Cahoon Museum Exhibitions, Events, and Programs
June – July, 2021
Cahoon Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
(Corner of Route 130 and Route 28)
NEW HOURS BEGIN IN JUNE
Hours of Operation:
Through June 5: Thurs-Sat, 10am – 4pm
June 9 – Dec 19: Weds-Sun, 10am – 4pm
Adults $10.00; Seniors and Students $8.00; Museum Members, NARM Members, and children under 12, free.
Preregistration requested; drop-bys welcome as gallery space allows.
Register at cahoonmuseum.org or by phone at 508-428-7581
New Art Exhibitions on view June-July 2021
Duncan Johnson: Under Construction
June 9 – September 19
Vermont artist Duncan Johnson presents a series of new wall assemblages created by using colorful re-claimed wood gathered from construction sites and landfills. Aspects of sculpture, drawing, and painting converge as Johnson selects, shapes, and combines wood strips, and then meticulously fastens them together with a matrix of fine wire nails. His intricate and colorful compositions delight the eye as they maximize the inherent beauty and quality of the wood in his unique art form.
Johnson earned a BFA at Pratt Institute and was awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Artist Grant in 2010, an Academy of Arts and Letters award in 2009 and an Individual Artist Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, also in 2009. Johnson has exhibited in museums and art centers including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville FL, Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, VT, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, TX, Museum of Art University of NH, Durham NH, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield MA, Rose- wood Art Center, Kettring, OH, and Pelham Arts Center, Pelham NY, among others.
Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse
June 16 – October 3
Ethan Murrow’s latest installation is a panoramic wall drawing inspired by old growth forests that once existed on Cape Cod. The primary subject of The Greenhouse is a massive felled oak tree, a cautionary reference to the effects of colonization and development on the Cape’s natural environment. In a testament to nature’s resilience and regeneration, the dead tree plays host to sprouts of new growth. A treehouse, with windows looking out onto a vast green landscape, creates a potential vision of a hopeful future. The installation encourages discussion, and optimism, about how human beings can preserve and restore natural habitats and coexist in balance with nature. Murrow works with a team of artists using high flow acrylic paint and refillable pens to draw directly onto the gallery walls, and the piece will extend over 75 feet. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists at work during the installation in the beginning of June. Additional new graphite drawings by Murrow will also be on view.
Annual Fundraiser and Event June-July 2021
Cahoon Museum Art Auction – Brush Off
Saturday, June 26, 9:00am - July 10, 8:00pm
The Cahoon Museum Art Auction features over 125 artworks by talented local and regional artists. Plan to bid on artworks, at all price points, at this special virtual event in support of the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Attend the Auction Kick-Off Open House on June 27 to preview a selection of artworks and start bidding - and don’t miss our Open House on July 10, a final chance to see artworks before the auction closes. During the auction dates, keep an eye out all around Cotuit as the region’s most talented plein air artists will be setting up their easels, canvas, and paint to capture the seaside life of our beautiful village – then offering the art up for bid. Whether you are a long-time supporter, aspiring collector, or curious about this dynamic fundraiser, come celebrate the arts with the Cahoon Museum! The Cahoon Museum Art Auction – Brush Off is sponsored by William H. and Mary H. Woods Fund for Arts and Literacy and The Horton Family
Cahoon Museum Art Auction Plein Air Painters Around Cotuit
June 26 – July 6
Keep an eye out all around Cotuit for the Cahoon Museum Art Auction artists - on the beaches, by the village green, on the sidewalk near a beautiful picket fence covered in roses - everywhere! The region’s most talented plein air artists will be setting up their easels, canvas, and paint to capture the seaside life of our beautiful village. Once complete, the artworks will appear on the virtual auction website and be up for bid. Visit cahoonmuseum.org to find out when and where you’ll find the artists.
Free Open Houses June-July 2021
Summer Open House and Art Auction Kick-Off
Sunday, June 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Stop by the Museum and see our two new contemporary art exhibitions: Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse and Duncan Johnson: Under Construction. View a selection of artworks by regional artists up for bid in our online Cahoon Museum Art Auction and start your bidding. Meet the Cahoon’s Education and Programs Manager who will be on hand to answer questions about the new exhibitions and offer family-friendly activities. Enjoy the architectural features of the historic Crocker house and explore the Cahoon Studio to see the work of Cape Cod folk art painters Ralph and Martha Cahoon. Call a friend or come on your own, treat yourself to something special in the Museum Shop, and make it a special day.
Cotuit Kite Festival Family Day at the Cahoon
Saturday, July 3, 10:00am-4:00pm
Register to make a kite between 1:00 and 3:00pm; kite making free, Museum admission $5 per family for the day
Celebrate all things airborne at the Cahoon Museum! Artists Hilary Hutchison and David Sigel will be under the tent on the Museum lawn from 1:00-3:00pm offering a free hands-on mermaid or fish tail wind kite art activity. Have fun watching your fanciful creations come to life in front of the Museum where we will display them for all to see. Once you’ve made your kite, step inside the Museum for our special $5 per family admission and see the new exhibitions. Tour the Museum galleries and complete a seek-and-find of mermaid tails in our Ralph and Martha Cahoon paintings on display – find them all and you’ll take home a special prize. Rain or shine, expect to have a great time at the Cahoon! This event is part of the Cotuit Kite Festival taking place on July 3rd and 4th.
