Tilt-top stand, detail, circa 1810, Southern Worcester County or Connecticut, Mahogany with mixed wood inlay, possibly walnut base, From the collection at Fruitlands Museum, F.0095.217
Sunflower chest, detail, circa 1690, Wethersfield, Connecticut, oak, pine, maple, Part of collection at Mission House, MH.F.A.
Conversations in Craft:
Furniture from The Trustees Collection and North Bennet Street School Artisans
November 18 – March 28, 2018
Curated by the Trustees’ Senior Curator, Christie Jackson, this collaboration with the acclaimed North Bennet Street School (NBSS) of Boston will feature newly-created, original pieces of wooden furniture made by twelve select staff and alumni from NBSS alongside historical pieces of furniture from the Trustees collections.
Each participant worked closely with Jackson to select a piece of historical furniture to respond to, and they will “answer” in a range of ways -not with copies or reproductions, but in some cases with a contemporary companion to an 18th or 19-century object, such as a chair for a desk, or floral inlay that seems to bloom in response to bud-like inlay made in the 1820s. Each pair of objects – old and new – will be displayed together.
Conversations in Craft explores the stories of these historic objects, discovering the ways they were crafted, and creating new dialogues between old and new with contemporary interpretations. Through these conversations, the exhibition celebrates the rich tradition of cabinetmaking in New England that continues to this day.
A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection
Sept 2, 2017 – Nov 4, 2018
From chair rail to ceiling, the walls on the South Gallery will be resplendent with a salon-style display of the largest grouping in decades of landscape paintings from the museum's permanent collection. Featuring more than 50 paintings from Hudson River School painters including Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church, the 19th-century oil on canvas paintings will transport visitors to 1947, when museum founder Clara Endicott Sears first presented them to the public.
Portraits & Penmanship: The Appletons in their Own Words
Sept 2, 2017 – March 28, 2018
Curated by Susan Hill Dolan, Trustees Curator, this exhibition will continue The Trustees’ literary theme of 2017, “The Language of Nature,” by pairing significant Appleton family portraits with written materials by family members. Appleton Farms, established by Samuel Appleton in 1638, is a Trustees property in Ipswich known for its rolling grasslands, on-site dairy production, popular CSA program, Appleton Cooks! classes, workshops, farm dinners and more! Letters, toasts, and other original written ephemera will help provide intimate views and give viewers an idea of the personal and public life of this family who began the longest-operating farm in America, which continues to be a vital and fascinating site of The Trustees.
Photo by Katie Busick
#NECX: New England Cyclocross Heritage
October 18 – December 17, 2017
Three of the best New-England based photographers of Cyclocross events, Katie Busick, Russ Campbell, and Meg McMahon, share their favorite images that they took at regional races in the past few years. This exhibition is a part of the annual Fruitlands Cup taking place at the Museum on Saturday, October 28. (please link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/fruitlandscupcx/ - or if we have a link through our website, we should use that, but I couldn’t find one for this year). The photographs will be on view in our Wayside Gallery, with a special, race-day presentation of one image in the other museum buildings: the Art Gallery, Native American Gallery, Shaker Office, and Fruitlands Farmhouse.
Also On View
Landscape and Portrait paintings from our permanent collection.
Literary Spirit at Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse
April 15 – November 5, 2017
April 15 – August 20, 2017
Greg Lookerse is the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Fruitlands Museum and The Old Manse. With a practice that joins conceptual rigor with thorough craftsmanship, it is not enough for him to read texts by influential authors including St. Augustine and Annie Dillard. Once read, the pages of his personal copies become visual art. In a process that often evolves through performative consideration, the ideas held within the pages become activated and made public in a way they would not if they remained on a book shelf. Lookerse cuts and folds pages of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays into an elaborate, mandala-like relief resembling the rose window of a Gothic cathedral. Thoreau’s Walden becomes a labyrinth with a simply-hewn prayer bench standing at its center. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick become textured, monochromatic paintings as the artist systematically covers all but chapter headings with rows of white pigment.
Comforts, Cures & Distractions: Winter at Fruitlands Museum
November 29, 2016 – March 26, 2017
Find Your Park: National Parks in New England
September 2, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Finding Metacom: Artists Duane Slick & Martin Smick in Dialogue with the Native American Collection
September 2 – November 6, 2016
Seeing Past Faces: Sculpture by Artist-in-Residence Carolyn Wirth
July 2 - August 21
Picturing Little Folk
July 2 - August 21
2016 Student Art Competition
April 15 - June 19
January 3 - March 20, 2016
All Things Considered VIII ~ 2015
September 18 – November 29, 2015
September 18 - November 29
LAYERS: A Pastel Exhibit by Eighty Dusty Fingers
July 12 - September 8, 2015
Gifts of the Saggar Fire
July 12 - September 8, 2015