Rufus Porter: A New Exhibit Explores the Legacy of This Artist, Inventor & Publisher from Maine
This show will be live-streamed at mainepublic.org, while the impeachment proceedings air over the radio. Maine Calling is still taking calls and comments during the 1 pm show.
A new exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art celebrates the life and work of Rufus Porter, artist, inventor, polymath, musician and founder of Scientific American magazine. Porter (1792-1884) gained fame as a mural painter; his art often featured scenes of Maine, where he grew up and studied. He later patented inventions, including a revolving rifle cylinder and airships. He founded Scientific American in 1845 to encourage American innovation. We will discuss the life and breadth of work of this multi-talented Mainer.
This show is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's Bicentennial.
- Karla Leandri Rider, Executive Director, Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton
- Laura Sprague, senior consulting curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
- Justin Wolff, co-curator of the Porter exhibit at Bowdoin; professor of art history, University of Maine
- Call-in: Julie Lindberg, collector of Rufus Porter's work, and antique dealer in the decorative arts
- Welcome to the world of Rufus Porter: painter, publisher and prophetic inventor
- Rufus Porter's Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860
- About Scientific American
- In the steps of Rufus Porter, Yankee original
- Works by Rufus Porter at Project Gutenberg
- The Rufus Porter Museum Pays Tribute To Artist, Inventor
- Rufus Porter: Yankee Pioneer by Jean Lipman
- The Linda Hall Library
- The Center for Painted Wall Preservation