Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will present a talk titled “The Screen Show: Six Folding Screens by Maine Artists” Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum.

“The Screen Show” (on view through Sept. 22) is the Farnsworth’s present-day response to a long screen-making tradition. The art form was especially popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, typically serving as room dividers and often used by their owners to dress or store items behind. Maine artists were invited to submit proposals for a folding screen and the final selection was chosen by a jury of artists and curators.

The show was inspired by the museum’s recently acquisition of two early 20th-century folding screens: an eight-panel painting by Barry Faulkner, “Manship Toasting the Angels”; and a three-panel painting by Carroll Thayer Berry with a fanciful view of Camden harbor. Komanecky will discuss the contemporary works in the exhibition within the context of international screen-making traditions.

The fee for this program is $10, $8 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

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