Join artists Nancy Callahan and Richard Whitten for a special and private after-hours tour of their exhibition, A Cabinet of Curious Matters: Work by Callahan and Whitten, on view at Fenimore Art Museum through December 31. The two artists will lead guests through the gallery, discussing their work in-depth and the ways in which each artist’s work relates to the other.
A Cabinet of Curious Matters is a visual dialogue between the works of the two artists who share an interest in dreams, antique scientific and medical instruments, mythologies, and mysteries. For years they have been drawn to the same objects of reference—the same books, the same tools, the same toys. They have travelled a parallel path. How uncanny since they live and work hundreds of miles apart and have only recently met.
Callahan and Whitten’s work is uniquely different, yet complementary in innumerable ways. A sophisticated sense of play is at the core of their work. Their meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail is compelling. Their inventive works create a blend of color, textual surfaces, and dimensionality—a “Wunderkammer” or “room of wonders” to delight the eye and challenge the intellect.
Enter “The Cabinet of Curious Matters” and you will be surrounded by paintings and sculptures by both artists, as well as reference objects pulled from their collections. These objects—plumb bobs, whirligigs, game boards, and specimens under glass—serve as visual clues that provide insight into the intense journey Callahan and Whitten travel in the process of inventing and creating their work.
Friday, October 13th, at 5pm