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March 29, 2013

Fenimore to reopen with fine, folk art

The Daily Star

---- — The Fenimore Art Museum, at 5798 State Route 80 in Cooperstown, will reopen for the season Saturday.

The season will build on the strengths of the museum’s collections of American fine art, folk art and American Indian art, a media release said.

The exhibits opening Saturday are:

• “American Masters: Thomas Cole to Grandma Moses,” running through June 2 and Oct. 19 to Dec. 29. The display will present a wide range of works from the museum’s permanent collection.

• “Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes and Regalia,” on display through Dec. 29, will feature examples of dress, footwear, hairstyles, headgear, jewelry and accessories from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

• “Native Roots: The Ninth Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial,” through July 21, showcasing the best of Iroquois artists in New York state.

• “Forging Perfection: Masterworks from The Farmers’ Museum Blacksmith Shop,” running through Dec. 29, showing pieces created at the shop for the past 20 years.

• “Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes by Susan Jones Kenyon,” on display through Dec. 29, featuring atmospheric paintings of Cooperstown’s Otsego Lake and the surrounding region by the contemporary landscape artist.

Forthcoming exhibits include:

• “The Wyeths: A Family Legacy,” appearing May 25 through Sept. 2. The show will feature works of Howard Pyle and the Wyeth family — N.C., Andrew, James, Carolyn, Henriette and Henriette’s husband, Peter Hurd. The Wyeths influenced each other’s techniques, media and subject matter, the release said, and have taught each other across generations. The artistic family was inspired by teacher and illustrator Howard Pyle.

• “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision,” running June 29 through Sept. 29. This display will highlight 19th-century Hudson River School artists and will explore landscape painting as a “powerful narrative device that embodied ideas about nature and culture in a rapidly changing country,” the release said. Works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and others will provide a look at this group of artists. Iconic works will be featured, including Thomas Cole’s five-part series, “The Course of Empire,” and other masterworks by Cole, John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey and Asher B. Durand, the release said.

The Fenimore will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sundays from Saturday to May 12. For more information, go to or call 547-1400.