One of the nation's premier art institutions, the Fenimore is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art, as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and 20th century art. Formal gardens overlook Otsego Lake and visitors can get a glimpse of American Indian lives circa the 1750s at the Bark House on the shores of the lake.
- Edward Weston: Portrait of the young man as an artist (March 31 - August 5)
- History: Photographs by David Levinthal (March 31 - December 31)
- Hamilton's Final Act (March 31 - December 31)
- Native Celebrations of the Inland Northwest: Photographs by Jeff Ferguson (March 31 - December 31)
- Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham ( August 11 - october 15)
- The Barber Surreal: Eugene Berman's reimagined The Barber of Seville (March 31 - December 31)
- Thaw Retrospective (March 31 - December 31)
- American Folk Art: Seven Dacades of Collecting (March 31 - May 13)
- Thomasw Cole and the Garden of Eden (May 25 - September 30)
- Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist's Journey Through Amnesia (October 15 - December 31)
Thousands of art pieces from the Museum's collection are on frequent rotation between the many galleries of the museum and the Study Center, an open storage space to allow guests a behind-the-scenes glance at the research and preservation efforts of NYSHA.
The Coopers of Cooperstown
Ten generations of Coopers have been tied to the Otsego Lake region. This includes James Fenimore Cooper, considered to be America's first novelist, who actually settled at the site of Fenimore Art Museum as a gentleman farmer. This exhibition includes gorgeous landscapes around Lake Otsego that inspired Cooper's The Leatherstocking Tales and many other of his pieces.
Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
This growing collection was graciously gifted by Eugene and Clare Thaw and other donors. The collection is representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures including:
- Northwest Coast
- Great Basin regions
These spectacular pieces are on constant rotation in the changing galleries and in the Study Center, providing a unique visit and new experience each time you visit the museum!
American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art
Folk artists are truly fascinating - using their cultural ideals, experiences and community heritage to craft beautiful statements of life, belief and memory. Take your time in this mesmerizing exhibit, located in the Main Gallery.
Fine Art from the Permanent Collection
Paintings in the Museum's permanent collection include Hudson River School artists such as Thomas Cole, genre painters such as William Sidney Mount, and folk artists such as Edward Hicks and Ralph Fasanella. Selections can be viewed throughout the museum, including The Main Gallery, The James Fenimore Cooper Room, and the American Genre Painting Gallery.
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