Current Exhibitions
Looking Backwards: The Politics and Art of Judge Magazine

November 5, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Political cartoons from the 19th century both reflected and influenced the sentiments of voters. Judge magazine was purchased by William J. Arkell on December 4, 1885 with the plan of using the publication to promote Republican causes and politicians. Before signing this purchase agreement Arkell recruited Bernhard Gillam and Eugene Zimmerman away from the more Democratic-leaning Puck magazine.

The Wizards of Pop: Sabuda & Reinhart

Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas
October 22, 2016 - December 30, 2016

The exhibition features the amazing work of pop-up book creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. The exhibition contains over 70 original works from 14 of their books including the classic stories of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Cinderella. There are also works created for Encyclopedias on Dinosaurs, Sharks and Fairies.

This exhibition is supported by Fenimore Asset Management Fund.
Meet the artist Matthew Reinhart on November 12th. For details see http://www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

Matthew Reinhart, Oversized Pop-Up from The Jungle Book, 2006, Courtesy of the artist.
Arkell’s Inspiration: The Marketing of Beech-Nut and Art for the People

This exhibition features late 19th and early 20th century American paintings purchased by Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packaging Company. Works by Winslow Homer, George Inness, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam and other leading American Impressionists, and members of The Eight including Robert Henri are displayed in the original Canajoharie Gallery that opened to the public in 1929.

Bartlett Arkell encouraged his marketing staff to use both his collection, and the works he purchased for Canajoharie, in their print ads. The result of this borrowing of images from oil paintings created by artists such as Edward Gay and J.G. Brown, was a series of ad campaigns that brought “art to the masses” and linked the virtues found in the paintings with Beech-Nut gum and food products.

Exhibitions are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The mission of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library is to promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.

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