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July 21, 2020 - March 21, 2021 Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design

This exhibition is part of the Farnsworth’s Maine 200 bicentennial celebration First to Hail the Rising Sun. Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design examines the heyday of book cover design from the 1890s through the 1930s, a time of great artistic experimentation influenced by the aesthetics of Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement.  During this period, women created thousands of book cover designs for the mass market, from simple one-color stamped designs to more elaborate multi-color designs, some which were stunningly beautiful works of art in and of themselves.  Organized by registrar Angela Waldron and drawn primarily from the Farnsworth Library’s collection, the decorative covers featured in the exhibition are by some of the best known and most prolific cover designers of the period, such as Margaret Armstrong, Amy Sacker, Bertha Stuart, Sarah Wyman Whitman, and a group known as The Decorative Designers.

Wed - Mon 10am - 4pm

Farnsworth Art Museums
16 Museum Street

Rockland, ME

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
July 25, 2020 - April 25, 2021 Technicolour Dickens: The Living Image of Charles Dickens

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Charles Dickens’s death, this exhibition explores the power of the writer’s image. Starting in his own lifetime, we trace his image through artist interpretations, radical rethinking in popular culture and new digital technologies and re-imaginings.

The face of Charles Dickens is well known; you may recognise the wild hair and beard and think of him sitting at his desk. But this is only one version of the many faces and depictions of the famous author. From the start of his career, as people sought to devour his words they also, like any celebrity, wanted to have a piece of Dickens too. People collected his photographs, used his name to advertise products and created admiring fan portraits of the writer at home.

Get closer to Dickens with an array of objects, including fine paintings by masters such as William Powell Frith, delicate Victorian photographs, ink drawings by Automatons, and letters by the man himself telling us what he really thought of sitting for portraits. To celebrate Dickens’s legacy, the Museum has commissioned eight colourised portraits from the Museum’s collection by artist and photographer Oliver Clyde to bring Dickens to new, ‘technicolour’ life. Large scale, and in vivid colour, you will see Dickens like you have never seen him before.

Fri - Sun 10am - 5pm

Adult: £9.50
Concessions (Students and Seniors): £7.50
Child 6-16 years: £4.50
Children under 6 years: Free

Charles Dickens Museum
48-49 Doughty Street

London, UK

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Exhibits International
October 2, 2020 - April 25, 2021 When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807

Millions of American women were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which marks its centennial in 2020. But more than a century earlier, women and free people of color legally held the vote in New Jersey for more than thirty years.

In the groundbreaking new exhibition When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807, the Museum of the American Revolution explores – as no book, exhibit, or other medium has before – the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters and examines the political conflicts that led to their voting rights being stripped away.

Although New Jersey ultimately restricted the vote to propertied white men in 1807, women’s fight for equality did not end there. Rather, that earlier Revolutionary fight became a rallying cry as another generation of women took up the mantle of the suffrage movement decades later.

When Women Lost the Vote is an inspiring story that explores how the American Revolution shaped women’s political opportunities and activism and will encourage visitors to reconsider their understanding of the timeline of women’s history in America. It is also a cautionary tale about one of America’s first voting rights crises.

Featuring original objects including textiles, manuscripts, and works of art, the exhibition will bring to life the forgotten stories of the women who first pioneered the vote. 

Also featured in the exhibition will be several recently discovered poll lists including the names of women voters, tracked down by the Museum’s curatorial team during an extensive examination of voter records. To date, the team has located nine poll lists featuring the names of 163 women at local institutions and state archives. Prior to this, little proof of women voting during this period was known to exist.

Thu - Sun 10am - 5pm

Included with regular Museum admission

Museum of American Revolution
101 South Third Street

Philadelphia, PA

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
October 17, 2020 - March 27, 2022 Promoting America: Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic

From England’s first attempts to colonize America, artists and mapmakers created impressions of the New World that fueled European imagination. Maps served as powerful propaganda tools for colonial expansionists eager to convey the richness and abundance of the land and its inhabitants, often representing America as a latter-day Garden of Eden. Initially, mapmakers incorporated iconographic images of America’s flora, fauna, and native population within the decorative elements on their maps to promote the promise of a good and prosperous life in the New World. This exhibition will feature works that range from a 17th-century map depicting the “new World” as a literal Garden of Eden to maps celebrating the newly established United States of America.

9am - 6pm, daily

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The Art Museums are located at 301 South Nassau Street, Williamsburg, VA.

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
November 20, 2020 - May 31, 2021 Buzz Spector: Alterations

Literature, language, and philosophy are at the core of Buzz Spector’s work. He is a contemporary Conceptual artist who explores the aesthetic possibilities of language, paper, and books. Buzz Spector: Alterations spans the artist’s career from the 1970s to the present and includes drawings, altered books, postcard assemblages, collages, and more.

A master at tearing paper, Spector brings a constructive energy to that otherwise destructive act. Sometimes he alters found books by methodically tearing their pages. At other times, he creates his own blocks of printed texts or images that he also transforms by tearing. Through this refashioning of existing printed materials, he poses questions about authorship, the history of art, and the written word. His works are at once deeply literate and slyly humorous.

Spector is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of contemporary art. He taught painting, sculpture, and two-dimensional design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis for a decade before retiring in 2019. This is the first presentation of the artist’s work at a St. Louis museum.

Buzz Spector: Alterations is curated by Gretchen L. Wagner, the former Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; and Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; with Andrea Ferber, research assistant for prints, drawings, and photographs.

Tue - Sun 10am - 5pm
Fri 10am - 9pm

Free admission to Museum. Admission to main exhibitions is free on Friday.

Galleries 234 & 235
Saint Louis Art Museum
One Fine Arts Drive
Forest Park

St. Louis, MO

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Exhibits Midwest