Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection was a successful and comprehensive exhibit while on view at HSV during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. This exhibit began traveling in 2011, visiting a series of venues through late 2013. See below for the current schedule of exhibiting locations.
Faith and Edward Deming Andrews were among the first to recognize the unique contributions of the Shakers to American culture. The story of how they acquired and eventually disposed of their collection is a fascinating tale of intrigue, relationships, friendships, ethics, passion and scholarship.
From the 1920s through the 1960s, Faith and Edward Deming Andrews actively pursued Shaker objects, collecting mainly from the Shakers themselves. Their efforts resulted in numerous publications, nearly all of which were pioneering scholarly works that examined multiple facets of Shaker life, and launched the field of Shaker studies. Perhaps their primary legacy is two major collections of Shaker materials. These collections, consisting of Shaker manuscripts, printed works, visual art, furniture, textiles, and small craft, comprise the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled. Hancock was the primary recipient of the portion of the Andrews Shaker Collection which consisted of furniture, textiles, the important so-called “Gift Drawings” including the now-iconic “Tree of Life” image, and household objects.
At least 250 pieces will be included in the exhibition, including loaned objects from private collections and pieces from Winterthur and the Museum of American Decorative Arts in Bath, England. Specific objects, particularly those whose acquisition was documented by Faith Andrews in her book Fruits of the Shaker Tree of Life, will be exhibited in the context of their addition to the Andrews Collection. Gather Up the Fragments will delve respectfully into the Andrews personal interactions with specific Shakers.
Objects in the exhibition include several of the iconic Shaker Gift Drawings, but also textiles, baskets, plain furniture and rare decorative pieces never before exhibited publicly.
Schedule of remaining venues:
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
October 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
September – November, 2013