Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

In this lecture, curator Mark Rosenthal will consider the contexts in which Alex Katz’s work has evolved. Rosenthal is an independent curator, whose most recent exhibition was the acclaimed William Kentridge: Five Themes, seen at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in the spring 2010. Rosenthal has been head of Modern and Contemporary Art both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Adjunct Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York  and the Menil  Collection, Houston. He is currently Adjunct Curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has organized many exhibitions and written on a broad range of artists, including Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, as well as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and Jasper Johns.
 
Join Four in Maine artists for explorations of their work and artistic influences. On their respective evenings, the artists will give back-to-back slideshow presentations. The audience will then be invited to view each artist’s sculpture as installed on the museum grounds. The works by these artists range from organic forms and metaphorical uses of light and shadow to massive granite boulders and investigations of perception.

Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 70 people
Join Four in Maine artists for explorations of their work and artistic influences. On their respective evenings, the artists will give back-to-back slideshow presentations. The audience will then be invited to view each artist’s sculpture as installed on the museum grounds. The works by these artists range from organic forms and metaphorical uses of light and shadow to massive granite boulders and investigations of perception.

Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 70 people
Cost: $5 members; $8 nonmembers
 
As part of the 2010 Maine in America Award celebration, Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will discuss the exhibition .Alex Katz: New Works. Katz is regarded as one of the most important artists of his generation. As painter, printmaker, sculptor and draftsman, Katz has explored two main themes over the course of his long and successful career: landscape and the figure. It is his commitment to an essentially representational approach combined with his interest in rendering his subjects in flat, essentially unmodulated forms that sets Katz apart from many of his contemporaries. These simultaneous interests, in landscape and portrait, and realism and abstraction, have guided his work for more than sixty years.
 
Three generations of Wyeths—N.C., Andrew and Jamie—have together established themselves as one of America’s foremost artist families. As members of a closely knit family they, along with their siblings, cousins and other family members, have often given pieces of their art to each other. The talk will explore works that range from the public to the private: major paintings, intimate sketches, Christmas cards, notes and letters.
Join the Farnsworth’s curatorial staff and special guest speakers for intimate walking tours in the museum galleries. These monthly talks provide the opportunity to learn from experts about the history behind specific works, details of the artists’ processes and deeper intellectual foundations for their art.
 

Nevelson built sculptures by seeing the beauty in materials and shapes; in the arrangement of forms she saw their harmony with one another. Her approach is recognizable as assemblage or collage in her sculpture and printmaking. Connections between these art forms will be discussed.

Join the Farnsworth’s curatorial staff and special guest speakers for intimate walking tours in the museum galleries. These monthly talks provide the opportunity to learn from experts about the history behind specific works, details of the artists’ processes and deeper intellectual foundations for their art. 

A recurrent interest of Alex Katz has been the human figure, particularly large-scale portrait heads of one or more people on a single canvas. Over the years, many of his subjects have been family and friends, but occasionally Katz finds new models. In this interview, Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will discuss with Zofia Lamprecht what it was like to be one of Katz's models. Then a Lincolnville resident, Lamprecht approached Katz to take his photograph, only to have Katz ask her to sit for him. The result was Katz's 2009 painting, Inka and Zofia, which is included in the current exhibition, Alex Katz: New Works.