Fenimore

Fenimore Art Museum

The Coopers of Cooperstown

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Fenimore

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Museum Houses Cooper Memorabilia
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The Cooper name has been tied to the Otsego Lake region for more than ten generations. It is here that a special bond united a family with the land, prompting a vision that inspired a great American literary tradition and fostered the growth of a small village and its surrounding environs. Lake Otsego and its surrounding landscape continue to be animated by the same spirit that enamored the Cooper family.

start date: 
03/31/2008
end date: 
12/30/2008
Exhibition Type: 
ongoing
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Caption 1: 
(Detail) William Cooper, ca. 1795. Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). Gift of Dr. Henry S.F. Cooper. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

Treasures from The Frederic Remington Art Museum

Museum: 
Fenimore
Exhibition Season: 
Visions of the American West

A century ago, Frederic Remington was the busiest artist in America. He researched his subjects in books, in the field, and through personal correspondence. He taught himself color theory to overcome the limitations of working in black and white and investigated the science of casting to perfect his sculptures.

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start date: 
05/25/2007
end date: 
09/03/2007
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
Buffalo Hunter Spitting a Bullet Into a Gun, 1892 (detail). Watercolor on Paper. Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY.

Folk Art on Fire

Museum: 
Fenimore

The art in this exhibition celebrates the camaraderie and bravery of 19th-century American firefighters through the 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. Hats, buckets, banners, clothing and even the fire engines were elaborately decorated for public celebrations such as parades, ceremonies and competitions.

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The art in this exhibition celebrates the camaraderie and bravery of 19th-century American firefighters through the folk art of the time.

start date: 
03/31/2007
end date: 
12/29/2007
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
Irad Ferry Fire Company Fireman Figure, ca. 1840-1885. J.C. May (dates unknown). New Orleans, LA. The Collection of the Mercer Museum of the Bucks County Historical Society.

Reveal Conceal: The Transforming Power of Masks

Museum: 
Fenimore

In masks we see the many faces of the human condition. The act of masking transcends cultural differences and is celebrated in all facets of the human family. Masks herald death and rebirth in rites of passage. They ensure successful harvest, fertility and prosperity throughout the year. Masks create a link to the past, family identity and hereditary rights. In religious rituals the masker often becomes the spirit being represented, or is a medium through which the spirit communicates with the people.

start date: 
03/31/2006
end date: 
12/30/2006
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
S’xwaixwey mask, ca. 1870-1900. Salish, Southern Northwest Coast, North America. The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.
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Windmaker mask, ca. 1890. Central Yup’ik, Alaska, North America. The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth's Beauty

Museum: 
Fenimore
Exhibition Season: 
Visions of the American West

Ansel Adams (1902–1984) was born in San Francisco and took his first photograph with a Kodak #1 Box Brownie camera in Yosemite Valley when he was fourteen. Although trained as a concert pianist from 1914 through 1927, he also studied photography with the photo-finisher Frank Dittman. By 1930, photography became his career choice and the American western landscape his focus.

start date: 
03/31/2007
end date: 
05/12/2007
Exhibition Type: 
finite
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Caption 1: 
Moon and Half Done, Yosemite National Park, California. Negative date: 1960. Print date: 1980. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Scotese. Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.
Caption 2: 
Sand Bar, Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park, Texas. Negative date: 1947. Print date: 1980. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Scotese. Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.

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