Lecture

Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will interview gallery owner and art historian John Surovek, who in his thirty-five years as an art dealer in Palm Beach, Florida has created one of the most important galleries of American art in the country. Surovek, who has a summer home in Rockport, Maine, has had numerous remarkable works of art come through his gallery, and has advised and consulted for many of America’s most important collectors. The discussion will delve into the many profound and humorous stories drawn from Surovek’s long experience in the American art world.
Cost: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
 
The N. C. Wyeth catalogue raisonné records almost 2,000 paintings Wyeth created in a career that spanned five decades. The detailed catalogue entries were informed by a great variety of sources, including the artist’s correspondence, archival material in private and public collections, and hundreds of objects that remain in Wyeth’s studio and home. Christine Podmaniczky will describe the catalogue project and review aspects of Wyeth’s career through a selection of paintings with fascinating stories and documentation.

Zorach’s large-scale 1935 painting relates both her personal history as well as broader cultural concerns with family and regional history. Done during the Great Depression, Zorach’s depiction of a rugged, self-sufficient New England family was part of a widespread effort – on the part of artists, and encouraged by federal art programs – to promote the importance of family and hence to mold national identity. Bianco will examine the meaning of this work in the context of Zorach’s personal family iconography and her large-scale mural projects of the period.
This talk and tour will be led by Assistant Curator Jane Bianco.
 
John La Farge is known best as one of America’s most important designers of stained glass and a rival and contemporary of Louis Comfort Tiffany, La Farge has two works of note in Rockland. His 6 x 5 inch 1888-89 watercolor, Japanese Fisherman, Study of Sunlight, is one of the highlights in the museum’s Small Treasures show. Less well known is his stained glass window in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Henry Adams, renowned scholar of American art and author of the definitive study of La Farge, will discuss the artist’s work and these two Rockland treasures.
This talk and tour will be led by Henry Adams, Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University

Louise Nevelson grew up in Rockland, Maine, but lived and worked in New York City as one of America’s foremost twentieth-century sculptors. She was among the many remarkable artists whose studio work has integrated with their everyday surroundings. Whether creating sculptural environments for gallery or civic spaces or within her personal realm hers was a unique artistic vision that will be explored in this talk on the art environments Nevelson created during the height of her career.
This talk and tour will be led by Assistant Curator Jane Bianco.

The Farnsworth Art Museum began collecting works by Old Town, Maine artist Bernard (“Blackie”) Langlais (1921-1977) in 1980 with the acquisition of Elephant, a charming painted plywood rendition of an elephant. Since then, the Farnsworth has acquired an additional six works, including two paintings, all but one representing animals. Known for his whimsical, lyrical animal sculptures and reliefs, Langlais’ output was prodigious and is represented in museum and private collections worldwide. After a fruitful career in New York City, Langlais returned to his home state and settled in Cushing, Maine in 1956, where he began experimenting with wood sculpture and other wood constructions, and lived out the rest of his life with his wife Helen and a menagerie of outdoor and indoor sculpture.
 
Lucy Trask Barnard of Dixville Center, Maine, was a prolific quilter and rug hooker, three of whose rugs are in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 2012, the Farnsworth acquired one of her rugs which had descended through her family. Jane Bianco will talk about Barnard’s life and work, and specifically the museum’s new acquisition.
This talk and tour will be led by Assistant Curator Jane Bianco
 
Locally, Fitzgerald is best known as a Monhegan artist, having been introduced to the famed Maine island artist’s retreat in the summer of 1924 where he joined the ranks of an elite group of artists including Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri, and George Bellows.  Fitzgerald drew inspiration from the island’s great natural beauty and the hardworking local fishing community, resulting in a significant body of work completed during his twenty-eight years there. His iconic painting, Torchin’, Monhegan, Maine will be the topic of discussion along with other related works depicting the local fishing industry.
This talk and tour will be led by Registrar Angela Waldron