Jane Bianco and the Rockefeller tapestry PHOTO COURTESY OF JANE BIANCO

Rockefeller tapestry talk planned



MOUNT DESERT — Jane Bianco, associate curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum, will give a lecture titled “American Modern: Marguerite Zorach and the Rockefeller Tapestry” at the Northeast Harbor Library on Monday, Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m.

This illustrated presentation featuring the history and the significance of this unique family portrait is in memory of David Rockefeller.

Monumental in concept and scale, Marguerite Zorach’s embroidered portrait, “The Family of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. at their Summer Home, Seal Harbor, Maine 1929-1932,” features emblematic references to family members and their recreational pastimes in and around The Eyrie, their Seal Harbor residence. The tapestry is a celebration of the Rockefeller vision that helped shape Acadia National Park and preserve the beauty of Mount Desert Island for future generations.

Zorach (1887-1968) grew up in Fresno, Calif., attended Stanford University and, during nearly four years as a student and traveler abroad, was stirred by French Fauvism and other avant-garde movements in Europe. She studied painting in Paris and exhibited her work there. She travelled throughout Europe, the Near East and Asia, gaining insight into global cultures and design. She met her future husband, artist William Zorach, in Paris, and in 1922, the year of her return to America, the couple married and made their home in Greenwich Village, N.Y., venturing forth as artists into the cultural scene there.

Not seen in a museum for more than 50 years, the tapestry will be on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland through 2017.

Space is limited.