Still Life Lives!
September 22nd, 2013 - January 12th, 2014
Participating Still Life Lives! artists Mary Kocol, Emily Eveleth, and Randal Thurston will discuss their photography, paintings, and installations in informal gallery presentations.
Still Life Lives! is a group exhibition that celebrates the vitality of the still life tradition and its themes of beauty, bounty, darkness, fragility, and fleeting moments. Still Life Lives! features paintings from FAM’s permanent collection – gorgeous florals and fruits by Nell Blaine, Marc Chagall, Henri Fantin-Latour, William Harnett, Walt Kuhn, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marguerite Zorach, to name a few – surrounded by striking examples of the genre by over twenty contemporary New England artists.
Still Life Lives! and its programs are funded in part by the Elsi D. Simonds Lecture Fund.
With Still Life Lives!, FAM introduces our new Learning Lounge, a gallery of fun educational activities for all ages. Learn more about the art of still life, and the exhibiting artists, in the Learning Lounge.
This program is funded by a generous grant from the Clementi Family Charitable Trust.
Featured Still Life Lives! artists include: Thomas Birtwistle, Michael Bühler-Rose, Caleb Charland, John Chervinsky, Emily Eveleth, Aaron Fink, David Furman, Matthew Gamber, Cynthia Greig, Judy Haberl, Elisa H. Hamilton, Jon Imber, Catherine Kehoe, Mary Kocol, Elizabeth Kostojohn, Pat Lasch, Laura Letinsky, Catherine McCarthy, Mary O’Malley, Olivia Parker, Scott Prior, Shelley Reed, Justin Richel, Janet Rickus, Evelyn Rydz, Victor Schrager, Tara Sellios, Randal Thurston, Kathleen Volp, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Kimberly Witham.
Image Caption: Kimberly Witham, Still Life with Goldfinch, Bleeding Heart and Tulip, 2011, digital c-print, 20 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
George Greenamyer at FAM!
Building a Collection: Photography at the Fitchburg Art Museum
Through Summer 2014
This special exhibition, organized by Consulting Curator of Photography Stephen Jareckie, features historically significant photographers including Peter Henry Emerson, Alexander Gardner, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Sheeler, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Bradford Washburn, Harold E. Edgerton, and Paul Caponigro.
The Fitchburg Art Museum began collecting fine art photographs since 1980 by accepting the anonymous donation of Charles Sheeler’s Lever House, an image celebrating an iconic international-style, glass-faced structure erected in mid-town Manhattan during New York’s building boom after World War II. Two more Sheeler photographs, taken in 1929 at Chartres, France, were donated in 1981, which laid the foundation for what has become a collection of over 450 photographic prints.
Alfred Steiglitz, The Steerage, 1915 large-format photogravure, Museum Purchase, Margaret Simons Sinon Collection Fund
Next, the Museum created a special gallery for changing photography exhibitions in the new Simonds Building, opened in 1989. The Museum has since mounted over forty special photography exhibitions - both major presentations and one-person shows. The photography collection developed as an outgrowth of the exhibition program. Generous donors – photographers and collectors –gave impetus to the Museum’s collecting activity, and advantageous purchases have also strengthened the Museum photographic holdings. In particular, Jude Peterson, a Massachusetts collector and a friend of the Museum, helped sustain our photography program from the late 1990s until his untimely death in 2009. He left over 330 photographs to the Museum. The Jude Peterson Collection, which includes works by major artists, serves as a solid base for the growing collection. The pictures displayed in these newly installed galleries trace the history of photography from the 1860s to the 21st century. These images, mainly American in character, present an overview of a photography collection built over three decades.
Peter Henry Emerson, A Reed Cutter at Work, 1885, from P.H. Emerson's Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, platinum print, Jude Peterson Collection.
This exhibition was organized by FAM Consulting Curator of Photography, Stephen Jareckie, and is supported by the Robert and Elaine Smith Photography Fund. Special thanks to the Culley Street Frame Shop, Fitchburg, MA, for assisting with artwork preparation.
View of gallery installation at the Fitchburg Art Museum (foreground photo by Harold "Doc" Edgerton)
UFOs: Unidentified Fascinating Objects
“UFOs: Unidentified Fascinating Objects,” is a pop-up exhibition that is currently on view. It features unfamiliar objects from around that world that are part of the Fitchburg Art Museum collection. (For visitors who saw the title and were expecting Unidentified Flying Objects, the exhibition does include a mysterious pig with feathers!)
The work of museums is to identify and exhibit their collections. UFOs shares that experience by showcasing unidentified objects, that is, objects without individual, explanatory labels. We hope it will be challenging for visitors to look closely at unfamiliar objects before reading the labels.
Within the exhibition, there are fun opportunities to explore interpretations of the same animal by artists in both Africa and the USA. Viewers can compare a royal African leopard head sculpture with “The Cat,” a hockey goalie mask by Massachusetts artist Ron Slater (who also created the mask for Bruin’s goalie, Tuukka Rask), or carved African antelopes (that symbolize farmers) with the sleek emblem for a 2014 Chevy Impala, on loan from Chevrolet-West in Fitchburg.
This exhibition was organized by FAM Associate Consulting Curator of African and Oceanic Art Catherine Hunter.
“UFOs: Unidentified Fascinating Objects” is supported by the Louise I. Doyle Exhibition Fund.