New Exhibition at the Farnsworth: Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero

  • ROCKLAND, Maine
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  • August 31, 2017

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Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978, Courtesy of Dixie Guerrero, ©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

On Friday, October 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will open an exhibition of the works of Louise Nevelson and photographer Pedro Guerrero. Entitled Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero, the show will be on display in the museum’s Crosman gallery through April 1, 2018. The opening will be celebrated at a free community opening on Friday, October 6, from 5 – 8 p.m. throughout the museum.

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is recognized as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century, whose wood sculptures, painted in black or white, revolutionized artists’ ideas of what sculpture could be. This exhibition will feature signature examples of these works drawn from the Farnsworth’s collection, the second largest collection of Nevelson’s work in the world.  Some of these works reflect the artist’s interests in creating environments, in which her home and studio were laboratories for her innovations.

Nevelson’s home and studio were captured in a series of arresting black and white photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012) taken in 1978 and 1979. Guerrero, a renowned architectural photographer, is perhaps best known for his images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which brought him to national attention. Guerrero’s photographs of Nevelson in her home and studio, in combination with examples of her sculpture, offer a captivating look at her life and work.

In connection with this exhibition, the Farnsworth will present a special talk by Chief Curator Michael K. Komencky on Thursday, December 7, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium, entitled Unexpected Journeys: Louise Nevelson and Pedro Guerrero. The Lead Sponsor of this exhibition is Gail Catharine Bertuzzi. The exhibition is made possible in part through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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