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May 2019

Andrew Wyeth’s Snow Hill: From Humor to Hell

May 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Snow Hill Book

Talk and book signing by James H. Duff Snow Hill may well be Andrew Wyeth’s most personal, complex, thoughtful, and difficult conception. This beautiful, popular and very enigmatic 1989 tempera painting embodies a huge portion of his life and art. It is a dramatic depiction of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, residents who provided him with inspiration over decades and who are seen against the snowy background of the Kuerner Farm, a place of great significance to the artist. This lecture is…

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EAT and the 1964 World’s Fair

May 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky Robert Indiana’s EAT sculpture originally appeared on the exterior of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, New York. It was one of several works commissioned by fair organizer Robert Moses for the building, including pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Liberman, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. This presentation by Farnsworth Art Museum Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will take a look back at the…

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June 2019

Slab City Film Festival

June 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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Will Brown, Cowgirl Set, Jacob Burkhardt filming Rudy, August 1977 Gelatin silver print 8-1/2 x 11 inches Collection of Emily and Will Brown, © 2018 Will Brown

A presentation by The at the Farnsworth In collaboration with the Camden International Film Festival The Farnsworth, in collaboration with CIFF, kicks off the summer with food trucks available for dinner, café seating in the Rockport Opera House, cash bar provided by Threshers, and films by former Lincolnville resident and artist, Rudy Burckhardt. Well regarded as an avant-garde filmmaker, the four Burckhardt works on tap are considered some of his most important films. Made in the 1960s and 1970s in collaboration with…

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From New York to Lincolnville

June 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Susan Danly Slab City Rendezvous guest curator Susan Danly will investigate how and why a group of young New York artists first came to midcoast Maine in the 1950s, bringing with them new ideas about modern art. The diverse group included figurative and landscape painters Lois Dodd, Rackstraw Downes, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, and Neil Welliver; filmmaker and photographer Rudy Burckhardt; installation artists Red Grooms and Mimi Gross; and painter/sculptor Bernard Langlais. What they created on Slab City…

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Summer Solstice Celebration

June 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Street

Farnsworth Art Museum educators will once again offer activities for children and families during the Rockland Main Street's Summer Solstice celebration. Cost: Free

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July 2019

Bowdoin International Music Festival Performance

July 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Founded in 1964, the Bowdoin International Music Festival features music by young, exceptional students who are vetted through a highly selective admissions process and study with distinguished faculty and guest artists. This program is a collaboration with Bowdoin College. Cost: Free

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Book Reading and Signing with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

July 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Hailed by the New York Times as an “ingenious satire,” Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s award-winning debut novel We Cast a Shadow paints issues of race, identity, and gentrification in bold, powerful strokes. This program is a collaboration with Maine Media College + Workshops. Maurice Carlos Ruffin has been a recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction and a winner of the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for Novel-in-Progress. His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, The Kenyon…

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Wyeth Day Lecture

July 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Jamie Wyeth, Self Portrait – Eighth in a Suite of Untoward Occurrences on Monhegan Island, 2016, Oil on canvas, 23 x 53 inches, Collection of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth and American art scholar Henry Adams will talk about the artist’s recent works from Jamie Wyeth: Untoward Occurrences and Other Things (on view through October 27). Adams authored the exhibition catalogue, for which he interviewed Wyeth to explore what these artworks are about and how they fit into the larger scope of his career. Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will serve as moderator. Henry Adams is the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western…

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The Music of Early 20th-Century Women Composers

July 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Pianist Donna Mulzet Beech, in collaboration with her violinist–husband Martin Beech, will present a delightful music concert of early 20th-century American women composers, including Ann Wyeth McCoy and Amy Beach. Donna Mulzet Beech received a doctorate of musical arts degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Chester University. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, and has performed as chamber musician and soloist throughout…

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August 2019

Renewing a Masterwork: A Conversation about Louise Nevelson and The Chapel of the Good Shepherd

