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Fenimore Art Museum

American Treasures from the Permanent Collections

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Fenimore Art Museum has superb holdings in American folk art and American Indian art that span the entire North American continent. The portrait, genre, and landscape painting collection encompasses works that are considered among the very best examples of American art.  The photography collection includes over 120,000 examples with very important holdings of both professional and amateur photographers from the 19th century. The Museum also has a great deal of material associated with James Fenimore Cooper, Cooperstown’s most famous native son, and his family.

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03/31/2009
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05/05/2009
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Detail: Haying, 1882. Theodore Robinson, (1852-1896). oil on canvas. Gift of Stephen C. Clark.

Fenimore Art Museum to offer Virtual Vacations programs for Children

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— Fenimore Art Museum announces two Virtual Vacation programs taking place Saturday, January 24th and Saturday, January 31st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. These exciting programs use the museum’s videoconferencing technology to bring a unique, interactive experience to children ages 5 through 8.

Saturday, January 24th:  Anansi the Spider: West African Folktale  (Center for Puppetry Arts - Atlanta, GA).  Learn about folklore, hear stories from West Africa, and construct a shadow puppet

Saturday, January 31st:  Catch Me If You Can (Life Science Education Center at Marian College - Indianapolis, IN) explores how some of nature's most amazing creatures protect themselves - explaining questions such as why some animals have scales, stripes, stingers, or spines.

These one-hour distance learning programs are followed up with a special take-home craft.  Children will be instructed by staff from the Fenimore Art Museum.

Workshop cost: $15 per child (non-members)/$12 per child for members of the New York State Historical Association.  Reservations are required; please call 607-547-1414.

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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 Additions / New Perspectives: American Indian Art

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Fenimore

In 1995, Eugene and Clare Thaw chose the New York State Historical Association to house their extraordinary collection of American Indian Art. The collection now numbers over 855 objects and continues to grow in number as well as artistic, geographic and chronological scope. The collection also includes objects generously given by other donors. 

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03/31/2009
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12/30/2009
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Cradle Cover Panel, ca. 1800-1825; Eastern Sioux (Dakota); Hide, porcupine quill, birch bark, metal cones; T0847

America's Rome: Artists in the Eternal City, 1800-1900

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Fenimore Art Museum presents the first major exhibition on the topic of American artists’ depictions of 19th century Rome. It brings together the most influential artists of the period, placing them within the timeless backdrop of the Eternal City and its ancient surroundings.  View over 100 works by celebrated artists including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Thomas Hicks, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Kensett and others.

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The New York Times and Wall Street Journal review America's Rome
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Read what the New York Times and Wall Street Journal say about our landmark exhibition.  More reasons to visit and tell your friends!

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05/22/2009
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12/30/2009
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Roman Campagna, 1858, by George Inness. New Britain Museum of American Art.
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Interior of the Colosseum, Rome, 1832, by Thomas Cole. Albany Institute of History and Art.

September 2008 - Rural Education in New York State

The September 2008 Lesson of the Month, Rural Education in New York State, One-Room Schools of the 1840s, was originally developed for fourth grade classrooms in 1996 as part of the Young Yorkers program. A teacher's edition provides learning objectives, background information on the subject, and additional activities. The student edition includes readings and activities.

 

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NEW EXHIBITION OFFERS A FRESH PERSPECTIVE OF FENIMORE ART MUSEUM'S COLLECTIONS

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Cooperstown, NY (August 13, 2008) - The Fenimore Art Museum presents Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art.  This exhibition, curated by Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Director and Distinguished Professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, utilizes a multitude of visual images and artifacts collected by 19th-century collector Stephen C. Clark and The New York State Historical Association.  The selections help us understand the role that race played in American culture in the past and the legacy that attitudes about race bring to bear on the present day. This distinct exhibition opens Saturday, August 23rd and runs through December 31st.   

The art of the New York State Historical Association—largely a nineteenth-century collection—includes images of African Americans that fit within two categories. Most of the images show us artists’ views of black people that were acceptable to the American mainstream. They illustrate how the nation perceived their black countrymen—seen, as W.E.B. DuBois, African American writer and intellectual, put it—“through the eyes of others.”  The portraits commissioned by black sitters or works of art produced by black artists offer viewers an alternative perspective. These self-presentations, some of which are anonymous, show individual voices and distinct personalities. The exhibition juxtaposes these nineteenth-century views of American life with contemporary interpretations by prominent African American artists to examine how we, as Americans, have constructed and interpreted race.  

Sorin states, "Since our perceptions of one another are grounded in that which we see, this exhibition - a new look at the collections of the New York State Historical Association, in concert with the work of a wide variety of African American artists - is designed as an exploration of visual culture to start the conversation anew. Conversations about race are uncomfortable and often avoided or denounced as no longer necessary. But such conversations are the tools that we Americans use to collectively and continuously expand our democracy." 

Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art  contains paintings by celebrated artists such as William Sidney Mount, Thomas Cole and African American artists including Romare Bearden, Kyra Hicks and Betye Saar - as well as a multitude of other works including drawings, photographs, woodcuts, art objects, books and ephemera.

Upon closing, the exhibition will embark on a national tour.

