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Exhibitions, January 2018

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.



Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564), unfinished cartoon for a Madonna and Child, 1525-30, drawing, black and red chalk, white gouache, brush and brown wash, 21 5/16" x 1 9/16". Casa Buonarroti, Florence.

—Through February 12
—New York City

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, featuring 133 of Michelangelo’s drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, and a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context. Selected from 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition examines Michelangelo’s rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Suggested admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students, and free to children under 12 and members. For more information, call (212) 535-7710 or visit (www.metmuseum.org).


Juliet Lavinia Tanner (1833-1909), Purple and White Lilacs, 1891, watercolor and ink wash on off-white watercolor paper, 22 3/8" x 18 11/16". Gift of Miss Elinor Ewing Curwen.

—Through February 18
—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents Graphic Women, focused on the efflorescence of professional women artists working between 1880 and the early 20th century, with a particular focus on those artists exhibiting, living, and teaching in Philadelphia. This exhibition features the work of Violet Oakley, her teacher Cecilia Beaux, and their contemporaries Mary Cassatt, Susan MacDowell Eakins, Mary Nimmo Moran, Alice Barber Stephens, and Lilian Westcott Hale, among others. Graphic Women features over 30 works from the museum’s collection, including delicate charcoals, etchings, pastels, pen-and-ink illustrations, watercolors, aquatints, and woodcuts, some of which are recent purchases and gifts to PAFA’s collection that have never before been exhibited.

PAFA is located at 118-128 North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, $8 for youths 13 through 18, and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call (215) 972-7600 or visit (www.pafa.org).


Valdir Cruz (Brazilian, b. 1954), The Archer, Chief of the Wai-Wai, gelatin silver print, from “Faces of the Rainforest.”

—Through February 24
—New York City

Throckmorton Fine Art presents Valdir Cruz: Presences, a selection of vintage gelatin silver prints from three projects: “Faces of the Rainforest,” “The Water’s Way (O caminho das águas),” and “Roots (Raízes).” Kraige Block, executive director of Throckmorton Fine Art, said, “Valdir Cruz is as much an anthropologist as a photographer. The power of these images of Brazilian people, distinctive landscapes, and magnificent waterfalls opens a discussion about human societies and the environment.”

Throckmorton Fine Art is located at 145 East 57th Street in New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 223-1059 or visit (www.throckmorton-nyc.com).


Richard Allen, long rifle, powder horn, and bag, 1815, rifle of maple and iron, 61" long. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne T. Elliott.

—Through February 25
—Athens, Georgia

Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Craft is currently on view at the Georgia Museum of Art. The exhibition includes 18 long rifles from the 19th century, two pistols, powder horns, and a miniature cannon. The items are on loan from private and public lenders. Press materials note that the long rifle “remains a uniquely American art form. Developed in the early 18th century, it was more accurate than a musket but slower to load, and the rifles in this exhibition predate technological advances that led to quicker loading firearms.... Although they began as more purely functional objects, the human impulse for decoration prevailed, and the rifles on display in this exhibition feature elaborate inlay in brass and silver.”

 The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia at 90 Carlton Street in Athens. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (706) 542-4662 or visit (www.georgiamuseum.org).


The Favorite Shoe Store opened at 92 Greenwich Avenue in 1914 during the first wave of Jewish immigration and remained open for 91 years.

—Through April 15
—Cos Cob, Connecticut

The Greenwich Historical Society presents An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich, a collection of historical memorabilia and first-person accounts from Jewish residents of Greenwich that chronicle the untold story of Greenwich’s Jewish community dating to the turn of the last century. According to the society, the exhibit explores their “significant contributions to the cultural and economic vitality of Greenwich, despite their humble start, low numbers, periods of discrimination, and restrictions on worship, employment, and housing opportunities.”

The Greenwich Historical Society is located at 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free to children under 18 and members. Admission is free to all on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call (203) 869-6899 or visit (www.greenwichhistory.org).


Carl Rungius, Caribou in Snow, 32¼" x 40½".

—Through April 29
—Thomasville, Georgia

Wild in the Country,an exhibition of sporting and wildlife paintings, drawings, and sculpture on loan from the Genesee Museum in Mumford, New York, is now on view at Pebble Hill Plantation. Paintings by Bruno Liljefors, Wilhelm Kuhnert, Carl Rungius, and Bob Kuhn are on view. Whitney White, executive director of Pebble Hill Plantation, said, “These seminal artists were responsible for pushing the boundaries of traditional wildlife painting, and have inspired artists and art lovers to the present day.”

Pebble Hill Plantation is located at 1251 U.S. Highway 319 South in Thomasville. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the plantation is $5.50 for adults and $2 for children. Admission to the exhibit is free. There is an additional fee for a full tour of the main house. For more information, call (229) 226-2344 or visit (www.pebblehill.com).


Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), Honorably Discharged, 1916-19, bronze on marble base, 21½" x 7½" x 6" (base 7¾" x 7" x 7/8"). Private collection.

—January 25-April 29
—West Palm Beach, Florida

The Norton Museum of Art will present Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture, the first exhibition in more than 75 years of the works of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, artist, philanthropist, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The installation will move chronologically through Whitney’s career and will include approximately 45 sculptures and drawings, many of which are rarely seen works from private collections. The exhibit will also include photographs of Whitney’s monuments in the United States, France, and Spain; her nurse’s uniform from World War I; and depictions of the artist and her sculpture by contemporaries such as painters Robert Henri and Guy Pène du Bois, sculptor Jo Davidson, and graphic artist L. Gauthier.

The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1451 South Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach. During construction through December 2018 the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (561) 832-5196 or visit (www.norton.org).


Hiroshige Shigenobu II (1826-1869), Hizen Goto Kujira Ryo no Zu (Catching Whales at Goto, Hizen Province), circa 1859, woodblock print on paper, 13" x 8½". Gift of the Kendall Whaling Museum.

—Ongoing
—New Bedford, Massachusetts

An exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama, explores the life and influence of Manjiro Nakahama (1827-1898), the first Japanese person known to have been educated in the United States. Shipwrecked off the coast of Japan in 1841, Manjiro was rescued by the crew of a New Bedford whaleship. He spent a decade in America or working as a whaler before returning to Japan, where he played an important role in establishing relations between the two countries. A companion exhibition, The East Unlocks its Gates: American Whalers and Trade in Asia, explores the lucrative trade in hard goods between New Bedford merchants and the treaty ports of China, route-finding through the East Indies, and the story of American whalers and the opening of commerce with Japan. The East Unlocks its Gates will be up through April.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill on the grounds of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Through December, the museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From January through March, the hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students 19 and over, $7 for youths four and older, and free for children three and under and for members. For more information, call (508) 997-0046 or visit (www.whalingmuseum.org).


Originally published in the January 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest

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