Lecture

The Art of the Book, organized by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, is the first ever exploration of the museum’s diverse collection of nineteenth- and twentieth- century rare, first edition, and out-of-print illustrated books ranging from the earliest museum purchases in the 1940’s to important donations made throughout the museum’s history. With a few exceptions, the show is drawn entirely from the collection and features a selection of first-edition classics such as Legends of Charlemagne by Thomas Bullfinch, Drawings by C. D. Gibson, Poems of Childhood by Maxfield Parrish, and The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle.
 
Lecture by Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
 
Join us for this richly illustrated lecture and take a look inside The Rare Books Collection at the Library of Congress, the largest collection of rare books in the Western hemisphere. The collection documents the history of the book, from its ancient and medieval origins to its present day manifestations, including the fifteenth-century book and the history of printing, European social and intellectual history, the history of science, the illustrated book, Americana from colonial America to the Civil War, and special themes and formats such as gastronomy, magic, and fine press printing. The lecture will highlight building the book arts collection in particular.
Lecture by Britta Konau, arts writer and independent curator
 
Lecture by Michael K. Komanecky, Chief Curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum
 
Lecture Two
Lecture by Alison Kuller, bookbinder and conservator
 
This 4-part lecture series is presented in conjunction with The Art of the Book exhibition on view in the Farnsworth’s Craig Gallery January 14 through April 1, 2012, which is an exploration of the museum’s eclectic collection of primarily nineteenth and twentieth century rare, first edition, and out-of-print books ranging from the earliest purchases by Robert Bellows in the 1940s to important donations made throughout the museum’s history. This lecture series will expound upon this theme to highlight different aspects of book arts, including illustrated books, book binding, rare book conservation, and artists’ books.
 

Lecture by Richard Lindemann

The first lecture in The Art of the Book Lecture Series will trace western book illustration from the illuminated manuscript to such contemporary works as artists’ books and e-books. Maine illustrators and book artists will feature prominently among the examples, which will be drawn  primarily from rare books in the Bowdoin College Library.

A Lecture by Scholar Henry Adams
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In honor of Veterans Day, the Farnsworth invites historian Peter H. Wood to discuss one of Winslow Homer’s most striking paintings, a wartime image of an enslaved black woman in Georgia. The painting disappeared for a century after its completion in 1866 and its revealing original title, “Near Andersonville,” was not uncovered until 1987. This lecture will delve deeply into this forgotten picture for the first time, expanding our view of this great American artist and challenge American culture’s lingering reluctance to confront its own painful past. By integrating art and history, Wood will give a fresh and provocative vantage point on Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the closing years of the Civil War, when the outcome was far more doubtful than most people now realize.