Zorach retrospective in Morehouse wing

Farnsworth opens major summer show

Jun 10, 2017
Eliza S. Paine Fund/partial gift of Dr. Robert A. Johnson (1977.130) Marguerite Thompson Zorach’s 1922 “Nude” is an oil on canvas on loan to the Farnsworth Art Museum’s summer retrospective from the Worcester Art Museum.

Rockland — On Saturday, June 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a major retrospective of the works of Marguerite Thompson Zorach. Titled “Marguerite Zorach — An Art-Filled Life,” the show will be on display in the Micah, Sam and Tim galleries of the downtown museum’s Morehouse wing through Jan. 7.

“Marguerite Zorach — An Art-Filled Life” is an exhibition that brings together 60 paintings and textiles Zorach made between 1910 and 1965. In highlighting her contributions as a modernist who helped change the course of American art, the Farnsworth presents the full range of her talents and tells the story of her colorful career as a painter; her participation in New Deal era mural projects; and her distinctive embroideries.

Featured in the exhibition is the large-scale tapestry portrait, “The Family of John D. Rockefeller Jr. at their Summer Home, Seal Harbor, Maine,” a work not seen in a museum since 1966. The show explores the many ways in which Zorach’s surroundings, often the subject of her many paintings, prints, poems and textiles, also were shaped by her art.

A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by art historians Betsy Fahlman, Cynthia Fowler and exhibition curator Jane Bianco accompanies the exhibition. Special curator-led gallery tours will take place Wednesdays, June 21, July 5, Aug. 16 and Sept. 27.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Maine Humanities Council, the Coby Foundation, Ltd., and Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group. Primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

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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