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Friday, May 11

Free for Members and Invited Guests

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Fruitlands Museum
Harvard, MA

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History, Art & Culture

VIP + Member Opening Reception: New Season's Exhibits

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Members and invited guests, join us in the Art Gallery to celebrate the opening of our new exhibitions. Enjoy refreshments. Hear from the exhibit curators and meet this season’s featured Artists.

Reception 6-8pm with Remarks at 7pm

Please RSVP to Catherine Shortliffe at cshortliffe@thetrustees.org

Opening to the public on May 12th is “Leisure Pursuits: The Fashion and Culture of Recreation.” Part of the Mass Fashion consortium of 2018, this exhibition looks at the way in which the people of Massachusetts have dressed for their leisure time, interacting with Trustees properties over the last 125 years. Visitors will see original antique and vintage dresses and personal accessories that were integrated into activities such as gardening, entertaining, fitness, water activities, equestrian pursuits, and travel at and to various properties.

In “Inhabiting Folk Portraits,” view twelve of the most impressive portraits from Fruitlands Museum’s remarkable collection of nineteenth-century middle-class portraiture, alongside paintings and writings by the museum’s Guest Artist of 2018, Candice Smith Corby. Corby is an accomplished artist and educator who paints with traditional materials and draws inspiration from literature, familial and personal stories, dreams, memories, and “the pleasure of observing treasured objects.” Corby begins with the curator’s prompt: what were the subjects thinking or looking at while being painted—and takes it to inventive places from there.

Alexi Antoniadis’s “Eden 2.0” is a large-scale outdoor sculpture to help Fruitlands mark the 175th anniversary of the Fruitlands Utopian Commune that took place on the site. Antoniadis uses hand-formed steel, colored with paint. The mesmerizing contours are informed in part by the sleek, non-representational forms of 20th-century modernism, yet with a balance of line and space that is very much of the present. The sleek lines provide a magnetic source of curiosity and new sightlines through which visitors may view the landscape.  Antoniadis works with themes of utopia and creates site-specific work responding to the Fruitlands experiment of 1843, including the high-reaching expectations, the ultimately disappointing outcome, and the structure of the house itself. 

Also on view in the Art Gallery is “A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection,” a salon-style exhibition showcasing 51 of the Landscapes from our collection of Hudson River School Landscapes and related works.


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