Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is pleased to present Quiet March to a Warring Song, a group exhibition curated by resident artist Amie Cunat. The show will be on view Friday through Monday from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Forge at the museum’s historic Mount Lebanon site in New Lebanon, NY from May 25 through June 22, 2019 with a public opening reception on May 25, 2-4:30pm.
Participating artists include Paolo Arao, Chloë Bass, Piotr Chizinski, Mark Thomas Gibson, Doug Johnston, Mary Lum, Carl Ostendarp, Casey Ruble, and Anne Wu. Exhibition design is by architect and designer Lucie Rebeyrol. A printed catalog will accompany the show with an essay by Claire Selvin.
The exhibition is part of the Shaker Museum’s multi-part collaboration with Cunat to foster relationships between Shaker cultural legacy, contemporary art, and the town of New Lebanon and surrounding communities. This project is generously funded by a Regional Economic Development Council grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects, archives, and books, and stewards the historic North Family site at Mount Lebanon, the founding community of the Shakers. The Shaker Museum was founded in 1950 by John S. Williams, Sr. on his farm in Old Chatham, New York. Beginning in the 1930s, Williams traveled extensively to then-active Shaker communities and collected examples of their arts, industries, and domestic life, as well as spiritual artifacts. His approach was that of an anthropologist documenting the decline of a culture. Today the museum’s collection is a prime resource for scholars and curators. In 2004, the museum became the owner and steward of the North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, consisting of 11 Shaker buildings on 91 acres, and the museum’s name was changed from Shaker Museum & Library to Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The Mount Lebanon site is open year-round, with a visitor center and shop open seasonally. The Old Chatham site, which houses collections storage, the library, and the administrative offices, is open year-round by appointment.