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Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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February 2017

Art on Stage: Sofonisba

February 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10 – $12

On Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m., Everyman Repertory Theatre will perform a staged reading of Sofonisba. Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola traveled to Spain to be court painter for Philip II for twenty years. The play opens with Sofonisba on the ship to Spain, and closes with her on the ship returning home to Italy. It explores her 20 years in the Spanish court as King Philip's prized portrait painter and confidant of 14-year-old Queen Isabel. The play explores and imagines the…

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Art on Stage: Sofonisba

February 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10 – $12

On Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m., Everyman Repertory Theatre will perform a staged reading of Sofonisba. Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola traveled to Spain to be court painter for Philip II for twenty years. The play opens with Sofonisba on the ship to Spain, and closes with her on the ship returning home to Italy. It explores her 20 years in the Spanish court as King Philip's prized portrait painter and confidant of 14-year-old Queen Isabel. The play explores and imagines the…

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Millay Birthday Gala Poetry Reading

February 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
Edna St. Vincent Millay

A gala poetry reading will take place in honor of the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The event will mark the poet’s 125th birthday and will feature poets Sylvia DeLeon, Kathleen Ellis, Ellen Goldsmith, Arielle Greenberg, Gary Lawless, Kristen Lindquist, Dave Morrison, Jennifer Moxley, and Elizabeth Tibbets, including Rockland’s current and former poet laureates, Joanna Hynd, Carol Bachofner, and Kendall Merriam, in addition to Maine’s poet laurate, Stuart Kestenbaum.

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Millay Birthday Gala Poetry Reading

February 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
Edna St. Vincent Millay

A gala poetry reading will take place in honor of the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The event will mark the poet’s 125th birthday and will feature poets Sylvia DeLeon, Kathleen Ellis, Ellen Goldsmith, Arielle Greenberg, Gary Lawless, Kristen Lindquist, Dave Morrison, Jennifer Moxley, and Elizabeth Tibbets, including Rockland’s current and former poet laureates, Joanna Hynd, Carol Bachofner, and Kendall Merriam, in addition to Maine’s poet laurate, Stuart Kestenbaum.

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March 2017

Art on Stage: Animals out of Paper

March 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

On Saturday, March 4, 1 p.m., Everyman Repertory Theatre will perform Animals Out of Paper. Whether they end poorly or well, relationships always leave a mark… In this uncommon love story, Andy, a high school teacher and avid fan, pressures the reclusive Ilana, a world-famous origami artist, into becoming an unwitting mentor to a troubled teenage prodigy named Suresh. These three intriguingly flawed characters begin to reshape and mold each other’s lives in much the same way they fold and crease their paper…

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Art on Stage: Animals out of Paper

March 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

On Saturday, March 4, 1 p.m., Everyman Repertory Theatre will perform Animals Out of Paper. Whether they end poorly or well, relationships always leave a mark… In this uncommon love story, Andy, a high school teacher and avid fan, pressures the reclusive Ilana, a world-famous origami artist, into becoming an unwitting mentor to a troubled teenage prodigy named Suresh. These three intriguingly flawed characters begin to reshape and mold each other’s lives in much the same way they fold and crease their paper…

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‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’: The Gilded Age of Restaurants of New York – Lecture by Virginia Tuttle

March 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
At Mouquin's, 1905. William Glackens, American, 1870-1938. Oil on canvas, 122.4 x 92.1 cm (48 1/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

Restaurants were still a fairly new, decidedly French “invention” when they first opened in New York City around 1830. In the decades immediately prior the Civil War, the city’s restaurants began to thrive as diners relished their first taste of exquisite French cuisine served in graciously appointed dining rooms. Then, between 1870 and the onset of World War I, while industrialism was rapidly increasing and vastly enriching America’s urban population, they became palatial—and sometimes truly bizarre—establishments that served as a stage for New York’s most extravagant social entertainments.

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April 2017

Artists’ Talk: The Olson House as Photographers’ Muse

April 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
Paul Caponigro, The Olson House

A longtime muse of artist Andrew Wyeth, the Olson House was the subject of the iconic painting, Christina’s World, as well as a great number of his other works. Since then, the Olson House has also attracted the attention of many talented American photographers who found its isolated site, weathered exterior, and its serenely evocative interiors, as well as Christina and her brother Alvaro Olson, an appealing subject for their own work.

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Artists’ Talk: The Olson House as Photographers’ Muse

April 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
Paul Caponigro, The Olson House

A longtime muse of artist Andrew Wyeth, the Olson House was the subject of the iconic painting, Christina’s World, as well as a great number of his other works. Since then, the Olson House has also attracted the attention of many talented American photographers who found its isolated site, weathered exterior, and its serenely evocative interiors, as well as Christina and her brother Alvaro Olson, an appealing subject for their own work.

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May 2017

Dr. Syn: A Portrait of Andrew Wyeth

May 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Andrew Wyeth, Dr. Syn

Who is Dr. Syn? And what is his relationship to Andrew Wyeth’s 1981 self-portrait of the same name? The painting Dr. Syn was given as a birthday gift from the artist to his wife and is full of references to Wyeth's love of history, fantasy, and rebellion. Leith MacDonald, on staff at the Wyeth Study Center, will attempt to interpret these references, combining a study of Wyeth’s preparatory drawings and watercolors, and the painting itself.

