fenimore-art-museum.JPGCooperstown, N.Y. - Building on the strengths of its collections of American fine art, folk art, and American Indian art, the Fenimore Art Museum today announced its exhibition schedule for 2013.  The museum will reopen for the season on Saturday, March 30.  Featured exhibitions this year include:   The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision June 29-September 29 This major exhibition highlights 19th century Hudson River School artists and explores landscape painting as a powerful narrative device that embodied ideas about nature and culture in a rapidly changing country. Works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and others illuminate this self-consciously American landscape vision. Iconic works are featured, including Thomas Cole's five-part series, The Course of Empire, and other masterworks by Cole, John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey, and Asher B. Durand.  This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society. The Wyeths: A Family Legacy May 25-September 2 View the works of Howard Pyle and the Wyeth family - N.C., Andrew, and James, as well as Carolyn, Henriette and her husband Peter Hurd. The Wyeths have influenced each other's techniques, media and subject matter and have taught each other back and forth across the generations. Inspired by teacher and illustrator Howard Pyle and informed by deep attachment to home and place, the works stand together to create a unique vision of American life. Guest curated by Megan Holloway Fort, Ph.D., this will be one of the few public exhibits to display the work of the family together and highlight these connections. Other 2013 exhibitions include: American Masters: Thomas Cole to Grandma Moses March 30-June 2 and October 19-December 29 Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes and Regalia March 30-December 29 Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes by Susan Jones Kenyon March 30-December 29 Native Roots: The 9th Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial March 30-July 21 Forging Perfection: Masterworks from The Farmers' Museum Blacksmith Shop March 30-December 29 Plain & Fancy: Native American Splint Baskets August 10-December 29 For more information about these exhibitions, please visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org.


Images will be available shortly at: http://fenimoreartmuseum.org/fenimore/about_us/press_room For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org


About Fenimore Art Museum The Fenimore Art Museum, located on Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper's "Glimmerglass Lake" -- in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including: folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region's unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA's showcase museum. FenimoreArtMuseum.org Listed in USA Today as one of the top 10 places to see art in small cities, The Fenimore Art Museum offers spectacular art to match its spectacular setting on Otsego Lake in scenic Cooperstown, New York.