The Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the upcoming exhibition From Mount Lebanon to the World: The Shakers. The exhibition will to be on view in the museum’s galleries from June 14 through December 2014.
“This exhibition will examine the contributions of Shaker material culture as seen through the lens of the Shakers’ spiritual and administrative center, Mount Lebanon,” said Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky. “We will also place an emphasis on the Society’s arrival in Maine and its continuing presence at its last active community, Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine. The Shakers at Sabbathday Lake have been involved with this project since its inception.”
From Mount Lebanon to the World: The Shakers will bring together holdings of the Shaker Museum & Library at Old Chatham, New York, and the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum. The exhibition exemplifies the Farnsworth’s commitment to its purpose to serve the cultural needs of Maine, Northern New England and the nation with innovative artistic programming of the highest quality.
The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead, the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and Julia’s Gallery complete the museum complex. Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.
The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc. The Luce Foundation supports projects in American art, higher education, East Asia, theology, women in science, mathematics and engineering, and public policy, and the environment.
Through the American Art Program, begun in 1982, the Foundation has distributed over $145 million to some 250 museums, universities, and service organizations in 47 states, the District of Columbia and internationally.
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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.