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Dr. Syn: A Portrait of Andrew Wyeth

May 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Andrew Wyeth, Dr. Syn

Who is Dr. Syn? And what is his relationship to Andrew Wyeth’s 1981 self-portrait of the same name? The painting Dr. Syn was given as a birthday gift from the artist to his wife and is full of references to Wyeth's love of history, fantasy, and rebellion. Leith MacDonald, on staff at the Wyeth Study Center, will attempt to interpret these references, combining a study of Wyeth’s preparatory drawings and watercolors, and the painting itself.

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June 2017

Start with Art: An Early Childhood Arts Program

June 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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In Start with Art, young children and their caregivers are invited to explore works of art in the museum and a related hands-on art activity. In each session, we will visit a work of art in the galleries, share a related storybook, and engage in a sensory and process-oriented art activity. Families are free to explore the museum's galleries after. These sessions will be led by artist and educator Alix Martin, who encourages children to approach the world with a curious spirit.…

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Start with Art: An Early Childhood Arts Program

June 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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In Start with Art, young children and their caregivers are invited to explore works of art in the museum and a related hands-on art activity. In each session, we will visit a work of art in the galleries, share a related storybook, and engage in a sensory and process-oriented art activity. Families are free to explore the museum's galleries after. These sessions will be led by artist and educator Alix Martin, who encourages children to approach the world with a curious spirit.…

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Start with Art – An Early Childhood Arts Program

June 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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In Start with Art, young children and their caregivers are invited to explore works of art in the museum and a related hands-on art activity. In each session, we will visit a work of art in the galleries, share a related storybook, and engage in a sensory and process-oriented art activity. Families are free to explore the museum's galleries after. These sessions will be led by artist and educator Alix Martin, who encourages children to approach the world with a curious spirit.…

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Start with Art – An Early Childhood Arts Program

June 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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In Start with Art, young children and their caregivers are invited to explore works of art in the museum and a related hands-on art activity. In each session, we will visit a work of art in the galleries, share a related storybook, and engage in a sensory and process-oriented art activity. Families are free to explore the museum's galleries after. These sessions will be led by artist and educator Alix Martin, who encourages children to approach the world with a curious spirit.…

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Marguerite Zorach and the New Deal: Lecture by Betsy Fahlman

June 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Marguerite Thompson Zorach, New Hampshire Post in Winter, 1938,

A week prior to the opening of the exhibition Marguerite Zorach: An Art Filled Life (open June 17 to January 7), art historian Betsy Fahlman, will give a special introduction to Marguerite Zorach.

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Marguerite Zorach and the New Deal: Lecture by Betsy Fahlman

June 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
Marguerite Thompson Zorach, New Hampshire Post in Winter, 1938,

A week prior to the opening of the exhibition Marguerite Zorach: An Art Filled Life (open June 17 to January 7), art historian Betsy Fahlman, will give a special introduction to Marguerite Zorach.

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August 2017

Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow—A Lecture by Laurie Wilson

August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow

This lecture will provide an intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members.

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Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow—A Lecture by Laurie Wilson

August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow

This lecture will provide an intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members.

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September 2017

Dr. Syn: A Portrait of Andrew Wyeth

September 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Andrew Wyeth, Dr. Syn, 1981 tempera on panel. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Talk by Leith MacDonald, Wyeth Study Center Who is Dr. Syn? And what is his relationship to Andrew Wyeth’s 1981 self-portrait of the same name? The painting Dr. Syn was given as a birthday gift from the artist to his wife and is full of references to Wyeth's love of history, fantasy, and rebellion. Leith MacDonald, on staff at the Wyeth Study Center, will attempt to interpret these references, combining a study of Wyeth’s preparatory drawings and watercolors, and the…

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Dr. Syn: A Portrait of Andrew Wyeth

September 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Andrew Wyeth, Dr. Syn, 1981 tempera on panel. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Talk by Leith MacDonald, Wyeth Study Center Who is Dr. Syn? And what is his relationship to Andrew Wyeth’s 1981 self-portrait of the same name? The painting Dr. Syn was given as a birthday gift from the artist to his wife and is full of references to Wyeth's love of history, fantasy, and rebellion. Leith MacDonald, on staff at the Wyeth Study Center, will attempt to interpret these references, combining a study of Wyeth’s preparatory drawings and watercolors, and the…

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October 2017

Marguerite Zorach and the Modern Embroidery Movement

October 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Marguerite Zorach, The Family Supper (Zorach Family), 1922, Wool embroidered on linen, Private Collection

Lecture by Cynthia Fowler In the first half of the twentieth century, a group of American women artists dedicated themselves to embroidery as a form of artistic expression.  The embroideries they made were consciously designed and executed to demonstrate their training as painters and more specifically their adherence to the principles of modern art.  In the early 1930s, modern artist Georgiana Brown Harbeson declared that the embroideries created by these women constituted a "modern embroidery movement" in America.  In her…

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Marguerite Zorach and the Modern Embroidery Movement

October 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Marguerite Zorach, The Family Supper (Zorach Family), 1922, Wool embroidered on linen, Private Collection

Lecture by Cynthia Fowler In the first half of the twentieth century, a group of American women artists dedicated themselves to embroidery as a form of artistic expression.  The embroideries they made were consciously designed and executed to demonstrate their training as painters and more specifically their adherence to the principles of modern art.  In the early 1930s, modern artist Georgiana Brown Harbeson declared that the embroideries created by these women constituted a "modern embroidery movement" in America.  In her…

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November 2017

Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Conversation with Henry Adams and Michael Komanecky

November 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Andrew Wyeth, Airborne Study, 1996, watercolor on paper.

