Lecture

March 26: Picturing Maine Photography

Memory Gallery at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is a welcoming place where people living with memory loss, along with their care partners and loved ones, come together for a gallery tour and casual social gathering each month. Spend a morning together engaging with art from the collection, sharing conversation with new friends who are experiencing similar circumstances, and making art.

This interactive program explores different art works each visit and is free of charge.

For reservations, please contact Denise Mitchell at 207-596-6457 ext 103 or at dmitchell@farnsworthmuseum.org

Christina’s World: From Painting to Novel 
Lecture by Christina Baker Kline

Tuesday, August 9, 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre

Annual Wyeth Day Lecture:
Conceptions of Andrew Wyeth from the Mistaken to the Absurd
Observations by James Duff, Former Director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Tuesday, July 26, 6 p.m.
at the Strand Theatre

Most of us have seen at least one film on Joan of Arc, whether as played by Milla Jovovich (The Messenger, 1999), Jean Seberg (Saint Joan, 1957), Ingrid Bergman (Joan of Arc, 1948), or—still the most revered, though silent—Falconetti (The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928).  Yet many more films were produced, often by pioneering directors from Europe and the United States throughout the twentieth century, making the Maid of Orleans one of the most filmed religious figure of all time, second only to Jesus. The ending to Joan’s life is universally known, yet different artists and writers continue to retell her tale for an ever-receptive public, often amidst seething controversy.

Virtually everyone has heard of Joan of Arc (1412–1431), the extraordinary young savior-heroine of France during the Hundred Years War against England, who was commanded by angelic visions and voices, only to be martyred at the stake.  Several famous authors, such as Shakespeare, Voltaire, Mark Twain, and George Bernard Shaw, have portrayed her.  Various famous women from around the world, such as Indira Gandhi, were inspired by her. Joan also served as galvanizing symbol for the Allies in both World Wars and even in recent French politics.

This gallery tour with Education Director Roger Dell will examine select pieces in the current exhibition Worth a Thousand Words: Nineteenth-Century American Prints from the Farnsworth, and will discuss questions such as: What myths do we hold dear about mid-century America?  About Abraham Lincoln?  About genteel Southern life?  Dell will demonstrate how art can lead us to deeper truths and new ways of seeing.

Cost: Free with admission. Meet in the main lobby.
 

 

This gallery tour with Education Director Roger Dell will examine several works by Maine women photographers from sociological and artistic points of view.  Early artists such as Berenice Abbott and contemporary artists such as Joyce Tenneson and Olive Pierce will be considered and discussed from the vantage point of themes, styles, and techniques.

Cost: Free with admission. Meet in the main lobby.

 

Lecture by Associate Curator Jane Bianco
Thursday, February 25, 2 p.m. in the Farnsworth auditorium

Warm up on a wintry Maine afternoon at the Farnsworth, sit back, and let Associate Curator Jane Bianco take you for a whirlwind tour of world-wide art environments. Guaranteed to stimulate the imagination, this visual guide to homes, backyards and very personal spaces transformed into multifaceted works of art, often by unusual means and materials, will challenge conventional notions of building.

Cost: $8, $5 members - Advance lecture tickets are for sale in the museum store or main lobby admission desk. Will-call tickets may be purchased online (available for pick-up day-of lecture at the main admissions desk.) 
 

Lecture by Associate Curator Jane Bianco
Thursday, January 21, 2 p.m. in the Farnsworth auditorium

Presidential portraits, sporting prints, scenes of everyday life, idyllic landscapes and bird’s eye views—all are part of the Farnsworth’s early print collection. Skillfully rendered and highly narrative, these nineteenth-century pictures “worth a thousand words” are among a vast range of popular prints once proudly displayed across the nation in schools, libraries, town halls, churches, business offices, and in American households as varied as the urban Farnsworth homestead and the rural Olson farmhouse. Today they reveal a fascinating relationship between technology and culture in a young nation’s history.