Adult Program

As part of Lincoln Center Institute’s Educator Workshop to be held at the Farnsworth this summer, the Figures of Speech Theatre will present a free public performance of Nightingale at the Strand Theatre.

Every summer since 1954, Alex Katz has lived and painted in the nearby town of Lincolnville.  In addition to his signature figure paintings, much of his work has concentrated on the land- and seascape of this midcoast village.  In recent years in particular, Katz’s work has included lushly painted, subtly colored large-scale canvases intimately connected to the place he has called home for more than five decades. This exhibition focuses on Katz’s most recent works from his annual Lincolnville sojourn; all of the paintings are from the artist’s own collection.

Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky, organizer of the museum's Alex Katz: New Works exhibition, will talk with Katz about his recent work and his more than fifty-year relationship with Maine, which began with Katz's attendance at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Katz has spent summers at his Lincolnville, Maine home and studio since 1954, where much of the work in the show was created or inspired. Katz, the winner of the Farnsworth’s Maine in America Award for 2010, has enjoyed an increasingly prominent position in the international contemporary art world. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Maine Media Workshops (MMW) will be presenting Arnold Newman’s lecture “What is a Portrait?” from his last presentation at the Workshops in the summer of 2005. Following the screening, members of the MMW faculty will discuss the impact of Newman’s work in the context of 20th century photography and his role as a mentor and teacher.
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In this lecture, curator Mark Rosenthal will consider the contexts in which Alex Katz’s work has evolved. Rosenthal is an independent curator, whose most recent exhibition was the acclaimed William Kentridge: Five Themes, seen at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in the spring 2010. Rosenthal has been head of Modern and Contemporary Art both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Adjunct Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York  and the Menil  Collection, Houston. He is currently Adjunct Curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has organized many exhibitions and written on a broad range of artists, including Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, as well as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and Jasper Johns.