True to Form: Lalique Glass, Small Sculpture, and Garden Statuary from the Arkell Museum Collection
March 5, 2022 through May 16, 2022
From around 1890 to 1930, fountain and garden statuary flourished in the United States, providing important new design and marketing opportunities for American sculptors. The joyful and sometimes frivolous figures created by American garden sculptors of the era were intended to enhance the garden experience by accenting, not dominating, specific garden spaces. This exhibit includes both indoor and outdoor figures collected by Bartlett Arkell and gifted by him to the Museum, and explores our own Memorial Garden through vintage images.
Edward Francis McCartan (1879-1947)
Diana and the Dog, 1923
Sand cast copper alloy (bronze)
Gift of Bartlett Arkell, 1925
Fritz Vogt Drawings: A Sense of Place
May 28, 2021 through December 30, 2021
Between 1890 and 1900 itinerant folk artist Fritz G. Vogt roamed the turnpikes and dirt roads of five New York Counties west of Albany [Montgomery, Schoharie, Otsego, Fulton, and Herkimer]. By the time of his death on January 1, 1900, Vogt had created more than 200 distinctive architectural portraits featuring farms, homes, and businesses. Suggesting a draftsman’s training, Vogt’s linear drawings include an extraordinary amount of detail while imbuing the subject with a romanticized sense of optimism and pride of place…The result is a window into the artist’s personal perspective and his patron’s motivations, as well as a striking representation of the region’s architecture, commerce, and social history.
Drawn Home: Fritz Vogt’s Rural America, 2002
Organized by the Arkell Museum, Fritz Vogt Drawings: A Sense of Place, includes work from the collections of the Arkell Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers' Museum, and a private collector.
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Garlock
Town of Canajoharie, NY
October 6, 1894
Graphite on paper
Collection of the Arkell Museum
Anonymous Gift, 1998
Photograph by Richard Walker
Judge Magazine: Politics, Presidents & Political Cartoons
August 29, 2020 through December 29, 2021
This exhibition features images and materials from the Arkell Museum's Judge magazine collection.
Judge magazine debuted in 1881; William J. Arkell purchased the floundering periodical in 1885 specifically to attack the Democratic presidential campaign. Judge quickly rose in popularity with the addition of famed cartoonists including Eugene Zimmerman, and began to rival competing publications such as Puck. This exhibition focuses on the history of the magazine, the role it played in American political life, and its connection to Canajoharie, NY.
This exhibition has an accompanying YouTube video for learners and educators. This video was designed and created by Robyn L. Cochrane, Master's Candidate, Cooperstown Graduate Program, Class of 2021.
Video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/41M6Lc00bjM
Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman (1862-1933)
Willet F. Cook, 1904
Watercolor on paper
Museum Purchase, 2006