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October schedule of events at the Currier Museum of Art

MANCHESTER, NH— On October 2 the Currier Museum of Art launches The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed, an exploration of the life of an art museum. The exhibition gives a glimpse into the world of museums, unlocking secrets from the Currier’s own collection of art along the way. Visit this fall to get a behind-the-scenes view of the museum. It’s not a secret anymore!

The museum’s entrance is located at 150 Ash Street and parking is available in the on-site lot. Museum hours are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday - Friday 11 am–5 pm, Saturday 10 am–5 pm, open the first Thursday of each month 11 am–8 pm, and closed Tuesday. Admission to the museum is always free for children 17 and under, and every Saturday from 10 am–noon admission is free to everyone.

The Currier Art Center offers art classes and vacation camps for all ages.

To find more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.

OCTOBER

Public Guided Tours Tours are offered daily, and highlight the history of the museum, the collection, and special exhibitions. Public tours are free with museum admission. Beginning Wednesday, October 13, Welcome to the Currier: Highlights of the Collection and an introduction to the special exhibition The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed tour times: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm.

Zimmerman House ticketed tours Take a tour of the Zimmerman House and learn more about this Frank Lloyd Wright treasure! A Zimmerman House Tour provides visitors with a 90 minute tour of the house with information about the Zimmermans’ life in the 1950s and 60s, and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. These tours are offered Mondays and Fridays at 2 pm, Thursdays at 11:30 am and 2 pm, Saturdays at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, and Sundays at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Zimmerman House public tours are free for museum members. Reservations are required.

Private Group Tours Full-length tours, or 1-hour, introductory “Highlights” tours of the house can also be scheduled throughout the week and on weekends. Zimmerman House private tours are now available in Spanish!

For more information about tour schedules, tickets, and offerings, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108. Assistive listening systems are available for all public and private tours.

An Exhibition in the Currier Museum Community Gallery Mentors and Masters at the Currier Museum Art Center On view through November 29 Since 2006, the Art Center has hosted many memorable learning opportunities for students, young and old, to work directly with some of our regions best known working artists and teachers. This exhibition highlights a selection of those special moments when “Artist Mentors” have worked closely with our young students to create ambitious community projects, and “Master Artists” have inspired teen and adult students by working side by side with them in dynamic studio-based learning labs. Works and projects by Marek Bennett, Neva Cole, Richard Haynes Jr., Cheryl Holbert, Jon Imber, Jimmy Leslie, Bruce McColl and John O’Shaughnessy will be on view.

Currier Museum Art Center Master Class with Jon Imber Painting from Nature: Taking Risks Saturday, October 2 from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday, October 3 from 11 am-4 pm Join notable oil painter, Jon Imber, in this exciting workshop for intermediate to advanced level students. Jon will spend two days with his students, working directly from nature, inspiring them to take risks with their work. Use this time to approach your painting vision with fresh eyes! Workshop includes individual and group critiques, and a painting demonstration by Jon. Continental breakfast and boxed lunch provided on Saturday and boxed lunch provided on Sunday. Materials are not provided. A supply list is available and art supplies are available at the Museum Shop at a 20% student discount. Cost is $250 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

Four Seasons at the Zimmerman House Thursday, October 7 Tours start at 5 and 6:30 pm Music was a passion and great influence on Frank Lloyd Wright and his clients, Lucille and Isadore Zimmerman. The Four Seasons evenings at the Zimmerman House allow visitors to share in this interest. Each season the museum hosts an evening of wine and cheese at the museum, tours of the Zimmerman House, and live music in the house’s garden room. $20 for members, $30 for non-members. For more information on each evening’s schedule, and to make a reservation, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.

First Thursday: Behind the Scenes – Art Theft Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 pm Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on art theft in museums. Special Agent Geoffrey J. Kelly, the lead investigator on the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist case will discuss the FBI’s Art Crime Team and how they work internationally to recover stolen art. Anthony Amore, Gardner director of security and the museum’s investigator on the case, will join Agent Kelly. Currier Director of Facilities Operations, Nelson Goddard, will introduce the talk. This program is free with museum admission.

Focus Tour – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food and Spirits in Art Friday, October 8 at 11:30 am These special tours offer visitors in-depth gallery discussions on a particular theme, work of art, or artist, and this fall there are many great tours to choose from! Today’s tour will be led by Docent Pauline Bogaert. Free with museum admission.