In 1977 when the art historian Robert Rosenblum was asked to name the most over-rated and most under-rated American artist, he replied: “I nominate Andrew Wyeth for both categories.”  How can we explain the amazing degree to which Andrew Wyeth’s work has been subjected to both praise and abuse and what can we expect to be the future of his critical reputation?  Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday seems an appropriate time to take a careful look at the changing status of…

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Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Conversation with Henry Adams and Michael Komanecky

November 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Andrew Wyeth, Airborne Study, 1996, watercolor on paper.

In 1977 when the art historian Robert Rosenblum was asked to name the most over-rated and most under-rated American artist, he replied: “I nominate Andrew Wyeth for both categories.”  How can we explain the amazing degree to which Andrew Wyeth’s work has been subjected to both praise and abuse and what can we expect to be the future of his critical reputation?  Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday seems an appropriate time to take a careful look at the changing status of…

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December 2017

Unexpected Journeys:  Louise Nevelson and Pedro Guerrero

December 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York 1978

Presentation by Michael K. Komanecky, Chief Curator The sculptor Louise Nevelson and photographer Pedro Guerrero both reached the peaks of their chosen professions, though their paths to success were anything but expected.  Both came from humble origins.  Leah Berliawsky came as a young girl with her family from the present-day Ukraine to settle in Maine, joining her father who had come a few years earlier; and Pedro Guerrero grew up in the “dusty desert town” of Mesa, Arizona, shortly after…

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Unexpected Journeys:  Louise Nevelson and Pedro Guerrero

December 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York 1978

Presentation by Michael K. Komanecky, Chief Curator The sculptor Louise Nevelson and photographer Pedro Guerrero both reached the peaks of their chosen professions, though their paths to success were anything but expected.  Both came from humble origins.  Leah Berliawsky came as a young girl with her family from the present-day Ukraine to settle in Maine, joining her father who had come a few years earlier; and Pedro Guerrero grew up in the “dusty desert town” of Mesa, Arizona, shortly after…

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Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes: When Art Danced with Music

December 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Introduction by Curator Jane Bianco and Screening of Film Artist Marguerite Zorach came of age during a heady period of change and discovery in the arts early in the twentieth century.  Travelling throughout Europe, the Near East and Asia, she gained insight into global cultures and design—and relished the post-impressionism found in the costuming, curtains and stage decorations of the Russian Ballet. She was much taken with dance spectacle, performances by Isadora Duncan and the colorful Ballets Russes, established in…

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Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes: When Art Danced with Music

December 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Introduction by Curator Jane Bianco and Screening of Film Artist Marguerite Zorach came of age during a heady period of change and discovery in the arts early in the twentieth century.  Travelling throughout Europe, the Near East and Asia, she gained insight into global cultures and design—and relished the post-impressionism found in the costuming, curtains and stage decorations of the Russian Ballet. She was much taken with dance spectacle, performances by Isadora Duncan and the colorful Ballets Russes, established in…

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Dramatic Reading: All She Must Possess

December 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$12

The Cone sisters of Baltimore, Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta, daughters of German-Jewish immigrants, could have lived tranquil lives as respected Victorian women. Instead, the iconic duo voraciously collected art and curios from around the world. The unassuming Etta, often overshadowed by her sister, sat demurely among art and literary geniuses of the early twentieth century while slowly amassing one of world's greatest Modern art collections, which would eventually be bequeathed to the Baltimore Museum of Art. All She Must…

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Dramatic Reading: All She Must Possess

December 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$12

The Cone sisters of Baltimore, Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta, daughters of German-Jewish immigrants, could have lived tranquil lives as respected Victorian women. Instead, the iconic duo voraciously collected art and curios from around the world. The unassuming Etta, often overshadowed by her sister, sat demurely among art and literary geniuses of the early twentieth century while slowly amassing one of world's greatest Modern art collections, which would eventually be bequeathed to the Baltimore Museum of Art. All She Must…

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January 2018

Brilliant Interplay: The Art of Marguerite Zorach

January 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Marguerite Zorach, The Family Supper (Zorach Family), 1922, Wool embroidered on linen, Private Collection

Lecture and Tour by Exhibition Curator Jane Bianco Artist Marguerite Thompson Zorach (1887-1968) designed and nurtured flower gardens wherever she lived, and throughout her art she employed garden imagery to represent the new spirit of the modern age. Her paradise gardens are the extraordinary domains that we find within her lush tapestries, paintings and poetry, and which extended to her lived environments to the walls of her homes. For Zorach, the garden was a place to “throw off the veil…

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Brilliant Interplay: The Art of Marguerite Zorach

January 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Marguerite Zorach, The Family Supper (Zorach Family), 1922, Wool embroidered on linen, Private Collection

Lecture and Tour by Exhibition Curator Jane Bianco Artist Marguerite Thompson Zorach (1887-1968) designed and nurtured flower gardens wherever she lived, and throughout her art she employed garden imagery to represent the new spirit of the modern age. Her paradise gardens are the extraordinary domains that we find within her lush tapestries, paintings and poetry, and which extended to her lived environments to the walls of her homes. For Zorach, the garden was a place to “throw off the veil…

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Art for Us: What is Art?

