Permanent Collection focus of 2013 season

Farnsworth to fete its ‘American Treasures’

Feb 02, 2013
Fitz Henry Lane’s “Shipping in DownEast Waters" is an 1854 oil on canvas that was purchased by the Farnsworth Art Museum in 1960.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum has announced its upcoming exhibition season, which will include a complete re-installation of almost every gallery in the museum for the presentation of “American Treasures: The Best of the Farnsworth Collection.” The 2013 season also will include a major N.C. Wyeth exhibition, as well more intimate shows featuring works by Andrew Wyeth and by Jonathan Fisher.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 16, the Farnsworth will present “American Treasures,” an exhibition that will celebrate Maine’s role in American art by displaying the very best among the more than 13,000 works in the museum’s collection. On view, through a series of themed shows, will be paintings, photographs and sculpture by many of America’s most important artists including Fitz Henry Lane, George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Elliot Porter, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana and N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

“American Treasures” will consist of several related exhibitions: “Small Treasures,” opening Feb. 17; “Other Voices,” opening March 9; “Maine Voices,” opening May 18; and three that will open on June 1 — “New Visions, New Languages”; “Visions of the Land and Sea”; and “Family and Friends.”

On April 27, the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center will open a major exhibition titled “Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth Illustrations from the Brandywine River Museum.” The exhibition includes 30 paintings by N.C. Wyeth, from early western pictures through Robert Louis Stevenson classics to Wyeth’s later illustrations in experimental styles. This exhibition is organized by Christine Podmaniczky, Associate Curator for the N.C. Wyeth collection at the Brandywine River Museum and author of the N.C. Wyeth catalogue raisonné.

The museum also will present two smaller exhibitions. Opening on March 23 will be “A Wondrous Journey: Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals” in the museum’s Craig Gallery. “Andrew Wyeth: Her Room” will be on display beginning in April in the Wyeth Study Center. In addition, summer 2013 will mark the reopening of the Farnsworth Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Homestead has been closed for the past two years for a preservation program addressing a range of exterior and interior needs.

The primary media sponsor of “American Treasures,” “Every Picture Tells a Story” and” The Making of Scripture Animals” is Maine Home + Design. Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art via a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 13,000 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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