The stunning new exhibit, The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World, opened earlier this month at the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland, ME. In preparation for the opening, Museum Textile Services Director and Chief Conservator Camille Myers Breeze spent three days on site conserving and mounting clothing and textiles.
What made this project so rewarding are the friendly colleagues at the Farnsworth art Museum, including Chief Curator Michael Komanecky, Preparator Leith Mac Donald, and Registrar Angela Waldron. Curator Michael Graham of the Sabbathday lake Shaker Village Library and Museum was also extremely generous in letting me make all of the decisions I thought were best for his collection. The historical information in this blog, as well as the period photographs, are taken from the extraordinary 272 full-color exhibit catalog, The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World, published by Rizzoli.