January 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

Led by Roger Dell and co-presented by the Farnsworth and CMCA Art for Us: Let's Discuss Session One: What is Art? The artist John Baldessari once said “Art is anything an artist does.” Can we be satisfied with that? Writer and critic Susan Sontag believed that art is the process of producing objects of grace, intelligence, expressiveness, energy, and sensuousness. This session will go beyond these two definitions of art, while examining many different answers to the question: “What is…

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Art for Us: What is Art?

January 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

Led by Roger Dell and co-presented by the Farnsworth and CMCA Art for Us: Let's Discuss Session One: What is Art? The artist John Baldessari once said “Art is anything an artist does.” Can we be satisfied with that? Writer and critic Susan Sontag believed that art is the process of producing objects of grace, intelligence, expressiveness, energy, and sensuousness. This session will go beyond these two definitions of art, while examining many different answers to the question: “What is…

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Art for Us: What is the Role of the Art World?

January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$12

Led by Roger Dell and co-presented by the Farnsworth and CMCA Art for Us: Let's Discuss Session Two:  What is the Role of the Art World? The world of art is so much more than the discrete, stand–alone objects we call art. These objects are created by a single artist (or sometimes an artist collective); however, as soon as these objects leave the studio and are encountered by viewers, people in the gallery and museum worlds, their reception becomes unpredictable…

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Art for Us: What is the Role of the Art World?

January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$12

Led by Roger Dell and co-presented by the Farnsworth and CMCA Art for Us: Let's Discuss Session Two:  What is the Role of the Art World? The world of art is so much more than the discrete, stand–alone objects we call art. These objects are created by a single artist (or sometimes an artist collective); however, as soon as these objects leave the studio and are encountered by viewers, people in the gallery and museum worlds, their reception becomes unpredictable…

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Dramatic Reading: Museum

January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$12

Museum takes place on the final day of a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists being exhibited in a major museum of modern art. In the course of the day some forty people walk through the show: art lovers, skeptics, international visitors, students, lost souls, fellow artists, and of course, museum guards. This varied cast of characters passes commentary both playful and observant, revealing their own yearnings and predilections. Playwright: Tina Howe. Art on Stage: Everyman Rep at the…

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Dramatic Reading: Museum

January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$12

Museum takes place on the final day of a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists being exhibited in a major museum of modern art. In the course of the day some forty people walk through the show: art lovers, skeptics, international visitors, students, lost souls, fellow artists, and of course, museum guards. This varied cast of characters passes commentary both playful and observant, revealing their own yearnings and predilections. Playwright: Tina Howe. Art on Stage: Everyman Rep at the…

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February 2018

Millay Without Borders: 126th Birthday Reading

February 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Berenice Abbot, Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1930, Gelatin Silver print (DRY MOUNT) , Gift of Mr. Ronald A. Kurtz, 1986.27.1

There isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, No matter where it’s going. —Edna St. Vincent Millay, from “Travel” Celebrate the 126th birthday of Pulitzer Prize poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Rockland with Maine poets reading the poet’s letters and poems about her travels as well as their own poems. Millay was a “travelin’ woman.” From her girlhood excursions on Penobscot Bay and visits to her father in inland Kingman to her 1913 departure from Camden to New York City,…

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Millay Without Borders: 126th Birthday Reading

February 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Berenice Abbot, Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1930, Gelatin Silver print (DRY MOUNT) , Gift of Mr. Ronald A. Kurtz, 1986.27.1

There isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, No matter where it’s going. —Edna St. Vincent Millay, from “Travel” Celebrate the 126th birthday of Pulitzer Prize poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Rockland with Maine poets reading the poet’s letters and poems about her travels as well as their own poems. Millay was a “travelin’ woman.” From her girlhood excursions on Penobscot Bay and visits to her father in inland Kingman to her 1913 departure from Camden to New York City,…

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April 2018

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

April 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. This film is the inside story of an artist /dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries…

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

April 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. This film is the inside story of an artist /dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries…

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May 2018

Maine: The Farnsworth Collection

May 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Winslow Homer, Seven Boys in a Dory (detail), 1873; watercolor on paper, Gift of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth, 1999.22

Opening Lecture with Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky The Farnsworth is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its opening with a newly envisioned installation of its renowned collection of American art. Spread through multiple galleries, this installation will feature some of America’s best known artists including works by Winslow Homer, Frank Benson, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, John Marin, Neil Welliver, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Neil Welliver, Yvonne Jacquette, and members of the Wyeth family. This illustrated presentation will explore the range…

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Maine: The Farnsworth Collection

May 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Winslow Homer, Seven Boys in a Dory (detail), 1873; watercolor on paper, Gift of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth, 1999.22

