Location:Halford Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
This exhibition celebrates the artist and inventor Rufus Porter (1792–1884), an imaginative polymath and entrepreneur curious about art, science, and communication technologies. Arousing and connecting the public through diverse activities, Porter was a visionary who foresaw in his moment—antebellum America—the heady dreams of our current networked culture. Presenting new research and long-hidden objects, the exhibition returns Porter to his rightful place, the national stage. Examples of Porter's paintings, publications, and patent models are being generously lent from public and private collections, many exhibited for the first time.
This exhibition was made possible through generous support of the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund, Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund, John P. and Alison Moore, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Robert and Elizabeth Freson, Susan Zuckert W’56, The Carl M. Lindberg Family Foundation, Inc., and Julia B. Leisenring.
Enjoy this press coverage of the exhibition.
The Art Newspaper December 10, 2019
The Magazine Antiques, January 28, 2020
Maine Calling (Maine Public Radio), recorded on January 29, 2020
Features Karla Leandri Rider, Executive Director, Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, Laura Sprague, senior consulting curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Justin Wolff, co-curator of the Porter exhibit at Bowdoin; professor of art history, University of Maine, and Julie Lindberg, collector of Rufus Porter's work, and antique dealer in the decorative arts
Maine Sunday Telegram, February 5, 2020
Scientific American, February 2020
Panorama, spring 2020
Laura Fecych Sprague and Justin Wolff, co-curators, share insights about the exhibition "Rufus Porter's Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860." The exhibition was on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine in 2019-2020.