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  • NYS History Day

    NYS History Day Monday, April 24, all day Students from across New York State go battle (academically) to win a chance to compete at National History Day. More here...  

Upcoming Events
  • Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids

    Apr 29 2017

    Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids
    Saturdays April 1 – May 13 and weekdays April 17 – 21 (spring break) at 11 AM
    We ask that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is included with museum admission and children under 12 are always admitted free.  
     

    “Where the Wild Things Are” was originally titled “Where the Wild Horses Are,” and was intended, of course, to feature fillies, foals and mares.  Editor Ursula Nordstrom adored the title, finding it poetic and beautiful, but there was one problem: Sendak couldn’t draw horses.

    When he told his editor that the whole horse thing wasn’t going to work out, he recalls her “acid tone[d]” response: “Maurice, what can you draw?”

    “Things,” he said, and "things" he drew.

    Museum Gone Wild! Not everybody can draw everything, but you can draw a thing.  Forget the narrow definition of “artist” and come be one.  Come to Fenimore Art Museum for a kid and family-friendly tour of 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition, including a reading of Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Immediately afterward at approximately 11:45 AM, try your hand at drawing your very own “wild thing.”  We provide the tools, you provide the inspiration!

    If you are really inspired, join us April 17 – 21 (spring break) from 1:30 – 3:30 PM for our CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION AND BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP. This week-long course offered to kids aged 8 – 14 uses Maurice Sendak as an example, teaching the elements of story writing paired with the art of illustration. As an added bonus, the students will bind the pages into their own book!  A fun introduction to a professional craft, perfect for a budding young artist. $100 + $10 materials fee.

  • Food for Thought: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons. Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition

    May 3 2017

    Food for Thought: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons. Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition
    Wednesday, May 3, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    Join Chris Rossi, director of exhibitions, as she explores the new Maurice Sendak exhibition.

    Lunch and lecture fee: $25 for members, $30 non-members. Pre-registration is required; visit mauricesendakmay.eventbrite.com.  To register for three or more Food for Thought programs at once and receive a discounted price of $23 for members or $27 non-members per program, call (607) 547-1461 instead of ordering online. 

  • Community Exhibition Opening Reception: LEAF

    May 4 2017

    Community Exhibition: LEAF–True Colors 7th Annual Art & Poetry Contest
    Show runs May 5 - May 28
    Opening reception on Wednesday, May 4 • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    The reception on May 4 is free and open to the public.

     

  • Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids

    May 6 2017

    Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids
    Saturdays April 1 – May 13 and weekdays April 17 – 21 (spring break) at 11 AM
    We ask that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is included with museum admission and children under 12 are always admitted free.  
     

    “Where the Wild Things Are” was originally titled “Where the Wild Horses Are,” and was intended, of course, to feature fillies, foals and mares.  Editor Ursula Nordstrom adored the title, finding it poetic and beautiful, but there was one problem: Sendak couldn’t draw horses.

    When he told his editor that the whole horse thing wasn’t going to work out, he recalls her “acid tone[d]” response: “Maurice, what can you draw?”

    “Things,” he said, and "things" he drew.

    Museum Gone Wild! Not everybody can draw everything, but you can draw a thing.  Forget the narrow definition of “artist” and come be one.  Come to Fenimore Art Museum for a kid and family-friendly tour of 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition, including a reading of Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Immediately afterward at approximately 11:45 AM, try your hand at drawing your very own “wild thing.”  We provide the tools, you provide the inspiration!

    If you are really inspired, join us April 17 – 21 (spring break) from 1:30 – 3:30 PM for our CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION AND BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP. This week-long course offered to kids aged 8 – 14 uses Maurice Sendak as an example, teaching the elements of story writing paired with the art of illustration. As an added bonus, the students will bind the pages into their own book!  A fun introduction to a professional craft, perfect for a budding young artist. $100 + $10 materials fee.

  • Sunday Matinee Film Screenings

    May 7 2017

    Sunday Matinee Film Screenings
    Fenimore Auditorium, 2 pm. Every first and third Sunday of the month from April through December, the Fenimore Art Museum will be screening a film in the Auditorium.

    The films were selected this year by a museum member, and all are public domain gems. To view the film, you must pay museum admission (free for members!), but there is no additional cost.

     

     

    1. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 120 min. --- Jimmy Stewart learns that indeed a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when he and his wife (Doris Day) get caught up in an assassination plot while vacationing in Morocco. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller is a remake of his own 1934 British film of the same name. "Que Sera, Sera," sung by Day, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. (April 2)
    2. Invaders From Mars (1953) 78 min. --- 10-year-old David McClean (Jimmy Hunt) sees a spaceship land behind his house and soon suspects aliens are taking over the minds of his small-town's residents. But who's going to believe the kid? William Cameron Menzies, who won an Academy Award for the production design of "Gone With the Wind," directed this '50s sci-fi classic that neatly taps into the age of McCarthyism and nuclear paranoia. (April 16)
    3. Beat the Devil (1953) 89 min. --- Director John Huston ("The Maltese Falcon") reunites Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in this offbeat comedy about a group of eccentric misfits stranded in Italy on their way to Africa. Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and Robert Morley head the rest of the motley crew. Truman Capote collaborated with Huston on the screenplay. (May 7)
    4. Father's Little Dividend (1951) 82 min. --- This sequel to the previous year's hit comedy "Father of the Bride" brings back stars Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as director Vincent Minnelli. This time Tracy tries to come to terms with impending grandfatherhood, and is none too pleased about the prospect. Billie Burke (the good witch in "The Wizard of Oz") is on hand as Taylor's ditzy mother-in-law. (May 21)
    5. D.O.A. (1950) 83 min. -- While vacationing in San Francisco, accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) wakes up after a night on the town to discover that someone has poisoned him. Doctors tell him that he has no more than a week to live, and Frank sets off on a desperate quest to find out who poisoned him and why. Directed by Rudolph Mate and shot by award-winning cinematographer Ernest Laszlo on location in San Francisco and L.A. (June 4)
    6. Macbeth (1948) 89 min. -- Orson Welles directs and stars in this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. Ever the cinematic innovator, Welles put his creative stamp on the film with starkly impressionistic sets and moody lighting to relate Macbeth's treacherous ascendancy to the Scottish throne. (June 18)
    7. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 168 min. -- Winner of eight Academy Awards, this powerful portrayal of three veterans returning to small-town America after World War II captures the struggles of those who sacrificed for their country to readjust to family life, the workplace, and a forever-changed society. Directed by William Wyler ("Wuthering Heights," "Ben Hur") and starring Frederic March, Dana Andrews, and Myrna Loy. (July 2)
    8. The Stranger (1946) 95 min. -- An escaped Nazi war criminal (Orson Welles) seeks refuge under an assumed name in a Connecticut town, where he becomes engaged to the unsuspecting daughter of a Supreme Court justice. Hot on his trail is a war crimes investigator (Edward G. Robinson), who works relentlessly to unmask his identity. Directed by Welles, and co-starring Loretta Young. (July 16)
    9. The Southerner (1945) 91 min. -- Farm hand Sam Tucker (Zachary Scott) decides to try running his own operation, fighting against all odds in the face of the forces of nature, ornery neighbors, and "spring sickness." Director Jean Renoir, seven years after his masterpiece "Grand Illusion," earned an Oscar nomination for his heartfelt look at a family struggling to live off the land. (Aug 6)
    10. The Woman in Green (1945) 68 min. -- The game's afoot as Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are called in to solve a series  of murders, with a dose of hypnotism and blackmail thrown in. Directed by Roy William Neil, with British character actor Henry Daniell as the nefarious Professor Moriarty. (Aug 20)
    11. This Is the Army (1943) 121 min. -- A year after directing "Casablanca," Michael Curtiz teamed up with Warner Brothers again for this "Let's put on a show!" wartime extravaganza. With songs by Irving Berlin and a lengthy roll call of a cast that includes two Californians who ended up in Washington: Ronald Reagan and George Murphy. (Sept 3)
    12. His Girl Friday (1940) 92 min. -- Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in Howard Hawks' remake of "The Front Page" as, respectively, a jaded newspaper editor and reporter who happen to be ex-spouses. The machine-gun dialogue dishes out one-liners at a breakneck pace in this hilarious mashup of screwball comedy and political satire. (Sept 17)
    13. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 129 min. -- Frank Capra's classic story of a naive newcomer who endeavors to shake up the Washington establishment stars James Stewart as the rookie senator and Jean Arthur as his loyal and steadfast assistant. The film won an Oscar for Best Original Story and was nominated for 10 others. (Oct 1)
    14. The Flying Deuces (1939) Laurel and Hardy end up in the French Foreign Legion after Ollie decides he needs to escape from his despair over having learned that the woman he fell in love with is already married. Mayhem and hi jinx ensue, including a madcap escapade in a stolen airplane. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. (Oct 15)
    15. Things to Come (1936) 92 min. -- Based on H.G. Wells' 1933 futuristic novel. After a seemingly endless world war brings a plague and the breakdown of civilization, John Cabal (Raymond Massey) emerges as the leader of a group of progressive-minded scientists bent on saving the planet from total destruction. The stunning sets include fantastic aerodromes that would be at home in a "Star Wars" movie and gadgets that look a lot like Segways and iPads. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. (Nov 5)
    16. My Man Godfrey (1936) 95 min. -- This Depression-era screwball comedy directed by Gregory La Cava stars Carole Lombard as a socialite who hires a vagrant  (William Powell) to be her butler, thinking she and her daffy family will be saving him from abject poverty. But it turns out Godfrey is the one who has the most wisdom to impart about life, love, and money. Nominated for six Academy Awards. (Nov 19)
    17. Scrooge (1935) 78 min. -- An atmospheric British-made adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," starring Seymour Hicks in the title role (reprising his turn as Ebenezer in the 1912 film "Old Scrooge"). The New York Times called it "a faithful, tender and mellow edition of [Dickens'] timeless Yuletide fable ... superbly played." Directed by Henry Edwards. (Dec 3)
    18. Animal Crackers (1930) 98 min. -- Hooray for Captain Spaulding! Groucho and his sibs team up with Margaret Dumont for this early Marx Brothers romp, directed by Victor Herman and based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Morris Ryskind. Find out how explorer Groucho shot that elephant. (Dec 10)

