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Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection
'Wooden plates and bowls,' early 19th century '(Left) Dining Chair and (Right) Work Chair,' ca.1820, Mount Lebanon, NY 'Blue Coat,' ca. 1840, wool 'Kerchief,' mid-19th Century, textile

SUMMARY

Gather up the fragments that remain, that
nothing be lost.

—John 6:12, King James Version

Gather Up the Fragments tells the story of the first and most avid collectors of the Shaker art—Faith and Edward Deming Andrews. This exhibition of approximately 190 objects—including craft, and household objects such as textiles, baskets, kitchen implements, and furniture—is the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled, providing insight into the Andrews’ complex role as pioneers in the field of Shaker studies.

Organized by Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, this exhibition examines the full scope of the Andrews’ involvement with Shakerism—as scholars, collectors, and dealers. From the 1920s through the 1960s, they actively pursued Shaker objects, collecting mainly from the Shakers themselves. Through careful documentation and scholarship, they have illuminated these materials, and their collection has bequeathed to future generations the most comprehensive body of evidence on the culture of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing.

“...Gather Up the Fragments is a journey into the psyche of men and women living their calling with intent, dreaming of Heaven on Earth and dedicating themselves to using every fiber of themselves to make that happen...(it) is a sobering reminder of what human beings have allowed to slip away in his quest to take dominion over the earth. The exhibit invites one to take a moment and take it all in while we are screaming at the microwave to hurry up. The tradition of the Shakers is an example of the good that can be evident in man when he takes the time and effort to make it happen.”

- F. Daniel Kent, excerpt from Now Hear This! blog


SPECIFICATIONS

Number of Works: Approximately 190 objects including furniture, textiles, household objects, and reproductions of Gift drawings
Curator: Christian Goodwillie, former curator of Hancock Shaker Village
Organized by: Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Approximate size: 3,500 square feet
Security: Moderate security
Fee: $32,000 plus outgoing shipping
Reduced Fee: $25,000 plus outgoing shipping, for 12 weeks, July 2014 to September 2014
Shipping: IA&A makes all arrangements; exhibitors pay round trip shipping costs within the contiguous US
Booking Time: 12 weeks
Publication: Companion book of same title features entire Andrews collection published by Yale University Press
Tour: February 2011 – December 2015, with possibility for extension
Availability: July 2014 – September 2014; June 2015 – December 2015
Contact: Beth Pacentrilli

 


TOUR SCHEDULE

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
February 3, 2011 - April 23, 2011

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
May 20, 2011 - August 21, 2011

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
November 27, 2011 - February 5, 2012

The Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
March 2, 2012 - April 19, 2012

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
July 3, 2012 - October 28, 2012

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
November 17, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA
September 1, 2013 - December 1, 2013

Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
February 14, 2015 - May 9, 2015


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      Gather Up the Fragments at the Portland Museum of Art, ME
      WCSH Channel 6