want to miss out on such magnificent artworks presented in a natural setting that is itself a work of art.