    *December film screenings will be the first two Sundays in December.

  • Dick Button on "The Eye of the Beholder"

    May 13 2017

    Dick Button on "The Eye of the Beholder"
    May 13 at 2:00 p.m.

    Dick Button offers a fascinating lecture on gardening, figure skating, and why we do what we do.  Button is, of course, an Olympic figure skating champion, but he is also an avid gardener. Here he considers the two art forms, exploring questions about the things we do, how we do them, and ways we invite others to view and participate.  A wonderful event to attend with your mother or loved one to celebrate Mother's Day weekend!

    This program complements Fenimore's exhibition The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection, on view April 1– December 31, 2017.

    Richard "Dick" Button is a former American figure skater and a well-known network television skating commentator. He is a two-time Olympic champion (1948 and 1952) and five-time World Champion (1948–1952).

    Button’s collection of ice skating art ranges from 17th-century Dutch paintings to 20th-century sculpture. This multidisciplinary collection showcases the full range of media in which ice skating has appeared, and tells the story of the pervasiveness of the sport in everyday life across various cultures and time periods. In addition to fine art, visitors will see costumes, photographs, advertising art, antique skates, and much more.

    Find tickets and more info here.

  • Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids

    May 13 2017

    Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids
    Saturdays April 1 – May 13 and weekdays April 17 – 21 (spring break) at 11 AM
    We ask that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is included with museum admission and children under 12 are always admitted free.  
     

    “Where the Wild Things Are” was originally titled “Where the Wild Horses Are,” and was intended, of course, to feature fillies, foals and mares.  Editor Ursula Nordstrom adored the title, finding it poetic and beautiful, but there was one problem: Sendak couldn’t draw horses.

    When he told his editor that the whole horse thing wasn’t going to work out, he recalls her “acid tone[d]” response: “Maurice, what can you draw?”

    “Things,” he said, and "things" he drew.

    Museum Gone Wild! Not everybody can draw everything, but you can draw a thing.  Forget the narrow definition of “artist” and come be one.  Come to Fenimore Art Museum for a kid and family-friendly tour of 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition, including a reading of Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Immediately afterward at approximately 11:45 AM, try your hand at drawing your very own “wild thing.”  We provide the tools, you provide the inspiration!

