Farnsworth seeks ‘Screen’ submissions

May 28, 2018
Barry Faulkner’s 1923 “Manship Toasting the Angels” is an oil on board, mounted and hinged as a screen. It is a museum purchase with support from the Friends of the Farnsworth Collection.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum seeks submissions for its upcoming exhibition of folding screens, “The Screen Show,” to be displayed in the museum’s Rothschild Gallery Feb. 9 through Sept. 22. Finalists will be awarded a stipend for their screens, which will then be shown in the museum. Deadline for submissions is July 30.

The Farnsworth recently acquired two early 20th-century folding screens: a 1923 eight-panel Barry Faulkner oil on board painting, “Manship Toasting the Angels”; and a 1930 three-panel oil on canvas painting by Carroll Thayer Berry, with a fanciful view of Camden harbor. Folding screens were especially popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, serving typically as room dividers and often used by their owners to dress or undress behind.

Prominent artists, architects and designers in both Europe and America experimented with the format including James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Dewing, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thomas Hart Benton, Donald Deskey, Ansel Adams, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg and David Hockney. The museum’s two screens will serve as a departure point for the 2019 exhibition.

Artists and artisans working in Maine are invited to submit their proposals to the Farnsworth. Proposals will be reviewed by a jury comprising Susan Danly, former curator of prints, photographs and contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum; Susan Groce, professor of art at the University of Maine, Orono; Peter Korn, founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport; Warren Seelig, distinguished visiting professor in the fibers/mixed media program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Michael K. Komanecky, Farnsworth chief curator; and Jane Bianco, Farnsworth associate curator. For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit farnsworthmuseum.org/about/submissions.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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