June 25, 2020 – March 21, 2021
June 25, 2020 – March 21, 2021Exhibitions are free with admission.
What makes a home? The notion of home is a powerful one, often with deeply felt sentiment, a sense of history and family identity. To be home-bound during these exceptional times means to be conscious of the boundaries of home and at the same time the infinite prospects a home affords. Home interiors exposed to family and colleagues via computer screen these days proclaim connection, yet distance, from others. The pandemic has also tended to increase awareness that home, with its electronic windows to the rest of the world, is merely an idea, and something unattainable, for many in New England and beyond.
At Home in New England presents a look back in time. This selection from the Farnsworth collection depicts an earlier New England, through images of homes and interiors, at a time before Covid-19 changed perceptions of home. For artists working seasonally or year-round in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Vermont, a portrait of a home might become a record or a memory, for others a concept, one expressed as an idealized place and time.
Funding for First to Hail the Rising Sun: Maine Through the Eyes of its Artists is provided by Camden National Bank, the Premier Sponsor of our bicentennial exhibitions; and by donors to our exhibition development and education fund.