Opening Lecture with Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky The Farnsworth is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its opening with a newly envisioned installation of its renowned collection of American art. Spread through multiple galleries, this installation will feature some of America’s best known artists including works by Winslow Homer, Frank Benson, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, John Marin, Neil Welliver, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Neil Welliver, Yvonne Jacquette, and members of the Wyeth family. This illustrated presentation will explore the range…

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June 2018

Poets, Painters, and Patriots:  N.C. Wyeth’s Poems of American Patriotism

June 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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N.C. Wyeth, The Old Continentals, 1922, Oil on canvas, 40 x 28 1/8 inches, Collection of The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

This opening lecture with Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky is the very first Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture In 1922, Columbia University professor Brander Matthews’ book Poems of American Patriotism was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons with seventeen illustrations by famed American illustrator N.C. Wyeth. This reissue of an unillustrated 1882 edition was inspired by the popularity of Scribner’s many previous books with Wyeth’s illustrations, and by the still fresh memory of America’s participation in World War I. It was also…

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Poets, Painters, and Patriots:  N.C. Wyeth’s Poems of American Patriotism

June 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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N.C. Wyeth, The Old Continentals, 1922, Oil on canvas, 40 x 28 1/8 inches, Collection of The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

This opening lecture with Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky is the very first Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture In 1922, Columbia University professor Brander Matthews’ book Poems of American Patriotism was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons with seventeen illustrations by famed American illustrator N.C. Wyeth. This reissue of an unillustrated 1882 edition was inspired by the popularity of Scribner’s many previous books with Wyeth’s illustrations, and by the still fresh memory of America’s participation in World War I. It was also…

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July 2018

On Artists and Art from Vinalhaven to Beijing

July 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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A Discussion with Filmmaker Dale Schierholt Thursday, July 26, 2 p.m. in the Farnsworth auditorium Cost: $10, $8 members For over a decade filmmaker Dale Schierholt has been creating documentary film portraits of visual artists. In this program he will show clips from some of his 25 films, offer insights into his own creative process and share personal stories of working with such renowned figures as Robert Indiana, Ai Weiwei and others.

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On Artists and Art from Vinalhaven to Beijing

July 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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A Discussion with Filmmaker Dale Schierholt Thursday, July 26, 2 p.m. in the Farnsworth auditorium Cost: $10, $8 members For over a decade filmmaker Dale Schierholt has been creating documentary film portraits of visual artists. In this program he will show clips from some of his 25 films, offer insights into his own creative process and share personal stories of working with such renowned figures as Robert Indiana, Ai Weiwei and others.

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August 2018

Ai Weiwei: Global Artist, Borderless Humanist, Contemporary Emperor

August 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$12
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold at the Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY

Lecture by Taliesin Thomas Ai Weiwei is one of the most compelling figures working in the spheres of international art and political activism. His extraordinary range of creative articulation is unparalleled among his peers—from provocative large-scale museum exhibitions that reference traditional Chinese art forms, to candid Instagram posts at impoverished refugee camps around the world, Ai’s fearless spirit is widely recognized as the heart of his artistic practice. In recent years, Ai’s outspoken stance regarding freedom of expression and basic…

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Ai Weiwei: Global Artist, Borderless Humanist, Contemporary Emperor

August 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold at the Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY

Lecture by Taliesin Thomas Ai Weiwei is one of the most compelling figures working in the spheres of international art and political activism. His extraordinary range of creative articulation is unparalleled among his peers—from provocative large-scale museum exhibitions that reference traditional Chinese art forms, to candid Instagram posts at impoverished refugee camps around the world, Ai’s fearless spirit is widely recognized as the heart of his artistic practice. In recent years, Ai’s outspoken stance regarding freedom of expression and basic…

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Ai Weiwei: Human Flow

August 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Director Ai Weiwei in HUMAN FLOW, an Amazon Studios release. Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios.

A co-presentation by the Farnsworth, CIFF and the Strand Theatre Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic documentary by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to the massive human migration. Captured over the course of one year in 23 countries, the film witnesses its subjects and their desperate search for…

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Ai Weiwei: Human Flow

August 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Director Ai Weiwei in HUMAN FLOW, an Amazon Studios release. Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios.

A co-presentation by the Farnsworth, CIFF and the Strand Theatre Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic documentary by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to the massive human migration. Captured over the course of one year in 23 countries, the film witnesses its subjects and their desperate search for…

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October 2018

The Art of Designing the Index of American Design – A Work in Progress

October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Curry M. Bartlett (American, active c. 1935), Eagle,

Talk by Mary Lee Corlett, National Gallery of Art As a Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, born of the Great Depression, the Index of American Design was, in both concept and execution, a remarkably ambitious undertaking.  Begun in 1935, the more than 18,000 renderings ultimately produced by the project mark it as a success story, even though the program ended abruptly in 1942 without having been fully-realized. This lecture will examine the idea behind the Index as…

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The Art of Designing the Index of American Design – A Work in Progress

October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10
Curry M. Bartlett (American, active c. 1935), Eagle,

Talk by Mary Lee Corlett, National Gallery of Art As a Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, born of the Great Depression, the Index of American Design was, in both concept and execution, a remarkably ambitious undertaking.  Begun in 1935, the more than 18,000 renderings ultimately produced by the project mark it as a success story, even though the program ended abruptly in 1942 without having been fully-realized. This lecture will examine the idea behind the Index as…

