The Fenimore Art Museum is proud to present the first museum exhibition devoted exclusively to portraits of women by American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). "John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women breaks new ground in several ways," commented Dr. Paul S. D'Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator and exhibition organizer. "It is the first exhibition to directly compare the varied attributes of the women Sargent portrayed and the visual strategies employed by the artist to communicate those characteristics.
Fenimore Art Museum
March 31–December 30, 2010
Michele Harvey spends most of the year in her summer studio in upstate New York. A longtime gallery artist, Harvey’s signature triptych formats often include quiet roads or paths framing a central scene that provides one with the sense of simultaneously entering and leaving her misted landscapes. The union of the darker colors of the trees and the distinct light of the vaporous sky create a calming rhythm that draws the viewer into a mysterious world where time appears to stand still.
Cooperstown, N.Y. (10/22/2009) — On Saturday, November 7, the Fenimore Art Museum will launch the first annual “Night at Our Museum,” a celebration of the arts - for families. It will be an evening of “after-hours” family fun at the art museum. Activities get underway at 7:00 p.m. and include live music, participatory art experiences, tours with costumed guides, food tastings, and movie shorts. This event is designed for parents, grandparents and children of the Cooperstown area. It is intended to bring arts organizations together to instill community spirit, to inspire art appreciation among youth, and to help parents become more comfortable sharing art experiences with their children.
A highlight of the evening will be the performance of Uncle Rock, a.k.a. Robert Burke Warren, who bridges the gap between adult and children’s music with his high-energy tunes and family-fun lyrics. His shows bring out the “rocker” in audiences of all ages and inspire folks young and old to dance, laugh and smile.
Visitors can also partake in special tours of the museum's current exhibitions, each theatrically presented by costumed actors who will make the art “come alive” for children in a most entertaining way. These highly imaginative tours will run through the evening.
An array of hands-on art stations will be scattered throughout the museum offering a range of art experiences for different ages. The following organizational partners will provide interactive experiences: Cooperstown Parent Teacher Organization, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Clark Sport Center, Smithy-Pioneer Gallery, Inc., Cooperstown Art Association, The Brookwood School, and Paperkite Creative.
Additionally, business partners will offer fun interactive experiences, tastings, and showcase their products. Participants include Barnyard Swing, Cooperstown Cookie Company, Savor New York, Davidson’s Jewelry and Augur’s Book Store, and Cooperstown Book Nook.
This event promises to be a wonderful way to bring Cooperstown families together to enjoy each other in the lovely setting of the Fenimore Art Museum. Cost: Adults: $5.00; Kids: Free (17 and under); NYSHA Members: Free. No reservations are necessary. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org or call 888-547-1450.
Schedule of Events:
7:00 p.m. - Doors open
7:30-8:00 p.m. - Uncle Rock (auditorium)
8:00-8:30 p.m. - Classic movie shorts (auditorium)
8:30-9:00 p.m. - Uncle Rock (auditorium)
All night long - Tours, food tastings, creative activities, coloring, book & toy sales
Empire Waists, Bustles and Lace is an exciting exhibition of the Museum’s collection of historic dresses. When viewed in conjunction with the John Singer Sargent exhibition, the show enables visitors to see and experience a broader historical context of men's and women’s fashion. Even though upstate New York was considered the edge of the western frontier i
The Fenimore Art Museum is pleased to travel Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection which shares objects from the extensive holdings of The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art with a national audience. The collection is widely recognized as one of the most important assemblages in the world and The New York Times described it as “a collec
Cooperstown, NY (09/18/2009) - On Saturday, September 26, 2009 the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian Magazine. A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Museum Day is when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge. Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based properties.
Last year, more than 200,000 people attended Museum Day nationwide, with over 900 museums from all 50 states and Puerto Rico participating. This year Smithsonian Magazine expects to attract over 1,000 museums to participate – the largest group of Museum Day participants to date.
Visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household. Listings and links to participating museums can also be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.
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 nineteenth 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 850 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures. The collections of American folk and fine art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, and Benjamin West. 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 museum further explores and examines our cultural history by organizing and hosting nationally touring art and history exhibitions, including Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation; A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.; and Ralph Fasanella’s America. 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.
About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibitions. The Museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late 19th-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, The Museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The Museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.
The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, in Cooperstown, NY. 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 members are admitted free. From April 1 through May 11 and October 13 through October 31, admission prices are reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, and $4 for children age 7 to 12. AAA discounts offered. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.
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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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In the 19th century, American art and literature helped define an emerging national character through their celebration of nature and the country’s majestic wilderness. Between 1825 and 1875 a distinct 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 are now loosely-termed the Hudson River School. The scenery of New England and upstate New York was their earliest subject matter.