Inspired Traditions: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana Exhibition

By Cindy McNicholl

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Daily from October 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011

Location: Fenimore Art Museum


Event Description

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (09/15/2011) — The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York will present a stunning array of Americana with an exhibition from the private collection of one of the most prominent folk art collectors in America. Inspired Traditions: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana will open Saturday, October 1 and will be on view through December 31.

The exhibition is comprised of 45 objects featuring outstanding examples from a great variety of folk traditions. Included in this cross section will be numerous portraits, sculpture, weathervanes, furniture, and Shaker objects, as well as a remarkable sampling of quilts, schoolgirl watercolors, and painted boxes, all dating from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century largely from New England, New York, and Pennsylvania. Highlights include an astonishing weathervane featuring the winged allegorical figure of fame, one of the finest Shaker desks ever made, and several masterpieces by the great portrait painter Ammi Phillips. The enamoring stories behind each object illuminate our understanding of our American culture and heritage.

“The exhibition provides an array of folk expression in 19th –century America with an emphasis on the artistic quality of each piece,” comments Fenimore Art Museum President and CEO, Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio. “These are examples from one of the best privately held folk art collections in the country – it includes a number of the greatest folk art pieces of their type.”

The exhibition will compliment the many folk art related activities taking place this fall at the Museum, including Unfolding Stories: Culture and Tradition in American Quilts - featuring selections from the Fenimore’s large collection of historic quilts. Unfolding Stories opens September 24.

The Fenimore Art Museum’s 2011 Americana Symposium will be held on September 30 and October 1 to coincide with the opening of the exhibition and the publication of a new book, “Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence, Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, Vol. II.” This new annual event will bring together leading scholars and experts on American history, art, and culture.

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 the shore of Otsego Lake in scenic Cooperstown, New York. For moreinformation about this and other exhibitions, please visit the Fenimore ArtMuseum’s website:
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