Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

As the Farnsworth exhibition Elegantly Attired shows, nineteenth-century American women of the middle and upper classes dressed in fine fashions in the most up-to-date styles. This clothing shaped their bodies into figures that conformed to ideals of femininity and womanhood. Paintings, prints, and photographs of the period similarly defined these types—the working class woman, the New England woman, the idealized woman and the modern woman.  This talk will examine the wide- ranging visual images and their role in both advancing and challenging such gender stereotypes of the period. Donna Cassidy is Professor of American and New England Studies and Art History at the University of Southern Maine.
 
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
With a focus on Victorian dress, local costume historian Julie Stackpole will lead a gallery tour of the Elegantly Attired exhibition. Stackpole frequently researches period costumes; she also does period costume illustration and creation. In addition to her own vintage costume collection, Stackpole has also made period costumes for the General Henry Knox Museum and Acadia National Park.
 
Location: meet at the Farnsworth’s main entrance on Museum Street
Seating: limited to 20 people
Cost: $15 members; $20 general admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949
 
Chief Curator Michael Komanecky will discuss select pieces in the Real and Abstract exhibition, with a focus on the equally persistent strains of abstraction and realism in American art after World War II. Artists in the exhibition will include Will Barnet, Janet Fish, Sylvia Mangold, Kenneth Noland and others.

Exhibition Curator Jane Bianco will lead participants through the third in a series of exhibitions featuring prints from the permanent collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum. Prints featured include those by Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, Milton Avery, Alex Katz and others. Bianco will use the works in this exhibition to provide the inspiration for a discussion about society and visual expression in America since World War II.

Do you ever wonder about the history of fans, jewelry, purses, hats, gloves and undergarments? Janice Kasper, curator of the Elegantly Attired exhibition, will discuss the accessories that were needed to complement a woman’s dress in the late nineteenth century. Topics to be covered will include the language of fans, the proper etiquette for wearing jewelry, the selection of hat and gloves to wear for various occasions and the functions of the various layers of undergarments.
Located in the Peshawar Valley in eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, Gandhara was an ancient kingdom dating from the sixth century B.C. to the eleventh century A.D. Gandhara’s “Golden Period” was the first to the third centuries A.D. (Kushan Period) when large stupas (Buddhist monuments) and monasteries were spread across the Peshawar and within the great city of Taxila. Early sculptures of the Buddha were carved by western or western-trained artists, and there was a steady flow of ideas back and forth between Rome and Central Asia.
Free admission for children!
 
All ages will love this 2006 French animated fairy tale fantasy feature film written and directed by Michel Ocelot using 3D computer animation with two-dimensional, painted backgrounds and non-photorealistic rendering. Azur and Asmar are two children nursed by the same woman who tells them the story of the Djinn fairy waiting to be released from her chamber. Brought up together, they are as close as brothers until they are abruptly separated. Years later, Azur is haunted by memories of the legendary Djinn fairy, and takes it upon himself to journey all the way to Asmar's homeland to seek her out. (In English with some Arabic. Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.)
 
Bring a pumpkin to paint at the Gamble Education Center! Images of pumpkins are found in Andrew and Jamie Wyeth's paintings, and children will have the opportunity to paint their own pumpkin face. The Farnsworth will supply the paint materials. The galleries are open for exploration all day and parents are asked to pay the price of admission to view the current exhibitions; children 18 and under are free. Please bring your own pumpkin!  
Presented in conjunction with the Farnsworth Art Museum’s exhibition Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories found in Coastal Maine, this film takes a contemporary look at the fashion world. Valentino: The Last Emperor is a feature-length film on the legendary fashion designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino’s celebrated career and explores larger themes affecting the fashion business today.
Directly following the film, join us at the Farnsworth free of charge where Elegantly Attired will be on view.
 
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Free admission for children!
 
All ages will love this 2006 French animated fairy tale fantasy feature film written and directed by Michel Ocelot using 3D computer animation with two-dimensional, painted backgrounds and non-photorealistic rendering. Azur and Asmar are two children nursed by the same woman who tells them the story of the Djinn fairy waiting to be released from her chamber. Brought up together, they are as close as brothers until they are abruptly separated. Years later, Azur is haunted by memories of the legendary Djinn fairy, and takes it upon himself to journey all the way to Asmar's homeland to seek her out. (In English with some Arabic. Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.)
 
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