    If you are really inspired, join us April 17 – 21 (spring break) from 1:30 – 3:30 PM for our CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION AND BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP. This week-long course offered to kids aged 8 – 14 uses Maurice Sendak as an example, teaching the elements of story writing paired with the art of illustration. As an added bonus, the students will bind the pages into their own book!  A fun introduction to a professional craft, perfect for a budding young artist. $100 + $10 materials fee.

  • Food for Thought: The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection

    May 17 2017

    Food for Thought: The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection
    Wednesday, May 17, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    Join Paul D'Ambrosio, president and CEO, as he explores the new Dick Button exhibition.

    Lunch and lecture fee: $25 for members, $30 non-members. Pre-registration is required; visit dickbuttonmay.eventbrite.com.  To register for three or more Food for Thought programs at once and receive a discounted price of $23 for members or $27 non-members per program, call (607) 547-1461 instead of ordering online. 

  • Sunday Matinee Film Screenings

    May 21 2017

    Sunday Matinee Film Screenings
    Fenimore Auditorium, 2 pm. Every first and third Sunday of the month from April through December, the Fenimore Art Museum will be screening a film in the Auditorium.

    The films were selected this year by a museum member, and all are public domain gems. To view the film, you must pay museum admission (free for members!), but there is no additional cost.

     

     

