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Fight off cabin fever and explore our editors' favorite virtual tours and video series

In a world that is challenging us to shift our daily habits, lifestyles, and environments, we are learning to adapt. We are confronted with a “new normal” and being asked to find rapid solutions to unforeseen problems. While we practice social distancing and sheltering in place, there are a multitude of ways to experience art and culture, right at our fingertips.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Skirting the Line | virtual tour
The works of five contemporary painters are presented in an exhibition that touches on the boundaries of abstraction and representation. Artists Meghan Brady, Inka Essenhigh, Tracy Miller, Anne Neely, and Hannah Secord Wade each bring a unique language to the exhibition; new forms of landscape, still life, and figure are explored through different techniques. Experience the cohesive installment that stretches the limits of abstraction and representation through a virtual tour that lets you get up close and personal with every work of art.

Portland Museum of Art
Video series & films
The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has a variety of offer-ings through videos and films. In two video offerings, the PMA discusses works by Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe in Taber-nacles for Trying Times. One video, Art from Home, teaches viewers about slow art. The average museum goer looks at a piece of art for only roughly eight seconds, but Art from Home asks engaging questions and challenges the viewer to decipher the deeper meaning behind a piece of art. A third video offers art lessons for families with children at home. Through PMA Films, viewers can screen works by local and emerging filmmakers, and watch conversations with documentary subjects, scholars, and filmmakers. 

Farnsworth Art Museum
Farnsworth Homestead | virtual tours 
The 1850 Greek Revival Farnsworth Homestead once belonged to the museum’s original benefactor, Lucy Farnsworth. She left a sizeable estate to establish the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum in memory of her father, William A. Farnsworth. Lucy also recognized the historical importance and educational value of her home and instructed that it be maintained and opened to the public. The homestead remains as it was when Lucy Farnsworth lived there until her death in 1935. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
#WrightVirtualVisits | virtual tours
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most important architects of the twentieth century. While his iconic sites are closed in the fight against COVID-19, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has teamed up with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration to offer virtual tours of 12 of Wright’s iconic sites. Every Thursday at 1 p.m. eastern time, #WrightVirtualVisits is sharing a video tour of a participating site via social media. Discover and explore iconic pieces of history without ever leaving home.

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