Students learn about the typical farm and farm family (Wedderspoon family) in the late 1800s and how they contributed to the local and national economy.
Fenimore Art Museum
The paintings selected by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) for his home, Olana, are part of the whole that makes Olana unique—an interior carefully orchestrated by the artist to reflect his interests, travels, and aesthetic. Olana is one of the few intact homes of an American artist and the highlight of Olana is the artist's own paintings that he chose to feature. These canvases represent the story of the artist through his own work.
Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks includes thirteen of the artist's greatest works in watercolor and oil, along with twelve wood engravings from popular periodicals. These works represent a broad chronological overview of Homer's interest in the New York wilderness, from the early 1870s to 1902. The Guest Curator for the exhibition is Dr. David Tatham, Professor of Fine Arts, Emeritus, Syracuse University.
John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854) was a deaf portrait painter who created hauntingly beautiful images of American life during the formative period of the nation. Born in rural Connecticut, Brewster helped create a style of American folk portraiture that came to dominate rural New England: a striking adaptation of the English Grand Manner filtered through the works of Connecticut portraitist Ralph Earl.
Developed in thematic sections that connect Moses' work to America's transition from the Great Depression and World War II to prosperity and domesticity in the 1950s, the exhibition incorporates Moses' paintings with photographs, artifacts, and source material for her art.
Attitudes toward childhood changed radically in 19th-century America. Whereas in the 17th century the Puritan conception of the child was of a miniature adult beset by innate evil, societal attitudes gradually underwent a positive evolution. Under the influence of the European Enlightenment and the American Revolution, a new appreciation of childhood emerged and flourished. A belief in the innocence of youth supplanted earlier prejudices, and an interest in child development became a predominant issue of American popular debate.
In the Southwest United States, pottery-making began about two thousand years ago and became a powerful form of expression. Women created a wide range of hand-coiled vessels including serving dishes and storage vessels for water, food, and seeds. Pottery was painted with imagery inspired by the everyday world and the cosmos. Southwest pottery making has remained vibrant to the present day.
Between 1825 and 1875 a distinctive style of landscape painting emerged that all but replaced portraiture as the premier focus of painting in the United States. The group of artists who adopted this style is now loosely-termed as the Hudson River School. The scenery of New England and upstate New York was their earliest subject matter.