Fenimore Art Museum Announces 2018 Exhibition Schedule

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Fenimore Art Museum Announces 2018 Exhibition Schedule
Many major artists featured this year including Thomas Cole, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham.


Contact: Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Fenimore Art Museum
(607) 547-1472


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, has announced its 2018 schedule of exhibitions on view March 31 through December 30. World-renowned artists are featured throughout the year in a compelling mix of diverse exhibits including a significant show of early works by 19th-century painter Thomas Cole. Another season of outstanding photography showcases the work of two influential American masters, Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham–both peers of Ansel Adams and members of the celebrated ensemble known as Group f/64. Visitors to Fenimore will also have the opportunity to see an expanded exhibition featuring the original handwritten letters that fueled the ongoing war of words between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. These correspondences, popularized by the well-known Broadway musical Hamilton, led to the now infamous duel in 1804. A total of ten exhibitions will be presented during the museum’s 2018 season.

The season is highlighted by Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden, May 25–September 30, 2018. The exhibition centers on Cole’s masterwork Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, lent by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), andexplores his aspirations for landscape painting at the start of his career in the 1820s and early 1830s. Works from the Fenimore’s collection and loans from more than a dozen other institutions and private collectors survey the themes of the Garden of Eden and reveal artists that influenced Cole early in his career.

“Fenimore is looking forward to another successful year with a wide assortment of new exhibitions,” said Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Fenimore Art Museum President and CEO. “With classic American photography, an exhibit of early paintings by Thomas Cole, the celebrated Hamilton-Burr letters, and the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, a visit to Fenimore should be on the mind of every cultural traveler this season.”

The Fenimore is also home to impressive collections of fine art, folk art, and Native American art on view throughout the season. These include The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art which was recently featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2017 and viewed by nearly 100,000 visitors.

The season opens Saturday, March 31 with six exhibitions including Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist (March 31–August 5, 2018); History: Photographs by David Levinthal (March 31–December 31, 2018); Native Celebrations of the Inland Northwest: Photographs by Jeff Ferguson (March 31–December 31, 2018); Hamilton’s Final Act: Enemies and Allies (March 31–December 31, 2018); The Barber Surreal: Eugene Berman’s Reimagined Barber of Seville (March 31–December 31, 2018); and American Folk Art: Seven Decades of Collecting (March 31–May 13, 2018).

Summer features Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden (May 25–September 30, 2018) and Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham (August 11–October 15, 2018). The fall is highlighted by Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist’s Journey through Amnesia(October 15–December 31, 2018).

For more information on Fenimore Art Museum’s 2018 exhibitions and related programs visit FenimoreArt.org. The museum is open March 31 through December 30. Spring hours (March 31–May 7): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Summer hours (beginning May 8): open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 850 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.



For images and more information, contact:

Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications

Fenimore Art Museum


P.O. Box 800 / 5798 Route 80, Cooperstown, New York 13326

(607) 547-1472



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