The Farnsworth Art Museum will present its annual Wyeth Day Lecture Tuesday, July 26, at 6 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Titled Conceptions of Andrew Wyeth from the Mistaken to the Absurd, the lecture will be given by James H. Duff, former director of the Brandywine River Museum. The event is free of charge.

This lecture will address popular, critical and scholarly notions that misrepresent Andrew Wyeth’s intentions and the content of his work, as well as his personal actions. Numerous statements regarding Wyeth’s career are remarkably inaccurate; and many of those have been spread by repetition in various media, from newspapers and magazines to journals of art criticism and history. This lecture will confront some of these misinterpretations and attempt to bring accuracy to the record.

Duff was director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pa., beginning in 1973 and also executive director of the museum’s parent organization, the Brandywine Conservancy, from 1976 until his retirement in 2011. He has published many articles related to the museum profession and also articles and books on aspects of American art. He has organized a variety of exhibitions including “An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art,” which traveled to nine museums in five countries. He lectures on American art history, especially as it relates to the Brandywine Valley.

This program is free of charge. No reservations are necessary, but note that seating for this program will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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