Lecture

The Homestead Project exhibition, on view March 24 through September 23, features the designs of ten architectural firms who have been charged with creating a home for a growing family in 2012, loosely modeled on the Farnsworths of 1849: a successful businessman, his wife and three young children. Balancing elements of privacy with public exposure for a home situated in 2012 on what is now the Farnsworth Museum campus, architects and their teams have designed a new “Farnsworth Homestead” on the current site, taking into consideration the surrounding museum block and current zoning codes. Assistant Curator, Jane Biano, will lead visitors through this dynamic and multi-faceted exhibition during a 30-minute gallery tour.
 
The Homestead Project exhibition, on view March 24 through September 23, features the designs of ten architectural firms who have been charged with creating a home for a growing family in 2012, loosely modeled on the Farnsworths of 1849: a successful businessman, his wife and three young children. Balancing elements of privacy with public exposure for a home situated in 2012 on what is now the Farnsworth Museum campus, architects and their teams have designed a new “Farnsworth Homestead” on the current site, taking into consideration the surrounding museum block and current zoning codes. Assistant Curator, Jane Biano, will lead visitors through this dynamic and multi-faceted exhibition during a 30-minute gallery tour.
 
The Homestead Project exhibition, on view March 24 through September 23,features the designs of principals of ten architectural firms who have been charged with creating a home for a growing family in 2012, loosely modeled on the Farnsworths of 1849: a successful businessman, his wife and three young children. Balancing elements of privacy with public exposure for a home situated in 2012 on what is now the Farnsworth Museum campus, architects and their teams have designed a new “Farnsworth Homestead” on the current site, taking into consideration the surrounding museum block and current zoning codes. Assistant Curator, Jane Biano, will lead visitors through this dynamic and multi-faceted exhibition during a 30-minute gallery tour.
 
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.
 
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.