Farnsworth Opens Major Marguerite Zorach Retrospective

  • ROCKLAND, Maine
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  • May 25, 2017

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Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Nude, 1922, oil on canvas, 40 1/4" x 30", Worcester Art Museum, Eliza S. Paine Fund and a partial gift of Dr. Robert A. Johnson1977.130
Worcester Art Museum

On Saturday, June 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will open a major retrospective of the works of Marguerite Zorach. Entitled Marguerite Zorach—An Art-Filled Life, the show will be on display in the Micah, Sam and Tim galleries of the museum Morehouse wing through January 7, 2018.

Marguerite Zorach—An Art-Filled Life is an exhibition that brings together sixty paintings and textiles by Marguerite Thompson Zorach made between 1910 and 1965. In highlighting her contributions as a modernist who helped change the course of American art, the Farnsworth presents the full range of her talents and tells the story of her colorful career as a painter, her participation in New Deal era mural projects, and her distinctive embroideries.  Featured in the exhibition is the large-scale tapestry portrait, The Family of John D. Rockefeller Jr. at their Summer Home, Seal Harbor, Maine, a work not seen in a museum since 1966. The show explores the many ways in which Zorach’s surroundings, often the subject of her many paintings, prints, poems and textiles, were also shaped by her art. A fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by art historians Betsy Fahlman, Cynthia Fowler and exhibition curator Jane Bianco accompanies the exhibition.

In connection with this exhibition, the Farnsworth will present a special lecture by Betsy Fahlman on Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium, entitled Marguerite Zorach and the New Deal. Special curator-led gallery tours will take place on Wednesday June 21, July 5, August 16 and September 27.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Maine Humanities Council, the Coby Foundation, Ltd., and Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group. 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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