The Olson House: Photographers' Muse

  • Paul Caponigro (American, b.1932), Olson House, Cushing, Maine, 1990, gelatin-silver print, Collection of Farnsworth Art Museum; Gift of Alexandra and John Paul Caponigro, 1998.4.1, ©2017 Paul Caponigro.
April 15, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Wyeth Center - Downstairs

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.

The exhibition, The Olson House:  Photographers’ Muse (open April 15 through Oct. 29 at the Wyeth Center) includes photographs by Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Tillman Crane, James Moore, Bradley Prescott, Peter Ralston, Kosti Ruohomaa, George Tice, Brian Vanden Brink, and Ewa Monika Zebrowski.

The Farnsworth Art Museum presents a series of exhibitions to mark the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth that includes over 100 of the artist’s works. Andrew Wyeth at 100 will feature a major retrospective exhibition of the American master’s Maine watercolors. Four other shows will explore his temperas and drawings while a photography exhibition will focus on the Olson House, a major inspiration to the artist for three decades. This year-long celebration will be on display throughout the museum’s Wyeth Center, as well as its Hadlock and Wyeth Study Center galleries.

The catalog for all five Wyeth at 100 exhibitions is available here.

The Lead Exhibition Sponsors for Andrew Wyeth at 100 are Camden National Bank, Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Kathy and Paul Anderson, and Down East magazine. Other sponsors include Mr. Richard Gilder and Ms. Lois Chiles, Anne and John Surovek, Mr. Katsushige Susaki, Mr. and Mrs. George Twigg III, 250 Main Hotel, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., Allen Insurance and Financial, Hampton Inn & Suites - Thomaston/Rockland, The Grasshopper Shop of Rockland, The Cote Corporation Crane-Rigging, Camden Riverhouse Hotel, Distinctive Tile & Design, Monhegan Boat Line. The media sponsor of this exhibition is MPBN

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts