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MOMENTUM:
A Virtual Tour of Upcoming
Farnsworth Art Museum Exhibitions

Instructor: Christopher Williamson, Carter Jones Meyer

Tuesdays • 6 classes • 3/19-4/23 • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Class size 5-60 students
21 seats remaining
Location: Zoom only

Carter Jones Meyer and Chris Williamson will offer their fifth virtual tour series of the Farnsworth Art Museum. This offering of six zoom sessions will preview exhibits scheduled to open this winter and spring. Included will be a look at the Farnsworth’s inaugural “Momentum” exhibition, featuring Emilie Stark-Menneg. Each year going forward the museum will select an exciting contemporary Maine artist for a one person show.

Additional exhibitions that will be a springboard for discussion include Lynne Drexler: “Color Notes,” “Abstract Flash” (the work of Andrew Wyeth), a new Jamie Wyeth exhibit “Unsettled,” and “Prints for the People” (works from the Associated American Artists prints collection from the Depression era, designed to bridge the gap between artists and their audiences by making fine art available to the general public). In addition, building on their January 23 lecture “The 1913 Armory Show and the Art of Maine,” Carter and Chris will devote one session to the paintings of early modernists John Marin and Marsden Hartley.

Emilie Stark-Menneg in her studio.

Participants will as always be encouraged to engage with the works and the class via a combination of “chat” and real time conversation, and follow-on materials will be available after most sessions. The continuing goal will be to expand our ability to engage with art, consider the historical context in which it is produced, develop our ability to notice, improve our visual vocabulary, and perhaps to reconnect with some favorite artists/works or to discover new ones.

Carter Jones Meyer

Carter Jones Meyer is Professor Emerita of History at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She received a B.A. in American Studies from Skidmore College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned both the M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies at Brown University. Carter specializes in and has published widely in the fields of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American cultural history, the history of the American West, and Native American history. At Ramapo, she served as chair of both the History and American Studies programs, and received awards for excellence in teaching and for significant contributions to the development of the College. In retirement she continues to pursue her interests in history, art, and culture, not only as a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum, but also as a student and collector of Native art, including serving as a judge at Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest juried Native art show in the world. Most recently she has taught Native American history at the University of Southern Maine.

 

Christopher Williamson

A retired educator, including 23 years as a Head of School in two independent schools, Chris Williamson has been a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum since 2015, returning to his early interest in the arts. He graduated from Williams College with honors in history in 1970, earned a Master’s Degree in English from The University of New Hampshire in 1975, and took graduate courses at Boston University in education and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in drama. After teaching, directing plays, coaching, and serving as Arts Chair, he took on various administrative roles prior to becoming a Head of School. Chris has presented at regional and national conferences, has served on several Boards, and has had articles published in professional journals. In addition to his on-going docent volunteering and training at the Farnsworth, Chris has taken the National Gallery of Art’s Teaching Critical Thinking Through Art course and in 2023 authored The Tapestries of Morris David Dorenfeld: Paintings in Fiber. The book has been nominated in the ‘excellence in publishing’ category for a 2024 Maine Literary Award.