    1. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 120 min. --- Jimmy Stewart learns that indeed a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when he and his wife (Doris Day) get caught up in an assassination plot while vacationing in Morocco. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller is a remake of his own 1934 British film of the same name. "Que Sera, Sera," sung by Day, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. (April 2)
    2. Invaders From Mars (1953) 78 min. --- 10-year-old David McClean (Jimmy Hunt) sees a spaceship land behind his house and soon suspects aliens are taking over the minds of his small-town's residents. But who's going to believe the kid? William Cameron Menzies, who won an Academy Award for the production design of "Gone With the Wind," directed this '50s sci-fi classic that neatly taps into the age of McCarthyism and nuclear paranoia. (April 16)
    3. Beat the Devil (1953) 89 min. --- Director John Huston ("The Maltese Falcon") reunites Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in this offbeat comedy about a group of eccentric misfits stranded in Italy on their way to Africa. Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and Robert Morley head the rest of the motley crew. Truman Capote collaborated with Huston on the screenplay. (May 7)
    4. Father's Little Dividend (1951) 82 min. --- This sequel to the previous year's hit comedy "Father of the Bride" brings back stars Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as director Vincent Minnelli. This time Tracy tries to come to terms with impending grandfatherhood, and is none too pleased about the prospect. Billie Burke (the good witch in "The Wizard of Oz") is on hand as Taylor's ditzy mother-in-law. (May 21)
    5. D.O.A. (1950) 83 min. -- While vacationing in San Francisco, accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) wakes up after a night on the town to discover that someone has poisoned him. Doctors tell him that he has no more than a week to live, and Frank sets off on a desperate quest to find out who poisoned him and why. Directed by Rudolph Mate and shot by award-winning cinematographer Ernest Laszlo on location in San Francisco and L.A. (June 4)
    6. Macbeth (1948) 89 min. -- Orson Welles directs and stars in this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. Ever the cinematic innovator, Welles put his creative stamp on the film with starkly impressionistic sets and moody lighting to relate Macbeth's treacherous ascendancy to the Scottish throne. (June 18)
    7. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 168 min. -- Winner of eight Academy Awards, this powerful portrayal of three veterans returning to small-town America after World War II captures the struggles of those who sacrificed for their country to readjust to family life, the workplace, and a forever-changed society. Directed by William Wyler ("Wuthering Heights," "Ben Hur") and starring Frederic March, Dana Andrews, and Myrna Loy. (July 2)
    8. The Stranger (1946) 95 min. -- An escaped Nazi war criminal (Orson Welles) seeks refuge under an assumed name in a Connecticut town, where he becomes engaged to the unsuspecting daughter of a Supreme Court justice. Hot on his trail is a war crimes investigator (Edward G. Robinson), who works relentlessly to unmask his identity. Directed by Welles, and co-starring Loretta Young. (July 16)
    9. The Southerner (1945) 91 min. -- Farm hand Sam Tucker (Zachary Scott) decides to try running his own operation, fighting against all odds in the face of the forces of nature, ornery neighbors, and "spring sickness." Director Jean Renoir, seven years after his masterpiece "Grand Illusion," earned an Oscar nomination for his heartfelt look at a family struggling to live off the land. (Aug 6)
    10. The Woman in Green (1945) 68 min. -- The game's afoot as Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are called in to solve a series  of murders, with a dose of hypnotism and blackmail thrown in. Directed by Roy William Neil, with British character actor Henry Daniell as the nefarious Professor Moriarty. (Aug 20)
    11. This Is the Army (1943) 121 min. -- A year after directing "Casablanca," Michael Curtiz teamed up with Warner Brothers again for this "Let's put on a show!" wartime extravaganza. With songs by Irving Berlin and a lengthy roll call of a cast that includes two Californians who ended up in Washington: Ronald Reagan and George Murphy. (Sept 3)
    12. His Girl Friday (1940) 92 min. -- Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in Howard Hawks' remake of "The Front Page" as, respectively, a jaded newspaper editor and reporter who happen to be ex-spouses. The machine-gun dialogue dishes out one-liners at a breakneck pace in this hilarious mashup of screwball comedy and political satire. (Sept 17)
    13. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 129 min. -- Frank Capra's classic story of a naive newcomer who endeavors to shake up the Washington establishment stars James Stewart as the rookie senator and Jean Arthur as his loyal and steadfast assistant. The film won an Oscar for Best Original Story and was nominated for 10 others. (Oct 1)
    14. The Flying Deuces (1939) Laurel and Hardy end up in the French Foreign Legion after Ollie decides he needs to escape from his despair over having learned that the woman he fell in love with is already married. Mayhem and hi jinx ensue, including a madcap escapade in a stolen airplane. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. (Oct 15)
    15. Things to Come (1936) 92 min. -- Based on H.G. Wells' 1933 futuristic novel. After a seemingly endless world war brings a plague and the breakdown of civilization, John Cabal (Raymond Massey) emerges as the leader of a group of progressive-minded scientists bent on saving the planet from total destruction. The stunning sets include fantastic aerodromes that would be at home in a "Star Wars" movie and gadgets that look a lot like Segways and iPads. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. (Nov 5)
    16. My Man Godfrey (1936) 95 min. -- This Depression-era screwball comedy directed by Gregory La Cava stars Carole Lombard as a socialite who hires a vagrant  (William Powell) to be her butler, thinking she and her daffy family will be saving him from abject poverty. But it turns out Godfrey is the one who has the most wisdom to impart about life, love, and money. Nominated for six Academy Awards. (Nov 19)
    17. Scrooge (1935) 78 min. -- An atmospheric British-made adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," starring Seymour Hicks in the title role (reprising his turn as Ebenezer in the 1912 film "Old Scrooge"). The New York Times called it "a faithful, tender and mellow edition of [Dickens'] timeless Yuletide fable ... superbly played." Directed by Henry Edwards. (Dec 3)
    18. Animal Crackers (1930) 98 min. -- Hooray for Captain Spaulding! Groucho and his sibs team up with Margaret Dumont for this early Marx Brothers romp, directed by Victor Herman and based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Morris Ryskind. Find out how explorer Groucho shot that elephant. (Dec 10)

    *December film screenings will be the first two Sundays in December.

  • Gallery Talks with Victoria Wyeth

    May 27 2017

    Gallery Talks with Victoria Wyeth
    Thursday – Saturday, May 27–June 3, July 3–8 (July 7th gallery talk replaced by Wyeth Food for Thought), August 14–19 at 5:30 p.m.

    Victoria Wyeth offers an energetic and fascinating insider's look at her grandfather's life and legacy as she tours guests through Fenimore Art Museum's exhibition Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance.

    Cost: $20/pay at the door. Register at victoriawyethgallerytalks.eventbrite.com. For questions, please call Danielle Henrici at 607.547.1490.
    Price does not include museum admission but those who come after hours just for the gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. do not need to pay museum admission.