August E-Newsletter

 
August.09
 
 
Contents
Exhibition focus
Membership savings for artists and collectors
Museum Store special
Jamie Wyeth and Michael K. Komanecky--a conversation
John Wilmerding lecture
Curator's Choice talk--Seven Deadly Sins
Island master classes with Roger Dell
Jamie Wyeth book signing
Lee Schneller lecture and book signing
Paint the Town
You're invited to a party!
Jane Bianco presents paper
 

Exhibition focus

EATRobert Indiana and the Star of Hope
through October 25, 2009
The Farnsworth presents a major exhibition on renowned American artist Robert Indiana drawn almost exclusively from his extensive holdings at the Star of Hope, his home and studio and former Oddfellows Lodge on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue distributed by Yale University Press with essays by prominent curator and historian of American art, John Wilmerding, on Indiana's work dating from his move to Vinalhaven to the present, and by Farnsworth Interim Director and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky on the Star of Hope. There is also a new documentary film on the artist entitled A Visit to the Star of Hope-Conversations with Robert Indiana, by filmmaker Dale Schierholt, shown continuously in the museum auditorium and on sale at the Museum Store.

(Above: Robert Indiana, EAT, 1964; painted and electrified steel; collection of the artist; photo by Michael K. Komanecky)

The Farnsworth gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of the exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope: funded in part by a generous gift from Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon; funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; primary media sponsor is Down East magazine, books, & online. Primary sponsors for Live at Night at the Farnsworth are Bangor Savings Bank and VillageSoup.


Pride/AngerJamie Wyeth-

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Seven Deadly Sins

through August 30, 2009
The exhibition's paintings are accompanied by materials that place Wyeth's work within the subject's long iconographic history. Shown for the first time since their premier in New York in 2007. Wyeth's monumental painting, Inferno, Monhegan, is also included.

(Above left: ©Jamie Wyeth, Pride (Seven Deadly Sins) (detail), 2008; combined mediums on hand-wove, toned paper mounted on archival board; 34 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches; private collection; courtesy Adelson Galleries, New York; above right: ©Jamie Wyeth, Anger (Seven Deadly Sins) (detail), 2005; combined mediums on hand-wove, toned paper mounted on archival board; 34 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches; private collection; courtesy Adelson Galleries, New York)

Jamie Wyeth-Seven Deadly Sins has been organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum with the cooperation of the Brandywine River Museum. The primary media sponsor for Jamie Wyeth-Seven Deadly Sins is Down East magazine, books, & online. Primary sponsors for Live at Night at the Farnsworth are Bangor Savings Bank and VillageSoup.

A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth
throu

gh October 18, 2009
This summer the Fa
rnsworth is celebrating the life of Andrew Wyeth. A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth features over 30 Maine paintings that span Wyeth's career from the 1930s to his most recent work.

Continuing exhibitions: N.C. Wyeth--Painter and Illustrator, November 15, 2009; Achieving American Art--American Art Between the Wars, through January 24, 2010; Louise Nevelson, through January 24, 2010; Alex Katz Early Paintings, ongoing
 

Paint the Town artist and collector membership savings

MemberPaint the Town special offers
Artist special:
Are you planning on registering as an artist for Paint the Town on Saturday, August 8? As a special thank you for your participation, we would like to offer you a 20% discount on membership between now and August 31, 2009. Call the membership office at 207-596-6256 after you register to purchase your membership or to obtain information on this special discount offering.

Collector special:

Purchase a work of art at Paint the Town on Saturday, August 8, and we'll offer you a 20% discount on any membership purchase when you cash out. It's a fun day and all are welcome to attend. Reception and bidding is between 4 and 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!
(See Paint the Town below for more details.)

Reciprocal admission to the Currier Museum of Art


One time only--July and August, 2009
The Farnsworth is pleased to announce that current members will receive free admission to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, during the months of July and August. Each guest must be a current Farnsworth member to receive free admission. A current valid Farnsworth card is required for each entry. Children under the age of 18 are always admitted free of charge to the Currier.

Take advantage of this one time offering and venture to the Currier this summer! To see a complete list of current and upcoming exhibitions, programs and events before you visit, log on to currier.org; email visitor@currier.org; call 603-669-6144; or write to 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104.

Reciprocity pertains to free admission only and does not include or extend to any other discounts or benefits associated with membership. Valid only during July and August 2009.


 


Indiana catalogue

Special summer store hours for July and August: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unable to come to the store? Call us at 207-596-5789 or shop online at shop.farnsworthmuseum.org
 

Jamie Wyeth and Michael K. Komanecky discussion
A Conversation with Jamie Wyeth
Wednesday, August 5, 6 p.m.
Explore the topic of human frailty through the eyes of Jamie Wyeth and the iconic seagulls in his show, Seven Deadly Sins. Interim Director and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky and Wyeth will discuss the origins of this theme and the influence of historic renditions of this topic including Paul Cadmus' 1945-1949 surrealist paintings. There will be a question and answer period following the conversation.

Sorry! This event is sold-out; wait list is full as well.

Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 80 people
Cost: $15 members, $20 general admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949

 

John Wilmerding lecture
WilmerdingIndiana's Paintings: Quintessential Pop Art with John Wilmerding
Monday, August 10, 6 p.m.
Guest curator, collector and professor emeritus John Wilmerding speaks about Robert Indiana's paintings as quintessential pop art. Wilmerding will discuss how the artist's fascination with letters and numbers, billboards and other vernacular signage has resulted in some of the most iconic images in modern American art. Wilmerding is professor emeritus of American Art at Princeton University and author of Robert Indiana: The Artist and His Work 1955-2005.

Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 80 people
Cost: $15 members, $20 general admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949

(Above: John Wilmerding)

 

Curator's Choice gallery talk
Seven Deadly Sins
Wednesday, August 12, 1 p.m.

Join Curatorial Assistant Jane Bianco for an investigation of Jamie Wyeth's exhibition, Seven Deadly Sins. This interactive gallery talk will delve into Wyeth's exploration of this topic, in which he uses seagulls as the sinful characters demonstrating pride, envy, anger, greed, sloth, gluttony and lust. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Location: meet at the Farnsworth's main entrance on Museum Street
Seating: limited to 20 people
Cost: free with museum admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949

 

Island master classes with Roger Dell
R.DellSeven Deadly Sins--
A Master Class with Roger Dell

· Wednesday, August 12, 7 p.m.
Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall, Vinalhaven
· Wednesday, August 19, 8 p.m.
Historical Society, Islesboro
· Monday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Waterman's Community Center, North Haven

In three island presentations this summer, Director of Education Roger Dell will examine European and American artworks that depict the infamous set of early Christian sins. Linking the study to Jamie Wyeth's exhibition Seven Deadly Sins, Dell will explore how Wyeth's vision-the wild life on the Maine coast and islands including seagulls, lobsters, various fish-enacts and brings special traits to sinning. The lecture will examine Wyeth's paintings, including the large piece Inferno, Monhegan, 2006, in the context of how artists such as Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Brueghel, Jacques Callot, Otto Dix and Paul Cadmus painted this theme over the last 500 years. Moreover, the seven deadly sins, which were formulated in the first centuries after Christ, will be examined from the perspective of sin as a cultural construct. There will be a question and answer period following each lecture. Free to the public. Call 207-596-0949 for more information.

(Above: Roger Dell)

 

Book signing with Jamie Wyeth
Sins catalogue
Wednesday, August 19, 5-7 p.m.

Wyeth Center
In conjunction with the Seven Deadly Sins exhibition, Jamie Wyeth will be on hand to sign books, exhibition catalogues and prints at the Wyeth Center. The public is invited to purchase items from the Museum Store at the event or bring personal copies; each person, however, is limited to two items.

This is a special opportunity to meet Jamie Wyeth and leave with a personalized copy of your favorite book.

 

 


Garden

Lee Schneller garden lecture and book signing


The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden
with Lee Schneller Sligh
Wednesday, August 26, 3:30 p.m. with book signing to follow
Lee Schneller Sligh talks about her revolutionary perennial garden design system that is the subject of her newly released book, The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color. Using gorgeous slides of some of the 150 gardens she has designed since 1995, Schneller Sligh will introduce the "Blueprint," a one-page form that allows garden owners to assess balanced blooming potential at a glance. The public is invited to purchase the book from the museum store at the event or bring personal copies for signing. Proceeds of the book sales will benefit the Farnsworth's Victorian Garden, which Schneller Sligh designed using the method described in her book.

Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 80 people
Cost: $10 members, $15 general admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949

 

PAINT THE TOWN on August 8!
PT3Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. to dusk
Silent art auction 4 p.m.
Live art auction 6 p.m.

Paint the Town, a free community event, will take place on Saturday, August 8, at the Farnsworth and all over the City of Rockland. It is a day for artists in every medium and level of expertise to come together to paint Rockland, support the museum, enjoy the camaraderie of other artists and enjoy the day.

It works like this: artists arrive at the tent on museum grounds at 9 a.m. to check in, pick up their free lunches and free Paint the Town t-shirts before heading out to a Rockland site of their choice to Paint the Town. Later, the artists bring their artwork back to the museum for a silent auction beginning at 4 p.m., free to everyone. The live auction (free of charge as well) begins at 6 p.m.

Except for a cash bar, everything about this community event is free of charge, unless you decide to purchase a Rockland masterpiece, which, of course, we hope you will. To register, call 207-596-6457 ext. 117 or sign up online at farnsworthmuseum.org. Deadline is August 1 to be guaranteed a lunch and a t-shirt. Proceeds help to paint the Farnsworth's downtown historic properties.

(Paint the Town participant photo, 2008, David Troup)

 

Live at Night logo

You're invited to a party!

Friday, August 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Farnsworth library

Dory
 Featuring


 · Dory in the Desert dance band
 · Catering provided by Bells and Whistles
 · Cash bar

 Free membership raffle AND gift prize raffle!

Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and VillageSoup

Bangor Savings2

(Above: Dory in the Desert)

 

Jane Bianco presents paper at Dublin Seminar
JBianco
Curatorial Assistant Jane Bianco presented her research paper on the artist Jonathan Fisher's travels at the June, 2009, Dublin Seminar in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife is a continuing series of conferences, exhibitions and publications whose purpose is to explore everyday life, work and culture in New England's past. The conference was offered in conjunction with Boston University's Program in American and New England Studies, and with Historic Deerfield.

Ms. Bianco's paper, Jonathan Fisher, Observations along Pathways through Maine and Massachusetts, 1796-1839, is part of her on-going research into Fisher's life and works. 

(Jane Bianco at a recent museum talk; photo by Mary Sesak)

 
Hours and admissions fees

Summer/Fall hours: From Memorial Day weekend and through Columbus Day weekend, the Farnsworth's hours are: daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Olson House hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter/Spring hours: January 6-March 31, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Monday and Tuesday; April 1-Memorial Day, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Monday; Wyeth Center closed from January 4 until May 15

Admission: The price of adult admission is $12, admission for seniors and students (over age 16) is $10, children 16 and under are admitted free; members enjoy free admission

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