Gather Up The Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection
October 2009-January 2010
Gather Up the Fragments tells the story of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, some of the first and most avid collectors of Shaker material culture. The exhibition, which includes more than 200 objects—Shaker furniture, printed works, visual art, tools, textiles, and small craft-will be the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled, providing insight into the Andrews' work and helping the public to understand the Andrews' complex role as pioneers in the field of Shaker studies.
Gather Up the Fragments will examine the full scope of the Andrews' involvement with Shakerism as scholars, collectors, and dealers. The story of how the Andrews' acquired and eventually disposed of their collection is a fascinating tale of intrigue, promises made and broken, relationships, friendships, ethics, passion and scholarship.
The exhibition, which will include many rare pieces on display for the first time, will illustrate the breadth and depth of the Andrews' collecting activity which assured, as the Biblical phrase from which its title is drawn states, "that nothing be lost."
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