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Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection traveling exhibition

The Fenimore Art Museum debuts new traveling exhibition – Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection

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Cooperstown, NY (09/28/2009) - The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York announces a new traveling exhibition entitled Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection.  This major exhibition is currently scheduled to travel to three cities, bringing to a national audience treasures from the extensive holdings of The Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.  The collection is widely recognized as one of the most important assemblages of this type in the world. The New York Times described it as “a collection any museum in the world should envy.”

Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection is scheduled to travel to the following locations with more venues to be announced.

* The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (Mar. 7, 2010 - May 30, 2010)
* Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 24, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011)
* Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (Dec. 4, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012)

The exhibition explores the extraordinarily diverse forms of visual expression in American Indian heritage. Organized by geographic culture areas, the objects were chosen both for their high artistic quality and to provide insight into the complex cultural, aesthetic and spiritual meanings embedded in the art. The objects date from well before first European contact to the present, and celebrate the continuing vitality of American Indian art.

“The collection has long been recognized as a national treasure.  This traveling exhibition gives us the opportunity to finally share these significant works with a much larger, national audience,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator at the Fenimore Art Museum.

A 120 page, full color catalog will accompany the exhibition.


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About The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

In 1995, the Fenimore Art Museum embarked upon a new era with the addition of a spectacular new American Indian Wing designed to house the extraordinary gift from Eugene and Clare Thaw of their collection of American Indian Art. The collection has continued to grow and new objects are periodically added by the Thaws and other donors.  Today, it includes over 850 objects. Each new object reaffirms the Thaws’ commitment to the beauty and artistry of American Indian art, and thus strengthens the philosophical foundation of the collection: that the aesthetic power of American Indian art is equivalent to that from any culture.

The collection features art from a broad range of cultural areas including Northwest Coast, Woodlands, Prairie, Plateau, Plains, Southwest, California, The Great Basin, Arctic and Subarctic, dating from pre-history to today.

About Eugene and Clare Thaw

Eugene Victor Thaw and his wife Clare have an extraordinary sense of public duty.  Their many and continuing benefactions in the arts, music, education, environment and ecology, cultural preservation and animal rights among other causes, reflect their broad interest in the world.  In the area of art, their generosity has enriched many great public institutions both through gifts of important objects and contributions that further the intellectual and practical aims of art history.  The Thaws have always recognized the necessity of enhancing collections and supporting scholarship.  In recent years, they have donated an extraordinary collection of Old Master drawings to the Morgan Library in New York while at the same time making possible there the construction of a modern conservation laboratory.  Eugene Thaw, recognized as one of the premier fine arts experts in the world, has a seemingly incurable curiosity about all art.  He recently assembled and donated to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, a great collection of ancient Ordos bronzes.  If a single consideration might be said to inform his collecting, it is an insistence on the highest aesthetic quality of everything he acquires. 

When the Thaws established a home in Santa Fe in the 1980s, Eugene Thaw became interested in the art of American Indians, starting with the beadwork of Plains peoples.  Before long he had become thoroughly conversant with the aesthetic values of all American Indian art, and was collecting the finest objects from many cultural areas.  Having had a farm for many years in central New York, near Cooperstown, the Thaws eventually decided to donate their American Indian collection to the Fenimore Art Museum.  A new wing to house the collection opened in 1995.  Since that time the Thaws have continued to donate objects that improve the collection in quality and scope.  Today, it is recognized as one of the great collections of American Indian masterpieces.

About the Fenimore Art Museum

The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass Lake” -- in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including: folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions.  Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA’s showcase museum.  FenimoreArtMuseum.org

For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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Fenimore Art Museum to Host Evening Lecture by Dr. Christopher Tadgell: Internationally Recognized Historian

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Cooperstown, NY - Fenimore Art Museum is pleased to welcome back Dr. Christopher Tadgell, internationally recognized historian on architecture and gardens, for another enlightening evening lecture on Wednesday, August 26. This season, Dr. Tadgell will continue to discuss themes from his five book series, which describes and illustrates the most important architectural traditions of the world. Last year, the talk covered Ancient Rome, Islam and the East; this year, it moves into Western traditions and more modern styles and civilizations.

More than a simple catalog of buildings and places, Dr. Tadgell’s work provides the social, cultural, political, and economic contexts that truly bring the buildings—and the societies that created them—to life.

Dr. Tadgell is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Most of his career has been spent as Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the School of Architecture, Canterbury College, Kent Institute of Art and Design. He has lectured widely in Britain and the USA including Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Princeton University, and Brown University, among others. In 1985 he was Morgan Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Since 1987 he has been a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

This lecture will take place on Wednesday, August 26, beginning at 6:00 pm in the auditorium at the Fenimore Art Museum.  The program is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow.  Reservations are not required.

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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 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 800 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; Treasures from Olana: The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church; 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.

