Farnsworth explores the ‘Art of Disaster’

Oct 02, 2016
Waldo Peirce’s “The Fire at East Orrington” is a 1940 oil on canvas, purchased by Farnsworth Art Museum in 1950.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will open “Art of Disaster” Saturday, Oct. 8. The exhibition of paintings, photographs, prints and three-dimensional works will remain on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through April 23.

Flood, fire, earthquake, drought … few things fuel the collective imagination more than the subject of disaster. This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Farnsworth and several local collections, explores the universal world of natural and human-originated disasters.

Works by Washington Allston, Leonard Baskin, Augustus Buhler, Jonathan Fisher, Winslow Homer, James Hope, Waldo Peirce and N.C. Wyeth depict a host of disasters — crashes, drowning, explosions, floods, fire, hurricanes, shipwrecks and war; the calamity of the aftermath — harrowing rescues, untold death and destruction, the physical and psychological toil; and, finally, the cleanup and recovery.

The opening will be celebrated at a free community event Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.; see story linked below. The opening event is sponsored by First National Bank. Primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s role in American art. It has a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. For more information on current exhibitions, programs and events, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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