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Fenimore Art Museum

Treasures from Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church

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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.

start date: 
06/11/2005
end date: 
09/17/2005
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
Sunset, Jamaica, 1865. Courtesy of the Olana Partnership.

Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks

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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.

start date: 
06/20/2004
end date: 
09/05/2004
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Images
Caption 1: 
Two Guides, ca. 1875. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA.

A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.

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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.

start date: 
03/31/2005
end date: 
12/30/2005
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
One Shoe Off, 1807. Oil on canvas. Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation

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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.

start date: 
05/26/2006
end date: 
12/30/2006
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
Sugaring Off, 1945. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Stephen Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

Statesmen, Heroes, Soldiers, Spies: Lifemasks of Celebrated Americans

Museum: 
Fenimore

start date: 
01/01/2011
end date: 
12/31/2016
Exhibition Type: 
traveling
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Venues OPEN

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Caption 1: 
Bust of Thomas Jefferson, by John H. I. Browere. Third President of the United States, Age 82. Cast October 15, 1825, at Monticello, Virginia. Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Flower of Youth: 19th Century Portraits of Children

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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.

start date: 
03/31/2006
end date: 
12/30/2006
Exhibition Type: 
finite
Site: 
Images
Caption 1: 
Picking Flowers, ca. 1845. Attributed to Samuel Miller (ca. 1870-1853). Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

America's Ancient Past: Art of the Mounds and Canyon People

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Fenimore

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.

start date: 
03/31/2007
end date: 
12/29/2007
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
Sikyatki Bowl, 1450-1500 A.D. Northeastern Arizona. The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.
Caption 2: 
Human Head Effigy Vessel, A.D. 1300-1500. Parkin Site, Arkansas. The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

Glories of the Landscape: The Hudson River School

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Fenimore

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.

start date: 
03/31/2006
end date: 
12/30/2006
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Images
Caption 1: 
Hudson River Looking Toward the Catskills, 1847. Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886). Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Caption 2: 
Cooperstown from Three Mile Point, ca. 1855. Louis Remy Mignot (1831-1870) and Julius Gollmann (active 1852-d. 1898). Bequest of William Festus Morgan. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Through the Eyes of Others: African-Americans in American Art

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.

start date: 
01/14/2009
end date: 
01/31/2010
Exhibition Type: 
traveling
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Venue 1

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Venues 2-5

OPEN

Images
Caption 1: 
Black Child, ca. 1820. Philip Thomas Cole Tilyard (1787-1827). Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.
Caption 2: 
Kept In, 1889. Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919). Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

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