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Clarence Darrow—Performed by John Burstein

October 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until October 27, 2018

Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Join us for a limited run of the one man show, Clarence Darrow, performed by actor John Burnstein. The play, written by David Rintels, portrays famed attorney Clarence Darrow (1857–1938), champion of underdogs, as he reminisces about his many sensational and often controversial trials including the Scopes "Monkey Trial" (1925) and his defense of teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb (1924). This inspiring and entertaining production starred Henry Fonda on Broadway and was critically acclaimed as “gutsy, exciting, inspiring, funny,…

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Clarence Darrow—Performed by John Burstein

October 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until October 27, 2018

Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

Join us for a limited run of the one man show, Clarence Darrow, performed by actor John Burnstein. The play, written by David Rintels, portrays famed attorney Clarence Darrow (1857–1938), champion of underdogs, as he reminisces about his many sensational and often controversial trials including the Scopes "Monkey Trial" (1925) and his defense of teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb (1924). This inspiring and entertaining production starred Henry Fonda on Broadway and was critically acclaimed as “gutsy, exciting, inspiring, funny,…

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November 2018

Maine and the Index of American Design

November 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Farnsworth Curator Jane Bianco During the Great Depression the Works Progress Administration helped provide employment for people in the arts between 1935 and 1942. One of the most ambitious of the Federal Art Projects was the Index of American Design, a program that engaged artists across the country to contribute to a picture archive of American popular arts. Their work now comprises a collection of more than eighteen thousand illustrations in the National Gallery of Art in Washington,…

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Maine and the Index of American Design

November 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

Talk by Farnsworth Curator Jane Bianco During the Great Depression the Works Progress Administration helped provide employment for people in the arts between 1935 and 1942. One of the most ambitious of the Federal Art Projects was the Index of American Design, a program that engaged artists across the country to contribute to a picture archive of American popular arts. Their work now comprises a collection of more than eighteen thousand illustrations in the National Gallery of Art in Washington,…

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December 2018

Art and News with Peter Imber and Brian Rooney

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Coverage of the arts on television has been historically rare. A study done by the School of Journalism at Columbia University found that in the 1990s less than 30 seconds of a network evening news broadcast was devoted to the arts and most often that meant some mention of television itself or the movies. That hasn't changed. To get an arts related report on the air it likely needs to be monumental or quirky. Monumental— as when the new J.…

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Art and News with Peter Imber and Brian Rooney

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

Coverage of the arts on television has been historically rare. A study done by the School of Journalism at Columbia University found that in the 1990s less than 30 seconds of a network evening news broadcast was devoted to the arts and most often that meant some mention of television itself or the movies. That hasn't changed. To get an arts related report on the air it likely needs to be monumental or quirky. Monumental— as when the new J.…

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Talk and Tour: Ai Weiwei, International Artist

December 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$5
Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Photo by Sarah Szwajkos Photography | Damn Rabbit Studios

Collaboration hosted by Jane Nyce, Camden Conference Events Chair, and Vas Prabhu, Director of Education at the Farnsworth  Speaker and tour guide: Judy Bing, Farnsworth Docent and professor emeritus, Drexel University Learn about internationally renowned artist and filmmaker, Ai Weiwei. Born in China, educated in China and USA, now living in Germany, Ai’s art work and other projects are world renowned. In Circle of Animals, the year 1860 was critical to socio-political change in China and indeed around the world. How these events affected the people of China, the…

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Talk and Tour: Ai Weiwei, International Artist

December 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Photo by Sarah Szwajkos Photography | Damn Rabbit Studios

Collaboration hosted by Jane Nyce, Camden Conference Events Chair, and Vas Prabhu, Director of Education at the Farnsworth  Speaker and tour guide: Judy Bing, Farnsworth Docent and professor emeritus, Drexel University Learn about internationally renowned artist and filmmaker, Ai Weiwei. Born in China, educated in China and USA, now living in Germany, Ai’s art work and other projects are world renowned. In Circle of Animals, the year 1860 was critical to socio-political change in China and indeed around the world. How these events affected the people of China, the…

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Winter Windows Artist Talk with Annie Bailey

December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Join Maine artist Annie Bailey, winner of this year’s newly inaugurated Winter Windows Project, as she shares her recently unveiled panorama featured in the Farnsworth’s Main Street windows. Bailey will explore the history of moving panoramas and crankies, as well as the story of her artwork’s subject, Abbie Burgess, the young lighthouse keeper known for her bravery in tending the Matinicus Rock Light in Maine during a raging winter storm in 1856. This illustrated talk will include behind the scenes stories…

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Winter Windows Artist Talk with Annie Bailey

December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Join Maine artist Annie Bailey, winner of this year’s newly inaugurated Winter Windows Project, as she shares her recently unveiled panorama featured in the Farnsworth’s Main Street windows. Bailey will explore the history of moving panoramas and crankies, as well as the story of her artwork’s subject, Abbie Burgess, the young lighthouse keeper known for her bravery in tending the Matinicus Rock Light in Maine during a raging winter storm in 1856. This illustrated talk will include behind the scenes stories…