Family Saturday: The Shape Game Saturday, October 9 from 10 am-1 pm Spend some quality family time at the Currier the second Saturday of every month. Participate in hands-on art activities, go on a guided family gallery walk (11:30 am), visit the Discovery Gallery, or use a family gallery guide. Museum admission is free from 10 am to 12 pm.

Currier Museum Art Center Workshop Ceramic Social: Bowls and Platters Saturday, October 9 from 1-4 pm Join us for this afternoon social and learn how to make bowls and platters in all shapes and sizes, custom designed for your favorite meals! Teens and adults can experiment with different techniques such as pinching, coiling, and using molds. All levels of experience are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $60 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

Zimmerman House Focus Tour – Evolution of Design at the Zimmerman House Sunday, October 10 at 3 pm These 90 minute tours are designed for guests who have already visited the Zimmerman House and would like to examine specific, changing topics connected to the house, the Zimmermans, or the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Focus Tours include a brief, general introduction to the house, and then focus on a specific topic of interest. Today’s tour is led by Docent Judy Ransmeier. Reservations required. $20 for Adults; $19 for Seniors; $16 for Students; $8 for Children 7-17; FREE for members. Make your reservations at www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.

Behind the Scenes in 15 Minutes! Saturday, October 16 at 11:30 am Get a glimpse of the museum through the eyes of the people who know its inner workings! These 15-minute tours are designed to give you a glimpse into an aspect of the museum. Today’s tour will be led by Roger Pascoe, a Museum Security Officer. Every Saturday you can enjoy free admission from 10 am-noon.

Currier Museum Art Center Children and Parent Workshop A Day to Play in Clay: Clay Pumpkins Saturday, October 16 from 1-3 pm Get ready for Halloween and construct a clay pumpkin lantern out of earthenware clay, using coil and slab techniques. Projects will be glazed and fired. Cost is $40 for 1 parent/child (ages 5+), $55 for 2 children. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

Currier Museum Art Center Workshop Comics in the Museum Saturday, October 16 from noon-4 pm Preteens and teens will create bold new comics inspired by the museum’s collection! Bring original voices and action out of our great works of art – old and new – and work your creations into a self-published mini-comic book. Whether you love graphic novels or manga, or even if you’ve never drawn a comic before, this workshop will help you bring exciting new perspectives to your artwork. No comics experience required. Cost is $40 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

Currier Museum Art Center Workshop Mat Cutting Workshop Saturday, October 16 from 1-4 pm Does the idea of choosing and cutting mats seem daunting? In this workshop you will learn to choose and cut mats with confidence as you discover the basics of mat design, types of mat , and how to cut single and double mats. Bring two or more pieces of flat art you wish to mat and go home with them matted and ready to be framed! Students are provided with 2 full sheets of archival mat board and 1 full sheet of archival foam board to take home! Cost is $95 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

ARTalk: How the Currier Collects Sunday, October 17 Learn about strategies the Currier uses to expand the collection, how the museum navigates the ever-changing art market and the goals for future acquisitions from Director Susan Strickler, Director of Collections and Exhibitions Andrew Spahr, and Trustee Kendra O’Donnell. Professional development hours are available. Free with museum admission.

New Parent Gallery Talk: The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed Thursday, October 21 from 11 am-noon Being a new parent is tough. That’s why we’ve set aside this special time for you and your little one(s). Come each month for a themed tour of the museum, meet other new parents and their babies, and perhaps stop by the café afterwards for lunch. Bottle feeding and nursing are allowed in the galleries, as well as single strollers, and front carriers. Free with museum admission. Children 17 and under always enjoy free admission.

Focus Tour – Sugar and Spice, Naughty and Nice: Representations of Childhood Friday, October 22 at 12:30 pm These special tours offer visitors in-depth gallery discussions on a particular theme, work of art, or artist, and this fall there are many great tours to choose from! Today’s tour will be led by Docents Jean McGiffin and Kim Tyndall. Free with museum admission.

