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The Parthenon's Frederic Church, The Wreck, featured at "Festival of the American Romantics"

The Wreck

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York has asked to borrow the Parthenon's Frederic Church painting, The Wreck. The Fenimore is presenting an exhibition of the Hudson River School, Nature and the American Vision, from the New-York Historical Society from June 29 - September 29, 2013. This is the first time an exhibit of this magnitude is being shown in the landscape that inspired the artworks. The exhibition and programs coincide strategically with the Glimmerglass Festival presentation of Wagner's Flying Dutchman (using the American Wilderness as the setting), which was inspired by the Romantic landscape in Europe. This project presents 19th-century art and opera in the landscape that inspired them so that a broad audience can explore - in place, paint, and performance - the experience of the 19th century Romantics in the American wilderness. Historic Hyde Hall, an 1830's country estate on Otsego Lake, is one of the finest examples of romantic classicism in America, and a perfect setting for exploring Romantic literature.

By linking painting, opera, literature and New York's landscape, this collaboration will engage participants in an interdisciplinary understanding of art and place through the shared context of 19th-century Romantic interpretation in art and opera, and of place - both past and present. Individuals, whether they prefer museums and paintings, opera and music, or environment and landscape, will experience all six in a shared context rarely available to participants anywhere. All three institutions will be using our Frederic Church as the signature image for the entire program. This is wonderful exposure for The Parthenon!


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In a move to increase its availability to visitors, the Parthenon is now open on Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.

"The art we exhibit and the history we represent, both the local recent past and the ancient Greek past that is foundational to western civilization, deserve the widest possible audience," said Museum Director Wesley Paine; "Making the museum accessible on an additional day of the week, especially one that most people have for leisure activities, is part of a museum's role as an educational institution and is good public service, so we are very pleased with this change in our hours."

The Parthenon's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM and Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 PM.


The Blue Star Museum Program

For the third year, the Parthenon will participate in the Blue Star Museum program which offers free admission to active military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

View this fun video from 2012 and check back soon to start planning your Blue Star Museum summer! If you have questions or would like to become a Blue Star Museum, please email Desiree Moore.

For more information about the Blue Star Museum Program, click here.


This Season's Exhibit: Etruscan Echoes by Tanya Tewall

Etruscan Echoes

The Parthenon continues to explore contemporary interpretations of classical themes with an exhibition of paintings by artist, Tanya Tewell. A professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University, Tewell divides her time between Tennessee and Tuscania, Italy. While abroad, the artist has visited Etruscan tombs and ancient sites, which have become the inspiration for her new work. Tewell found herself strongly attracted to the degrading patina of the frescos that decorate the tombs at these sites, and her work evokes the tones and textures of these aged wall paintings. She had also had a long-time interest in cultural mythology and her paintings are greatly influenced by dream images and magic realism.

Through her intense and evocative paintings, Tewell presents the story of the many unnamed Etruscan characters that haunt the tombs; the sorceress, the matriarch, the wounded pilgrim, and more. Through their stories, Tewell attempts to relate humanity's endless struggle with the cycle of life, change, spirituality, magic, and death.

Now Showing at The Parthenon through June 1, 2013