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.
Fenimore Art Museum
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.
The images of African Americans at Fenimore Art Museum offer insights into the ways that Americans in the past viewed one another; how artistic representations of black people created and reinforced popular attitudes; and how these attitudes continue to affect us today. This is not simply a story for African Americans, but for all of us, because the issues represented in this exhibition—identity, self-portrayal, survival, resistance, and stereotyping—are issues that relate to each individual who has ever wondered about their own identity and to every group that has entered this country.
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.
The images of African Americans at the Fenimore Art Museum offer insights into the ways that Americans in the past viewed one another; how artistic representations of black people created and reinforced popular attitudes; and how these attitudes continue to affect us today.