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.
Literary Spirit at Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse
April 15 – November 5, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, April 23 | 3 – 5 PM
Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse have long inspired for writers of all kinds: sermon-writing reverends, diligent diarists, philosophers, faithful letter-writers, social theorists, and captivating masters of fiction. Inspired by the natural beauty of these special places, and encouraged by the friendships made and kept there, these writers sharpened their worldviews and developed their ideas through writing. The exhibition will cover approximately 100 years, from the 1770s when the Old Manse was inhabited by Rev. William Emerson, to A. Bronson Alcott and Louisa May Alcott’s death, just three days apart, in 1888. At the heart of the exhibition, and in the center of the gallery space, will be the books, journals, and letters that connected these people who lived and worked in Concord and Harvard, MA. This rich literary and social history will be enhanced by photos and an interactive installation by contemporary artists Lisa McCarty and Jonathan Gitelson, and interactive writing stations that reinforce the central themes of reading, writing, and the powerful influence of place on creativity.
Artist Talk with Lisa McCarty
Wednesday, July 12 | 11AM-12Noon
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Artist Talk with Jonathan Gitelson
Sunday, August 6 | 2-3PM
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Greg Lookerse, Artist-in-Residence
Greg Lookerse, Fruitlands' artist-in-residence who has been visiting and working at the Museum since early 2017, wraps up his solo exhibition, Literary Soil, on August 20, and presents two new works he created in response to his time there. He will unveil an interactive labyrinth on the hillside just past the Museum admissions building, and a new sculpture made with book pages in the Fruitlands Farmhouse. The labyrinth is made with chalk, and visitors may alter its design and add their own marks to it. The sculpture is made with book pages, and responds to the Transcendentalist history of the Fruitlands commune of 1843. Says the artist, “As I contemplated the Fruitlands utopian experiment, themes of growth and history kept coming up. The book scroll is a sort of self portrait of the literary impacts on my life. Some of them include the Transcendentalists, but the scroll contains many more authors, with a web of connections rooted in the literary tradition.”
Also On View
Landscape and Portrait paintings from our permanent collection.
Conversations in Craft
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.
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