Exhibitions

Residuum: Watercolors by Michele Harvey

September 21–December 31, 2019

Harvey, known for her large dreamlike landscapes, turns her attention to watercolors. Read More >

Heroines of Abstract Expressionism

September 19–December 31, 2019

The Abstract Expressionist movement is best known by its male superstars, but women were also pioneers of the genre. Read More >

Duane Michals: The Portraitist

September 14–November 10, 2019

Duane Michals: The Portraitist presents the first comprehensive overview of inventive photographic portraits by one of the medium’s most influential artists. Read More >

The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX): Photographs by Will Wilson

April 2–December 31, 2019

Photographer Will Wilson created the Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) as a way to link history, form, and a critical dialogue about Native American representation. Read More >

Eugene and Clare Thaw: A Memorial Tribute

April 2–December 31, 2019

Discover the most outstanding items from the Thaw Collection American Indian Art. Read More >

Hamilton’s Final Act: Enemies and Allies

April 2–December 31, 2019

On July 11, 1804, one of the most infamous duels in history took place, which led to the death of one of America’s Founding Fathers—Alexander Hamilton. Read More >

Early American Face Jugs

June 28–December 31, 2019

The exhibit will contain approximately 40 jugs from the Meyer collection of early American stoneware face vessels and related period American ceramic objects, all dating from the mid 19th century to before 1950. Read More >

The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

On view

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. Read More >

American Folk Art

On view

Fenimore Art Museum’s folk art collection is one of the nation’s largest and finest. Begun with extensive gifts from Stephen C. Clark, the collection includes a variety of paintings, ship figureheads, quilts, weathervanes, trade signs, cigar-store figures, carvings, and decorated stoneware, all created by American folk artists. Read More >

American Fine Art

On view

The fine art collection was largely assembled by connoisseur Stephen C. Clark one of the Museum’s greatest patrons. The collection contains some of the best examples of American landscape, history, and genre painting. Read More >

The Coopers of Cooperstown

On view

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. Read More >

Floating Palaces of the Hudson

June 29–September 15, 2019

The 1926 Broadway musical Showboat, based on the novel by Edna Ferber of the same name, followed the lives of the performers and workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River boat. Read More >

Perfect Harmony: The Musical Art & Life of William Sidney Mount

May 25–September 8, 2019

Explore the confluence of William Sidney Mount’s (1807-1868) music and art through nearly twenty-five oil paintings, pencil drawings, musical instruments, and related objects. Read More >

Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits

April 2–September 2, 2019

Known for his elegant and minimalist work, photographer Herb Ritts (1952-2002) had a gift for turning stars into icons. Read More >

Beaded Treasures Of Haudenosaunee Art

April 2–June 16, 2019

Well known as masters of beadwork, this exhibit will feature over 120 pieces of Haudensaunee art from a private collection. Read More >

Elephant and Piggie in We Are Art!

April 2–May 15, 2019

Mo Willems’s best-selling, award-winning early reader series features best friends Elephant Gerald and Piggie, who are ready to hit the road in a special touring exhibition organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Read More >

Winter Warmth: Coverlets, Quilts, and Clothing

October 27–December 30, 2018

Before the mid-20th-century advent of electric blankets, smart wool, and micro fiber, people fended off chilly winters with goods handcrafted from natural materials. Read More >

Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist’s Journey through Amnesia

October 13–December 30, 2018

In late December of 2007, Lonni Sue Johnson, an artist and illustrator, suddenly contracted viral encephalitis, an infection that led to severe brain damage. As a consequence, Lonni Sue developed profound amnesia—a deficit in memory. Read More >

History: Photographs by David Levinthal

March 31–December 30, 2018

Iconic historical moments, often portrayed in paintings or on film, have served as the inspiration for David Levinthal’s recent body of work, History. Read More >

The Barber Surreal: Eugene Berman’s Reimagined Barber of Seville

March 31–December 30, 2018

Surrealist artist Eugene Berman was well-known for his set and costume designs for the opera. Read More >

Native Celebrations of the Inland Northwest: Photographs by Jeff Ferguson

March 31–December 30, 2018

Jeff Ferguson is a Spokane tribal member who finds inspiration from the Inland Northwest and his Native heritage. Read More >

Eugene and Clare Thaw: A Memorial Tribute

March 31–December 30, 2018

Over the last year, Fenimore Art Museum lost its beloved friends and benefactors, Clare E. and Eugene V. Thaw. Read More >

Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham

August 11-October 14, 2018

The photographs of Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) reflect vital developments in 20th century art and photography. She is recognized for helping to establish photography as an art form. Read More >

Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden

May 25–September 30, 2018

The exhibition centers on Cole’s masterwork Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, lent by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), and explores his aspirations for landscape painting at the start of his career in the 1820s and early 1830s. Read More >

Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

March 31–August 5, 2018

Over the course of his fifty-year career, American photographer Edward Weston (1886 – 1958) blazed a path into Photo-Modernism rendering portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, and nudes. Read More >

American Folk Art: Seven Decades of Collecting

March 31 – May 13, 2018

The Fenimore’s remarkable collection of American folk art was originated by Stephen Carlton Clark over seventy years ago and is now regarded as one of the most comprehensive and significant assemblages in the United States. The exhibition includes select items from the collection such as weathervanes, portraits, pottery, and more. Read More >

Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine

September 16 – December 31, 2017

Lewis Wickes Hine (1874–1940) was considered the father of American documentary photography. This exhibition consists of rare vintage prints, and covers the three overarching themes of Hine’s three-decade career: the immigrant experience; child labor; and the American worker, culminating in his magnificent studies of the construction of the Empire State Building. Read More >

Edward S. Curtis Among the Kwakiutl

April 1 – December 31, 2017

In 1900, photographer Edward S. Curtis began a massive project to photograph the Native American people of the United States. Thirty years later, it resulted in a 20-volume, 20 portfolio set of handmade books entitled The North American Indian—one of the most ambitious publishing projects in American history. In this exhibit, see rare images from Volume 10 of the series, focusing on the Kwakiutl. Read More >

The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection

April 1 – December 31, 2017

Dick Button is widely considered one of the premiere male figure skaters. He dominated the world of figure skating for a seven-year period, winning two Olympic gold medals (1948 and 1952), five consecutive World Championships, seven U.S. National titles and North American and European Championships. Button has since had a long and illustrious broadcasting career from 1960-2010, becoming the first winner of an Emmy Award… Read more >

Between Observation and Imagination: Paintings by Tracy Helgeson

April 1 – December 31, 2017

Between Observation and Imagination is a collection of new work that epitomize how artist Tracy Helgeson sees and feels about the landscapes, structures and scenes that surround her daily life in Cooperstown. Simplicity in forms and layers of color juxtaposed with bits of painted detail and other textural elements create images that define a specific place, yet also seem otherworldly. Read More >

Still and Solemn Chambers: Recent Paintings by Frank Farmer

April 1 – December 31, 2017

Still and Solemn Chambers focuses on Farmer’s paintings based primarily on the interiors spaces of temples in India, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and some churches in France and England. Abstracted from photographs, the images in the paintings remain referential but without identifiable symbols. The subjects of these paintings can be vibrant places, full of people, ringing with activity or as often, still and solemn chambers. Read More >

Dwell with Beauty: Native Americans at Home

April 1 – December 31, 2017

Home is a place full of activity—growing children, sizzling food, and the crafting of objects that serve the family and celebrate beauty. Whether a tipi, longhouse, wigwam, earth lodge, or wooden house, the home has traditionally been the domain of women. Read More >

American Folk Art: Seven Decades of Collecting

September 16 – December 31, 2017

The Fenimore’s remarkable collection of American folk art was originated by Stephen Carlton Clark over seventy years ago and is now regarded as one of the most comprehensive and significant assemblages in the United States. The exhibition includes select items from the collection such as weathervanes, portraits, pottery, and more. Read More >

Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance

May 27 – September 4, 2017

This exhibition celebrates Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday as expressed by his granddaughter and guest curator, Victoria Wyeth. The exhibition will include objects from Ms. Wyeth’s personal collection, many never-before exhibited, including Andrew Wyeth’s sketches, studies, paintings, artifacts, and ephemera, as well as Ms. Wyeth’s own photographs of her grandfather. Read More >

Rise up Singing: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard

May 27 – September 4, 2017

Photographer Herman Leonard (1923-2010) was renowned for his photographs of many of the 20th century’s greatest jazz artists. This exhibition features Leonard’s portraits of jazz legends such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lena Horne. Read More >

50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition

April 1 – May 14, 2017

In words and images, Maurice Sendak gave form to the fierce power of a child’s imagination. This commemorative exhibition will include many highlights from his 60-year-long career, including original illustrations from Where the Wild Things Are, Little Bear, In the Night Kitchen, and other books; set design and costume sketches; animation reels; posters; sculpture; and more. Read more >

The Elegant Eye: The 11th Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial 

April 1 – May 14, 2017

Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) beadwork began to flourish in the 17th century, as more and more trade beads came to North America through the fur trade. Glass beads first enhanced quilled pouches and then supplanted the quills as greater variety and colors of beads arrived. In the 19th century, Haudenosaunee beadwork devolved from a spiritually based activity, with designs guided by dreams, to souvenirs for tourists.  Read more >

Ansel Adams: Early Works

April 1 – December 31, 2016

The exhibition focuses on the masterful small-scale prints by Adams from the 1920s into the 1950s. In this time period, Adams’ technique significantly evolved from the soft focus, warm-toned, painterly “Parmelian prints” of the 1920s. Read more>

Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture

October 19- December 31, 2016

Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture is an exhibition of the innovative minds and personalities that defined a century as seen through the eyes of one of its own; Arnold Newman. Recognized as the ‘Father of Environmental Portraiture,’ Newman’s work is collected and exhibited in major museums and collections around the world. Read more >

The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls’ Schools and Academies in Early America

Spetember 24 – December 31, 2016

The curriculum for “young ladies” who attended private boarding schools and female academies in early America included a wide range of artistic endeavors in addition to the reading, writing, and arithmetic emphasized in public schools of the time. Read more >

The Clothing Project: Costumes from Christmas Past

September 24 – December 31, 2016

Our Clothing Project exhibit transitions into the fall and winter with a look at the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum collection of apparel for the colder months. The exhibit includes seldom seen winter clothing from upstate New York’s past including mittens, muffs, capes, dresses, hats, and more.  Just in time for the holidays! Read more >

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