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Exhibitions, June 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.

Erik Koeppel (b. 1980), Clouds in the  Moat Mountains, oil on canvas.

—Through September 10
—Milford, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents The New England Landscape: Works from the 19th-21st Centuries, an exhibit and sale of paintings spanning more than 200 years of artists’ interpretations of views of New England. From fields and forests to lakes and mountains, this region has long been an inspiration to painters, poets, and artists of all kinds.

Featured artists from the 19th and 20th centuries include William Sonntag, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Robert Vonnoh, Aldro Hibbard, Henry Ward Ranger, Ben Foster, Eric Sloane, William Hart, William Jurian Kaula, Paul Sample, Frank Vincent Dumond, and William Preston Phelps. Works by contemporary New England artists Erik Koeppel, Dave Dodge, and William Davis are also included in the exhibit.

The New Hampshire Antique Co-op is located at 323 Elm Street in Milford. It is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (603) 673-8499 or visit (www.nhantiquecoop.com).

Traditional steampunk lady. Costume by Amber O’Boyle Kulp, with accessories by Colleen O’Neill. Photo by Anthony Caruso.

—Through October 6
—Morristown, New Jersey

The Morris Museum presents Steampunk Fashion. Modern steampunk takes inspiration from the Victorian age and the era’s technological advancements. Featured in this exhibit are a selection of women’s and men’s costumes and accessories that illustrate the eclectic and individualistic nature of steampunk fashion by designers Paige Gardner, Amber O’Boyle Kulp, and Colleen O’Neill. To provide a historical context for the six costume ensembles on display, 19th-century Victorian-era clothing and accessories from the museum’s permanent collection highlight the design connections and deconstructions that have served as inspiration for steampunk costumers.

The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children, students, and senior citizens, and free for members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700 or visit (www.morrismuseum.org).

Allegorical portrait of Thomas François Lenormand de Victot by Nicolas-René Jollain (French, 1732-1804), 1783, oil on canvas.

—Through October 27
—Washington, D.C.

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati presents Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America. This exhibit explores the recollections of eight French officers who were involved in the American fight for independence. Portraits, manuscripts, journals, and memoirs reflect the experiences of these soldiers.

The American Revolution Institute is located in the Anderson House at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (202) 785-2040 or visit (www.americanrevolutioninstitute.org).

Sojourner Truth, Randall Studio  (active 1865-75?),  circa 1870,  albumen silver print, 511/16" x 41/16" (image). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian  Institution.

—Through January 5, 2020
—Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, an exhibit that examines the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. The exhibition, installed in seven rooms with more than 120 portraits and objects, explores the American suffrage movement and the political challenges women faced from 1832 to 1965. Votes for Women also sheds light on the racial struggles of the suffrage movement and how black women, often excluded by white women from the main suffrage organizations, organized for citizenship rights (including the right to vote).This exhibit is a centerpiece of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative called “Because of Her Story.” A catalog is available.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. The gallery is open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (202) 633-8300 or visit (www.npg.si.edu).

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), The Patriot, 1964, tempera on panel. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Wyeth. © 2019 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society.

—Through February 9, 2020
—Rockland, Maine

The Farnsworth Art Museum presents Andrew Wyeth’s World War I. This exhibit was originally conceived in 2002 by Andrew Wyeth. The exhibit explores how Andrew Wyeth’s childhood interest in World War I grew into a lifelong source of inspiration. Born in 1917, Andrew Wyeth was too young to remember the war firsthand, but it became real to him through his father, N.C. Wyeth, and his studio, where N.C. painted several large-scale canvases of World War I heroics and collected uniforms, weapons, and photographs for source material. As an adult, Andrew met and befriended soldiers living near his homes in Pennsylvania and Maine. He painted Ralph Cline in the attic of his sawmill in Spruce Head, Maine, in 1964. In that portrait, titled The Patriot, Cline wears his own World War I uniform.

The Farnsworth is located at 16 Museum Street in Rockland. Hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through May 31 (open Memorial Day). The museum is open daily from June 1 through October 31, 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, and free for youths 16 and under, for Rockland residents, and for members. For more information, including fall and winter hours, call (207) 596-6457 or visit (www.farnsworthmuseum.org).

James M. Warren III, Hiroshima, 1945. Copyright James M. Warren III.

—May 17-September 8
—Roanoke, Virginia

Two exhibitions, Proud to Serve and WWII: Photographs from the Creation of the Ledo Road and the Aftermath of Hiroshima, will go on view concurrently at the History Museum of Western Virginia and the O. Winston Link Museum, which are part of the Historical Society of Western Virginia. Proud to Serve honors those who have served from the Spanish-American War through Operation Desert Storm with displays of uniforms and artifacts. The photography exhibit will show never-before-published World War II photos taken by two area servicemen of the first convoy on the Ledo Road (a supply route from India to China that was constructed during the war by U.S. Army engineers along with native labor) and of the remains of Hiroshima after the bombing.

The museums are located at 101 Shenandoah Avenue N.E. in Roanoke. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, military, and students, $3 for children 12 to 17, and free for children under 12 and for members. For more information, call (540) 982-5465 or visit (www.roanokehistory.org).

John Falter (1910-1982), The Family Picnic - Baseball, 1950, oil on canvas, 26" x 24", signed lower left. Saturday Evening Post, September 2, 1950, cover.

—May 23-December 27
—Newport, Rhode Island

The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) announces Norman Rockwell & His Contemporaries: Fabulous Forties to Sensational Sixties. Featuring original paintings, works on paper, vintage posters, and accompanying artifacts, the exhibit will highlight the changes to daily life in America during three very different decades and World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Civil and women’s rights movements, technological advances, and the changing ideas of the traditional family all influenced illustration art during those years.

NMAI is located at Vernon Court at 492 Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Hours until Labor Day are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After Labor Day hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, $14 for students, and $10 for youths five to 12. Children under five are not admitted. For more information, call (401) 851-8949 or go to (www.americanillustration.org).

Lewis M. Rutherfurd (1816-1892), Photographie de la lune a son 1er Quartier, 1865, albumen print, 14" x  10¾". National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon and Patrons’ Permanent Fund.
—July 14, 2019-January 5, 2020
—Washington, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art will present By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11. Throughout the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th century, numerous photographers created lunar pictures that captured the public’s imagination. The some 50 works that will be on view, from the 19th century to the 1960s Space Age, merge art with science and transform the way that the cosmos is envisioned and understood. This exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.

The National Gallery is located on the National Mall at 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (202) 737-4215 or visit (www.nga.gov).

Originally published in the June 2019 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2019 Maine Antique Digest

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