October 5, 2011

A Little Art Acculturation

The sun came out today.  The temperature never got out of the 50s, it was very windy and the sun sometimes hid behind clouds, but we basked in the sunshine whenever we could.  (We’ll try to ignore the rain that returned this evening.)

Despite my protests, Tim decided we should visit the Farnsworth Art Museum today.  Although I had wanted to go there, I wasn’t sure walking was the best idea for his leg.  Nonetheless, he won, and I’m glad we went.

The Farnsworth is a wonderful regional art museum, with a permanent collection that showcases “Maine in America.”  The collection includes landscapes and portraits by prominent American artists including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, George Inness and George Bellows.  As a former American Studies major, I am drawn to American art and enjoy seeing how great artists are influenced by a particular region of the country.

Farnsworth Art Museum Property With the Farnsworth Homestead On the Left

The Museum Store With Robert Indiana's Sculpture EAT.
This sculpture was commissioned in 1964 by American architect Philip Johnson
for the exterior of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair.
Perhaps the best-known collection at the Farnsworth is the Maine-related work of the Wyeth family, N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.  The current exhibit in the Wyeth Center is Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House.  Christina’s World is Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting and is in the Museum of Modern Art.  This exhibit features works that depict Christina and Alvaro Olson, as well as the Olson House, which is located in Cushing, Maine, and is owned by the Farnsworth.

Wyeth Center
After Tim’s second round of physical therapy, his leg is showing improvement.  There is less pain and more flexibility. 

To celebrate, we had pie for lunch.  We had been pie-less for way too many days.  For a trip that has pie as one of its themes, we need to do better than that.  The apple pie was very good, but the apple crisp that we had had at the same restaurant on Monday was much better.

Pie-less No More

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