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Exhibitions, December 2017

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.

Paul J. Woolf (1899-1985), Central Park South & 59th Street, circa 1936.

—Through November 25
—New York City

Keith de Lellis Gallery presents Paul J. Woolf: Vintage Photographs of New York City Architecture. The gallery writes, “Known for his technical mastery of the photographic medium, Woolf produced images that were crisp, dramatically lit, and beautifully composed. In his essay for Technology Review, Woolf wrote, ‘Art and photography meet, of course, at many points, and among the most important of these is composition.’ He proved this point time and again as he examined New York City’s iconic buildings.”

Keith de Lellis Gallery is located in Suite 703 at 41 East 57th Street in New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 327-1482 or visit (www.keithdelellisgallery.com).

Attributed to Howling Wolf (Southern Cheyenne, Central Plains), Cheyenne Attacking a Pawnee Camp, ledger drawing, 1875-78, watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil on paper. Private collection. Photo courtesy Donald Ellis Gallery, New York City.

—Through December 20
—Fairfield, Connecticut

Fairfield University Art Museum presents Picturing History: Ledger Drawings of the Plains Indians. Known as ledger drawings because they were done on the pages of commercially produced account books, these striking images, many bearing pictographic signatures, are executed in ink, graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor. The exhibition features over 50 drawings by artists from the Plains Indian peoples (Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and others dwelling in the Western United States and Canada). According to the museum, they produced a “distinctive body of drawings chronicling battles, rituals, and winsome if sometimes jarring events of everyday life. In their later phase, the subject matter shifts to focus on the forced captivity of Native Americans and the suppression of indigenous traditions and practices.... What they share is their makers’ acute powers of observation and ambition to record and describe recognizable people, places, things and events—to eloquently picture and record history as it transpired.”

Fairfield University Art Museum is located in Bellarmine Hall at 200 Barlow Road on the Fairfield University campus. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on select Saturdays when classes are in session. Admission is free. For more information, call (203) 254-4000 or visit (www.fairfield.edu/museum/).

Pamela Dalton, Ship with Mermaids, 2017, hand-cut paper and watercolor. Photo courtesy the artist.

—Through December 23
—Cotuit, Massachusetts

The Cahoon Museum of American Art presents Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper featuring intricate artwork produced in the form of cut paper. The historic and contemporary artists in this exhibit found their inspiration in many global folk traditions, including scherenschnitte, jianzhi, and American portrait silhouettes.

The Cahoon Museum is located at 4676 Falmouth Road in Cotuit. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12 and for members. For more information, call (508) 428-7581 or visit (www.cahoonmuseum.org).

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Studies for Adam and Eve, 1504, pen with brown and black ink. © The Trustees of the British Museum (2017). All rights reserved.

—Through January 7, 2018
—Providence, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum presents Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now from the British Museum. The exhibit spans more than 500 years of drawings, forming connections between old masters and modern and contemporary artists. The 70 works from the British Museum’s collection of drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Peter Doig, and Rachel Whiteread, among others, provide visitors with an opportunity to view many works never before shown in the U.S.

The museum is located at 224 Benefit Street in Providence. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for non-Rhode Island School of Design students (with ID), and free for youths 18 and under, active U.S. military and their families, members, and staff, faculty, and students of RISD and member institutions (with ID). Admission is free on Sundays and on the third Thursday of the month, 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (401) 454-6500 or visit (www.risdmuseum.org).

Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516), The Owl’s Nest, 1505-15, pen and brown ink. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

—Through January 7, 2018
—Washington, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art is hosting Bosch to Bloemaert: Early Netherlandish Drawings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, offering viewers an opportunity to see a selection of 100 master drawings from this museum. The exhibition also traces major developments of the period, including the emergence of landscape as a genre, and shifts in attitudes toward drawings, as collectors and artists began to regard them as autonomous works of art.

The National Gallery of Art is located between 4th and 9th Streets on Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Hours are Monday through 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).

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), The Endless Column, 1969-85, painted wood sculpture. Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum. Bequest of Nathan Berliawsky.

—Through April 1, 2018
—Rockland, Maine

Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero is now on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum. The exhibition combines the sculpture of Louise Nevelson with photographs that Pedro Guerrero (1917-2012) took of the artist and her home and studio. Nevelson was born in Russia and lived in Rockland, Maine, as a child. The Farnsworth holds the second-largest collection of her work in the world.

The Farnsworth is located at 16 Museum Street in Rockland. Fall hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After January 1 hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students 17 and older, and free for youths 16 and under, Rockland residents, and museum members. For more information, call (207) 596-6457 or visit (www.farnsworthmuseum.org).

Relief carving in wood, 1890, possibly California. Collection of Ian Berke.

—November 18, 2017-July 9, 2018
—San Francisco, California

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum will host American Folk Art: An Enduring Legacy. This exhibition will include weathervanes, fraktur, southern stoneware, and wooden canes, alongside more unusual items, such as carved stone books and fraternal-order plaques.

 This exhibit will be located in the pre-security area of the main hall of the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport. No admission is charged. For more information, call (650) 821-6700 or visit (www.flysfo.com/museum).

John Slemmons Stevenson (1807-1867), self-portrait, Snow Hill, Maryland, 1832, oil on wood panel. Museum purchase, 2010.

—November 18, 2017-December 2019
—Williamsburg, Virginia

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum presents Artists on the Move: Portraits for a New Nation featuring portraits from the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and other southern states. Most of the more than 30 portraits, painted between 1780 and 1840, will be new to visitors. The artists whose works are shown include Charles Willson Peale, Charles Peale Polk, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, and Cephas Thompson.

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is located on the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg at 326 West Francis Streets in Williamsburg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Single-day admission to the museum is $12.99 for adults and $6.49 for youths ages six to 12. Admission is included in single-day and multi-day tickets to Colonial Williamsburg. For more information, call (888) 965-7254 or visit (www.colonialwilliamsburg.org).

Originally published in the December 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest

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