NBC’s “TODAY” Show to Air New Year’s Day Profile of Farnsworth Art Museum’s Robert Indiana Exhibition

On New Year’s Day, 2010, at 7:30 a.m., NBC’s “TODAY” showwill broadcast a profile of artist Robert Indiana, which will feature the Farnsworth Art Museum’s ongoing exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope. The report will focus on Indiana’s famous HOPE sculpture which the artist created in 2008.
 
The Farnsworth Art Museum (www.farnsworthmuseum.org), located in Rockland, Maine, recently extended its popular Robert Indiana exhibition through January 10, 2010. The exhibition on the renowned artist is drawn almost exclusively from his extensive holdings at his home and studio, the Star of Hope Lodge on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. In particular, it examines the remarkable environment Indiana has created there, and the role this environment has played in his work. The exhibition includes some of his best-known themes – LOVE, the American dream, and his Marsden Hartley Elegy series – as well as the acclaimed HOPE sculpture which premiered at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. 
 
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by prominent curator and historian of American art, John Wilmerding, and by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky. The exhibition was made possible thanks to a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by donations from Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon; Morgan Art Foundation, who are also lenders to the exhibition; and by Gillian and Simon Salama-Caro. The primary media sponsor for the exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope is Down East Magazine, Books and Online.
 
Robert Indiana, HOPE, 2008, collection of Michael McKenzie