HSV Traveling Exhibits

Occasionally our exhibits leave Hancock Shaker Village and travel afar. Below please find information about our current roster of exhibitions that have recently travelled around the country or are scheduled to in the near future.

All exhibitions listed below are available to rent. Please contact Lesley Herzberg, curator, for more information

A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA

This Hancock Shaker Village-organized exhibition, comprised of 187 objects with illustrated 239-page book, presents black and white photographs of Shaker settlements, architecture, and artifacts. The images poignantly document discreet communities and Depression-era America. Further, this exhibition showcases the previously unrecognized and little known work of Noel Vicentini (1906-1963), head of photography in New York City for the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Index of American Design.

As a government employee in the summer of 1936, Vicentini traveled in the northeast and documented Shaker life.  He produced an Index of American Design Shaker portfolio (full sets now in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC). The 187 works in this exhibition depict three Shaker villages: Hancock, MA, Mount Lebanon, NY and Watervliet, NY. Vicentini’s realistic photographs depict stark, black and white scenes of disintegrating buildings, aging sisters, and distinctive objects in aesthetic settings. (It is no wonder that Charles Sheeler was a fan of the Shakers.) Complimenting the framed photographs are a select group of Shaker artifacts, which allows venues the opportunity to recreate Vicentini’s images as separate vignettes and incorporate iconic Shaker furniture into the exhibition.

Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA (organizer)

May 2012-October 2013

New York State Museum, Albany, NY

February 14, 2015-March 6, 2016

Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program, Albany, NY

January 25 – July 25, 2019

The Shakers: Decoding an Identity

Objects can tell a story if you look closely enough, and know what to look for. This exhibit explores the innovative designs of the Shakers and educates viewers about details that can illuminate the culture of one of America’s longest-lived communal societies. Topics include self-sufficiency, materials, and function among others.

McLachlan Woodworking Museum, Kingston, Ontario

May 3 – September 4, 2016

Living Designs & Shared Values: Highlights from the Jane P. Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection

Thanks to a generous gift from the Fitzpatrick family, Hancock Shaker Village is now home to a wonderful collection of American quilts. This exhibit showcases the highlights of that collection, tracing the history of quilting, the familiar patterns, and explores women’s arts and entrepreneurship. 

Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA (organizer)

June 10 – October 30, 2016




For information, email Sarah Margolis-Pineo or by phone 413.443.0188 x232.