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New Farnsworth exhibit

January 26, 2010

“The State of Printmaking since 1940,” the third in a series of exhibitions featuring prints from the museum’s collection, opens Sat., Jan. 30, at Rockland’s Farnsworth Museum. This one highlights conceptual and technical trends in American printmaking since the beginning of World War II.

Techniques represented in the exhibit include relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, photo-mechanical art, and alternative processes.

The exhibit includes works by Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, June Wayne, and others.

You might want to plan a visit in conjunction with the Curator’s Choice gallery talk on Feb. 1, given by exhibtion organizater Jane Bianco, curatorial assistant. The talk is free with admission, but seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

Image: Yvonne Jacquette, Motion Picture (Times Sq.), 1990, 12-color lithograph, museum purchase, 1990 © 1990 Y.J.

Film for thought

January 10, 2010

On four Thursdays in January and February, The Farnsworth Museum will screen the PBS-produced film series Art:21 at 6 p.m. in its auditorium. The series focuses exclusively on American contemporary visual art and artists, providing intimate, behind-the scenes views of artists as the hey transform inspiration into art and grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic vision.

The Evening Out film series begins this Thursday, Jan. 14, with a segment that focuses on place and features artists Richard Serra, Sally Mann, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, and Pepón Osori, among others. Admission is $5 for Farnsworth memers, $8 for nonmembers.

The second program in the series, which is themed spirituality, is slated for Jan. 28.

Arts talks highlight Indiana and Wyeth

July 17, 2009

Two talks, two locations, both about current exhibitions at the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland.

• “Robert Indiana, Pop Master at the Farnsworth,” July 27, Bar Harbor
Art historian and exhibit co-curator John Wilmerding will talk about the renowned artist Robert Indiana at College of the Atlantic‘s Gates Community Center . The free talk begins at 6 p.m. Wilmerding, emeritus professor of American art at Princeton University, will offer an overview of Indiana’s career in conjunction with the
exhibit of the artist’s work at the Farnsworth.

• A Conversation with Jamie Wyeth, Aug. 5, Rockland
Artist Jamie Wyeth and interim director and chief curator Michael K. Komanecky will discuss the topic of human frailty as seen through Jamie Wyeth’s depiction of the theme, with seagulls as the protagonists, in his exhibition Jamie Wyeth—Seven Deadly Sins. The conversation will take place at 6 p.m., in the museum auditorium. A Q&A will follow. Admission is $20.

Eat, Hope, Love

June 8, 2009

Not a sequal to the popular book, but installations of Robert Indiana’s iconic sculptures at Rockland’s The Farnsworth Museum. Both will be installed on Monday, June 15. The two should serve as billboards for the museum’s summer exhibition, Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope.

EAT, which stands twenty feet high and contains close to 400 flashing LED lights, will be installed on the roof of the museum, over the Museum Store, near the corner of Main and Elm Streets. HOPE, which was unveiled at last year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, weighs 2,200 pounds and will be installed in the museum’s Crosman gallery. HOPE is currently on display in New York City’s Times Square, the first work of art on view at the new public plaza there. As for LOVE, that stands in the museum’s backyard.

The exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope will run at the Farnsworth from June 20 through October 25. There will be an opening reception and Live at Night at the Farnsworth party on Friday, June 19.

EatworldsfairDetails, details: (Info provided by The Farnsworth)The EAT sculpture was commissioned in 1964 by the renowned American architect Philip Johnson for the exterior of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, New York. Indiana’s work is a twenty by twenty foot electrified metal sculpture, consisting of five six-foot diameter disks spelling out the word EAT. The piece was an instant hit in a most unexpected way. The presence of Indiana’s EAT sculpture at the NY State Pavilion induced long lines of fair-goers to line up outside the building, thinking, wrongly, that there was a restaurant inside. The confusion led the fair administrators to turn off the lights just a few days after the piece was installed. It has not been exhibited in public since.

Indiana’s choice of the word “eat” as the subject for his sculpture had special meaning for him. In 1949, while serving in the Army Air Corps and stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he was called back to Columbus, Indiana to attend to his gravely ill mother.  When he arrived, he was shocked by his mother’s wasted appearance. Upon seeing her son, she awoke from her weakened state and asked if he had anything to eat and then died.

Like many other images in Indiana’s work, the subject of EAT is both deeply personal and profoundly universal. He has often said that his art is primarily autobiographical. In the early 1960s the EAT became the subject of one of his small, totem-like wooden sculptures,  paintings, and, eventually, his commission for the 1964 World’s Fair. That same year Indiana also collaborated with Andy Warhol on the film EAT, a twenty-odd minute portrait of Indiana eating a mushroom, slowed down by Warhol to run forty-plus minutes, shot in Indiana’s third floor studio at 25 Coentjes Slip in lower Manhattan.

