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Fenimore Art Museum

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  • Seasonal: Apr-May, Oct-Dec, Tue-Sun 10am-4pm; Jun-Sep, daily 10am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

The Fenimore Art Museum is situated on the pristine shores of legendary Otsego Lake, on property once owned by famous American novelist James Fenimore Cooper. Its beautiful surroundings are as much a draw as the art within. The museum houses one of the countrys most comprehensive and exceptional collections of American folk, fine and the renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, representing North Americas diverse and rich cultural heritage. The museum is also home to a wide collection of twentieth-century art, nineteenth-century photography, and decorative arts. In addition, a collection of many objects that once belonged to author James Fenimore Cooper and his family is on view.

For 2018, Fenimore Art Museums new exhibition, Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden, centers on Coles masterwork Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, lent by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and explores his aspirations for landscape painting at the start of his career in the 1820s and early 1830s. Sixteen original works, including paintings from the Fenimores collection and loans from more than a dozen other institutions and private collectors survey the theme of the Garden of Eden. The exhibition also reveals artists that influenced Cole early in his career, such as Asher B. Durand and Thomas Doughty. Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden is on view through September 30, 2018.

In addition, another season of outstanding photography showcases the work of two influential American masters, Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham–both peers of Ansel Adams and members of the celebrated ensemble known as Group f/64. Visitors to Fenimore will also have the opportunity to see an expanded exhibition featuring the original handwritten letters that fueled the ongoing war of words between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. These correspondences, popularized by the well-known Broadway musical Hamilton, led to the now infamous duel in 1804. A total of seven exhibitions will be on view during the museums summer season.

Exhibitions currently on view include Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden (May 25–September 30); Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist (March 31–August 5, 2018); History: Photographs by David Levinthal (March 31–December 31, 2018); Native Celebrations of the Inland Northwest: Photographs by Jeff Ferguson (March 31–December 31, 2018); Hamiltons Final Act: Enemies and Allies (March 31–December 31, 2018); and The Barber Surreal: Eugene Bermans Reimagined Barber of Seville (March 31–December 31, 2018). Exhibitions opening later in the season include Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham (August 11–October 15, 2018) and Puzzles of the Brain: An Artists Journey through Amnesia (October 15–December 31, 2018).

While youre at the museum, visit our Fenimore Cafe for a light lunch or tempting libation. Savor a glass of wine or craft beer on the expansive garden terrace overlooking Otsego Lake.

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Fenimore Art Museum
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5798 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY, 13326
(607) 547-1400
(888) 547-1450
Fenimore Art Museum - A reading of Mark Twain's, The Diaries of Adam & Eve
August 17, 2018, August 18, 2018

Enjoy a play reading of Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve at Fenimore Art Museum's lakeside amphitheater.

Two evening performances are offered: Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, both from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Admission is...

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm on the Lakefront at the Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum - A reading of Mark Twain's, The Diaries of Adam & Eve
August 17, 2018, August 18, 2018

Enjoy a play reading of Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve at Fenimore Art Museum's lakeside amphitheater.

Two evening performances are offered: Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, both from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Admission is...

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm on the Lakefront at the Fenimore Art Museum
Lecture on Leonardo da Vinci at Fenimore Art Museum
Lecture on Leonardo da Vinci at Fenimore Art Museum
August 19, 2018

Art History Lecture:  Leonardo da Vinci and the Human Body, Earthly and Divine with Allison Hill-Edgar at the Fenimore Art Museum.

Leonardo da Vinci holds a unique place in art history...

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Live Theatre at Fenimore Art Museum’s Lakeside Amphitheater Continues with The Importance of Being Earnest
Live Theatre at Fenimore Art Museum’s Lakeside Amphitheater Continues with The Importance of Being Earnest
August 1, 2018, August 8, 2018, August 10, 2018, August 15, 2018, August 22, 2018, August 24, 2018, August 29, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, outdoor performance at the Fenimore Art Museum's lakeside ...

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Lucy B. hamilton Amphitheater at the Fenimore Art Museum
Live Theatre at Fenimore Art Museum’s Lakeside Amphitheater Continues with The Importance of Being Earnest
Live Theatre at Fenimore Art Museum’s Lakeside Amphitheater Continues with The Importance of Being Earnest
August 1, 2018, August 8, 2018, August 10, 2018, August 15, 2018, August 22, 2018, August 24, 2018, August 29, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, outdoor performance at the Fenimore Art Museum's lakeside ...

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Lucy B. hamilton Amphitheater at the Fenimore Art Museum

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