The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force
May 25 - October 31, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The pickup truck is an icon of respected American values and virtues: it is honest, hard working, durable, and reliable. It is also the best-selling vehicle in the United States today. The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force, an exhibit opening Saturday, May 25 at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, examines the fascinating story of this uniquely American favorite. The exhibition runs through October 31.
The exhibit follows the route of the pickup truck from its beginnings when demand for pickup trucks actually preceded their supply. Until 1900, passenger vehicles were modified by dealers and buyers to create cargo wagons - replacing horse-drawn farm wagons. Read more »
Exhibition Dates: May 27-September 2, 2013
Exhibition Location: Robert Lehman Wing, court level and first floor
Press Preview: Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - Because the American Civil War threatened both the founding principles and the viability of the republic, the nation’s entire population was deeply affected by the fact of the conflict and its outcome. The major loan exhibition The Civil War and American Art, which will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning May 27, will consider how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. Landscapes and genre scenes-more than traditional history paintings-captured the war’s impact on the American psyche. The exhibition traces the trajectory of the conflict: unease as war became inevitable, optimism that a single battle might end the struggle, growing realization that fighting would be prolonged, enthusiasm and worries alike surrounding emancipation, and concerns about how to reunify the nation after a period of grievous division. The exhibition proposes significant new readings of many familiar masterworks-some 60 paintings and 18 photographs created between 1852 and 1877-including landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford, paintings of life on the battlefront and the home front by Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, and photographs by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and George N. Barnard. Read more »
Wassaic, N.Y. ‐‐ The artist‐run Wassaic Project, a multidisciplinary arts organization located within reclaimed agricultural buildings in the hamlet of Wassaic, NY, announces its summer programs dedicated to presenting the works of emerging artists.
Located 90 miles north of New York City and accessible by Metro North Railroad to the Wassaic station, the Wassaic Project will present “Homeward Found”, an exhibition of over 80 artists. Opening June 15th with a ticketed Preview Party, “Homeward Found” will be held in the one‐of‐a‐kind Maxon Mills, a renovated, seven‐story grain elevator. Every Saturday and Sunday, June 16 to September 2 from Noon - 5 pm, visitors can view bold contemporary paintings, sculpture, videos and intricate installations free of charge. Read more »
Oswego, N.Y. - In 2013 Fort Ontario State Historic Site will be open to the public from Saturday, May 18 to Sunday October 13. Visiting hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fort will be open seven days a week during the peak of tourist season from June 26 through Labor Day. Admission prices will remain the same as last year; $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students age 13 and above; children age 12 and under will be admitted free.
A wide range of special events are planned at the fort this year including a guided tour of the Post Cemetery on opening day, May 18 at 1 p.m. Curator Jennifer Emmons has been researching the lives and deaths of the 77 soldiers, officers, and civilians buried in post cemetery, which was moved to its current location in 1903. The history and personal stories of those buried in the post cemetery reflect Fort Ontario’s significant role in world events from the French and Indian War through World War II. Read more »
Schenectady, N.Y. - Proctors proudly presents the Nobodies of Comedy, Saturday May 18, 2013 at 8:00pm on the Main Stage at Proctors. Touring since 2002, the Nobodies of Comedy features “the funniest comics you’ve never heard of.” The show is produced by Michael Mills of Mills Entertainment, who hand-picks the most talented up-and-coming comedians from across the country. “The result,” says Mills, “is an incredible night of hilarious comedy.” Read more »
The Wyeths: A Family Legacy, May 25 - September 2, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York presents The Wyeths: A Family Legacy, an exhibition exploring the work of three generations of artists from this prominent family. The Wyeths have greatly influenced each other’s techniques, media, and subject matter and have taught each other back and forth across the generations. Informed by a deep attachment to home and place, their works stand together to create a unique vision of American life. Works from N.C., Andrew, James, Henriette, and Carolyn Wyeth are included, as well as Howard Pyle and Peter Hurd. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 25 and runs through September 2, 2013. Read more »
Iroquois Cultural Festival, May 25-26, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y.- New demonstrations and artists expand the Iroquois Cultural Festival in its second year. On Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, the festival takes place on the expansive lakefront lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. A remarkable gathering of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artisans, dancers, musicians, and interpreters, this festival can’t be missed!
Joining the festival this year, Ronnileigh Goeman, Onondaga, demonstrates traditional Iroquois methods of weaving ash and sweet grass into baskets and embellishing them with moose hair and quills. Barry Keegan shows the process of knapping flint to create tools throughout the festival. On Saturday, visitors can watch an exposition of lacrosse, a game played to settle disputes, essential to keeping the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy together. Read more »