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March 14, 2014

Museum announces lecture series topics

Art from as close to home as the Adirondacks, and as far away as Japan, will be on display during the Fenimore Art Museum’s Food for Thought lunch and lecture series. The schedule is as follows:

April 9: “The Adirondack World of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.” Curator Caroline M. Welsh, art historian and director emerita of the Adirondack Museum, will lead a tour of this exhibition of iconic paintings.

April 23: “Behind the Scenes: Exhibition Development.” Participants will step behind the scenes with Chris Rossi, associate curator of exhibitions, for a look at how the museum’s exhibitions are conceived, planned and executed.

May 14: “Everyday Heroes: Ralph Fasanella’s Paintings of American Life.” Paul D’Ambrosio, president and chief executive officer of the museum, will lead this program.

May 28: “Untamed Spirits and Wild Companions: Animals in Native American Art.” Eva Fognell will lead a tour of this exhibition of clothing, adornments and other objects from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

June 11: “Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life from the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie.” D’Ambrosio will introduce this exhibition of rarely seen works. This marks the first time this exceptional collection of Homer oil paintings and delicate watercolors is displayed as a complete collection.

June 18: “Madame Butterfly”: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera. Rossi will guide this tour and discussion of exotic costumes, sketches and photographs ranging from 1907 to the present day, representing highlights from several of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Madame Butterfly.

July 9: “Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan.” Inspired by Glimmerglass Festival’s 2014 production of “Madame Butterfly,” this exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints highlights the changing world in which Butterfly lived. Guest curator Dr. Jacqueline Atkins has written and lectured extensively on Japanese early modern textiles and kimono, and Japanese prints.

The lunch and lecture fee is $22 for NYSHA members, or $25 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required; call 547-1461. Discounts are available for more than one program. All Food for Thought programs are held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fenimore Art Museum. Find more information at

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