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March 27, 2012

Food for Thought to begin April 11

Food for Thought, the lunch-and-lecture series at the Fenimore Art Museum, has unveils its programs through July, offering an in-depth understanding of the museum's new exhibitions, including American Impressionism, photography and Native American art. The 2012 series will kicks off April 11 with "Between the States: Photographs from the American Civil War," taking a close look at photography's relationship to the war.

All Food for Thought programs are held from12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fenimore Art Museum. New York State Historical Association.

The schedule is as follows:

April 11: Between the States: Photographs from the American Civil War: Join Michelle Murdock, director of exhibitions, for a discussion and tour of the raveling exhibition from the George Eastman House. This exhibition of historical photographs commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and includes photographs by George Barnard, Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner.

April 18: A Lineage of Iroquois Artistry: Explore how Haudenosaunee people have used various materials, techniques, and concepts to communicatetheir identity and express what holds importance in their Indian culture. Eva Fognell, Thaw Collection Curator, will guide participants through A Lineage of Iroquois Artistry for a glimpse into the amazing artistry of the Haudenosaunee people both past and present.

May 2: Reclaiming Gettysburg: Kevin Gray's Modern Tintypes: Gray will discuss the exhibition of his tintypes, Reclaiming Gettysburg. This exhibition and talk address the human connection to the American landscape and explores the themes of history, nostalgia, and memory through art mediums from digital to tintypes.

May 9: To Great Acclaim: The Homecoming of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art: The Fenimore Art Museum welcomes back the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art after its national tour. Fognell will highlights the exhibit's artifacts, which have won accolades across the nation, according to a media release from the organization.

June 6 and July 18: American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life: Paul D'Ambrosio, president and chief executive officer s will share his expertise of "American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life." This discussion and tour emphasizes the influence of Claude Monet on American artists including Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, John Twachtman and Mary Cassatt.

June 13: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera: Chris Rossi, associate curator of exhibitions, will present "Heavenly Aida: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera" and "Spellbound: The Metropolitan Opera's Armide." Exhibition artifacts from the Metropolitan Opera's archives compliment the mock-ups from the Glimmerglass Festival 2012 summer productions.

The fee per program is $20 members or $25 non-members. Those who register for three or more Food for Thought programs at once will receive a discounted price of $18 for members or $23 for nonmembers per program. Registrants who cancel before noon on the Friday before the program will receive a full refund. Registrants who cancel after noon on the Friday before the program will not receive a refund unless the participant's spot can be filled. If the Fenimore Art Museum cancels a program because of weather, insufficient registration, or any other reason, registrants receive a full refund.

For more information, call 547-1461.

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