Currier Museum Art Center Children and Parent Workshop Monster Cartooning with Jerry Holbert Saturday, October 23 from 1-3 pm Join Editorial Cartoonist Jerry Holbert for an afternoon of outrageous monster-making! Students will draw creatures of all varieties, shapes and sizes while learning the basics of cartooning. Open to beginner and experienced artists. Cost is $20 per student (children ages 6+ to adults). Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

ARTalk: Museums in a Changing Society – Five Perspectives Sunday, October 24 at 3 pm Film screening at 1 pm Panel discussion at 2 pm Can an institution without a collection be a museum? Are museums about preserving the past or educating for the future? Or both? Join us for this intriguing look into the evolving roles of museums in America through the perspectives of nationally-regarded professionals. View the 1-hour documentary Riches, Rivals, and Radicals: 100 Years of Museum in America. Then stay for a provocative discussion that delves into the many issues surrounding the purpose and advancement of museums, and ask your questions! The panel will be moderated by Marjorie Schwarzer, head of the museum studies department at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA, and includes Walter Denny, professor of Islamic art and museum studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Douglas Evelyn, museum consultant and long-time senior staff at the Smithsonian Institution; Larry Yerdon, president of the Strawberry Banke Museum; and the Currier’s director, Susan Strickler. Books published by the panelists will be available for purchase in the gift shop and a book signing will follow the program. Professional development hours are available. Free with museum admission.

Focus Tour – Sugar and Spice, Naughty and Nice: Representations of Childhood Friday, October 24 at 3 pm These special tours offer visitors in-depth gallery discussions on a particular theme, work of art, or artist, and this fall there are many great tours to choose from! Today’s tour will be led by Docents Jean McGiffin and Kim Tyndall. Free with museum admission.

Storytime in the Gallery Monday, October 25 at 11:30 am Looking for a way to introduce your preschooler to art? Come to the Currier for an art-related story read by a children’s librarian from Manchester City, followed by a gallery talk about the “Artwork of the Day”. Recommended for ages 3 to 5, but all are welcome. Today, listen to the story Ella’s Trip to the Museum, by Elaine Clayton and look at The Secret Life of Art exhibition. Free with museum admission. Children 17 and under always enjoy free admission.

Currier Museum Art Center Master Class with Bruce McColl Watercolor and Pastel Painting: The Figure Wednesdays, October 27-December 8 from 6:30-9 pm Inspired by the Fall exhibition Semblances of Life: Paintings by Bruce McColl at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center, Saint Anselm College, students will discover the virtues of painterly watercolor and pastel painting while working from the figure. Rooted in the traditions of modernism and inspired by painters such as Van Gogh, Matisse, and De Kooning, Bruce will challenge students to broaden their perspective on the figurative tradition using fauvist color and cubist structures. Students will work expressively with these pure and rich media while pushing their skills to new painterly heights. This course is suited for students with experience in pastel or watercolor painting. Materials are not provided. A supply list is available and art supplies are available at the Museum Shop at a 20% student discount. Cost is $250 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

Behind the Scenes in 15 Minutes! Saturday, October 30 at 11:30 am Get a glimpse of the museum through the eyes of the people who know its inner workings! These 15-minute tours are designed to give you a glimpse into an aspect of the museum. Today’s tour will be led by Sky Emmons-Shaw, Assistant Preparator. Every Saturday you can enjoy free admission from 10 am-noon.

Currier Museum Art Center Workshop Earrings in a Day! Saturday, October 30 from 10 am-3 pm Using wire and some sheet metal, teens and adults will bend, twist, wrap, coil and hammer delightful earrings that you can wear. Using a variety of wire, mostly copper, brass and silver, we will use a few hand tools to shape the wire into curlicues, squiggles, and hoops. By incorporating beads, we can add color. No prior jewelry experience needed. Bring a lunch. Cost is $70 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

Zimmerman House Photographer’s Tour Sunday, October 31 at 3 pm Join us for a special 2-hour Photographer’s Tour of the Zimmerman House, which will highlight the Zimmermans’ love of photography and allow plenty of time for visitors to photograph the exterior of the house. Reservations are required. For more information about tour schedules, tickets, and offerings, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108. Assistive listening systems are available for all public and private tours.

About the Currier The Currier Museum of Art (www.currier.org) in Manchester, NH 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 new café filled with light and equipped with WiFi.

The associated Art Center offers studio classes, art camps and intensive workshops for all ages. The museum also owns the Zimmerman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, complete with the original furnishings and the owners' fine art collection. The Zimmerman House is the only Wright-designed house in New England open for public tours which are offered April – December. To book a tour or get more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, x108.

Contact: Neva Cole Communications Assistant Currier Museum of Art 603.669.6144 x174 ncole@currier.org

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