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Exhibitions, January 2019

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 <> or mailed to Exhibitions, Maine Antique Digest, PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572.


Bo Droga, Natural on White Circle 1 Panel III, 2018, wood, particleboard, fiberboard, acrylic paint, and PVC plastic, 21½" x 21½" x 3".

—Through January 13
—New York City

Olsen Gruin presents Urban Landscapes: A Road to Nowhere, a solo exhibition featuring 14 geometric sculptural cityscapes by Bo Droga. Press materials note that Droga’s work is inspired by “his strong interest in urban landscapes and how order and chaos converge in city developments.” The works in this exhibit originate “from the experience of sitting in an airplane looking down over a city or dense urban development. From this perspective, individual buildings are barely recognizable as such. Instead they look like simple abstract forms and shapes.”
Olsen Gruin is located at 30 Orchard Street in New York City. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (646) 525-6213 or visit (www.olsengruin.com).


Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), Woman at Her Toilette, 1875-80, oil on canvas. The Art Institute of Chicago. Photo courtesy The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY.

—Through January 14
—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist is currently on view at the Barnes Foundation. Morisot worked alongside Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This exhibition examines the life and work of a woman who defied the social norms of her time to join the Parisian avant-garde.

The Barnes Foundation is located at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, $5 for college students and for youths 13 to 18, and free for children 12 and under and for members. For more information, call (215) 278-7000 or visit (www.barnesfoundation.org).


Thomas Nason (1889-1971), The Cider Mill (final state), 1944, chiaroscuro wood engraving with olive, black, and gray blocks, 7" x 10". Florence Griswold Museum, purchase.

—Through January 27
—Old Lyme, Connecticut

The Florence Griswold Museum pre-sents Paper Trail: American Prints, Drawings, and Watercolors. “Paper Trail celebrates collection highlights and presents hidden gems rarely displayed because of the fragility of works on paper,” noted Jennifer Stettler Parsons, Ph.D., assistant curator. “The works on view reflect how the achievements of Connecticut’s artists on paper align with the history of American art. At the same time, sketches and other works on paper are foundations of the creative process, often the first step on the ‘trail’ that leads to a finished artwork.”

The museum is located at 96 Lyme Street in Old Lyme. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;  and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, and free for children 12 and under and for members. For more information, call (860) 434-5542 or see (www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org).


Silk velvet hat, 1950-60, designed by Boston milliner Ethel Atkins, whose shop on Newbury Street opened in the 1940s. This hat is included in the “Local Produce” section of the exhibition about New England makers and designers. Courtesy Historic New England.

—Through February 24
—Milton, Massachusetts

Head to Toe: Hat and Shoe Fashions from Historic New England is currently on view at the Eustis Estate Museum, showcasing styles from the 1750s to the 1980s. New England was the center of industrialization in the 19th century, and local mills and shops produced millions of hats and shoes. The mansion is decorated for a Victorian Christmas until January 6.

The Eustis Estate is located at 1424 Canton Avenue in Milton. Hours through January 6 are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with guided tours of the house at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Beginning January 11, hours will be Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with guided tours of the house at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for students and children, and free for Milton residents and members of Historic New England. Guided tours are an additional $5. For more information, call (617) 994-6600 or visit (www.historicnewengland.org).


Montpelier, County Seat of Washington County & Capital of Vermont, 1884, hand-colored lithograph. Albert F. Poole (1853-1934), from a drawing by Mrs. S. I. Watrous; lithography by George H. Walker & Co. Lithography; published by George E. Norris (1855-1926) of Brockton, Massachusetts. Museum purchase from The Old Print Shop, 1980. Photograph by J. David Bohl.

—Through March 3
—Shelburne, Vermont

Shelburne Museum presents Mapping an Uneven Country: Bird’s Eye Views of Vermont. This exhibit shows more than three dozen bird’s-eye view scenes of Vermont towns. The aerial-view perspective gained popularity in the second half of the 19th century as artists created orderly drawings of the Green Mountain State’s hilly townscapes.

Mapping an Uneven Country is on view in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education on the grounds of the Shelburne Museum, located at 6000 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. Hours for this exhibit and select buildings are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until December 30, and Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from January 2 through April 30. Admission through April 30 is $10 for adults, $5 for youths five to 17, and free for children under five, for active military, and for members. For more information, call (802) 985-3346 or visit (www.shelburnemuseum.org).


Static electricity generating machine, built by Schwenkfelder George Krauss (1803-1880), Upper Hanover Township or vicinity, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1820-30. Collection of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania.

—Through April 1
—Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center presents Science in Pennsylvania German Everyday Life. Using objects from the collection and interpretive text panels, the exhibition explores the many ways that science was used in food production in 18th and 19th centuries, including fermentation, botany, astronomy (for farming), medicine, mechanics, and more.

The Schwenkfelder Library & 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 not charged, but donations are encouraged. For more information, call (215) 679-3103 or visit (www.schwenkfelder.com).


David Drake  (1801-c. 1870),  alkaline-glazed  stoneware jar,  1858. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment, 1988.

—Through August 4
—Atlanta, Georgia

The High Museum of Art presents Hand to Hand: Southern Craft of the 19th Century, focusing on works from the museum’s holdings of 19th-century southern decorative arts. The exhibit examines the traditional and rural forms of quilts, ceramics, basketry, and furniture. “The style, techniques and materials of each work reveal not only the talents of their makers, but also the legacy of learned traditions that, in many instances, have continued to be handed down to following generations of makers.”

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. in Atlanta. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. General admission is $14.50, and admission is free for children five and under. For more information, call (404) 733-4400 or visit (www.high.org).


Orange tree planter, Nevers manufactory, circa 1680, faience (tin-glazed earthenware), 25" high x 27" wide x 21" diameter. Sidney R. Knafel collection. Photo by Christophe Perlès.

—Through September 22
—New York City

The Frick Collection debuts a promised gift of 75 objects in Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection. Knafel collected French faience for 50 years, resulting in one of the most comprehensive private collections in the world. A catalog accompanies the exhibition.

The Frick is located at 1 East 70th Street in New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the first Friday of the month the collection is open 6 to 9 p.m., and admission is free during those hours. Admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students. Children under ten are not admitted. On Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m., admission is “pay what you wish.” For more information, call (212) 288-0700 or visit (www.frick.org).


Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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