Current Exhibitions
Edward Buyck: Picturing the American Revolution

March 1, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Edward Buyck (1888-1960) was commissioned to paint two historic views of Canajoharie as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration and pageant of Clinton’s Brigade that brought boats overland from the Mohawk River at Canajoharie to Otsego Lake. Canajoharie’s 150th anniversary celebration of Revolutionary War events opened with a two mile long parade that included floats carrying log cabins, stage couches, a wagon and other regional historic treasures from the American Revolution. Militia hauling boats in a reenactment of Clinton’s Brigade at Canajoharie also marched along with the parade that attracted a crowd of 15,800 people on June 15, 1929.

The exhibition features both of the the paintings created by Buyck for the Sesquicentennial celebration along with 18th century paintings of Americans by Gilbert Stuart and Benjamin West.

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.

Edward Buyck (1888-1960) Canajoharie About 1780, 1929
Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and other 17th Century Printmakers

March 1, 2016 - May 29, 2016
This exhibition, organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries, explores Rembrandt's influence on the printmakers of his day.

Rembrandt is generally considered one of the most important figures in western art history. This ranking has been remarkably stable in the three hundred years since his death and is due, in part, to his virtuoso style, the wide range of subject matter that he included in his work, and his prolific output. Typically it is his painting that garners the most attention with the public, but his etchings demonstrate the same genius, diversity of subjects, and vitality that he generated with his brush. This exhibition brings together the printed work of Rembrandt and sixteen of his contemporaries. It has been arranged in thematic groups, landscapes, genre, portraits, and religious subjects, so that visitors may discover the similarities and differences as well as the technical achievements of these talented individuals.

This exhibition is 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, and funds from Montgomery County.

Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669)
The Pancake Woman, 1635 etching
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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