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Fenimore Art Museum

Six Nations Iroquois Life Tour

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4th to 12th

Grade Level: 4th to 12th
Duration: 2 hours

Explore the past and present of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) through visits to our Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, Mohawk Bark House, and Seneca Log House. This immersive experience brings the study of the Six Nations to life. This opportunity can also feature a traditional Haudenosaunee hands-on craft workshop to round out your students’ visit!

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tour
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2 hours
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Selections from Fenimore's Premier Folk Art Collection are Showcased in 2007 Exhibition

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., March 26, 2007—Selections of folk art from the permanent collection of Fenimore Art Museum are featured in American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art, on view through December 30, 2007.

“This exhibition is organized in two sections that examine visual histories. National History explores the varied ways folk artists express national events. Personal History examines depictions of individuals, memories and experiences,” said Murdock, Curator of the exhibition. “Today, these artworks serve as documents of national society and the lives of the artists.”

Folk artists express through their art the events – ordinary and extraordinary – that have shaped their lives and communities. Through the process of creating, folk artists make a permanent record of their cultural ideals, experiences, and community heritage. This exhibition examines 19th- and 20th-century representations of memory in historical and personal folk art.

Memorial paintings, scenes of everyday life, quilts, woodcarvings, and other artifacts will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery at the museum. Among the most noted include “Columbia,” artist unidentified, ca. 1858, “Applique Quilt” by Anna Putney Farrington, ca. 1825-1911, and “Whig Political Banner,” ca. 1840 by Terence J. Kennedy.

About 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 folk and American art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere. 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.; Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks; 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 30. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

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For more information and images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
Fenimore Art Museum/ New York State Historical Association
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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Ancient American Indian Pottery on View at the Fenimore Art Museum

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For more information and images, please contact:
Christine Liggio, Public Relations Office
Fenimore Art Museum/ New York State Historical Association
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

COOPERSTOWN, NY, March 20, 2007—Outstanding examples of ancient American Indian pottery from the Southeastern and Southwestern regions of the United States will be featured in America’s Ancient Past: Art of the Mounds and Canyon People, opening April 1 at Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y. The exhibition will close on December 30, 2007.

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Renowned 20th-century American Photographer Ansel Adams Featured in Solo Exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum

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Cooperstown, NY, March 20, 2007—The dramatic black and white landscape photographs by renowned 20th century photographer Ansel Adams will be on view in an upcoming exhibition, Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth’s Beauty, at the Fenimore Art Museum in historic Cooperstown, NY. The exhibition will feature 25 of the artist’s photographs and will highlight his unique ability to capture the American West’s astounding natural beauty. Organized by the Mint Museum of Art, in Charlotte, NC, Ansel Adams will be on view at the Fenimore Art Museum from April 1, 2007 through May 13, 2007.

Born in San Francisco, Ansel Adams (1902–1984) took his first photograph when he was fourteen with a Kodak Brownie box camera in Yosemite Valley, CA. Although trained as a concert pianist from 1914 through 1927, Adams also studied photography with the photo-finisher Frank Dittman. By 1930, Adams had become a professional photographer, choosing the American West as his life-long subject.

Among the last of the romantic artists in the 20th century to view the vast American landscape and wilderness as metaphors for freedom and heroism, Adams was one of the few photographers able to capture nature’s true power and beauty. His love of nature coupled with his artistic vision and technical skills led him to play a seminal role in forming a new pictorial understanding and reverence of the American landscape. Some of Adams’ most renowned works which highlight his artistic vision include Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico; Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California; and Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California.

In 1932, Adams was a key figure in the founding of Group f/64 with Edward Weston, Imogene Cunningham, and others to promote what they called “pure” photography. Adams also founded the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1940; the department of photography at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA in 1946; and The Friends of Photography in Carmel, California in 1967. Also a talented writer and teacher, Adams made a tremendous impact on the history of creative photography. From 1955 until 1984, he conducted annual photography workshops, first in Yosemite National Park, and later closer to his home in the Carmel Highlands. Adams was also recognized as a dedicated conservationist, serving as a member of the Sierra Club board of directors from 1934 to 1971, and receiving numerous awards for his conservation work, most notably the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Carter in 1980.

The Mint Museum’s collection of Ansel Adams’ photographs was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Scotese, whose primary interest was to give the public access to Adams’ works. The photographs in this exhibition were published by the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust in 1980 and 1981 from vintage negatives.

Exhibition Organization and Tour
Ansel Adams will visit fourteen cities, including Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art & Culture, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, among others over a three-year period, from 2006 through 2009. The tour was developed and is being managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri. Martha T. Mayberry of the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, curated the exhibition.

This presentation of Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth’s Beauty at Fenimore Art Museum is sponsored in part by Fenimore Asset Management.

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 folk and American art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere. 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.; Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks; 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 30. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

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For further information please contact:
Christine Liggio, Public Relations Office
Fenimore Art Museum/New York State Historical Association
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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Publication Date: 
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Fenimore Art Museum Present Stunning Display of Antique Firefighting Memorabilia

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, March 26, 2007Folk Art on Fire celebrates the camaraderie and bravery of 19th century American firefighters through a stunning display of folk art of the time. Fire companies were eager to celebrate their value to their communities by embellishing their everyday gear and ceremonial dress, and by commissioning noble portraits of firefighting heroes. In this exhibit, drawn from the collections of Robert and Katharine Booth, the Bucks County Historical Society, and Fenimore Art Museum, viewers will see more than 70 objects including elaborately decorated hats, buckets, banners and clothing as well as paintings and firefighting equipment. The exhibition will be on view through December 30, 2007.

In the pre-photographic era, many painted images documented and commented upon fires and firemen of the time. Many have become familiar icons and images that remind us of both the horror of fire and the heroism of its combatants. They are symbols of another era, rendered with varying proportions of artistic naturalism and license by both accomplished and untutored hands. They enriched everyday utilitarian objects, such as hats, buckets, oilcloth capes, trade signs and engines or fire pumpers. They have an element of whimsy and individuality that relieves the seriousness of their common theme.

Choice of symbol or theme spoke volumes about the volunteer fire company and resonated loudly in the minds of their observers. Images of well-known and secular heroes celebrated the duality of artisan and gentleman that characterized many of the individual firemen. Greek legends and classical imagery created a visual link to heroic citizens and civilizations of the past. The Liberty figure was common and represented the triumph of our new democracy and our civic freedoms.

The most lavish and imaginative decorations were reserved for the fire engines, whose condenser sides were slotted to receive oil-on-board painted panels. These were often applied for parades and removed for work.

Whatever the ultimate place of these firefighting artifacts in the spectrum of American folk art, it is important to remember that legions of our ancestors paraded proudly beneath these hats and truly treasured their buckets. That some survive to this day should remind us of the unselfish courage and personal valor of our firefighters, then and now.

David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Aurora, Illinois, is the guest-scriptwriter for the exhibition.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Robert and Katharine Booth and New York Central Mutual.

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 folk and American art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere. 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.; Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks; 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 Shops offer 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 30. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

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For more information and images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
Fenimore Art Museum/ New York State Historical Association
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

Press Release Category: 
Exhibition Press Releases
Publication Date: 
March 2007
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