Wolff discusses Rufus Porter, exhibit on Maine Calling
Justin Wolff, professor of art history at the University of Maine, appeared on Maine Calling to talk about Rufus Porter and the Porter exhibit he co-curated at Bowdoin College. Porter (1792–1884), was an artist, inventor, polymath, musician and founder of “Scientific American” magazine. He gained fame as a mural painter; his art often featured scenes of Maine, where he grew up and studied. He later patented inventions, including a revolving rifle cylinder and airships. He founded ‘Scientific American” in 1845 to encourage American innovation. Wolff and other featured guests discussed his life and the breadth of work. The show was part of Maine Calling’s ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine’s Bicentennial.