Manchester, NH – Did you ever wonder how a museum chooses which works of art to display together, how they determine if the art is authentic, or if the Currier had an art collection when it first opened? Find answers to these questions and many more as the Currier Museum of Art launches its new blog The Secret Life of Art. The blog can be found on www.currier.org or http://curriermuseum.typepad.com/the_secret_life_of_art/.
The blog provides a sneak preview of the fall exhibition The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed, an exploration of the life of an art museum, which launches on October 2, 2010. The Secret Life blog, in conjunction with the exhibition, provides a glimpse into the world of museums, unlocking secrets of art along the way by showing videos and discussing topics normally only available to museum insiders.
Blog readers will experience the life of an art museum employee, hearing from curators, educators, event planners, facilities crew, security and many more staff members as they discuss their roles in making an exhibition come to life. Travel along as the assistant curator visits an artist’s studio. Be there as conservators from the Museum of Fine Arts look over the Currier’s tapestry. Get a chance to see unusual works of art from the museum’s collection that seldom see the light of day. Weekly postings including photos and video provide a rare peek into life at the Currier.
The Secret Life of Art blog and The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed promise to demystify the art museum world by providing answers to many questions regularly asked by visitors. The exhibition is unlike any other at the Currier, allowing for public input throughout the show while giving visitors a behind the scenes view of the museum. It’s not a secret anymore!
The Secret Life of Art is generously supported by Public Service of New Hampshire, Putnam Foundation, and TD Charitable Foundation.
About the Currier:
The Currier Museum of Art (www.currier.org) is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. New galleries showcase the collection of over 11,000 objects, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, and Warhol. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the engaging traveling exhibitions, a series of dynamic programs ranging from music to lectures to hands-on art-making, an expanded gift shop and an airy café filled with light and equipped with Wi-Fi. The associated Art Center offers studio classes, art camps and intensive workshops for all ages.
The Currier is located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, New Hampshire and is wheelchair accessible. Museum hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 11-5; Saturday, 10-5. Closed Tuesday. Open 11-8 the first Thursday of each month. Museum admission: adults $10; seniors $9; students $8; children under 18 free. Free to all on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To get more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.