June E-Newsletter

 

 
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Contents
Exhibition focus
Maine in America Summer Gala
Membership appreciation evening
Museum Store online savings
Achieving American Art lecture series
Curator's Choice talk
Vanden Brink book signing
Pecha Kucha Night
Robert Indiana lecture
Annual Fund--A to Z
In memoriam
 

Exhibition focus

HopeRobert Indiana and the Star of Hope
June 20 through October 25, 2009
The Farnsworth presents a major exhibition on renowned American artist Robert Indiana drawn almost exclusively from his extensive holdings at the Star of Hope, his home and studio and former Oddfellows Lodge on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. The exhibition features works Indiana considers critical to his development, many shown for the first time. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue distributed by Yale University Press with essays by prominent curator and historian of American art, John Wilmerding, on Indiana's work dating from his move to Vinalhaven to the present, and by Farnsworth Interim Director and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky on the Star of Hope. There will also be a new documentary film on the artist entitled A Visit to the Star of Hope-Conversations with Robert Indiana, by documentary filmmaker Dale Schierholt.

Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope opening events on Friday, June 19

· A Visit to the Star of Hope-Conversations with Robert Indiana
5:30-6:30 p.m.--The Strand Theatre, Rockland
World premiere of a documentary film by Dale Schierholt
Free for museum members and artist's guests only

· Private preview and reception, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Farnsworth
For museum members and artist's guests only

· Live at Night at the Farnsworth public party, 8-9:30 p.m. at the Farnsworth
For reservations, call 207-596-6256 or email membership@farnsworthmuseum.org

(Above: Robert Indiana, HOPE, 2008; stainless steel, 72 x 72 x 36 inches; collection of Michael McKenzie; ©Morgan Art Foundation Lts./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

The Farnsworth gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of the exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope: funded in part by a generous gift from Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon; funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; primary media sponsor is Down East magazine, books, & online. Primary sponsors for Live at Night at the Farnsworth are Bangor Savings Bank and VillageSoup.


Pride/Anger
Jamie Wyeth-

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Seven Deadly Sins

through August 30, 2009
The exhibition's paintings are accompanied by materials that place Wyeth's work within the subject's long iconographic history. Shown for the first time since their premier in New York in 2007. Wyeth's monumental painting, Inferno, Monhegan, is also included.

(Above left: ©Jamie Wyeth, Pride (Seven Deadly Sins) (detail), 2008; combined mediums on hand-wove, toned paper mounted on archival board; 34 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches; private collection; courtesy Adelson Galleries, New York; above right: ©Jamie Wyeth, Anger (Seven Deadly Sins) (detail), 2005; combined mediums on hand-wove, toned paper mounted on archival board; 34 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches; private collection; courtesy Adelson Galleries, New York)

Jamie Wyeth-Seven Deadly Sins has been organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum with the cooperation of the Brandywine River Museum. The primary media sponsor for Jamie Wyeth-Seven Deadly Sins is Down East magazine, books, & online. Primary sponsors for Live at Night at the Farnsworth are Bangor Savings Bank and VillageSoup.


Her Room

A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth
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gh October 18, 2009
This summer the Fa
rnsworth is celebrating the life of Andrew Wyeth. A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth features over 30 Maine paintings that span Andrew's career from the 1930s to his most recent work.

(©Andrew Wyeth, Her Room, 1963, tempera on masonite, Farnsworth Art Museum, 1964)

Continuing exhibitions: N.C. Wyeth--Painter and Illustrator, November 15, 2009; Achieving American Art--American Art Between the Wars, through January 24, 2010; Louise Nevelson, through January 24, 2010;
 

2009 MAINE in America Summer Gala
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Saturday, June 27, 6 p.m.
Join the Farnsworth on Saturday, June 27, for the 2009 Maine in America Summer Gala and the presentation of the Maine in America Award. This year the award will be presented to Robert Indiana in honor of his significant contribution to Maine's role in American art. The evening begins at 6 p.m. in the museum with cocktails and a private viewing of the exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope. Dinner by Swan's Way of Lincolnville and music by Bill Boege's Bel Isle Trio and the Mr. Whoopee Band will follow under a tent on museum grounds, during which time Mr. Indiana will be honored.

Reservations are $250 each. Please call 207-596-6457 ext. 117 to make a reservation or for more information.

Proceeds from this event help support the Farnsworth's education and public programs.

 

Membership appreciation evening
Friday, June 19, 5:30-8 p.m.
Membership appreciation is an exclusive evening to honor all Farnsworth members and a time when Trustees and staff can extend our gratitude and thanks for your support. In addition, as a special bonus for your dedication, we would like to invite you to attend the world premiere of Dale Schierholt's film A Visit to the Star of Hope-Conversations with Robert Indiana at the Strand Theatre free of charge.

Film premiere
A Visit to the Star of Hope-Conversations with Robert Indiana, a film by Dale Schierholt
5:30-6:30 p.m., The Strand Theatre
Free only to current members
Reservations required by Friday, June 12, 5 p.m.
Seating will be first come, first served the night of the event

(If still available after June 12, seats may be reserved by the general public at a cost of $25 per person. Please call 207-596-6256 or email membership@farnsworthmuseum.org to make your reservations).

