The Shelburne Museum is nearing the end of the season, last day October 16
1) Aerial view of the Shelburne Museum campus (Stage Coach Inn) of 39 buildings spread over a 45-acre campus.
Vermont Business Magazine These are the final weeks to visit the Shelburne Museum to experience the 2022 season of renovated exhibits, programs and historic buildings. The museum’s last open day will be on October 16, after which the museum will close and reopen at the end of November for the 2n/a Annual Winter Lights Celebration.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to see a major exhibition of the work of Luigi Lucioni. Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light highlights the technically sophisticated realist who favored the play of light and shadow on weathered barns and stately trees contributing to the genre called “yankee modernism”. Visitors can also explore American art through the lens of glasses. Sight and Insight: A Focus on American Art explores the ways sight, vision, and eyewear have played a role in American art history. Two of the museum’s historic buildings, Stagecoach Inn and The Dana-Spencer Textile Galleries at Hat and Fragrance, reopened this year after updates and conservation. In addition, the museum campus was enriched with two exterior sculptural experiences: four monumental post-and-beam structures by Nancy Winship Milliken and the acquisition of the permanent collection, faceted rock, is a large-scale steel sculpture by Vermont sculptor David Stromeyer. Maria Shell’s contemporary quilts were also a visitor favorite this summer.
2022 exhibits include:
2) Luigi Lucioni, Village of Stowe, Vermont, 1931. Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 33 1/2 in. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. George P. Douglas. Licensed by Bridgeman Images.
Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light (Through October 16) examines the career, influences and techniques of Italian-American artist Luigi Lucioni. A prolific painter and printmaker, Lucioni is known today for his landscape paintings, still lifes, portraits and etchings. modern light is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work in a major public museum, as well as the first monographic exhibition of Lucioni’s art at the Shelburne Museum since 1968. Known during his lifetime as a technically sophisticated realist who fostered the play of light and shadow on majestic barns and trees, Lucioni contributed to the genre that art historian Bruce Robertson has called “Yankee modernism”. Lucioni, along with Paul Sample, Maxfield Parrish, and even Charles Sheeler and Andrew Wyeth, portrayed an orderly but strange landscape and people who embodied an idealized set of “American” values at a time of great social and political change.
3) Edwin Romanzo Elmer (American, 1850-1923), magic glasses, 1891, Oil on canvas, 14 x 10 in., Collection of the Shelburne Museum, Museum purchase, acquired from Richard Gipson. Photograph by Bruce Schwarz.
4) Nancy Winship Milliken, pasture song, 2018-22. Charred wood post and beam, fishing net, white horsehair and hardware, 15 x 17 ft. Courtesy of the artist.
Commissioned to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary, Nancy Winship Milliken: varied and lively (Until October 16), is a site-specific outdoor sculpture exhibition that embodies the Museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability while engaging in global and local ecological conversations, from climate change to the history of the watershed of Lake Champlain. Set in a pollinator meadow planted for this exhibition, Winship Milliken’s four monumental post-and-beam structures feature different natural materials intrinsic to the earth, all of which explore themes related to sustainability: horsehair, wool, wax bee and driftwood. Activated by wind and sun, each sculpture uniquely moves, changes and adapts to the environment, inspiring community conversations around our roles and relationships with nature.
5) Maria Shell, Everything at once, 2019, cotton, 58 x 58 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Chris Arend.
Maria Shell: Off the Grid (Until October 16) features 14 works by Shell created between 2011 and 2022 that explore how the artist pushes the boundaries of the traditional grid format of the American quilt. Shell produces contemporary quilts rooted in the tradition and craftsmanship of American quilt making. She takes classic components of traditional bedspreads and manipulates them to create surprising combinations of patterns, repeats and colors.
6) David Stromeyer, faceted rock, 2004. Steel, epoxy and metallic paint, 8 1/2 x 9 x 11 3/16 ft. Collection of the Shelburne Museum, purchase from the museum, made possible by a gift from Todd R. Lockwood.
Newly installed this summer is the Vermont-based work sculptor David Stromeyer. This acquisition of the permanent collection, faceted rock, is a large-scale steel sculpture that has been placed prominently on the museum grounds near the Meeting House building and joins the museum’s outdoor sculpture collection. The 46 facets of this monolith feature metallic paintwork that fractures natural light through its bold geometry, emphasizing its abstract form. Embodying Stromeyer’s expressive and technical dexterity in working with steel, faceted rock embodies the soul and identity of the place and the creator.
About the Shelburne Museum
Founded in 1947 by pioneering folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960), the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s premier public resource for visual art and material culture. The museum’s 45-acre campus comprises 39 buildings, including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and the Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley and many others. For more information, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.
SHELBURNE, Vermont (October 3, 2022)—Shelburne Museum