Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York reopens for the season on Tuesday, April 2 with six new exhibitions including Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits (April 2–September 2, 2019) and Elephant & Piggie in We Are Art! (April 2–May 15, 2019). The museum presents a total of twelve exciting exhibitions this year featuring paintings, photographs, Native American art, and more.
The season is highlighted by the exhibition Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits (April 2–September 2, 2019). Known for his elegant and minimalist work, and his mastery of photographing in natural light, photographer Herb Ritts (1952–2002) had a gift for turning stars into icons. Here, in the first curated collection of his photos of some of music's most celebrated artists, visitors will see how he captured the likes of David Bowie, Tina Turner, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Prince, Cher, Madonna and many more—the world's biggest music stars—and in the process, helped define their iconic status for generations of fans. See many of his best-known portraits alongside stage costumes and guitars from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
As a native of Los Angeles, Herb Ritts was uniquely attuned to the natural light of the California sun and preferred to shoot outdoors. He took work seriously and was renowned for posing his subjects in classic, sculptural styles, with little or no pros. He also had a unique, understated way of making his subjects feel comfortable in front of his camera. They trusted him and it's often that trust and human bond that you see reflected in his portraits. When he died of complications from AIDS at the age of 50, Ritts left behind an extraordinary body of work, that when we see as a whole, demonstrates his undeniable impact on contemporary culture.
The exhibition is organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in association with the Herb Ritts Foundation. The exhibition is sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation, Fenimore Asset Management, and NYCM Insurance.
Also opening on April 2 is Elephant & Piggie in We Are Art! (April 2–May 15, 2019) Mo Willems's best-selling, award-winning early reader series features best friends Elephant Gerald and Piggie, who are ready to hit the road in this special touring exhibition organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA. Since their debut in 2007, Elephant and Piggie have entertained millions of children and adults with their hilarious escapades that impart valuable lessons on manners, empathy, emotions, and—most importantly—friendship. The exhibition features a selection of original illustrations from all 25 Elephant & Piggie books. These black-and-white drawings are supplemented with digital color renderings, early sketches, dummy books, and character size charts, together revealing Willems's methodical working process. A generation of children have learned to read with Elephant and Piggie, and this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view the charismatic duo first-hand. Special children's programming is scheduled and you can find Elephant & Piggie items in the Fenimore Gift Shop.
For more information on Fenimore Art Museum's 2019 exhibitions and programs visit FenimoreArt.org. The museum is open April 2–December 31, 2019. Spring hours (April 2–May 6): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Summer hours (May 7–October 14): open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fall hours (October 15–December 31): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
Fenimore Art Museum / Exhibitions opening April 2:
Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits - April 2–September 2, 2019
Elephant & Piggie in WE ARE ART! (A Mo Willems Exhibition) - April 2–May 15, 2019
Hamilton's Final Act: Enemies and Allies - April 2–December 31, 2019
Eugene and Clare Thaw: A Memorial Tribute - April 2–December 31, 2019
Beaded Treasures of Haudenosaunee Art - April 2–June 16, 2019
The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX): Photographs by Will Wilson - April 2–December 31, 2019
About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper's "Glimmerglass"—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region's unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.