Farnsworth Opening for “Celebrating LOVE”

LOVERobert Indiana, pages from The Book of Love, 1996, Edition AP3-15, gift of the artists, 2008

The public is invited to join the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland for the opening reception of “Celebrating LOVE,” an exhibition of Robert Indiana’s work that will be on display from February 14 through March 16. The reception, which is free to all, will take place from 4 – 7 p.m. Saturday, February 15.

Billed as “We Love our Community,” the reception will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a Tunnel of Love, the Windjammer Chorus, prizes, a raffle, and other surprises. “The Farnsworth Art Museum is fortunate to be a part of such a vibrant and artistic community,” commented Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell, “and this is the perfect opportunity to say thank you. It’s our way of giving a Valentine to the many friends and supporters that make the Midcoast such a wonderful place.”

Celebrating Love explores Robert Indiana’s persistent and multi-faceted exploration of his LOVE imagery, among the most recognized images in the history of American art. It features the museum’s LOVE sculpture, along with his Book of LOVE, a portfolio of prints and poems.

The origins of Robert Indiana’s many versions of LOVE can be traced to personal as well as artistic sources.  He was raised as a Christian Scientist and in the simple churches he went to during his childhood in Indiana, he took note of the single inscription found in all of them:  God is Love. In 1961 he inserted the word in a painting, 4-Star Love, running it across the bottom of the canvas. In 1964, he painted Love is God, rephrasing the words he encountered years earlier in church. Later that year the Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned Indiana to do one of its Christmas cards, and in 1965 he produced a red, green, and blue design with the word “love” that established the model for what became one of the most iconic images in American art.

While this event is free to all, reservations are appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, please call membership at 207-596-6256 or email membership@farnsworthmuseum.org

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