When New York photographer Xiomáro arrived at Weir Farm National Historic Site as an Artist-in-Residence in March 2011, winter still maintained a firm grasp on the landscape. The photographer set out to capture the beauty of the property, resulting in an exhibition currently on display at Weir Farm National Historic Site entitled Weir Farm – “The Great Good Place.” The thirteen photographs in the exhibit document the progression from the “moody shadows of winter to the colorful hints of early spring.”
For Xiomáro, the images in this exhibit “pay homage to the ‘spirit’ of J. Alden Weir,” and “celebrate the beauty” of his homestead, a spot Weir called “The Great Good Place.”
Included in the exhibit are four interior photographs, all titled Weir Was Here. Xiomáro pulled this small sampling of photographs from a much larger collection commissioned by the National Park Service in the summer of 2011, which aimed to document the Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio before their restoration and historic refurnishing. These images serve as a preview of the next exhibit that will be on display beginning in January 2012.
Weir Farm – “The Great Good Place” can be viewed in the Burlingham House Visitor Center, Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., now through December 31. Xiomáro will present two gallery talks about his photographs, The Gift of Weir , on Sunday, November 20 and Saturday, December 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Burlingham House Visitor Center. There is no fee to participate in the gallery talks, but registration is required. For more information on the exhibit, or to register for one of the gallery talks, please call (203) 834-1896 x12.
To learn more about Xiomáro and his photography, visit www.xiomaro.com
Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, the 60-acre farm, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call (203) 834-1896.