Two new exhibits are now on view at Fenimore Art Museum outside Cooperstown, rounding off the museum’s summer schedule. “Early American Face Jugs” will run through Dec. 31, and “Floating Palaces of the Hudson” will be on display through Sept. 15. Seven exhibits are on view featuring paintings, photographs, folk art and Native American art.
“Early American Face Jugs” features 62 face jugs from the Meyer collection of early American stoneware face vessels and related period American ceramic objects, all dating from the mid-19th century to before 1950. These early face jugs, while rooted in utilitarian pottery, are an important form of artistic expression, with some of their makers being known potters, many of them African-Americans, presenters said in a media release. The pieces are arranged according to geographic origin.
In complement to Glimmerglass Festival’s 2019 production of “Showboat,” Fenimore is presenting “Floating Palaces of the Hudson,” an exhibit featuring artwork, objects and photographs, drawn from both the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Fenimore Art Museum collections, that celebrates the Hudson River version of riparian entertainment.
Other exhibits on display are “Hamilton’s Final Act: Enemies and Allies,” “Eugene and Clare Thaw: A Memorial Tribute,” “The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX): Photographs by Will Wilson, “ all running through the end of the year; and “Perfect Harmony: The Musical Art & Life of William Sidney Mount,” which will close Sept. 8.
“Duane Michals: The Portraitist” will open Sept. 14 and run Nov. 10, and “Heroines of Abstract Expressionism,” will open Sept. 19, with “Residuum: Watercolors by Michele Harvey” opening two days later. Both will run through the end of the year.
Permanent collections are the “Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art” in the Thaw Gallery and Great Hall; “The Coopers of Cooperstown” in the Cooper Room; “Fine Art from the Permanent Collection” in the American Painting Gallery and “American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art” in the Main Gallery
For more information, visit FenimoreArt.org. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 15. Fall hours, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 31, are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for adults; $10.50 for seniors, and free for museum members and children 12 and younger.