 Gretchen Sullivan Sorin is Director and Distinguished Professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She has worked for more than 200 museums as an historian, exhibition curator, strategic and interpretive planner and writes about African American history and art. Major exhibitions include In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews for the Jewish Museum in New York City, and Freedoms’ Journals for the New York Public Library. Sorin is the author of Touring Historic Harlem: Four Walks in Northern Manhattan with Andrew Dolkart and In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

This exhibition is funded in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  

 

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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EXHIBITION ON 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ART OPENS AT FENIMORE ART MUSEUM

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Cooperstown, NY -- The exhibition Of, By, and For the People: The Art of Presidential Elections which features rare folk art created specifically for presidential campaigns of the 19th-century, will be on view at the Fenimore Art Museum beginning Saturday, September 20th in the Clark Gallery.  The exhibit is guest-curated by Dr. Jeff Pressman.

Folk art from the 1820s through the early twentieth century including paintings, needlework, stoneware, redware, sculpture, and household items are featured.  The exhibition is comprised of rare objects - some have not seen the light of day for generations - that have been culled from small historical societies as well as private collections.  Pressman emphasizes, " It turns out there is very little of this material still in existence, but what is around tells a great story.  The items in this exhibition are the best of the best."

This exhibition emphasizes the fact that academic artists mainly painted portraits of the candidates while folk artists produced art related directly to the election. The election of 1840, in which the incumbent Martin Van Buren squared off against the Hero of Tippecanoe, William Henry Harrison, was perhaps the first modern campaign where candidates used imagery and publicly-displayed works of art to promote runs for election.  One of the best known campaign slogans, "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too" was coined, and considerable campaign ephemera was created.

The exhibition includes uncommon artifacts such as a Van Buren poster, which was carried in a July 4, 1840 political parade in Barre, Massachusetts by townspeople from Templeton supporting William Henry Harrison.  It is the finest one-of-a-kind example of political folk art discovered for the exhibition.

“The Van Buren poster is great, but more importantly, displaying a previously undiscovered artifact from a small historical society should encourage visitors to seek out and visit smaller museums to find unknown treasures.  It’s important to encourage small historical societies to investigate what they have to see if there might be a special item among the local artifacts,” said Pressman.

"My hope is that people coming to visit will take the time to read the labels, look at the objects and have a better feeling for our history as these objects tell a great story, especially if you take the time to really study them."

The exhibition runs from September 20th through December 31st, 2008.

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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September 2008
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Of, By and For the People: The Art of Presidential Elections

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Fenimore

Of, By, and For the People: The Art of Presidential Elections features folk art of nearly every medium devoted to presidential campaigns including paintings, needlework, stoneware, redware, sculpture, and household items. While academic artists painted portraits of the candidates, folk artists produced art related directly to the election. The election of 1840 pitting the incumbent Martin Van Buren against the Hero of Tippecanoe, William Henry Harrison, was the first "modern" campaign for the presidency. 

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09/19/2008
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12/30/2008
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Whig Political Banner, 1836-1844. By Terrence J. Kennedy (1820-after 1879). Gift of Stephen C. Clark.
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Lincoln-Johnson Banner, 1864. Isaac Wetherby, Iowa City, Iowa. Paint on cloth. Putnam Museum and Imax Theater

The Evening Lecture Series Continues at the Fenimore Art Museum

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., MAY 14, 2008—The Fenimore Art Museum’s spring lecture series kicked off last Friday with a wonderful presentation titled, “The Architects of Stickley,” by Greg Vadney, curator and executive director of The Stickley Museum. The evening lecture series, held on select Fridays throughout the spring and summer, continues on May 16 and concludes on June 20.

Coming up this Friday, May 16 is David Rudd, president of the Arts and Crafts Society of Central New York and owner of Dalton’s American Decorative Arts in Syracuse, New York. Rudd has been involved in the Arts and Crafts revival since its very earliest days and will share his expansive knowledge on Gustav Stickley and the development of his style in his talk “Gustav Stickley: Concept to Construction.”
 
In June, the Fenimore Art Museum will host two speakers who will offer talks related to the exhibit Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel which is set to open on Saturday, May 24.  First, on June 13th, Murray Zimiles, the exhibit’s creator, will offer a lecture on the development of the exhibit and the stunning pieces found in it.  Zimiles, an artist and professor in the School of Art and Design at SUNY Purchase, has been working with Jewish themes in his own art for over twenty years.
 
Concluding the lecture series on Friday, June 20th, will be Gerry Holzman, creator of The Farmers’ Museum’s Empire State Carousel, who will be presenting his talk “The Past is Present.”  During this illustrated lecture, Holzman will show how the turn-of-the-century Jewish craftsmen from eastern Europe influenced American woodcarving styles and how, in turn, these immigrants were affected by American culture.  In particular, he will describe the role that Jewish influences have played in the evolution of his own work, both in his carousel carvings and in his religious art.
 
All lectures will be held in the Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium and begin at 7pm.  A light reception will follow each lecture.  Cost is $5 for members of the New York State Historical Association and $7 for non-members. No advance reservations are required; please call (607) 547-1461 for more information.

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 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:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: c.liggio@nysha.org

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