Lecture

Special Gallery Tour: Coloring Vision with Jane Bianco
During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.
 
All are free with admission and do not require advance reservations. To attend, please see the main admissions desk (at 16 Museum Street) on the day of the tour. 
 
Special Gallery Tour: The Shakers with Michael Komanecky
 
During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.
 
All are free with admission and do not require advance reservations. To attend, please see the main admissions desk (at 16 Museum Street) on the day of the tour. 
 
Special Gallery Tour: The Shakers with Michael Komanecky
 
During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.
 
All are free with admission and do not require advance reservations. To attend, please see the main admissions desk (at 16 Museum Street) on the day of the tour. 
 
Special Gallery Tour: Coloring Vision with Jane Bianco
During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.
 
All are free with admission and do not require advance reservations. To attend, please see the main admissions desk (at 16 Museum Street) on the day of the tour. 
 
Special Gallery Tour: The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea, with Angela Waldron
During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.
 
All are free with admission and do not require advance reservations. To attend, please see the main admissions desk (at 16 Museum Street) on the day of the tour. 
 
Special Gallery Tour: The Shakers with Michael Komanecky
 
During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.
 
All are free with admission and do not require advance reservations. To attend, please see the main admissions desk (at 16 Museum Street) on the day of the tour. 
 
Special Gallery Tour: Stories of the Land with Andrea Curtis
 
During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.

 

Award-winning author Rachel Urquhart will give a reading of her recently published novel The Visionist. The story is set in 1840s New England, in and around a fictional Shaker community that is in the throes of a religious revival. It is the "Era of Manifestations" and teenage believers up and down the East coast are falling into trance states and speaking in tongues. Considered by their fellow Shakers to be holy messengers, the girls are exalted as “Visionists,” hence the book's title. After the reading, chief curator Michael Komanecky will facilitate a question-and-answer session with the author. Urquhart will also be available after to sign books.
This illustrated lecture will cover the religious tenets behind the designs, design philosophy, joinery, impact on modern furniture, and the evolution of Shaker designs. Christian Becksvoort has over four decades of experience in forestry, wood technology, joinery and design.  He has been doing restoration work at the last Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake since 1976. His pieces are in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.  He has been a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking magazine for over 20 years, and is the author of The Shaker Legacy (Taunton Press, 1998) and With the Grain: A Craftman’s Guide to Understanding Wood (Lost Art Press, 2013).
 
Cost: $12; $5 members. No advance reservations.
On Wednesday, September 10, the Farnsworth Forum will once again host one of America’s leading public intellectuals who will give his views on the state of the art world. This year, the Forum is thrilled to present intermationally renowned artist Christo, who will speak at the Strand Theatre in Rockland at 6 p.m.

For our 2014 Farnsworth Forum presentation, Christo will speak on his historic projects ranging over half a century and highlight two extraordinary works in progress: The Mastaba, a project begun in 1977, and Over the River.