Cahoon Museum Art Auction Open House
Saturday, July 10, 10:00am–4:00pm
Stop by the Museum and see our two new contemporary art exhibitions: Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse and Duncan Johnson: Under Construction. View a selection of artworks by regional artists up for bid in our online Cahoon Museum Art Auction and make a bid – this is your last chance before the auction closes at 8:00pm! Meet the Cahoon’s Education and Programs Manager who will be on hand to answer questions about the new exhibitions and offer family-friendly activities. Enjoy the architectural features of the historic Crocker house and explore the Cahoon Studio to see the work of Cape Cod folk art painters Ralph and Martha Cahoon. Call a friend or come on your own, treat yourself to something special in the Museum Shop, and make it a special day. The Cahoon Museum Art Auction – Brush Off is sponsored by William H. and Mary H. Woods Fund for Arts and Literacy and The Horton Family
Programs June 1 – July 15
Gallery Talk with Michael MacMahon – Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse
Friday, June 19, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Free with admission, registration requested
Join us for a gallery tour of the Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse installation – a 75 foot gallery wall drawing that took four artists over a week to create. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the artist Ethan Murrow, his materials and artistic process, and to better understand the message behind this important artwork. The tour will be led by Cahoon Museum Education and Programs Manager Michael MacMahon.
Gallery Talk – Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse and Duncan Johnson: Under Construction
Thursday, June 24 at 11:00am-12:00pm
Free with admission, registration requested
Join us for a gallery talk about the Museum’s two new contemporary art exhibitions, Ethan Murrow: The Greenhouse and Duncan Johnson: Under Construction. This is a unique opportunity to engage directly with the artworks on view with Education and Programs Manager Michael MacMahon and curator Annie Dean.
Virtual Program - Art Collecting: Learn from the Experts
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00-8:00pm
Admission free; registration required
Curator and art advisor Mallory Ruymann, Principal/Head of Curatorial Projects at art_works, will join art advisor Paul Kotakis, founder of PÁIDIA Arts, and artists Andrew Fish and Azita Moradkhani for a discussion about contemporary art collecting practices. Mallory Ruymann will discuss the relationships that inform the art ecosystem along with collecting strategies that individuals and institutions can employ to engage the most compelling artists of our time. Paul Kotakis will offer insight into the art market and how to tap into local resources to build relationships directly with artists. Guest artists will speak to the impact of being included in an art collection. The Cahoon Museum Art Auction offers a unique opportunity for individual art collectors and businesses at all stages of their collecting journeys to support regional artists and build distinctive collections. The program will include a question and answer session to be moderated by Education and Programs Manager Michael MacMahon. The program will take place on Zoom.
Mallory Ruymann is a curator, art advisor, educator, and writer working with emerging contemporary artists. She is Principal and Head of Curatorial Projects at art_works and also functions as a strategic arts business and collections consultant to artists, studios, institutions, and individuals. She received an MA from Tufts University and has worked at institutions across the United States, including Tufts University Art Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Acadia Summer Arts Program, and The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati. Her published critical writing can be found at Boston Art Review, The Rib, and Big Red & Shiny.
Paul Kotakis has spent many years running art sales and auctions for various nonprofits and through that work has helped to advance the careers of countless artists and build the collections of many art patrons. As the Director of Development at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Paul oversaw the largest public art sale in New England, working with 700+ artists annually. Whether he is selling a $30,000 object or a $300 object, he approaches each sale by focusing first on the artist and their story and building a personal connection between a collector and an artist. This idea, and these principles are core to the mission of his company, PÁIDIA Arts which he plans to launch later this year.
June 1 – July 15 Art Classes
Summer Art Series for ages 10-Adult: Pen and Ink Drawing Workshop with Hilary Hutchison
Wednesday, July 7, 1:00-3:00pm
$50; $40 members -registration required
Come with a sketchbook and your favorite pens and enjoy a relaxed afternoon drawing under the tent with artist and teacher Hilary Hutchison. No experience necessary.
Summer Art Series: Wood Assemblage Workshop with Hilary Hutchison for ages 10-Adult
Wednesday, July 14, 1:00-4:00pm
$65; $55 members registration required
Students will be introduced to a variety of artists using wood assemblage, including Duncan Johnson, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sol LeWitt, Kengo Kuma, and others. Using wood blocks and hand sawn fragments students will assemble sculptures, wall pieces, mobiles, free standing works, using wood glue and paint. No experience necessary.
Summer Art Series for Adults: Color Wheel with David Sigel
Wednesday, July 21, 1:00-3:00pm
$50; $40 members per class ($200; $160 members for the four class series July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11); registration required
Students will put into practice the use of complementary colors, tints, shades, and contrast in this workshop. Students will learn to use negative shape, foreshortening, perspective, and measurement to create observational color studies.
Materials to be provided by student: sketchbook, pencil, eraser, chalk pastels or colored pencils
Summer Art Series for Adults: Sfumato with David Sigel
Wednesday, July 28, 1:00–3:00pm
$50; $40 members per class ($200; $160 members for the four class series July 21, July 28 August 4, August 11); registration required
Students will learn the technique of sfumato which allows tones and colors to shade gradually into one another, producing softened outlines and hazy forms. Leonardo da Vinci used this technique to show atmospheric perspective and depth in his landscapes.
Materials to be provided by student: sketchbook, pencil, eraser, chalk pastels (or colored pencils)