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On The Edge

Marine & Maritime Art in America — Exhibition Lecture

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On The Edge

Marine & Maritime Art in America

The Baker Museum of Artis—Naples welcomes curator Dr. Linda S. Ferber, as she applies her scholarship maritime and marine art through the prism of The Baker Museum’s The Coast & The Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America exhibit.

The Coast & The Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America runs from April 19 through July 6, 2014.

Lecture

On the Edge

Marine & Maritime Art in America

On the Edge will explore the premise that since the earliest voyages of exploration, the destiny of the United States has always been linked to America’s maritime frontier. Moreover, wealth generated by maritime enterprises supported the nation’s cultural development, prompting the rise of schools of marine and landscape painting as well as portraiture. The exhibition showcases artists’ growing interest in light as an expressive medium that transmuted seaside subjects of all kinds into poetic waterscapes.

This rich medley of paintings, ranging in date from 1750 to 1904, will also carry us along America’s historical progression from colony to nation. For example, the coastal environs of New York’s own vast harbor had long presented special opportunities for artists to portray inland waterways that were alternately maritime and terrestrial.
 

Linda Ferber

Linda Ferber

Dr. Linda S. Ferber is Senior Art Historian and Museum Director Emerita of the New-York Historical Society. From 2005 until the end of 2013, she served as Vice President and Museum Director. Prior to her appointment at the Society, she was Andrew Mellon Curator of American Art at The Brooklyn Museum where she was also Chief Curator during a long and productive tenure of several decades. Dr. Ferber has organized exhibitions, published, taught and lectured widely on a variety of topics in American art history including William Trost Richards, the American Pre-Raphaelites, the American Watercolor Movement, The Eight and the Ashcan School, Albert Bierstadt, Asher B. Durand, and the Hudson River School.  She was awarded the 2010 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts for her book, The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision.  In 2011, she organized with guest curator Dr. Barbara Gallati the current traveling exhibition highlighting the N-YHS’s rich trove of 19th-century narrative paintings titled: Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy.

Her latest exhibition, The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America, is open at The Baker Museum of Artis—Naples from April 19 to July 6, 2014.

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