Fertile Ground: Rockwell Kent on Monhegan Island - Lecture by Scott R. Ferris

May 12, 2012
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
To mark the opening of the exhibition Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, and Monhegan, the Farnsworth is pleased to have Scott R. Ferris—a lecturer, author, curator, and former director of The Rockwell Kent Legacies––share his thoughts on how Kent utilized the fertile ground of Monhegan Island to cultivate his burgeoning persona and artistic styles.
By the time Kent set foot on Monhegan, at nearly 23 years of age, he had already studied architecture at Columbia and painting under William Merritt Chase, Abbott Thayer, Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller. In the thick of vegetarianism and Debsian socialism, he was also a Darwinian and Pantheist, a developing sociopolitical activist, a writer, performer, caricaturist, and somewhat of a joker. On Monhegan Island, Kent sowed the seeds of his quest for “‘Art’ for Life’s Sake.”
Using a variety of visual and audio media, Ferris will reintroduce the one time Monhegan resident by identifying some of the artist’s inspirations, as well as the resulting accomplishments that ultimately launched Kent’s career as a world-renowned artist, author, and activist.
Seating: limited to 60 people
Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers
Rockwell Kent, Maine Coast, Circa 1907, Oil on canvas, bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1997
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