Three Fascinating July Lectures

The Farnsworth Art Museum is presenting three fascinating lectures in July. All three programs are taking place online via Zoom and are presented in conjunction with our ongoing exhibition programming.

Wyeth Day 2020—View from Brandywine:
The Wyeths of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, July 15, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for the twelfth annual Wyeth Day, celebrating Andrew Wyeth’s birthday, which was officially proclaimed as Wyeth Day in 2009, by Governor John Baldacci. This year, we have invited Virginia Logan and Tom Padon of the Brandywine River Conservancy and Art Museum, located in Pennsylvania, to speak about the extraordinary contributions of the Wyeth Family to the Brandywine region.

Virginia Logan is the Frolic Weymouth Executive Director and CEO of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, the parent organization of the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Brandywine Conservancy.

Thomas Padon is the James H. Duff Director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art, a role he has had since 2012.

This program has been underwritten by The Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation

This program will take place on Zoom.

Cost: $10; Free for Farnsworth and Brandywine members

You may register for the program below. Once you have registered you will receive an acknowledgement email with your link to the Zoom webinar.


Lecture by Richard Minsky: Modernism in American Book Cover Art, 1872-1930

Saturday, July 25, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From the 1870s to the beginning of The Great Depression Modernism came into American homes on book covers. The influence of Japanese woodcuts, the British pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements, Art Nouveau, Impressionism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Futurism, and Social Realism all appeared on book covers years or decades before they showed in salons and galleries. Women artists who are the subject of the current Farnsworth Museum exhibition played a major part in this.

Richard Minsky is a book artist, curator, and historian of book art. He is the author of The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 [George Braziller, 2010]. The Richard Minsky Archive is at the Yale Art Library, which mounted a 50-year retrospective exhibition in 2020. In 1974 he founded the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

This lecture is the Farnsworth’s annual Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture

This program will take place on Zoom.

Cost: $10; Free for Farnsworth members


Northeast Harbor Library Presents a Lecture: Women in American Book Cover Design

Wednesday, July 29, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Lecture by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron presented online via Zoom

The presentation Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design examines the heyday of book cover design from the 1890s through the 1930s, a time of great artistic experimentation influenced by the aesthetics of Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

During this period, women created thousands of book cover designs for the mass market, from simple one-color stamped designs to more elaborate multi-color designs, some which were stunningly beautiful works of art in and of themselves.  Organized by registrar Angela Waldron and drawn primarily from the Farnsworth Library’s collection, the decorative covers featured in the exhibition are by some of the best known and most prolific cover designers of the period, such as Margaret Armstrong, Amy Sacker, Bertha Stuart, Sarah Wyman Whitman, and a group known as The Decorative Designers.

After registering for this event, you will receive an email from the Farnsworth with a link to register for the Zoom program.

Cost: This program is free

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