Lecture

Join Chief Curator Michael Komanecky for a special gallery tour of the exhibition "Women" (on view February 25, 2017 through January 21, 2018), which draws from the Farnsworth's collection and highlights works depicting women.

Free with admission.

Join Associate Curator, Jane Bianco, for a special gallery tour of the exhibition Through Women's Eyes (on view February 25, 2017 through January 21, 2018), which draws from the Farnsworth's collection and highlights works by women artists.

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. Wilson tells the story of this major artist who became one of the three great American sculptors of the 20th century. Nevelson’s artistic, spiritual, even physical transformation is dramatic, complex, and inseparable from major historical and cultural shifts of this period in the art world. The post-lecture Q&A will be followed by a book signing.

Annual Wyeth Day Lecture
‘Heaven Is Under Our Feet as well as Over Our Heads’:  
Henry David Thoreau and the Wyeth Family of Artists
Lecture by Elliot Bostwick Davis, MFA Boston

Born 100 years apart, Andrew Wyeth and Henry David Thoreau shared a birthday. With this in mind, on Wyeth’s 100th and Thoreau’s 200th birthday, curator Elliot Bostwick Davis will discuss Thoreau’s literature in relation to all three generations of Wyeth artists. Beginning with N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations for Men of Concord, we will also explore Andrew, Carolyn, and Jamie Wyeth’s intersections with Thoreau’s perspectives on nature and art.

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. While scholarship on Zorach has traditionally emphasized her modernist work, few have considered her work under the New Deal. Between 1938 and 1942, Zorach received four commissions for post offices in Peterborough, New Hampshire; Ripley, Tennessee; Fresno, California; and Monticello, Indiana. All were executed in her Maine studio, where she drew on the people, animals, and landscapes she had become familiar with at Robinhood Farm. The New Deal era was a productive period for Zorach, and her post office murals aligned representational modes with the modernist practice characteristic of her work through the twenties.

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. Together we will look at the events leading up to its creation and explore the layered connections between the objects depicted in Dr. Syn and Andrew Wyeth's life. A brief slideshow will be followed by an informal discussion in the gallery where the exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Dr. Syn is on view (through Sept. 9).

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 Eva Zembroski. 

Join us for another inspiring evening of presentations! The PechaKucha format is where 8 creative individuals show 20 slides (with each one shown for 20 seconds) to reveal their passions, process and inspirations. The idea to hold a PechaKucha night in the midcoast grew out of an artists’ series at the museum and is now in its 8th year, and takes place in over 900 cities around the world. The Farnsworth is a proud partner organization for these events in the midcoast. 

For more information, check out the PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine FB page here.

Cost: $5 at the door.