Harness Racing Museum Presents “The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives”

The internationally acclaimed presentation “The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives” is now on exhibit until Spring 2012. As an added bonus for museum-goers a never before seen display of the Museum’s collection of world-class historic bronze horse statues from the mid nineteenth century to the present are showcased.

Works the Trotter c.1850 and Barbary Stallion Djinn c.1846, by mid-nineteenth century Animalier sculptors Isidore Jules Bonheur and Pierre Jules Mene, enhance the Currier & Ives exhibition. Animalier is a very natural and realistic style of art, particularly sculpture that became popular beginning in 1831. Isidore Jules Bonheur (1827-1901), the brother of artist Rosa Bonheur from whose paintings Currier & Ives drew some of its famous lithographs, began exhibiting his work at the Salon in Paris in 1848. He won the Gold Medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle for his work, which ranged from domestic cattle and sheep to wild bears and horses. Pierre Jules Mene (1810-1877) was one of the most successful and prolific sculptors of the Animalier style. Bronze castings of his sculptures were sold throughout Europe and America and in 1861 Mene was awarded la grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur for his contributions to art.

Harness Racing Museum 240 Main Street Goshen, NY 10924 Phone: 845 – 294 – 6330 Fax: 845 -294 – 3463

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