COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., MAY 14, 2008—The Fenimore Art Museum’s spring lecture series kicked off last Friday with a wonderful presentation titled, “The Architects of Stickley,” by Greg Vadney, curator and executive director of The Stickley Museum. The evening lecture series, held on select Fridays throughout the spring and summer, continues on May 16 and concludes on June 20.
Coming up this Friday, May 16 is David Rudd, president of the Arts and Crafts Society of Central New York and owner of Dalton’s American Decorative Arts in Syracuse, New York. Rudd has been involved in the Arts and Crafts revival since its very earliest days and will share his expansive knowledge on Gustav Stickley and the development of his style in his talk “Gustav Stickley: Concept to Construction.”
In June, the Fenimore Art Museum will host two speakers who will offer talks related to the exhibit Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel which is set to open on Saturday, May 24. First, on June 13th, Murray Zimiles, the exhibit’s creator, will offer a lecture on the development of the exhibit and the stunning pieces found in it. Zimiles, an artist and professor in the School of Art and Design at SUNY Purchase, has been working with Jewish themes in his own art for over twenty years.
Concluding the lecture series on Friday, June 20th, will be Gerry Holzman, creator of The Farmers’ Museum’s Empire State Carousel, who will be presenting his talk “The Past is Present.” During this illustrated lecture, Holzman will show how the turn-of-the-century Jewish craftsmen from eastern Europe influenced American woodcarving styles and how, in turn, these immigrants were affected by American culture. In particular, he will describe the role that Jewish influences have played in the evolution of his own work, both in his carousel carvings and in his religious art.
All lectures will be held in the Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium and begin at 7pm. A light reception will follow each lecture. Cost is $5 for members of the New York State Historical Association and $7 for non-members. No advance reservations are required; please call (607) 547-1461 for more information.
About the Fenimore Art Museum
One of the nation’s premier art institutions, the Fenimore Art Museum is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. Founded in 1945 in Cooperstown, New York, the museum is part of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), founded in 1899. The museum’s renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection, housed in the American Indian Wing, is a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures. The collections of folk and American art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere. The museum offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults, including lectures and workshops for museum visitors and distance learning instruction for classrooms nationwide.
The Fenimore Art Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown. The museum’s Fenimore Café, overlooking beautiful Otsego Lake, features wonderful views and a tranquil setting amid the terraced gardens. The Museum Shop offers fine jewelry, art reproductions, and a wide selection of publications on folk art, history, and Native American art. Museum admission 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 NYSHA members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open from April 1 through December 31; closed January through March, except for special events and school groups. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.
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Christine Liggio/Public Relations office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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