Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

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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Red Heroine, the only surviving episode of the 13-part serial of the same name, is also one of the few complete and earliest extant silent martial arts films. Made at the height of the martial arts craze in 1920s Shanghai, this lively tale about the rise of a woman warrior features the genre’s then-characteristic blend of sensational and mystical derring-do. The Devil Music Ensemble explores all facets of music from rock to electronic, orchestral to folk, and delivers a multimedia experience, performing both composed and improvised scores to silent films.
 
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Séraphine is the true story of Séraphine Louis, a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41 — self-taught and with the instigation of her guardian angel — began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912 Wilhelm Uhde, a German art critic and collector — one of the first collectors of Picasso and champion of naïve primitive painters— discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid in his lodgings outside Paris. Director Martin Provost builds his story around the relationship between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman’s spirit. (French with English subtitles.)
 
Norman McLaren's Oscar-nominated short film Pas de Deux (1969) is a beautiful surreal dream. Pas de Deux bends our perception of movement, shape and form—and ballet itself—as two dancers, first seen in normal dance become endless reflections of themselves. McLaren became a ground-breaking abstract experimental filmmaker accumulating a body of influential short films.