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January 2019

Andrew Wyeth in Rockland: Our World

January 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Andrew Wyeth, Rockland Light, 1961, watercolor on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection © 2018 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Join members of the Rockland Historical Society and Wyeth Study Center staff for a panel discussion about Rockland history viewed through the lens of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors in the exhibition Andrew Wyeth in Rockland (on view through February 17, 2019). For this exhibition, the Wyeth Study Center collaborated with the Rockland Historical Society, whose knowledgeable and passionate members helped make numerous connections between Wyeth’s paintings and Rockland history. In addition to assisting with exhibition research and fact checking, their telling…

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Andrew Wyeth in Rockland: Our World

January 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Andrew Wyeth, Rockland Light, 1961, watercolor on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection © 2018 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Join members of the Rockland Historical Society and Wyeth Study Center staff for a panel discussion about Rockland history viewed through the lens of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors in the exhibition Andrew Wyeth in Rockland (on view through February 17, 2019). For this exhibition, the Wyeth Study Center collaborated with the Rockland Historical Society, whose knowledgeable and passionate members helped make numerous connections between Wyeth’s paintings and Rockland history. In addition to assisting with exhibition research and fact checking, their telling…

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Artists on Stage: Everyman Rep at the Farnsworth

January 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

Artist Shorts: Picasso, Vermeer and More Join us for a series of short dramatic readings by playwright Don Nigro. The plays will include: Picasso, a monologue by Georges Braque about an argument he and Picasso had about finding a squirrel in one of his paintings; Dutch Interiors, a monologue by Vermeer about finding the Girl with a Pearl Earring in a tiny perspective box he has become obsessed with; The Daughters of Edward D. Boit, featuring the four girls in…

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Artists on Stage: Everyman Rep at the Farnsworth

January 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$10

Artist Shorts: Picasso, Vermeer and More Join us for a series of short dramatic readings by playwright Don Nigro. The plays will include: Picasso, a monologue by Georges Braque about an argument he and Picasso had about finding a squirrel in one of his paintings; Dutch Interiors, a monologue by Vermeer about finding the Girl with a Pearl Earring in a tiny perspective box he has become obsessed with; The Daughters of Edward D. Boit, featuring the four girls in…

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February 2019

Artists on Stage: Everyman Rep at the Farnsworth

February 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Dramatic Reading: Picasso at the Lapin Agile Everyman Rep presents a dramatic reading of this long-running, off-Broadway, absurdist comedy by actor Steve Martin. The play places Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, a barman, a model, a waitress, an art dealer, a countess and a charlatan in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before Einstein transformed physics with his theory of relativity and Picasso set the art world afire with cubism. In this, his first comedy for the stage, Martin plays fast…

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Artists on Stage: Everyman Rep at the Farnsworth

February 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Dramatic Reading: Picasso at the Lapin Agile Everyman Rep presents a dramatic reading of this long-running, off-Broadway, absurdist comedy by actor Steve Martin. The play places Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, a barman, a model, a waitress, an art dealer, a countess and a charlatan in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before Einstein transformed physics with his theory of relativity and Picasso set the art world afire with cubism. In this, his first comedy for the stage, Martin plays fast…

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March 2019

Picturing a “Usable Past” in American Design

March 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
John Davis (American, active c. 1935), Figurehead,

Talk by Virginia Tuttle In the 1930s, the American arts community hoped to foster the growth of a distinctly American modernism in both the fine and industrial arts. This impulse toward cultural nationalism had gradually developed over the two previous decades as a group of Americans discovered what they identified as the “true spirit of America” in the simple forms and abstractions of our folk art. They believed that if American artists and designers were acquainted with this largely forgotten…

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Picturing a “Usable Past” in American Design

March 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
John Davis (American, active c. 1935), Figurehead,

Talk by Virginia Tuttle In the 1930s, the American arts community hoped to foster the growth of a distinctly American modernism in both the fine and industrial arts. This impulse toward cultural nationalism had gradually developed over the two previous decades as a group of Americans discovered what they identified as the “true spirit of America” in the simple forms and abstractions of our folk art. They believed that if American artists and designers were acquainted with this largely forgotten…

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A Pollinators’ Green Way Station

March 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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This presentation, featuring the Farnsworth Art Museum’s new native gardens, will explore the mission of the pollinator garden design, which extends to design opportunities for home and professional gardeners, urban-streetscape planners and native plant enthusiasts. Irene Brady Barber is principal landscape designer of the ecological landscape horticulture firm Greenscapes Design in Durham, Maine. Irene’s sense of place and belonging lies within nature, especially within vegetated systems, whether in a Maine forest, a tropical rainforest, or an alpine tundra. Where there…

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The Screen Show: Six Folding Screens by Six Maine Artists

March 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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$8
Barry Faulkner, Manship Toasting the Angels,

Talk by Michael Komanecky The Screen Show (on view February 9 through September 22, 2019) is the Farnsworth’s present-day response to a long screen making tradition, an art form that was especially popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, typically serving as room dividers and often used by their owners to dress or behind which to store items. Maine artists were invited to submit proposals for a folding screen and the final selection was chosen by a jury…

