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Exhibitions, November 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.



Bill Rauhauser (1918-2017), Dancers, Michigan State Fair, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1965.

—Through October 28
—Birmingham, Michigan

The Hill Gallery presents Bill Rauhauser: Life Through the Lens. The gallery’s website notes that the “moment of the photographic magic is captured by Bill Rauhauser with exquisite clarity, freezing the instant of a human connection, passion and relevance while exploring the dramatic visual graphic as only an exceptional artist can.” Rauhauser made Detroit his main subject, walking its streets and alleys with his camera from the 1940s until his death in July 2017. Rauhauser once said, “Over the years I’ve just walked around Detroit keeping an eye open waiting for something to happen, something significant, and I love every minute of it.”

Hill Gallery is located at 407 West Brown Street in Birmingham. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call (248) 540-9288 or visit (www.hillgallery.com).



Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), The Apocalyptic Woman and the Seven-Headed Dragon, woodcut, circa 1497. Bequest of Ann Kirk Warren (Ann Haggerty, class of 1950). Courtesy Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

—Through December 17
—Wellesley, Massachusetts

The Davis Museum presents Martin Luther: Protest in Print. This exhibit of 16th-century prints and books commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “Disputation on the Power of Indulgences,” also known as the “95 Theses.” According to the museum, “In voicing increasing complaint against the corruption of the Church, Martin Luther (1483-1546) became a leading provocateur of its reform. Protest in Print explores the history and popular thought that supported these grievances, the impact of the print medium on the circulation of protest and reform materials, and the artistic response to reform ideologies. Early printed books, borrowed from the Special Collections of Wellesley College, and artworks from the Davis Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery demonstrate the role of print in disseminating reform thought and visually reiterating the themes of the Reformation.”

The Davis Museum is located on the campus of Wellesley College at 106 Central Street in Wellesley. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (781) 283-2051 or visit (www.davismuseum.wellesley.edu).



John Talbott Donoghue (1853-1903), Young Sophocles (detail), circa 1890, bronze, 44½" x 26" x 17". Gift of Dr. Michael L. Nieland.

—Through December 31
—Greensburg, Pennsylvania

A Timeless Perfection: American Figurative Sculpture in the Classical Spirit – Gifts from Dr. Michael L. Nieland to The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, an exhibition of 57 sculptures, celebrates the gift from Dr. Nieland to the museum in 2015 of nine late 19th- and early 20th-century figurative sculptures; an additional 48 sculptures will be given in 2018. This gift includes such notable artists as John Talbott Donoghue, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, Malvina Hoffman, Mario Korbel, Boris Lovet-Lorski, and Adolph Alexander Weinman. A catalog of the exhibition is available.

The Westmoreland is located at 221 North Main Street in Greensburg. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Wednesdays the museum remains open until 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for seniors; admission is free for members, youths 18 and under, students with valid ID, veterans, and military (active duty and reserve) and their families. On Wednesdays admission is free for all from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (724) 837-1500 or visit (www.thewestmoreland.org).



Attributed to Samuel Miller, Picking Flowers, 1840-50, oil on canvas, 44½" x 27½". Fenimore Art Museum, gift of Stephen C. Clark. Photograph by Richard Walker.

—Through December 31
—Cooperstown, New York

American Folk Art: Seven Decades of Collecting is currently on view at the Fenimore Art Museum. More than 70 years ago Stephen Carlton Clark began acquiring 18th- and 19th-century folk art pieces, which are now part of the Fenimore’s holdings. This exhibition includes select items from the collection such as weathervanes, portraits, pottery, and more.

The Fenimore is located at 5798 Route 80 in Cooperstown. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under, museum members, and all active military and retired career military. For more information, call (607) 547-1400 or visit (www.fenimoreartmuseum.org).



John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), design for Rudyard Kipling’s bookplate, 1909. Pen-and-ink and wash on paper. © National Trust Images, photo by John Hammond.

—Through January 7, 2018
—New York City

The Bard Graduate Center presents John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London, an exhibition that examines the life and work of Kipling and focuses on his advocacy for and promotion of the arts and crafts of India. The father of author Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), John Lockwood Kipling was an artist, teacher, museum curator, and social campaigner. Two hundred fifty objects including furniture, books, artworks, ceramics, and metalwork are on view. A catalog accompanies the exhibit.

The Bard Graduate Center is located at 18 West 86th Street in New York City. Hours are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Admission is free on Wednesdays and on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (212) 501-3023 or visit (www.bgc.bard.edu).



Baboon appliqué from an animal mummy, possibly from Saqqara, Egypt, Ptolemaic period, 305-30 B.C.E., linen, 5½" x 2 3/8". Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, photo by Gavin Ashworth, Brooklyn Museum.

—Through January 21, 2018
—Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Museum presents Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt, featuring items drawn from the museum’s collection. The website notes that this “unusual aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals—has remained largely a mystery. The exhibition explores the religious purpose of these mummies, how they were made, and why there are so many.” A catalog accompanies the exhibit.

The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Thursday). Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for seniors and students with ID, and free for youths 19 and under and for members. For more information, call (718) 638-5000 or visit (www.brooklynmuseum.org).



Tiffany Studios, Byzantine vase, Favrile glass, 14 5/8" x 9½". Collection of Stanley and Dolores Sirott, © David Schlegel, courtesy Paul Doros.

—Through February 26, 2018
—San Marino, California

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will host Tiffany Favrile Glass: Masterworks from the Collection of Stanley and Dolores Sirott. The exhibition will survey the full range of Tiffany’s Favrile glass vase production, from experimental pieces made in the 1890s to the peacock vases produced in the early years of the 20th century. Thirty-two vases from the collection of almost 300 will be on view.

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Hours are Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission on weekdays is $25 for adults ($29 on weekends and selected holidays), $21 on weekdays for seniors and students ($24 on weekends and holidays), $13 for youths ages four to 11, and free for children under four and members. Admission is free to all on the first Thursday of the month with advance tickets. For more information, call (626) 405-2100 or (www.huntington.org).



Henry Lowndes (d. 1842), salt-glazed stoneware water cooler, 1840-42, Petersburg, Virginia. Gift of Colwill-McGehee Antique Decorative and Fine Arts in honor of Carolyn J. Weekley. Photo courtesy the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

—Through December 2019
—Williamsburg, Virginia

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum presents an exhibition of patriotic items from its collection in America’s Folk Art. The exhibit coincides with the 60th anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg. As culturally diverse as the United States itself, these approximately 50 objects from the museum’s collections were made by amateur or professional artists and tradesmen for their own pleasure or needs or for sale to the average person, and they often illustrate the tastes of popular culture or indicate conservative folk roots.

The museum is located at 326 West Francis Street in Williamsburg. It is open 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 1-888-965-7254 or visit (www.colonialwilliamsburg.org).


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

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