During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday at 1:30 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.
Lecture by Susan Danly, Independent Curator, American Art

As part of this year’s Maine Photo Project, Susan Danly, former curator of photography at the Portland Museum of Art, collaborated with Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.,  Maine State Historian, and Libby Bischof,  Assistant Professor of History at USM, to write the first history of Maine photography.  Her lecture will touch on how they selected their subjects, chose the illustrations, and worked with Down East Books and the Maine Historical Society to produce the book. 

with artists Joyce Tenneson, Cig Harvey, and Brenton Hamilton

This panel discussion marks the opening of Picturing Maine, an exhibition that spans a broad time period in the history of photography in Maine, from the early twentieth century up to the present. Associate Curator Jane Bianco will facilitate a discussion with three renowned local artists whose work is featured. Discussion will center around the nature of the work in the show, how the photographers have responded to the history of photography, and the opportunities and challenges of being a photographer in Maine in the twenty-first century.

Join us for a conversation about art, agriculture, and the environment. Each artist will open with a short slideshow presentation of their work, followed by a panel discussion, and questions from the audience.

Lecture by Stephanie Plunkett, Chief Curator, Norman Rockwell Museum

Using a dining car from the New York Central’s Lake Shore Limited as his setting, famed American illustrator Normal Rockwell (1894-1978) captured a moment in his own son’s life that he thought would touch a common cord. Inspired by H. K. Browne’s illustration of a similar scene in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, Rockwell’s painting describes a young boy’s first experience of calculating a waiter’s tip.

Lecture by Matthew H. Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography 
at the University of Southern Maine

Abraham Ortelius (Flemish, 1527–1598) published his Theatrum orbis terrarum in Antwerp in 1570. His genius lay not in how he made his maps—he simply copied existing works—but in how he selected and arranged them. This one work, for the first time, brought the whole world to the hands and eyes of Europe’s elites. From its allegorical title page to the index of places, the Theatrum offered a powerful intellectual image of territorial control and access; it reduced the world’s staggering variety into a single stage on which Europeans could act.

Lecture by Joe D. Horse Capture, Associate Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

In conjunction with the exhibition Maine Collects, Kaja Veilleux, appraiser, auctioneer, collector, and owner of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, will give a behind-the-scenes look at the world of art auctions, and will speak more broadly about collecting and what to look for when assessing an object.

Cost: $5; members free of charge. Please email kfinlay@farnsworthmuseum.org to register. 

Lecture by Britta Konau

Artists often acquire sizable art collections through trade with fellow artists. And many collect things other than art—objects that in some way attract their curiosity. Sometimes it’s the formal elements that are important, sometimes historical context, or a deeply personal connection. From bought at auction to found on the street, their origin may be impressive or totally unclear, as may their purpose. These private collections are often so intertwined with an artist’s thinking and aesthetic choices that it may be difficult to separate them from inspiration or in some cases even artistic material. This richly illustrated talk will look at artists’ work and their collections of non-art and investigate possible connections and commonalities between them.

A panel discussion led by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky