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April 18, 2013

Lunch and lecture series provides helpings of 'Food For Thought'

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The Daily Star

---- — The Fenimore Art Museum started its lunch-and-lecture series “Food for Thought” programs earlier this month.

All the programs are held on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the museum. 

The remaining “Food for Thought” schedule, with program descriptions provided by the museum, is as follows:

May 15: Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes by Susan Jones Kenyon. Meet award-winning Cooperstown artist Susan Jones Kenyon as she discusses and guides you through her exhibition, “Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes.”

May 29 and July 3: The Wyeths: A Family Legacy. Chris Rossi, associate curator of exhibitions takes you through the mutigenerational and multitalented Wyeth family exhibition, “The Wyeths: A Family Legacy.” Learn about one of the most famous and beloved artistic families of the 20th century and revel in the formal beauty and underlying abstraction of a true American legacy.

June 12: Forging Perfection: Masterworks from The Farmers’ Museum Blacksmith Shop. Join Steve Kellogg, master blacksmith at The Farmers’ Museum, as he shares the craftsmanship and artistry of artifacts from the world of blacksmithing. Come learn about the forging of hammers, anvils, chisels, and all the amazing things found in the shop of a blacksmith. This exhibition features metalworking tours-de-force such as a re-created 1740 pistol and a scale that measures to the 16th of a gram.

June 19: Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes and Regalia. Explore how Native people don clothing and jewelry, as well as deck their children and even animals in elaborate regalia to placate and harbor universal powers, to achieve success in hunting and warfare, and to show status and culture. Eva Fognell, curator of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, will guide visitors through “Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes and Regalia” for a glimpse into the regalia of American Indians both past and present.

July 10: The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision. Paul D’Ambrosio, president and CEO, provides insight into “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision,” an exhibition that showcases the extraordinary depth and richness of paintings by artists grounded in the exploration of the natural world as a resource for spiritual renewal and as an expression of cultural and national identity. This exhibition has been organized by the New York Historical Society.

July 17: Plain and Fancy: Native American Splint Baskets. For centuries, Native people have created fanciful ash splint baskets for practical storage and starting in the 19th century it became a most important source of income. Today this art form is facing a threat: the emerald ash borer. In this exhibition tour, Eva Fognell, curator of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, discusses ash splint artistry, this “new” issue, and the future of an art form.

The cost is $22 for members or $25 for nonmembers. Those who register for three or more “Food for Thought” programs at once will receive a discounted price of $20 for members or $23 for nonmembers per program. Call 547-1461 if you have questions regarding pricing.

Registrants who cancel before noon the Friday before the program will receive a full refund. Registrants who cancel after noon on the Friday before the program will not receive a refund unless the participant’s spot can be filled. If the Fenimore Art Museum cancels a program because of weather, insufficient registration, or any other reason, registrants receive a full refund.

For more information, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org.