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Exhibitions, September 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.

Sebastian Dadler (1586-1657), obverse of struck silver medal depicting Ferdinand III, Holy Roman emperor (1608-1657, r. 1637-57), dated 1649, 77.6 mm diameter. The Frick Collection, gift of Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher, 2016. Photo by Michael Bodycomb.

—Through September 10
—New York City

The Frick Collection presents The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals. Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher donated to The Frick last year a part of their extensive collection of portrait medals. More than 100 examples are now on view. Portrait medals were created to commemorate individuals and were exchanged and given as tokens of identity. They flourished as an art form in Europe for four centuries. A catalog accompanies the exhibit.

The Frick is located at 1 East 70th Street in New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the first Friday of the month the collection is also open 6 to 9 p.m., and admission is free during those hours. Admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students. Children under ten are not admitted. Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. admission is “pay what you wish.” For more information, call (212) 288-0700 or visit (www.frick.org).

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Billingsgate, 1859, etching, 5 15/16" x 8 7/8". Museum purchase, 2003.

—Through September 24
—Reading, Pennsylvania

The Reading Public Museum presents Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival. Etching—the art of incising lines with an etching needle into a thin copper plate, which is then dipped in an acid bath, inked, and pressed into paper—was revived in the second half of the 19th century. The more than 60 etchings on view were created by French, British, and American artists in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Reading Public Museum is located at 500 Museum Road in Reading. The museum is open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, students, and youths, and free for children three and under. For more information, call (610) 371-5850 or visit (www.readingpublicmuseum.org).

Cristóbal de Villalpando (c. 1649-1714), The Deluge, 1689, oil on copper. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana Secretaría de Cultura, Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción, Puebla, Mexico.

—Through October 15
—New York City

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) is hosting Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque. According to the museum, Cristóbal de Villalpando, born in Mexico City around 1649, “may have begun his career in the workshop of Baltasar de Echave Rioja (1632-1682). Villalpando’s rise to prominence coincided with the death of Echave Rioja in 1682, just one year before Villalpando painted his ambitious Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus...which was painted to decorate a chapel in Puebla Cathedral that was dedicated to a miracle-working image of Christ at the Column. In wealth and importance, Puebla Cathedral was second only to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, for whose sacristy Villalpando also painted three monumental canvases.” The exhibition was organized by the Met and Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C., and it features 11 works, many of which have never appeared in the United States.

The Met 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).

Arthur Singer (1917-1990), Hummingbirds, 1961, gouache on board, 8" x 13". Collection of Alan Singer.

—Through October 28
—West Henrietta, New York

The University Gallery at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is hosting a retrospective of works created between 1935 and 1988 in Arthur Singer—the Wildlife Art of an American Master. More than 50 paintings in watercolor, oil, and gouache will be on view.

The gallery is located at 166 Lomb Memorial Drive on the campus of RIT. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (585) 475-2866 or go to (www.rit.edu/fa/gallery).

Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880), Mount Merino, 1861, oil on canvas, 11" x 22". Signed and dated lower left “S R Gifford 1860.” Private collection.

—Through October 29
—Catskill, New York

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is hosting Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, an exhibition of landscape paintings. Gifford was a member of the Hudson River school movement, which was started by Thomas Cole. Many of the views in the paintings shown can be seen on the Hudson River School Art Trail.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is located at 218 Spring Street in Catskill. Tours are offered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The museum is also open for “explore at your own pace” Friday through Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and free for youths under 16 and for members. For more information, call (518) 943-7465 or visit (www.thomascole.org).

Green Monster Heroes, with autographed photos of legendary left fielder Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice, and photos and items related to the Fenway Park left field wall known as the Green Monster.

—Through November 12
—Waterbury, Connecticut

The Mattatuck Museum presents America’s Greatest Game, Baseball’s Greatest Rivalry: Yankees or Red Sox. The area around Waterbury, Connecticut, is known as the dividing line between fans of the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. More than 20 displays celebrate historic events that took place between the two rival teams.

The Mattatuck Museum is located at 144 West Main Street in Waterbury. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and free for youths under 16, for Waterbury residents, and museum members. Active duty military and their families are admitted free through Labor Day. Admission is free for all on the second Sunday of the month. For more information, call (203) 753-0381 or visit (www.mattmuseum.org).

Orra White Hitchcock, Ornithichnites, 1836-40, one of many facsimile classroom charts used in Professor Edward Hitchcock’s classes on geology and natural history. Photo courtesy Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College.

—Through October 31, 2018
—Deerfield, Massachusetts

Astronomy, Geology, and Dino Tracks! Oh my! Edward and Orra Hitchcock and Early Natural Sciences is now on view at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s Memorial Hall Museum. According to the museum, “Edward and Orra White Hitchcock’s significant nineteenth-century contributions to natural sciences continue to capture our imagination. Sharing early interests in education, astronomy, botany, and religion, their collaboration started at Deerfield Academy in 1813. They married in 1821, and over the next decade Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864) made important advances in geology and ichnology (the study of dinosaur tracks) and earned a place of esteem in the scientific community. An observant illustrator of the natural world, Orra White Hitchcock (1796-1861) depicted botanical specimens with utmost accuracy, drew most of the 232 plates and 1135 wood cuts used to illustrate her husband’s many publications, and painted extraordinary classroom charts for use at Amherst College—where he taught science and later served as President.”

Memorial Hall is located at 8 Memorial Street in Deerfield. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through October 29; and weekends only from October 29 to the end of May. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for youths six to 21, and free for children under six. For more information, call (413) 774-7476 or visit (www.deerfield-ma.org).

Intarsia quilt with soldiers and musicians, artist unidentified, initialed “J.S.J.,” Prussia, 1760s-80s, wool, with embroidery thread, hand appliquéd and hand embroidered, 55" x 43". The Annette Gero collection. Photo by Tim Connolly, Shoot Studios.

—September 6-January 7, 2018
—New York City

The American Folk Art Museum announces War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics, the first exhibition in the U.S. to highlight quilts made by men during times of war, using wool from military uniforms. The exhibit’s 29 quilts will be drawn primarily from the collection of Australian quilt scholar Dr. Annette Gero. “What is extraordinary about the quilts in this exhibition is the range of techniques used and the painstaking detail in their creation, and the fact that they are made by men,” commented Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, executive director of the American Folk Art Museum. “Men, who are not usually raised learning the sewing arts, show both design acumen and manual dexterity as they sewed pieces of military uniforms, blankets, and other bits of discarded fabric into quilts of great beauty. These quilts offer an insight into military life and the need for creative expression even during times of war.” The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog.

The museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square in New York City. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (212) 595-9533 or visit (www.folkartmuseum.org).

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

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