Fenimore Art Museum Announces 2023 Food For Thought Lunch and Lecture Series Schedule

Cooperstown, New York  Every year, engaging, knowledgeable speakers and new works of art draw visitors to Fenimore Art Museum’s popular lecture series Food For Thought. The programs provide an excellent opportunity to explore the season’s new exhibitions and share a delicious lunch with like-minded people. This year, find six programs–including talks on Fenimore’s summer highlight exhibition M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations.

The season begins Wednesday, April 12. Vegetarian options will be provided. If you have any specific dietary restrictions, please contact k.gray@fenimoreart.org when registering. Tickets: $25 member / $30 non-members. Pre-registration is required, please reserve tickets online through Eventbrite.com. For more information, please call (607) 547-1510 or visit our online calendar at FenimoreArt.org for full details on each program.

2023 Food For Thought Schedule:

Imprinted: The American Painter-Etcher Movement
Wednesday, April 12 • 12:30 PM • $25 member / $30 non-members

Join Associate Curator Ann Cannon for lunch and a tour of the exhibition, Imprinted: The American Painter-Etcher Movement. The American Painter-Etcher Movement, also known as the Etching Revival, sought to re-establish public appreciation for etching and counter the popular view—pervasive by the mid-19th century—that engraving was solely a way to make affordable reproductions of artwork.


Swarm: Works by Ashley Norwood Cooper
Wednesday, April 26 • 12:30 PM • $25 member / $30 non-members

Join artist Ashley Norwood Cooper for lunch and a tour of her exhibition, Swarm: Works by Ashley Norwood Cooper.

Ashley Norwood Cooper’s intensely colored, painterly, figurative work explores the creative lives of women, the awkwardness of family relationships, and the unpredictability of the natural world. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the U.S. and Europe including First Street Gallery (NYC), ZINC Contemporary (Seattle) and Galerie Thomas Fuchs (Stuttgart, Germany). Her work has been featured inNew American Paintings and on the I Like Your Work Podcast. Her debut at VOLTA NYC 2020 garnered write ups in the New York Times and Arcade Projects Zine (Columbia University). Ms. Cooper’s paintings are included in public and private collections in the United States and Europe including the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco) and Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina).


Behind the Scenes of Exhibition Production
Wednesday, May 10 • 12:30 PM • $25 member / $30 non-members

Join Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions, on a special behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting an exhibition together at Fenimore Art Museum. This program includes a lunch provided by the museum as well as a walking tour of production areas in the museum typically inaccessible to visitors.


M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations (two dates)
Wednesday, June 7 • 12:30 PM  and  Wednesday, August 16 • 12:30 PM • $25 member / $30 non-members

Join Manager of Arts Education Kevin Gray for a lunch provided by Fenimore Art Museum, followed by a tour of the special exhibition M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations.


Shaped by the Loom
Wednesday, November 1 • 12:30 PM • $25 member / $30 non-members

Join us for a lunch and a special tour of the exhibition, Shaped by the Loom. The exhibition showcases the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern textiles alongside contemporary examples and pieces from the Thaw Collection. It is an in-depth study on Southwestern textiles as well as the network of relationships that sustain the world of weaving.


About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.

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