It is a commonly held belief that most artists work best alone. But is this really true? Throughout the centuries collaborations have assumed many forms with a variety of results – some well-known and others more obscure. How does Donald Saff’s work—as evidenced in the current Farnsworth exhibition Pushing Boundaries: Dine, Graves, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg and Rosenquist—Collaborations with Donald Saff—fit into this schema? This lecture will address these issues, which are being brought to the fore as we view and think about the work that was done at Saff Tech Arts on the shores of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay in the late twentieth/early twenty-first centuries.

On Saturday, June 4 at 11 a.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will host an artist’s lecture entitled Objects of Projected Desire: The Paintings of Emily Eveleth in conjunction with the exhibition Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut, a two-venue artist-curated project co-hosted by Asymmetrick Arts and Win Wilder Hall in downtown Rockland. 

The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Rockland Historical Society are pleased to co-sponsor a lecture by Holly Peppe, the literary executor for Edna St. Vincent Millay. A major figure in 20th-century American literature and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Millay was born in Rockland, Maine in 1892. Her birthplace at 198-200 Broadway was recently purchased by The Rockland Historical Society and a major restoration project is in process. The Millay House will join the Farnsworth Homestead as significant historic sites in downtown Rockland. 

In the 1960s, artist and master printmaker Donald Saff created a printmaking atelier unlike any other in the country. In launching his first collaborative venture, Graphicstudio, in 1968, he invited and encouraged nationally prominent artists to think three-dimensionally with printmaking, and for decades, worked closely and intensely with world-renowned artists as they navigated the journey from conception to finished product, offering solutions and ideas that helped bring their work to the public eye. 

March 26: Picturing Maine Photography

Memory Gallery at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is a welcoming place where people living with memory loss, along with their care partners and loved ones, come together for a gallery tour and casual social gathering each month. Spend a morning together engaging with art from the collection, sharing conversation with new friends who are experiencing similar circumstances, and making art.

This interactive program explores different art works each visit and is free of charge.

For reservations, please contact Denise Mitchell at 207-596-6457 ext 103 or at dmitchell@farnsworthmuseum.org

Christina’s World: From Painting to Novel 
Lecture by Christina Baker Kline

Tuesday, August 9, 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre

Annual Wyeth Day Lecture:
Conceptions of Andrew Wyeth from the Mistaken to the Absurd
Observations by James Duff, Former Director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Tuesday, July 26, 6 p.m.
at the Strand Theatre

Most of us have seen at least one film on Joan of Arc, whether as played by Milla Jovovich (The Messenger, 1999), Jean Seberg (Saint Joan, 1957), Ingrid Bergman (Joan of Arc, 1948), or—still the most revered, though silent—Falconetti (The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928).  Yet many more films were produced, often by pioneering directors from Europe and the United States throughout the twentieth century, making the Maid of Orleans one of the most filmed religious figure of all time, second only to Jesus. The ending to Joan’s life is universally known, yet different artists and writers continue to retell her tale for an ever-receptive public, often amidst seething controversy.

Virtually everyone has heard of Joan of Arc (1412–1431), the extraordinary young savior-heroine of France during the Hundred Years War against England, who was commanded by angelic visions and voices, only to be martyred at the stake.  Several famous authors, such as Shakespeare, Voltaire, Mark Twain, and George Bernard Shaw, have portrayed her.  Various famous women from around the world, such as Indira Gandhi, were inspired by her. Joan also served as galvanizing symbol for the Allies in both World Wars and even in recent French politics.