Monday, August 11, 2008

'Through the Eyes of Others:African Americans & Identity in American Art' @Fenimore Art Museum

Cooperstown, NY - The Fenimore Art Museum presents Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art. Curated by Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Director and Distinguished Professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, utilizes a multitude of visual images and artifacts collected by 19th-century collector Stephen C. Clark and The New York State Historical Association. The exhibits helps us understand the role that race has played in American culture, and the legacy that attitudes about race bring to bear on the present day. On view 23 August through 31 December, 2008.

Fenimore Art Museum
New York State Historical Association
PO Box 800 / 5798 State Highway 80 (Lake Road)
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607.547.1400
Toll free: 888.547.1450
Recorded information: 607.547.1500
Fax: 607.547.1404


One of the nation’s premier art institutions, the Fenimore Art Museum is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. Founded in 1945 in Cooperstown, New York, the museum is part of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), founded in 1899. The museum’s renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection, housed in the American Indian Wing, is a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures. The collections of American folk and fine art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, and Benjamin West. The museum offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults, including lectures and workshops for museum visitors and distance learning instruction for classrooms nationwide. The museum further explores and examines our cultural history by organizing and hosting nationally touring art and history exhibitions, including Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation; Treasures from Olana: The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church; A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.; and Ralph Fasanella’s America.

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