The Farnsworth’s is installing EAT atop its building, placed diagonally on the roof over the Museum Store at the corner of Main and Elm Streets, thus emulating the placement it originally had at the New York World’s Fair. Its lighted letters, pulsating on and off in a manner reminiscent of movie marquees, give the sculpture and its meaning added impact.  The sculpture’s original control system, made by Time-O-Matic in Danville, Illinois is in pristine condition and its wiring has been updated. EAT’s original incandescent bulbs have been replaced by vastly more energy efficient and more durable LED bulbs. Once EAT has been installed and attached to its steel structure, it will be able to safely and securely withstand 100 mile an hour winds.

Andrew Wyeth has died

January 16, 2009

Andrew WyethAndrew Wyeth, famed painter of such iconic works as Christina’s World, has died, according to information provided by the Farnsworth Museum of American Art, in Rockland. Wyeth, who divided his time between Brandywine, Pa., and midc0ast Maine, created quite a stir a while back with the discovery of the Helga paintings.

“Andrew Wyeth’s work, an extraordinary and unique artistic legacy, is a cornerstone of the Farnsworth’s collection. Working with great skill in the realist tradition, he used his mastery of technique to make pictures of great, complex beauty, psychological depth and emotional resonance that challenged our assumptions about the surface of familiar things. Like all great artists, Andrew Wyeth transformed the private struggles of his inner life into ravishing visual music. The entire museum community mourns the passing of this true American Master”, said Richard Aroneau, President of the Board of Trustees of the Farnsworth.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be extending its winter hours to include Monday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 20 so that visitors may celebrate the works of Andrew Wyeth now on view in the Wyeth Study Center and the Hadlock Galleries

The Wyeth family has requested that, in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Farnsworth Art Museum or the Brandywine River Museum. Services will be private

Wyeth photo © Bruce Weber, all rights and permissions reserved

Staycations

August 4, 2008

Are you trying to control costs this summer yet yearning for a vacation? Consider a staycation–the trendy term for vacationing at home and doing all the things you tell visiting friends and relatives to do. Millions of folks travel to Maine ever summer because there’s so much here, yet few of us play in our backyards.

Let’s start with the freebies. Here are a few ideas to get your brain cooking:

• Preserves and sanctuaries are tucked in all corners of the state. Search for Maine Audubon and Nature Conservancy properties, local land trusts and town parks. Go hiking, mountain biking, paddling, swimming, walking, picnicking. Many often have free educational programs, too, such as guided walks or talks. Another plus: Getting the kids outside is a cure for nature-deficit disorder.

Bike a rail trail or join an organized ride. (yes, that means go into the cellar, barn or garage and find the bike, clean it up, pump up the tires, maybe get it checked at a local shop…)

• Find out what’s in the community’s attic. Local historical society museums or small, quirky museums are often free or nearly so, and they’re usually staffed by volunteers who are passionate about the collections. Maine Museums has links to most.

• Many towns and L.L. Bean sponsor free weekly concert series. Check the Maine Arts Commission calendar for other free concerts and arts-related events

Enter here to visit the newly renovated Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Afterward, visit the Peary-Macmillan Museum in Hubbard Hall. Both are free.

Enter here to visit the newly renovated Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Afterward, visit the Peary-Macmillan Museum in Hubbard Hall. Both are free.

• Maine college campuses are home to free museums and activities. At Bowdoin, visit the Museum of Art and Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum; at Colby, visit the Art Museum; at UMO, visit the Hudson Museum and Page Farm.

• The Farnsworth Museum, in Rockland, is free on Sundays from 10 a.m.¬1 p.m.

• The Portland Museum of Art is free on Friday nights.

• Bangor’s free, three-day American Folk Festival is jam-packed with entertainment and exhibits; Aug. 22-24.

Poland Spring Preservation Park is free: tour the museum in the original bottling plant, the Maine State Building and the All Souls Chapel

• Try rock hounding in the Oxford Hills or panning for gold in Coos Canyon.

• Visit a farm or farmers’ market.

• Explore a rail trail.

• Maine residents have free daytime use of Baxter State Park.

• Walk the Rockland breakwater or walk through history in Castine or an art walk

Willing to spend a few bucks?

Eagle Island

Eagle Island

• It’s fair and festival season in Maine. Check the state and agriculture events calendars.

• Take advantage of Maine’s state parks. (fees $2 to $5 pp; $60 pass covers a carload).

• Go to Acadia National Park ($20 per vehicle for a week-long pass) for the Mount Desert Island section of the park. The Schoodic section does’t require a pass.

• Take an L.L. Bean Walk-On Discovery course for $15 or go sea-kayaking in Portland Harbor with Bean’s on a 90-minute tour ($29).

• Hop a ferry to an offshore island: Both Peaks in Casco Bay and Vinalhaven in Penobscot Bay are easy to explore on foot, and Eagle Island has the bonus of being a historic site.

Ready for a cost-controlled splurge?

• Sail for three-days or longer on a Maine windjammer

• Spend a few days at a traditional, lakefront Maine sporting camp, such as Libby’s or Bradford Camps, which include meals in the daily rate.

• Hike into Poplar Falls for an overnight, with dinner and breakfast, at the first hut on the new Maine Huts and Trails system.

Okay, that should be enough to get you started… Now share your ideas.