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The Art of Where We Are: Working with Vogt and Grider in the 21st Century – May 23 at the Arkell Museum

May 19, 2011

Scholars Gather at the Arkell Museum

to present the last in the series of the Monday Evening Lectures

The Art of Where We Are: Working with Vogt and Grider in the 21st Century

May 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM

The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie hosts the panel discussion, The Art of Where We Are: Working with Vogt and Grider in the 21st Century, as the fifth and final event for the Monday Evening Lecture series presented by the museum to explore the images and ideas found in the current exhibition Drawn to the Same Place: The Drawings of Rufus Grider and Fritz Vogt.

Panel members include:

Dr. Gilbert T. ‘Gib" Vincent was formerly President of the New York State Historical Association and a former faculty member at the Cooperstown Graduate Program and at Cornell University. He earned an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, and PhD from the University of Delaware. A prolific writer and researcher in areas of New York history and art, has made a particular study of the styles and uses of historic outbuildings common on 19th-century Central New York farms, and will discuss the detailed depiction of outbuildings in the works of Fritz Vogt.

Ronald J. Burch, former Curator of Art & Architecture, New York State Museum, will share his knowledge of vernacular German architecture in the Mohawk Valley and his extensive knowledge of works by Grider and Vogt from the State Museum collection. Burch earned his MA from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies, served as an early director of the Fort Plain Museum, and recently retired from NYSM where he had been a curator for nearly 30 years.

Lanie Graf, Associate Archivist at the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, PA will speak about Grider’s place in current Moravian music scholarship. She studied German and art history at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, graduating with honors in 1995. In 2001 she received her M.A. in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute (University of Manchester) in London, England.

Alice Smith Duncan, Guest Curator of the exhibition Drawn to the Same Place: Drawings of Rufus Grider & Fritz Vogt, has researched the life and works of Rufus Grider for over 10 years; she will moderate the discussion and offer points based on the prior lecturers’ presentations on New York and Pennsylvania folk arts of place; the 19th-century German migration and experience in the Mohawk Valley; Moravian traditions in art, documentation and mapping; and an overview of the genesis and goals of the Drawn to the Same Place exhibition.

The Arkell Museum will be open at 6:30 pm to allow visitors to view the exhibition Drawn to the Same Place: The Drawings of Rufus Grider & Fritz Vogt before the panel discussion. The exhibition and lecture series is funded in part by the New York Council for the Humanities and an Iroquois Gas Community Grant.

Please contact dforsberg for images.

Press Release Arkell Museum event Monday May 23rd.pdf

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