On the bright side: Fenimore Art Museum launches series of virtual tours throughout winter | Local news
The Fenimore Art Museum will present four virtual tours focused on the museum’s collections.
According to a press release, the tours will run from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from January 18 to March 8 and will be via Zoom. The full program and tour descriptions can be found on FenimoreArt.org.
Fenimore offers free virtual tours, but asks viewers to consider donating – $ 10 is suggested. Those interested can reserve a seat on one or all of the tours on Eventbrite.com. Links to register can be found at FenimoreArt.org.
Virtual tours include:
• “Cooper, Cole and the Hudson River School”, a tour via Zoom of the collections related to writer James Fenimore Cooper, artist Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School. It will be narrated live on January 18 and February 22. According to the statement, Cooper and Cole were friends “whose works inspired a love for the sublime American landscape.” Assistant Curator Ann Cannon will lead the tour of the museum’s collection featuring memorabilia from the Cooper family, as well as a variety of paintings by Cole and other key members of the Hudson River School.
• “Highlights of American Folk Art”, a tour via Zoom of selections from Fenimore’s folk art collection. Narrated live on January 25 and February 15. The tour will feature “some of the most important names in folk art such as Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma Moses), Edward Hicks, Ralph Fasanella and more,” the statement said. It will include an overview of 19th century portraits, sculptures, traditional crafts and more. The 20-minute virtual tour will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with Kevin Gray, Arts Education Manager.
• “Thaw Collection of American Indian Art”, a tour via Zoom of the highlights of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. It will be told live on February 1 and March 1. According to the statement, the museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art “showcases incredible examples of Native American art, craftsmanship and ingenuity from across North America.” Basketry, masks, weapons, clothing, ceramics, weavings and more, spanning dozens of cultures and hundreds of years, are on display in the Thaw Gallery. Assistant Curator Julia Madore will lead the tour. A question-and-answer session will follow.
• “Elegant New York – Historical Garments Made in New York”, a virtual tour via Zoom of Fenimore’s “Elegant New York” exhibition, will be narrated live on February 8 and March 8. According to the statement, “Elegant New York displays the taste and elegance of the inhabitants and dressmakers of New York City and upstate in the 19th and early 20th centuries, a trend that made the city a national and global fashion center. ” New York City, home to many of the wealthiest families in 19th and early 20th century America, had its own high-end fashion establishments “which could compete with internationally renowned fashion houses,” according to the press release. Even the small towns and villages of the state supported dozens of small seamstresses, whose work often met very high standards. The virtual tour of the exhibition will be led by Cassidy Percoco, Collections Manager at the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum. She will host a live question-and-answer session after the 20-minute tour.