Member preview and artist's guests reception
Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope
6:30-8 p.m., main museum building
Enjoy complimentary refreshments, enter free raffles and receive a double discount coupon to shop in the Museum Store.

Please note: Reservations for the film premiere and Membership Appreciation Evening are limited to the number of membership cards that are included with your current membership level. If you would like to upgrade from an Individual to a Dual membership so that you may bring a guest to these events, please call 207-596-6256.

Gift membership promotion!
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Father's Day (June 21) is just around the corner. Have you thought of the perfect gift yet? How about purchasing a gift that keeps giving for an entire year and also helps ensure the future success of the arts in Maine at the same time? From now until June 21, the Farnsworth will offer a 20% discount on all gift memberships. There are a variety of levels, which are described on our website. A personalized gift card will be sent to the gift recipient(s). To purchase a gift membership at 20% off, contact the Membership Office at 207-596-6256 or visit any one of our admissions desks or the Museum Store.
 
 

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Store hours: The Museum Store is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open 10 a.m. to  8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Unable to come to the store? Call us at 207-596-5789 or shop online at shop.farnsworthmuseum.org
 

Popular lecture series continues

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Achieving American Art: From Future to Future
Twelve-week course
Wednesdays, through June 17
10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Covering fifty years of modernism and highlighting influences from abroad, the lecture series examines painting, sculpture, architecture, design and photography. Each lecture will introduce key artworks in the Farnsworth's collection. The course's second and third four-week sections are conducted by Director of Education Roger Dell, with several guest lecturers giving different perspectives on art and culture.

Location: The Strand Theatre
Cost: section-$28 members, $32 non-members;
each lecture-$8 members, $10 non-members
(teachers and students are free)
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949

Sponsored in part by The Strand Theatre

(Above: Marguerite Zorach, Land and Development of New England (detail), 1935, oil on canvas, courtesy of The Zorach Collection LLC)
 

 

Curator's Choice gallery talk
American Art Between the Wars
Wednesday, June 10, 1 p.m.
Director of Education Roger Dell will present a special Curator's Choice gallery talk in conjunction with the From Future to Future series and the American Art Between the Wars exhibition. Dell will link this talk directly to topics explored in the June lectures using the Farnsworth's collection as the foundation for dialogue. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Location: meet at the Farnsworth's main entrance on Museum Street
Seating: limited to 20 people
Cost: free with museum admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949

 

 

Book signing and wine reception
Friday, June 12, 6 pm., Farnsworth library
Celebrate the launch of Camden photographer Brian Vanden Brink's stunning new book, Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America. Hosted by Down East Books, the event will begin in the museum's auditorium with a talk by Vanden Brink followed by a book signing and wine reception in the museum library. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Photographed with Vanden Brink's strength of using available and manipulated light to evoke the character in the architecture, this book will stand as a monument not just to buildings that will soon sink into oblivion, but to the lasting quality and appeal of Vanden Brink's work.
 

 

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Pecha Kucha Night
Friday, June 26, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Wyeth Center, Union Street, Rockland
Pecha Kucha Night is an energizing evening of creativity celebrated in more than 180 cities worldwide. Based on a unique presentation style in which artists share twenty images with twenty seconds for each image, Pecha Kucha answers the global need for open dialogue about contemporary art. Pecha Kucha Night Rockland is a dynamic collaboration among Midcoast Magnet and multiple arts organizations, educational institutions and partners from Thomaston to Belfast, including the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Location: Wyeth Center
Cost: $5 admission at the door
Reservations: advanced reservations are not required

 

 

Indiana lecture
Star of Hope
Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope
with Michael K. Komanecky
Saturday, June 27, 1 p.m.
In celebration of the Farnsworth's major summer exhibition and the Maine in America weekend, Interim Director and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will present a lecture on renowned American artist Robert Indiana. Komanecky will discuss Indiana's life and career, with a contextual exploration of Indiana's home and studio on Vinalhaven, Maine. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 80 people
Cost: $15 members, $20 general admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949

(Exterior of Star of Hope ©Michael K. Komanecky, 2008)

 


Annual Fund2

Send your contribution in the self-addressed remittance envelope that came in your appeal mailing, by calling the Farnsworth at 207-596-6256, or by giving online at farnsworthmuseum.org

 

 IN MEMORIAM

MemorialThe staff and Board of Trustees of the Farnsworth wish to honor the memories of the museum's departed friends and colleagues--

Richard (Dick) Foxwell
August 9, 1931-November 1, 2008
Mr. Foxwell was a dedicated and generous Farnsworth board member for seven years.

Marylouise Tandy Cowan
December 3, 1921-March 28, 2009
Ms. Cowan was an extremely dedicated and generous supporter of the arts in general and the Farnsworth in particular.

They will be greatly missed by the museum community.

 

 

Hours and admissions fees

Summer/Fall hours: From Memorial Day weekend and through Columbus Day weekend, the Farnsworth's hours are: daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Olson House hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter/Spring hours: January 6-March 31, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Monday and Tuesday; April 1-Memorial Day, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Monday; Wyeth Center closed from January 4 until May 15

Admission: The price of adult admission is $12, admission for seniors and students (over age 16) is $10, children 16 and under are admitted free; members enjoy free admission

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine's role in American art
The Farnsworth Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by generous donations from the public

 
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