April 3, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
At The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood
Jersey the year of the first exhibition of French Impressionism in America. During his multi-faceted six-decade-long career, Durand truly lived a life in art as an engraver and then as a painter, first of portraits and ultimately of landscape. In all three endeavors - engraving, portraiture, and landscape painting - Durand played a major role in the art of his time by creating resonant images that contributed to an emerging American national and cultural identity.
For this event, the Durand-Hedden House is thrilled to host prominent art historian and Durand expert, Dr. Linda S. Ferber. In 2007, Dr. Ferber organized the first major retrospective in thirty-five years devoted to Durand’s career: Kindred Spirits: Asher B Durand and the American Landscape for the Brooklyn Museum where she had been the Andrew Mellon Curator of American Art and Chief Curator from 1970 to 2005. Most recently, from 2005 until the end of 2013, she served as Vice President and Museum Director at the New-York Historical Society (now Emerita.)
While Dr. Ferber maintains an association with the Society, she is also active as an independent curator and art historian. Current projects include serving as guest curator for an exhibition at the New York Botanical Gardens, opening May 14, 2016, titled Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas and at the National Gallery of Art, an exhibition about the American Pre-Raphaelites.
Stop by Durand-Hedden’s Country Store on Ridgewood Road before or after the performance. Find early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood. Open from 12 to 5 every Saturday and Sunday.
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The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.