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.
Fenimore Art Museum
This exhibition will feature ceramic pots by Peter B. Jones and collages by George Longfish. Both are contemporary Iroquois artists.
Guest Curator G. Peter Jemison (Seneca) is the Site Manager for Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, New York, the location of a seventeenth-century Seneca town.
This selection of New York state bird’s-eye views dates from the 1850s to 1890. During the second half of the 19th century, especially after the Civil War, the most common type of city view was drawn from an imaginary perspective high in the air. Bird’s-eye views appealed to local pride and the desire to promote one’s community. After the Civil War, firms specializing in bird’s-eye views employed itinerant artists to travel the country to make illustrations of large cities and small towns alike.
The complex relationship between distinct cultures creates a remarkable dynamic, especially when one culture attempts to make a pictorial record of the other. The exaggerations and inaccuracies of the resultant imagery can have an intense impact on both cultures. For America and most of the world, the Great Plains evokes images of painted tipis, savage buffalo hunts, and warriors on horseback wearing elaborate feather headdresses.
This guide was prepared to enhance student visits to Treasures of Frederick Remington.
Remington honed his work with a journalist's sensibility for story-telling in words and pictures, buttressed with a tremendous sense of place. The West he depicted had already vanished, but Frederic Remington snatched it from oblivion and captured the world, the work, and the spirit of the American cowboy, the frontier cavalry soldier, and the determined Native American warrior forever.
Look over the plans for your workshop visit to the Fenimore Art Musuem. These lesson will be available in September of 07!
What did Thomas Jefferson really look like? Find out in this workshop as your class tours the Browere Life Masks exhibit. Learn about important figures of early American history, play a special gallery game, and create a portrait of your own to take home.
NYS Learning Standards Addressed: English Language Arts, the Arts, Social Studies