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April 2019

A Tour of Early Egypt

April 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Bernard Fishman Walk in the shoes of intrepid Victorian travelers who first explored the land of the Nile 150 years ago. Bernard Fishman, director of the Maine State Museum and former Egyptologist for the University of Chicago, has amassed one of the largest private collections of 19th-century Egyptian photographs in the form of stereoviews. Highlights from the collection will be projected in 3D as participants journey across Egypt, from the port of Alexandria to the very spot where…

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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

Droplet Dance

June 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Acclaimed dancer Molly Gawler presents Droplet Dance, a collection of solo dance works with mesmerizing acrobatic movements and story elements told to the tune of live music from the folk traditions of Maine. All ages will be tapping their toes at this show that is full of joy and from the heart. Molly Gawler finds great joy in dancing. She studied ballet with Andrei Bossov in Pittsfield, Maine and furthered her dance training with contemporary and modern at SUNY Purchase…

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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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July 2019

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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August 2019

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

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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SMALL TOWN CITY: A Work in Progress

September 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Local filmmakers Susan Aasen and Scott Sell are making a documentary about Rockland’s continual evolution—as told by Rockland, Maine. On-camera interviews are woven together to tell a story of Rockland’s burgeoning creative community, underpinned by the arts and institutions like the Farnsworth and CMCA. The documentary explores the spirit of collaboration that binds the city together across all kinds of creative pursuits. Come screen a short rough cut of the film featuring your friends and neighbors, and join the filmmakers…

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February 2020

Giorgio de Chirico and the Fickleness of Inspiration

February 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Sam CadyGiorgio de Chirico's early metaphysical paintings are among artist Sam Cady’s favorite works in all of art history. He worked from revelations or inspirations of insight into ideas and feelings. But those revelations often contradicted each other, creating confusions and conflicts within his body of work. Cady will discuss these confusions and conflicts and talk about why he thinks the early metaphysical ones were brilliant beyond compare. Cost: $15; $10 museum members, including gallery admission

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Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design

February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Talk by Exhibition Curator Angela Waldron 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…

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Naturally Vincent: Millay as Eco-Poet

February 23, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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To what purpose, April, do you return again? Beauty is not enough. —Edna St. Vincent Millay, from “Spring” Celebrate the 128th birthday of Pulitzer Prize poet Edna St. Vincent Millay with Maine poets reading letters and poems that focus on Millay’s evolution from an inveterate Romantic poet to a full-fledged eco-poet. Poets will also read their own poems about nature as well as the poetry of Abbie Huston Evans. Millay published her first poem, “Forest Trees,” at the age of…

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Eliot Porter: All the Wild Places

February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Elliot Porter, White Aspens, Colorado, 1967, Dye transfer print, 8 x 10 3/8 in., Gift from the Textile Arts Foundation (Nancy Hemenway and Robert Barton), 1996.15.11

Talk by Farnsworth Curator Jane Bianco Among America’s foremost twentieth-century photographers, Eliot Furness Porter (1901–1990) is celebrated for his role in establishing color photography as an important art form. The Farnsworth collection includes about fifty of his images, many shot in Maine. Porter is known for his bird photographs made over his lifetime, and for his color photographs whose subjects span the globe and reveal nature’s wondrous configurations of layer and pattern. In travels between New England and the Southwest,…

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March 2020

Pictures at an Exhibition

March 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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A Staged Reading by the Everyman Repertory Theatre Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8 Pictures at an Exhibition by Don Nigro is a collection of nine interrelated plays tracing the triangular relationship between two married artists and a model who starts out as the husband’s model, then becomes both their models, and then … neither. The plays are: Mirrors, Painter, Brown Study, Eros, Napoleons, Copenhagen, Dolls, Loup-Garou, and Doppelganger. Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely…

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Pictures at an Exhibition

March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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A Staged Reading by the Everyman Repertory Theatre Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8 Pictures at an Exhibition by Don Nigro is a collection of nine interrelated plays tracing the triangular relationship between two married artists and a model who starts out as the husband’s model, then becomes both their models, and then … neither. The plays are: Mirrors, Painter, Brown Study, Eros, Napoleons, Copenhagen, Dolls, Loup-Garou, and Doppelganger. Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely…

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BADASS Women Making Maine HERstory

March 12, 2020 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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Presented by Midcoast WomenModerated by Pam Maus We celebrate the legacies of badass Maine women - community nursing founder Eliza Steele, United States Senator Margaret Chase Smith, and artist Edna St. Vincent Millay - through stories told by three women they inspired. Organization leader Peta vanVuuren, scholar Harley Rogers, and artist Lois Anne each tell how these courageous and visionary women infuse them with the courage to make a difference and ensure future generations of Maine herstory. This event is…

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CANCELED Jonathan Fisher: An Early Maine Polymath

March 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farnsworth Auditorium, 16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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This event has been canceled due to the temporary museum closure. Talk by Farnsworth Curator Jane Bianco Religious belief directed Jonathan Fisher (1768–1847) as the first congregational minister in Blue Hill, Maine, but encyclopedic interests, sustained throughout his lifetime, likewise nourished his mind and soul. Raised and educated in Massachusetts, Fisher graduated from Harvard University in 1795 with a degree in divinity and accomplishments in art and mathematics. He lived for the greater part of his life in Blue Hill, the…

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