BRIDGTON — The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity is pleased to announce the addition of a new interactive map to the Museum’s website. This map, developed by Grace Acton, Dorothy W. Sanborn’s 2022 summer intern, was designed to accompany the Museum’s current temporary exhibition on the travels of itinerant artists of the early 19th century, including Rufus Porter and his nephew, Jonathan D. Poor, on view through October 8.
Map users have the option to filter their search by Artwork, which visualizes the locations of all Rufus Porter School murals and portraits, along with photos of the artwork, attribution details, and information on where the art can be viewed now, or by Motifs, providing an innovative interface for folk art enthusiasts to learn more about the stylistic elements of the Porter School murals. Users can select a design and see the location of each mural that features that design, along with an image of the design.
The purpose of the tool, according to intern Grace Acton, is to encourage people to think more deeply about who painted the more than 100 unsigned Rufus Porter School murals scattered across New England. “There has always been a tendency to attribute any Porter School mural to Rufus Porter himself,” Acton explains, “but that ignores the work of other artists, like Jonathan Poor. ‘by exploring the motifs, we can better distinguish the style of each artist and correctly assign these as yet unidentified works.
The interactive map can be viewed at https://www.rufusportermuseum.org/interactive-map. To access the Museum’s website page, hover over the “Learn” tab at the top of the screen and select “Interactive Map” from the drop-down menu.
The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 8.