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Future Exhibits
at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

  • Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo

    Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico has the longest jewelry-making tradition of any of the Southwest pueblos.  It stretches back centuries. During the 20th century, however, they created a fascinating type of jewelry that until now has received little attention. Sometimes called Depression jewelry, or, as the makers themselves referred to it, thunderbird jewelry, it is a true expression of folk art. Economic conditions and rise of tourism in the 1930s led to the modification and creation of jewelry made from non-traditional materials like car batteries and the use of the thunderbird motif. On display will be over 100 examples of the necklaces and earrings that were produced in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibit will also explore the technique used to make the jewelry and the families who created the pieces. This loan exhibition is organized by guest curators Roddy and Sally Moore of the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia.

    Opening Saturday, June 27, 2015

  • American Ship Paintings

    This exhibition of 5 paintings from the Folk Art collection highlights the popularity of ship portraits. In the mid-19th century, ship captains and owners commissioned artists to depict their sea-going vessels in all their glory. Included in the exhibit are 3 large paintings by James Bard, one of which depicts the schooner yacht America, the first winner of the trophy now known as the America's cup. Steamboats plied the rivers of 19th-century America and are represented in the exhibit in two paintings, one of which is over 6 feet long, giving an impressive, detailed view of the side-wheeler. Each portrait depicts a specific ship with a story to tell.

    Opening May 23, 2015

  • Color and Shape: The Art of the American Theorem

    In the early years of the 19th century, theorem painting was a popular activity in both the school and home. Young girls were taught to use stencils to create colorful still life pictures, usually painted on fabric. Ladies' magazines of the period also gave instruction to those wanting to try the technique at home. The exhibition in the Guyton Gallery, features 11 paintings, exploring how the theorems were made and how individual artists, using very similar stencils, created their own take on the subject. Today many of the theorems survive without the name of the maker, but four pieces in the exhibition are signed, providing the opportunity to take a closer look at the diverse backgrounds of the artists.

    Opening Nov. 26, 2015 through Sept. 4, 2017



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