Curator lecture May 16

Farnsworth unveils major reinstallation

May 05, 2018
Edward Hopper’s 1926 “Haunted House” depicts the Atlantic House, a boarding house in Rockland’s south end. The watercolor on paper is a 1971 Museum Purchase.

Rockland — On Saturday, May 12, the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum will unveil a major reinstallation of the museum’s outstanding collection of American art. Titled “Maine: The Farnsworth Collection,” the exhibition initially will be on view throughout five of the museum’s galleries, with a sixth gallery added Saturday, June 16, with the reopening of the museum’s Wyeth Center.

Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael Komanecky will deliver the opening lecture for the major collection re-installation Wednesday, May 16, at 2 the downtown museum’s auditorium. His illustrated talk is included in museum admission.

In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Farnsworth will showcase some of the best works from its 15,000-object collection, more than doubling the space in its main building and in the museum’s Wyeth Center for this purpose. Included in the exhibition will be works by Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth and many others.

The works represent the diversity of the Farnsworth collection, spanning more than two centuries, as well as the inventiveness of the artists who have found Maine an inspiration. Since its founding, the Farnsworth has focused on works by artists who have lived and/or worked in Maine; and through both its collection and exhibition activities the museum continues in its mission to celebrate Maine’s role in American art.

Lead exhibition sponsors for “Maine: The Farnsworth Collection” are Camden National Bank, Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, and Down East magazine. Midcoast Community Partners include Allen Insurance and Financial, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., Anne and John Surovek and Grasshopper Shop of Rockland. A members’ preview and reception will take place the evening before the public opening. The exhibition will run to March 14. For more information, visit

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

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