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Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Special Advance Screening of New Documentary and Symposium Commemorate the Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Contact:       
BJ Dunn, Superintendent, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745
Phone:  (603) 675-2175 x143, E-mail: BJ_Dunn@nps.gov

Images available upon request
Additional information at <www.nps.gov/saga>                  

 HANOVER, NH -- Marking the centennial of the sculptor’s death, a daylong commemoration of the life and work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens will be held at Dartmouth College on Friday, July 13, 2007. The events include a guided viewing of library collections, a symposium, and world film premiere. The multiple events reflect a collaboration between the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH and the Dartmouth College Library, Hood Museum of Art, and Hopkins Center. Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) is considered by many to be one of America's most important sculptors. During his career he created almost 200 works of art including such public monuments as the Shaw Memorial (Boston), the Standing Lincoln and Seated Lincoln Monuments (Chicago), the Sherman Monument and Farragut Monument (New York City), the Adams Memorial (Washington, DC), United States gold coins, bas-reliefs, medals and cameos.

Saint-Gaudens maintained a home and studios in Cornish, New Hampshire from 1885 until his death in 1907. His arrival in Cornish marked the beginning of what would become known as the Cornish Colony, an extraordinary group of visual artists, writers, architects, landscape designers, musicians, art patrons, and public figures who lived and worked in Cornish and the adjoining town of Plainfield from 1885 until roughly 1935. The sculptor’s home, studios and gardens are now a unit of the National Park Service, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

The July 13th events will begin with a guided viewing, free and open to the public, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., of the Cornish Colony Collections of the Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library.  The guided viewing will be held in the library's Ticknor Room. Featured in the collections are over seventy linear feet of Saint-Gaudens's papers, as well as collections related to other artists that comprised the Cornish Colony.

The afternoon will include a special symposium, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., free and open to the public, in at the Hood Museum of Art’s Loew Auditorium. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the Hood Museum of Art and will focus on the work and legacy of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Following a welcome by Brian Kennedy, Director of the Hood Museum of Art, and BJ Dunn, Superintendent of Saint-Gaudens NHS, the symposium will be moderated by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art, Hood Museum of Art, and Henry Duffy, Curator, Saint-Gaudens NHS. Symposium talks and speakers include:

Engaging the Viewer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Contemporary Sculpture, Kathryn Greenthal, art historian and curator, Boston, MA.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens's Diana of 1891-93: Critical and Public Response to a Singular American Nude, Jennifer Hardin, Chief Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
War Relief: Saint-Gaudens's Shaw Memorial on Boston Common and the Battle over Civil War Memory, David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
The Afterlife of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1907-1919, Thayer Tolles, Associate Curator, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The symposium will be immediately followed by a reception in the Hood’s Kim Gallery.

The day's events will conclude with the 8:00 p.m. world premiere of the new, hour-long documentary, Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture, a Hopkins Center Film Special in the Spaulding Auditorium. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Paul Sanderson, Dartmouth Class of 1978, the film tells the sculptor’s life story through the voices of art historians, with on-camera observations of the artist and his works including both historic and contemporary footage, combined with original and period music. The documentary covers Saint-Gaudens's life from his childhood in Manhattan, through his rise to prominence during the Gilded Age, to his legacy as one of this country’s greatest sculptors. Utilizing state-of-the-art high definition, wide-screen technology, the film takes advantage of the latest research about Saint-Gaudens and his art, and reveals his greatest public monuments in ways never seen before. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the director. Tickets for the film ($5) are available at the Hopkins Center Box Office at (603) 646-2422, or on-line at hop.dartmouth.edu/tickets/index.html.

The film is produced by the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial with assistance from the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Director Paul G. Sanderson has won over 30 national awards, including seven CINE Golden Eagles with films that have appeared on PBS, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, NBC, and other networks. He has been a consultant for PBS’s American Masters series. His films have been shown at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and Radio City Music Hall. Most recently he was the principal cinematographer and consultant on a two-part special for both Frontline and American Experience on the Mormon religion titled "The Mormons," which recently aired on PBS. He also produced a documentary on the pioneering Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont entitled "Wings of Madness," that was broadcast last fall on PBS's Nova.

Following the July 13, Hanover, NH, world premiere, the Saint-Gaudens documentary will be broadcast on New Hampshire Public Television in the fall of 2007. Additional regional film premieres are scheduled at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on September 7, 2007, Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 23, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art on September 30, 2007, and the Art Institute of Chicago on March 8, 2008, with other locations anticipated.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is located off NH Route 12A, just north of the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge.  The 150-acre park includes the sculptor's home, studios, and gardens and 11,000 objects within the museum collections.  Activities include summer Sunday afternoon concerts, guided tours, art exhibitions, sculpting workshops, museum shop, orientation film, and two nature trails. The park is open daily through October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Admission to the site is $5.00 per person; children 15 and under are admitted free of charge. As a National Fee Area, the National Park Pass, Federal Golden Passports, and the America the Beautiful pass are honored.  An annual park pass is also available for $25.

For information please write: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road,  Cornish, NH 03745; phone: (603) 675-2175 x 100; or visit the park’s Web site.

Last Updated: 6/28/07