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Exhibitions, May 2017

M.A.D. staff | April 24th, 2017

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for further information. All listings must include an image. Electronic images are preferred, but we can accept photographs or slides. The information may be e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to Exhibitions, Maine Antique Digest, PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572.


Paul Moro (1886-1953), Floral Bounty by the Bay, Dennis, MA, 1936, oil on board, 24" x 36".

—Through April 30
—Cotuit, Massachusetts

The Cahoon Museum of American Art presents Paul Moro: A Painter’s Journey, a retrospective of the artist’s works, many of them of Cape Cod in the early 20th century. The exhibition includes 85 paintings that have never been shown on the Cape.

The museum is located at 4676 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Cotuit. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12 and for members. For more information, call (508) 428-7581 or visit (www.cahoonmuseum.org).


Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), drawing for the book Make Way for Ducklings, 1941, graphite. Courtesy the May Massee Collection, Emporia State University (Kansas) special collections and archives.

—Through June 18
—Boston, Massachusetts

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, which is set in Boston. More than 50 works from this and other books that McCloskey wrote and illustrated are on view as well as a selection of other works of art by him. A miniature bronze model of Nancy Schön’s Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, which stands in Boston Public Garden, accompanies the exhibition.

The museum is located at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and students, $10 for youths, and free for children six and under. For more information, call (617) 267-9300 or visit (www.mfa.org).


Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), The Wave, 1940, oil on masonite-type hard-board, 30¼" x 40 7/8". Worcester Art Museum.

—Through June 18
—New York City

The Met Breuer presents Marsden Hartley’s Maine. Approximately 90 of Hartley’s paintings and drawings are on view, showing scenes of his home state from the mountains to the coast. The Met has also included works from its collection that were done by artists who influenced Hartley, such as Winslow Homer and Cézanne. A catalog accompanies the exhibit.

The Met Breuer is located at 945 Madison Avenue in New York City. Hours are Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Suggested admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students, and free for members and for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (212) 731-1675 or visit (www.metmuseum.org).


Howard Pyle (1853-1951), Here, Andre! A Spy!, circa 1897, oil on board, 25¾" x 18½", signed “H. Pyle” lower left. From the book Hugh Wynne: Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell, 1897. ©2017 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, Rhode Island. Photo courtesy American Illustrators Gallery, New York, New York.

—Through June 18
—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University is hosting an exhibition in association with the National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) that honors “the father of American illustration,” Howard Pyle, who was an instructor at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry (now Drexel University) from 1894 to 1900 and then founded his own school. Pyle taught a generation of celebrated illustrators, including Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Frank E. Schoonover, Violet Oakley, and N.C. Wyeth, all of whom are represented in the exhibition Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration. A catalog is available from NMAI.

The exhibition can be seen in Drexel University’s Paul Peck Alumni Center at the corner of 32nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (215) 895-2414 or visit (www.drexel.edu).


Shaker oval carrier, Mount Lebanon Shaker Society, New Lebanon, New York.

—Through August 27
—New Britain, Connecticut

Focus On: Shaker Woodenware (Part 1) is currently on view at the New Britain Museum of American Art. The exhibit is drawn from the Steve and Miriam Miller collection of Shaker objects that were made in Shaker communities in Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. Some pieces were made by Shaker craftsmen to be sold, and others were for the use of their own community. Part two of this exhibition will open in early September.

The museum is located at 56 Lexington Street in New Britain. Hours are Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursday), and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for youths 13 to 17 and for students, and free for children 12 and under and for members. Admission is free on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (860) 229-0257 or visit (www.nbmaa.org).


Watercolor attributed to Sarah (Kriebel) Dresher (1828-1908), 1842-45, Worcester Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

—Through September 30
—Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center presents Bloomin’/Blumen: Flowers in Pennsylvania German Textiles and Folk Art. Flowers were an important part of the decorative tradition that German settlers brought from their European homes. Floral themes were used in textiles, fraktur, furniture, and paintings. The items in this exhibition are drawn from the Schwenkfelder’s collection, and some of the items are seldom displayed.

The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center is located at 105 Seminary Street in Pennsburg. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, call (215) 679-3103 or visit (www.schwenkfelder.com).


The Grand Union design was one of the flag designs used early in the American Revolution. The Union Jack in the canton symbolized the Colonies’ belief that they were still part of Great Britain. This printed reproduction was made by Wm. Horstmann & Co. in the late 19th century. It is on loan from the Philadelphia Flag Day Association Collection of Historic Flags and Banners, donated by Lydia Freeman in honor of her father. Photo courtesy the Betsy Ross House.

—Through December 31
—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Betsy Ross House is celebrating the tradition of local flag makers with Historic Threads: 250 Years of Flag Making in Philadelphia. Museum director Lisa Acker Moulder said, “Betsy Ross was far from the only flag maker in Colonial Philadelphia, and flag making continues in the city to this day.” The exhibit includes flags on loan to the museum that were made between 1776 and the present.

The Betsy Ross House is located at 239 Arch Street in Philadelphia’s historic district. Hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for a self-guided tour is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, students, members of the military, and children. Add $2 per person for an audio tour. For more information, call (215) 629-4026 or visit (www.historicphiladelphia.org).


Part of the jade suit of the king of Chu Kingdom, circa 175 B.C.E. Photo courtesy Xuzhou Museum.

—May 25 through November 12
—New York City

The China Institute will present Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou. More than 76 objects originating from royal tombs dating from the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.-8 C.E.) will be exhibited in the United States for the first time. Ranging from terra-cotta performers to carved stone animal sculptures, the objects are extraordinary testimony to customs and beliefs surrounding life and death during the Western Han Dynasty, one of China’s golden eras. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated bilingual catalog.

The China Institute is located at 100 Washington Street in New York City with a temporary entrance at 40 Rector Street. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on Thursday), and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for youths under 16 and for members. Admission is free on Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (212) 744-8181 or visit (www.chinainstitute.org).


Originally published in the May 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest

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