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April 3, 2014

Fenimore re-opens with six new exhibitions

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown will reopen Tuesday with six new exhibitions.

The exhibition schedule is:

April 1 to Sept. 1, “The Adirondack World of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.” Few painters are so closely associated with images of the Adirondacks as Tait. His storytelling pictures of its wildlife, sportsmen, landscape, and rural community life resonated with 19th century Americans seeking respite from the fast pace of urban living, according to a media release. The exhibition has been organized by the Adirondack Museum.

April 1 to Dec. 31, “A Moment Past: L.F. Tantillo Paints New York History.” Len Tantillo brings the past to life through his historically accurate paintings, the release said. Much of his work celebrates maritime themes, focusing on little-known subject matter depicting the early history of New York and the Hudson River.

April 1 to Dec. 31, “Madame Butterfly: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera.” The exhibit will include a number of exotic costumes, sketches and photographs ranging from 1907 to the present day, representing highlights from several of the Metropolitan Opera’s many varied productions of “Madame Butterfly.”

April 1 to Dec. 31, “Untamed Spirits and Wild Companions: Animals in American Indian Art.” Native American artists celebrate animals as powerful companions on the journey through life. Examples of animal imagery depicted in North American Indian art assembled from the world-renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, including clothing, adornments and other objects, will be on display.

April 1 to May 26, “Everyday Heroes: Ralph Fasanella’s Paintings of American Life.” Fasanella’s folk art paintings portray the people and places he observed while growing up in New York City. These intricate and colorful paintings from the Fenimore’s collection range from portrayals of monumental events in our country’s history to detailed observations of America’s working-class, the release said.

April 1 to June 8 and Oct. 4 to Dec. 31, “Lake & Village: Cooperstown’s People & Places.” Photographs, prints and paintings of will show details of the people and places of Cooperstown. Works will be from Milo Stewart, Michele Harvey, and images from the Smith and Telfer photographic collection.

June 6 to Aug. 24, “Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life, from the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie.” The exhibit will feature more than 20 rarely seen works by famed landscape painter Winslow Homer collected by Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie. Now housed at The Arkell, this marks the first time the collection of Homer paintings will be displayed as a complete collection. The exhibition was organized by the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie.

June 21 to Sept. 21, “Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan.” Inspired by Glimmerglass Festival’s 2014 production of “Madame Butterfly,” this exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints highlights the changing world in which Butterfly lived. The collection features prints that represent “traditional” Japan, as well as those showing the influence of Western culture.

Sept. 18 to Dec. 31, “Dorothea Lange’s America.” Lange’s images of migrant workers, suffering families, and tortured landscapes have seared the imagery of the Depression into America’s consciousness, the release said. Her most celebrated photographs of that era – Migrant Mother, White Angel Breadline, and Migratory Cotton Picker – have become icons in American cultural history.

Sept.18 to Dec. 31, “Folk Art and American Modernism.” The exhibit will peer into the world of the first collectors of American folk art during the period of Modernism and explores the connection between the collectors and the pieces they collected. Viewers will see how these insightful pioneers influenced the future of American art purely by the items they gathered and revered.

For more information, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org. Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.