For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org <mailto:t.kenyon@nysha.org>

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Second Annual A Taste of the Sublime to take place August 8th at Fenimore Art Museum

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Second Annual A Taste of the Sublime to take place August 8th at Fenimore Art Museum

Cooperstown, NY - The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown announces its second annual celebration of the relationship between artists and landscape called A Taste of the Sublime.  This event will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the museum's expansive back lawn, offering one of the most spectacular views of Otsego Lake - truly the perfect spot to experience landscape art in the context in which it was created.  The event will celebrate the history of plein-air painting in this prestigious setting by offering entertainment and educational programming spotlighting the relationship between artists and nature, exhibits by local artists and samplings of the best of New York State foods and beverages.

A Taste of the Sublime provides a multi-sensory experience including wine and beer tastings from several regional wineries and Brewery Ommegang (12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.); samplings of regional foods created from farm-fresh produce and prepared by the Culinary Arts Program at SUNY Cobleskill; plein-air painting demonstrations and exhibits of works by contemporary landscape painters; entertainment and art activities – all in a sumptuous setting overlooking Otsego Lake.

A Taste of the Sublime is a juried art competition, featuring 15 artists that frequent this region to produce inspirational landscape works. These artists, chosen this past May, include Jessica Dalrymple (oil), Evelyn Dankovich (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic), Denise Dolge (Pastel), Grant Dolge (Pastel), Deborah Geurtze (oil, colored etching), Lois Holz (Watercolor), Tom Hussey (oil), Sabine Krummel (Watercolor), Bill Mowson (Watercolor), Lorraine Mulligan (watercolor), Mary Nolan (oil), Marilyn A. Roveland (watercolor), Marian Simpson (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic), Kate Stamps (oil and watercolor) and Elaine Wentworth (watercolor, acrylic).  A panel of judges will determine awards for categories such as “Best Interpretation of a New York Landscape,” Most Outstanding Use of Color,” and others. There will be spectator voting for the “Audience Favorite” until 3:00 p.m. 

In addition to the spectacular art, throughout the day there will be children's activities from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. including lawn games such as bocce, badminton, quoits and croquet.  Kids can also create a landscape postcard or mural of Otsego Lake.

The Museum will also offer tours of the exhibitions America’s Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800 – 1900 and Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver  - highlighted by a talk from Dr. William L. Vance presenting insight into the research and exploration of Italy that led to his book, America’s Rome – the inspiration of our current exhibition (2:00 p.m.).  There will also be tours of the Native American Bark House and Interpretive Trail at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is free with paid admission to the Fenimore Art Museum - which is home to several examples of Otsego Lake plein-air paintings.  Museum admission during A Taste of the Sublime: Adults (13-64): $11.00; Seniors (65+): $9.50; and College Students (with ID): $5.00. Members of NYSHA, children under 12, as well as active and retired career military (must present card at admissions) are free.

Please visit our website for more information at FenimoreArtMuseum.org.

A Taste of the Sublime is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.  The event is sponsored in part by Wilber Bank Trust & Investment Center, McCadam Cheese and Golden Artist Colors.

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 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 800 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; Treasures from Olana: The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church; 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.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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New Summer Programs Offered at Fenimore Art Museum

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COOPERSTOWN, NY — The Fenimore Art Museum is offering two new summer programs to enhance its already impressive line-up. 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 am, the Museum will offer Discovering Art. Children will learn about certain artworks in the museum and then create their own craft. Topics include Native American creation myths, American artists and tourists in Rome, and folk artists and their subjects.  This program, for kids age 4-8, is free with admission to the Museum and reservations are not required.

Bark House Tours are offered daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, weather permitting.  Visitors will be escorted down to the Museum's Mohawk Bark House at the shore of Otsego Lake and learn about Mohawk and Iroquois life in the mid-eighteenth century. Tours will also include information on the Fenimore building and Otsego Lake.

For more information on these programs, please contact Laura Ayers, Education Associate, at 607-547-1481.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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Exhibition of Famous Depression Era Photographer Walker Evans Opens at the Fenimore Art Museum July 18

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— Fenimore Art Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition of classic Walker Evans images that highlight the historical importance and influence of Evans’ work on the history of photography and art.  Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver opens July 18 and runs through December 31, 2009. 
 
Having emerged as one of the most talented photographers of the government sponsored Farm Security Administration, Walker Evans’ detailed observations remain some of the most powerful testaments of the Great Depression. Through his passion to document even the minutest details of American life, he was able to accurately reflect the spirit of the people and places he photographed. Evans’ work during his time with the FSA is widely credited with influencing the development of the history of American photography.
 
Walker Evans was the first photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1938. His work is in many of the most prestigious national and international museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among others.
 
This exhibition presents a new perspective on Evans' iconic work by comparing his original gelatin silver prints with large-scale contemporary ink-jet prints.  The precision of digital technology faithfully translates Evans's drive for clarity in presenting information rather than creating stylized fine art prints. Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver is curated by John T. Hill, who taught with Evans at the Yale School of Art and who was the executor of Evans' estate.
 
This exhibition is made possible in part by The Lisette Model Foundation and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
 
A variety of public programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition and will be featured on the Museum’s website at www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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