COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum has announced its 2019 exhibition schedule, on view April 2 through Dec. 31.
A wide selection of offerings run the gamut of artistic tastes. Visitors will find iconic photographs of popular rock stars from the 1980s and 90s, Mo Willems’s original illustrations from all 25 Elephant and Piggie books, paintings by the women of the Abstract Expressionist movement, works of 19th-century artist William Sidney Mount and much more.
Visitors to Fenimore will again 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 12 exhibitions will be presented during Fenimore’s 2019 season alongside its impressive collections of fine art, folk art and Native American art on view throughout the year. These collections include The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, which was exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017.
The season opens April 2 with six exhibitions including Elephant and Piggie in We Are Art! (April 2–May 15). 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 a special touring exhibition organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The exhibition features a selection of original illustrations from all twenty-five Elephant and Piggie books.
The year is highlighted by the exhibition Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits (April 2–Sept. 2). Known for his elegant and minimalist work, photographer Herb Ritts (1952–2002) had a gift for turning stars into icons. In Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, visitors will see how he captured the likes of David Bowie, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Billy Joel and Madonna — the world’s biggest music stars — and in the process, helped define their iconic status for generations of fans. The exhibition, on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, presents many of his best-known portraits and some of the costumes and instruments used by the artists featured in the exhibition.
In May, explore the confluence of William Sidney Mount’s (1807–1868) music and art through nearly 25 oil paintings, pencil drawings, musical instruments and related objects in the exhibition Perfect Harmony: The Musical Art & Life of William Sidney Mount (May 25–Sept. 8), on loan from the Long Island Museum.
To close out the season, Fenimore presents Heroines of Abstract Expressionism (Sept. 17–Dec. 31). The Abstract Expressionist movement is best known by its male superstars, but women were also pioneers of the genre. This exhibition, drawn from the Friedman collection, showcases the work of artists such as Lee Krasner, Elaine DeKooning, Perle Fine, Joan Mitchell, and others — women whose artwork is finding long overdue acclaim and new appreciation with a contemporary audience.
For more information on Fenimore Art Museum’s 2019 exhibitions and programs visit FenimoreArt.org.