On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine will open a juried exhibition of new works by Maine artists that explores the screen form. The Screen Show will be on display in the museum’s Rothschild Gallery from February 9 through September 22, 2019. The exhibition will include six new works selected by the jury for this show.
Two folding screens from the Farnsworth collection will also be on view. These have served as a departure point for this exhibition of contemporary interpretations of the screen form. These two early twentieth-century folding screens include: an eight-panel oil on board painting, Manship Toasting the Angels done in 1923; and a three-panel oil on canvas painting by Carrol Thayer Berry with a fanciful view of Camden harbor done in 1930.
Folding screens were especially popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, serving typically as room dividers and often used by their owners to dress or undress behind, but have also been a more experimental form of artistic expression. Prominent artists, architects, and designers in both Europe and America including James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Dewing, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thomas Hart Benton, Donald Deskey, Ansel Adams, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, and David Hockney, are among many who have explored the screen form.
Artists and artisans working in Maine submitted proposals for folding screens which were then reviewed by a jury consisting of Susan Danly, former curator of prints, photographs, and contemporary art at the Portland Museum of Art; Susan Groce, Professor of Art at the University of Maine, Orono; Peter Korn, founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine; Warren Seelig, distinguished visiting professor in the Fibers/Mixed Media program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Michael K. Komanecky, Farnsworth Chief Curator; and Jane Bianco, Farnsworth Associate Curator.
The jury selected works for this show from the following artists:
Industrial designer Allison Davis of Rockland, Maine; Textile designer Gigi Aea of Camden, Maine in collaboration with cabinet maker Owain Harris; Artist and frame maker Johanna Moore of Farmingdale, Maine; Graphic designer Laurie Downey of West Baldwin, Maine in collaboration with woodworker Ryan Rhoades; Assemblage artist Susan Levett of Tenants Harbor, Maine; Painter Alla Broeksmit of Brooklin, Maine.
In conjunction with this exhibition Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will give a talk entitled The Screen Show: Six Folding Screens by Six Maine Artists, onSaturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. The primary media sponsor for The Screen Show is Maine Home + Design. For more information please visitwww.farnsworthmuseum.org
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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.