August 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine 04841 United States
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Talk by Jared Stahler and Michael K. Komanecky While Louise Nevelson’s only remaining intact sculptural environment, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Saint Peter’s Church, is undergoing restoration in New York City, the work's Trinity columns are on view at the Farnsworth. Join Pastor Jared Stahler and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky for a discussion about the genesis of Nevelson Chapel, its place in her work, its history, conservation of all sculptures, and the comprehensive sustainable environmental upgrade. Jared…

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The History of American Picture-Frame Design

August 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Johanna Moore In America’s early days as a nation, picture frames were imported from Europe before artisans immigrated to this country to practice their craft. Johanna Moore will show how frame designs transformed through time, how they are constructed from the wood base to the gilded or painted finishes, and how artists chose frame designs to complete their paintings. A particular emphasis will be put on Maine frame makers and history. From early America to modern times, the…

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From Slab City to Tenth Street: The View From New York

August 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Melissa Rachleff Author and curator Melissa Rachleff will discuss the importance the Tanager Gallery on Tenth Street in New York City had on the artists featured in Slab City Rendezvous (on view through February 9, 2020). The Tanager's commitment to furthering the careers of younger artists through carefully conceived exhibitions treated both abstract and figurative tendencies equally, and became a model for other artist-run galleries, including Red Grooms's catalytic City Gallery and the Delancey Street Museum, both of…

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Handprint Turkeys and Cotton Ball Snowmen: Is There Hope for an Artful America?

August 28, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Art advocate and educator Bridget Matros connects the dots between the quality of preschool art-making experiences and the future of the arts—and ultimately society at large—in this compelling talk. Matros urges us to prioritize creative capacities as absolute survival skills for Generation Alpha, and shares strategies from her early intervention work at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. Q&A to follow. This program is part of Uncork the Arts, sponsored by J. Edward Knight Insurance. Bridget Matros graduated from Oberlin College having…

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September 2019

Camden International Film Festival

September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Camden International Film Festival returns to the Farnsworth for its milestone 15th edition. CIFF is widely considered one of the largest documentary film gatherings in North America and celebrates the year’s best nonfiction film and media on the coast of Maine. For more information: camdenfilmfest.org.

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Andrew Wyeth: Childhood

September 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Leith MacDonald How can a creative upbringing affect an artist’s output? The Andrew Wyeth’s WWI exhibition explains how a childhood fascination with World War I, complete with music and costume play, developed into masterpieces in paint, paper, and panel. Using the exhibition as a point of departure, Leith MacDonald will explore other connections between Andrew Wyeth’s childhood and his mature work. Leith MacDonald is an artist, curator, and educator based in midcoast Maine. Cost: Free after admission

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October 2019

A Different Voice: A Talk by Katharine Cobey

October 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine 04841 United States
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Cushing, Maine fiber artist Katharine Cobey builds three-dimensional forms by knitting with unusual fibers, metal wires, and plastics. Her stitches give shape to her viewpoints, integrating and shaping magical costumes or emblems of memory and loss. Cobey, whose exhibition Katharine Cobey: A Different Voice is on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum October 5, 2019 through April 12, 2020, started knitting when she was eleven as she watched her grandmother. Not until after she had become a published poet and…

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Music @ Noon—Kimberly Lehmann, viola; Robert Lehmann, violin and Martin Perry, piano

October 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Farnsworth Library, 16 Museum Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Kimberly and Robert Lehmann have performed duo programs all over New England, as well as in Mexico and throughout Europe, most recently two recitals in Germany. They are both Faculty at University of Southern Maine School of Music and are joined for our Opening Concert by pianist Martin Perry, a native Californian of Armenian-American heritage who has appeared with orchestras from the Boston Pops to the Moscow Philharmonic. Mendelssohn Trio in C Minor MWV Q3Bjarne Brustad Capricci for violin and viola (1931)Max Bruch Double Concerto in E Minor, Op.…

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