Publication Date: 
January 2013
Press Release Category: 
Exhibition Press Releases
Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

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, reopening Saturday, March 30.  

Featured exhibitions include:  

The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision • June 29–September 29
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
This major exhibition includes the works of the entire Wyeth family, including N.C., Andrew, James, Carolyn and Henriette. The artworks of this talented family are more deeply understood when seen in context with each other. The Wyeths have influenced each other’s techniques, media and subject matter and have taught each other across the generations. Inspired by the illustrator Howard Pyle and informed by deep attachment to home and place, the works stand together to create a unique vision of American life.

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
Come explore how the regalia that Native peoples have donned, as well as their children and even animals, to placate and harbor universal powers, to achieve success in hunting and warfare, and to show status and culture.

Exhibitions rounding out the 2013 season:

Places in Passing: Contemporary Landscapes by Susan Jones Kenyon • March 30–December 29
A contemporary landscape artist based in Cooperstown, Kenyon's atmospheric paintings capture the mystique of Cooperstown’s Otsego Lake and the surrounding region.

Native Roots: The Ninth Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial • March 30–July 21
The exhibition, curated by G. Peter Jemison, Seneca artist, features selections from the best contemporary Iroquois artists in New York.

Forging Perfection: Masterworks from The Farmers’ Museum Blacksmith Shop • March 30–December 29
Artistic masterpieces of the highest quality have been produced by blacksmiths at The Farmers’ Museum’s blacksmiths, in addition to utilitarian items necessary for a village and farm in the 1840s. This exhibition features metalworking tours de force such as a re-created 1740 pistol and a scale that measures to the sixteenth of a gram.

Plain & Fancy: Native American Splint Baskets • August 10–December 29