Great art and weird finds at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont

Great art and weird finds at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont

Among the collection: a steamboat, the Ticonderoga, sits on the lush lawn



IF YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH THE TOWN OF SHELBURNE, VERMONT, THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE IT’S BECAUSE OF THE UNUSUAL MUSEUM. >> MOST MUSEUMS CLAIM TO BE UNIQUE, BUT WE ARE. >> DESCRIBING THIS MUSEUM IS A CHALLENGE, IT HAS THE FIRST MONET TO COME TO AMERICA AND THE MAYONNAISE TO COME – THOUSANDS OF HAND-ROUND CIRCUS FIGURES, NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE 500-FT CIRCUS PARADE, SCIENCE ON THE PAGE, HUNDREDS OF GLASS CANES AND STICKS WE WOULD BE UNFORTUNATE IF WE DIDN’T MENTION THE BOAT. >> THIS IS AMERICA, A. EVERY BUILDING YOU ENTER WILL FIND A LESSON ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS A COUNTRY, BOTH IN THE 19TH CENTURY AND TODAY. >> DIRECTOR OF THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM, SOMETIMES CALLED THE COLLECTION OF COLLECTIONS, THE MUSEUM IS THE LIFE’S WORK OF ELECTRET WEB. >> THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING HER IS THAT SHE NEVER BUYED ANYTHING, IF IT WAS WORTH OWNING YOU NEED TO DEEP. >> ELECTRET HAS A PRIVILEGED UPBRINGING IN NEW YORK. HER PARENTS WERE Avid ART WORSHIPERS AND EARLY COLLECTORS OF IMPRESSIONIST ART. IN FACT, THE IMPRESSIONIST EVEN PAINTED ELEKTRA AND HER MOTHER. HER PARENTS WERE LESS THAN EXCITED WHEN YOUNG ELEKTRA BROUGHT HOME A CIGAR SHOP FIGURE. >> HER MOTHER LOOKED AT HER AND SAID WHAT HAVE YOU DONE. >> AND HER MOTHER HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS NEXT. ELEKTRA BEGAN PURCHASING HUNDREDS OF VETVEGRES, CARAETS BY DOZENS, WITH HER FLAWLESS I ELEKTRA ASSEMBLE A WORLD CLASS COLLECTION OF WHAT WOULD LATER BECOME KNOWN AS FOLK ART. >> THEN IT WAS NOT RECOGNIZED AS FOLK ART, BUT SHE SAW THE BEAUTY IN EVERYDAY OBJECTS. >> LESLIE WRIGHT SAYS ELEKTRA WAS — >> SHE PUT QUILTS ON THE WALLS and people said WHAT DO QUILTS DO ON THE WALLS, but she really saw the beauty in craftsmanship. >> WHEN WEBB FOUNDED THE MUSEUM 75 YEARS AGO, SHE STARTED MOVING HISTORIC STRUCTURES ON THE 45 ACRE CAMPUS, BARNES TO COVER BRIDGES, THEN SHE GOT WHAT WAS EVEN FOR HER CRAZY IDEA. >> ENTER TICONDEROGA. >> RYAN MILLER WAS AN UNWANTED TRANSPLANT FROM NEW YORK AND LIVED NEARBY FOR YEARS BEFORE HE WAS EVEN INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY MUSEUM DOWN THE ROAD. >> THEN I SAW A PHOTO OF THE BOAT, TICONDEROGA, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MUSEUM. I WAS LIKE WAIT A SECOND I HAVE TO STOP EATING ABOUT THIS. >> THE TICONDEROGA WAS THE LAST PARAT ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN IN 1954. IT MADE ITS LAST JOURNEY, A TWO-MILE, THREE-MONTH JOURNEY OVER SPECIALLY LAYED ROADS TO ITS PRESENT HOME AT THE MUSEUM PARK. MILLER JUMPED TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE MUSEUM AND A FULL FAN OF ELECTRA. >> THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE COLLECTOR AND I’M — I REALLY WISH IT WAS AROUND SO WE COULD ASK FOR EACH OTHER. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ELEKTRA BECAUSE THIS IS A STRANGE SITUATION. >> YOU COULD SAY MILLER IS AN APPRECIATOR OF THE WEIRD. >> I THINK THERE ARE THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PEOPLE PER POPULATION. >> HIS BLOG WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD, A CELEBRATION OF THE UNUSUAL AND OFF-CENTERED A FEW YEARS AGO, MILLER EXPLORED SIMILAR THEMES ON HIS PUBLIC TELEVISION SHOW, BECOMING FRIENDS WITH RYAN MILLER. >> HELLO EVERYBODY, THIS IS RYAN MILLER, ON TODAY’S EPISODE WE’RE GOING TO TALK WITH ALAN. >> OVER 12 EPISODES MILLER SEARCHES FOR HIGH FUNCTIONAL WEIRDS, INVENTORS, ARTISTS AND UNUSUAL PERFORMERS. >> THAT’S MY WHOLE CONCERT, HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL PARTIES AND WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PLACES. THESE ARE MY TWO PASSIONS. >> THIS IS NOT MILLER’S ONLY CONCERT, WHEN HE’S NOT CHASING WEIRDS, HE HAS THE LEADER OF THE ROCK BAND AUGUSTA. >> IN NEW YORK AND LA, MY FRIENDS ARE ARTISTS, WRITERS, ACTORS, MUSICIANS AND THAT’S A DEEP WELL OF THESE PEOPLE. IT’S VERY WILD HERE. >> MILLER ASSESSED THAT AMONG HIS VERMONT FRIENDS ARE WEIRDS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, FARMERS, PHYSICISTS, SOME OF WHICH HE MET ON HIS TELEVISION SHOW. NOW THAT IT’S FINDING ITS PEOPLE, VERMONT FEELS A LOT MORE LIKE HOME. >> IT FEELS COOLER THAN LA LEVEL CELEBRITIES, NO OFFENSE MAYBE LA CELEBRITY FRIENDS. >> RYAN MILLER’S MOVE TO VERMONT WAS PROMOTED BY HIS WIFE, WHO IS FROM VERMONT, AFTER THEIR CHILDREN WERE BORN. >> HIS BAND IS ON THE WEST COAST TOUR AND WILL BE AT CARNEGY HALL IN NEW YORK THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AND WE CAN ONLY HOPE HE’S BACK

Great art and weird finds at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont

Among the collection: a steamboat, the Ticonderoga, sits on the lush lawn

The Shelburne Museum is a complete and completely mind-blowing experience. A collection of collections, the Museum is one of the most important repositories of American folk art anywhere. It is the visionary creation of founder Electra Havemeyer Webb. And that doesn’t even include Monet, Manet, the works of Degas, Corot, and of course Ticonderoga.

The Shelburne Museum is a complete and completely mind-blowing experience.

A A collection of collections, The museum is one of the most important repositories of American folk art anywhere. It is the visionary creation of founder Electra Havemeyer Webb. And that doesn’t even include Monet, Manet, the works of Degas, Corot, and of course Ticonderoga. [favorite of Ryan Miller of Guster]

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