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Exhibitions, December 2018

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for further information. All listings must include an image. Electronic images are preferred, but we can accept photographs or slides. The information may be e-mailed to <exhibitions@maineantiquedigest.com> or mailed to Exhibitions, Maine Antique Digest, PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572.


Rose Labrie (1916-1986), Family Skate.

—Through December 23
—Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Rose Labrie: Primitive Artist is currently on view at the Portsmouth Historical Society. Labrie spent most of her life as a professional writer, but she was also referred to as “New Hampshire’s Grandma Moses.” She wrote and illustrated three children’s books. Labrie’s folk art captured rural and seacoast life as she remembered it. This is the first retrospective look at her career. The works on view are drawn from public and private collections, including those of the artist’s family members.

The exhibit is housed in the Discover Portsmouth building at 10 Middle Street in Portsmouth. The gallery is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on the first Friday of the month until 8 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call (603) 436-8433 or visit (www.portsmouthhistory.org).


Frans Hals (Dutch, 1582/83-1666), Children of the Van Campen Family with a Goat-Cart (fragment), 1623-25, oil on canvas, 152 cm x 107.5 cm. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels. ©Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.

—Through January 6, 2019
—Toledo, Ohio

The Toledo Museum of Art has organized an international exhibition, Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion. Hals is known for portraying his sitters in candid poses. For the first time Hals’s family-group portraits from collections in the United States and in Europe will be reunited, including all of the sections of a canvas that was cut into pieces more than two centuries ago. This is the only venue in the United States where these paintings will be on view. A catalog accompanies the exhibition.

The museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street in Toledo. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 1-800-644-6862 or visit (www.toledomuseum.org).


Petrus Christus, The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos (known as the Exeter Virgin), circa 1450, oil on panel, 7 5/8" x 5 1/2".  Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie.

—Through January 13, 2019
—New York City

For only the second time in their history, two paintings commissioned by the Carthusian monk Jan Vos will be reunited. The Frick Collection presents the exhibition The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos. The two works, the Frick’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos, commissioned from Jan van Eyck and completed by his workshop, and The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos, painted by Petrus Christus and now in the collection of the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany, are shown with a selection of objects that place them in the monastic context for which they were created.

The Frick is located at 1 East 70th Street in New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the first Friday of the month the collection is also open 6 to 9 p.m., and admission is free during those hours. Admission is free to members, $22 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students. Children under ten are not admitted. Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. admission is “pay what you wish.”

For more information, call (212) 288-0700 or visit (www.frick.org).


Cosmonaut ornament, courtesy Museum of Russian Icons.

—Through January 27, 2019
—Clinton, Massachusetts

The Museum of Russian Icons presents Corncobs to Cosmonauts: Redefining the Holidays during the Soviet Era, an exhibition that has transformed the museum’s west gallery into a Russian winter wonderland. The centerpiece of the exhibition is more than 150 Soviet-era ornaments displayed alongside “New Year’s trees” of various sizes and decorations, together with holiday toys, books, and cards. Press materials note: “Following the Russian Revolution in 1917, the anti-religion Bolsheviks discouraged Christmas and New Year celebrations in the U.S.S.R. since the gift giving and extravagance that accompanied the holidays came to symbolize the greed and excess of the aristocracy and bourgeois classes. The tradition of celebrating Novy God (New Year) reappeared in 1935 as a secular holiday that would symbolize Soviet children’s prosperity and happiness. The New Year’s tree, or yolka, was repurposed as the main symbol of the celebration but with all religious references removed.... The Red Army’s ruby star replaced the tree-topping star of Bethlehem; and the tree was decorated with non-religious ornaments.... Russians were allowed to celebrate Christmas once again after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. But old habits die hard and the Christmas festivities, held on January 7 in accordance with the old Julian calendar, are still overshadowed by big New Year celebrations, which are more like the Western Christmas.”

The Museum of Russian Icons is located at 230 Union Street in Clinton. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the first Thursday of the month until 8 p.m.), and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and for children three to 17, and free for children under three.

For more information, call (978) 598-5000 or visit (www.museumofrussianicons.org).


Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972), Boats at Cape Cod, oil on canvas.

—Through January 31, 2019
—Milford, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Antique Co-op
presents The Cape Ann School & Rockport Art Tradition. Press materials note that “for more than a century, painters have been attracted to Cape Ann, located in the northeast coastal region of Massachusetts, as well as the small seaport towns that make up this area, including Rockport.... In 1921, a group of these artists formed the Rockport Art Association, which is now the oldest art colony in the nation. These Cape Ann artists captured everyday life in the region, and their tradition of painting became known as the Cape Ann school.” Works by artists including Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), Emile Gruppe (1896-1978), and William Lester Stevens (1888-1969) are on view.

The New Hampshire Antique Co-op is located at 323 Elm Street in Milford, New Hampshire, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (603) 673-8499 or visit (www.nhantiquecoop.com).


Percival Rosseau (1859-1937), Setter in an Open Field, 1929, oil on canvas, 31¾" x 39".

—Through April 29, 2019
—Thomasville, Georgia

Pebble Hill Plantation Museum is hosting Working Like a Dog, a loan exhibition from the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, New York. Painting, prints, and sculpture done by British and American artists showing dogs of all breeds at work and play are on view.

The museum is located at 1251 U.S. Highway 319 South in Thomasville. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and $6.50 for children six to 12. Admission includes this exhibit and a tour of the main house. Children under six are not admitted into the main house. Check the website for pricing of grounds-only admission.

For more information, call (229) 226-2344 or visit (www.pebblehill.com).


Larry Kagan, American (b. 1946 in Germany), Menorah Memories, Troy, New York, 1981-82, welded steel scraps. Purchase: Contemporary Judaica Acquisitions Committee Fund, 2016.

—Through February 9, 2020
—New York City

The Jewish Museum presents Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps. The over 80 menorahs on view are drawn from the museum’s own collection, which is the world’s largest, consisting of over 1050 Hanukkah lamps. Press materials explain that Hanukkah  “commemorates the liberation of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem from repressive Greek rule in 164 BCE. Two divinely inspired miracles occurred during that fight for freedom—the military victory of a small band of Jewish soldiers against the might of their Greek ruler, and the one-day supply of sanctified oil in the rededicated Temple lamp that lasted for eight days. The holiday is observed through the kindling of lights for eight nights.”

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street in New York City. Hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for students, and free for youths 18 and under and for members. Pay what you wish on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free on Saturdays and select Jewish holidays.

For more information, call (212) 423-3200 or visit (www.thejewishmuseum.org).


The Erebus bell was the first artifact recovered from H.M.S. Erebus. It is marked “1845,” the year Sir John Franklin’s expedition departed Britain. © Parks Canada, Marni Wilson, 2014.

—December 1, 2018-April 28, 2019
—Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic Seaport Museum will host Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, an exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History with the Parks Canada Agency and the National Maritime Museum (London, England). Mystic Seaport’s website notes: “In 1845, Sir John Franklin led the Royal Navy’s sturdiest two ships into the Arctic to great international acclaim. His mission: to discover a Northwest Passage to Asia. Franklin and his crew of 128 men were never heard from again. Thirty-seven expeditions were launched from several countries in a decades-long effort to discover the fate of Franklin’s men.” Clues, including graves, provisions, Inuit tales, and a single handwritten note told a grim story, but the ships were not found. The mystery “leapt back into the headlines in 2014 with the discovery of Franklin’s flagship, H.M.S. Erebus, then two years later with the discovery of H.M.S. Terror, each incredibly well preserved at depths of less than one hundred feet in the Arctic Ocean. Dives aboard the wrecks are rapidly changing our understanding of what befell Franklin’s expedition.” This exhibition pulls clues together including expedition materials from London and Inuit culture and knowledge that led to the wrecks’ discoveries. Artifacts raised from H.M.S. Erebus can be seen for the first time in 170 years.

Mystic Seaport Museum is located at 75 Greenmanville Avenue in Mystic. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors, $18.95 for youths four to 14, and free for children three and under and for members.

For more information, call (860) 215-2283 or visit (www.mysticseaport.org).


Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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