2015 Americana Symposium
Saturday, October 10 • 12:00 - 5:00 pm
The symposium is free and open to the public.
Leading authorities in the folk art field will present talks on the themes and ideas explored in the exhibition "A Perfect Likeness": Folk Portraits and Early Photography, part of Fenimore Art Museum's Annual Americana Series.
The exhibition, "A Perfect Likeness": Folk Portraits and Early Photography, which opens the same day and is on view through December 31, 2015, illustrates how early photography contributed to the demise of folk portraiture in the 1840-50 period. Established painters were deeply affected by the invention of the daguerreotype and their reactions to this early photographic method varied. Some painters stopped painting and sought new occupations; others adapted their style to try to compete with the daguerreotype likenesses; yet others embraced the new technology and became daguerreotypists themselves. Their decisions were undoubtedly based partially on business concerns, stage of career, and the individual desire for artistic expression. Regardless of their responses, it became clear almost immediately that the American public would embrace this new technology, making painted portraits virtually obsolete, by creating what artists and daguerreans alike called "a perfect likeness."
The symposium is free and open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are recommended but not required. To reserve your space, please call (607) 547-1461.