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December 2017 Schedule of Events at the Currier Museum of Art

MANCHESTER, NH — Visit The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec through January 7, 2018. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s instantly recognizable posters are fixtures on the walls of millions of homes worldwide. Although the original works of art are more than 100 years old, their continued prevalence is a reminder of the influence he continues to have on art, and especially graphic design. Lautrec’s often-colorful lithographs reveal the enduring beauty of Paris. They also feature the city’s shadowy figures, whose lives the artist celebrated through his art. Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Currier’s exclusive New England presentation will present more than 100 posters, prints and illustrated books. $5 special exhibition charge applies for those not-yet-members who are 13 years and older.

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FEATURED EVENT

Noon Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 31, 10 am to 3 pm

Northern New England’s biggest family-friendly New Year’s Eve event gets better every year. Ring in 2018 a few hours early at the Currier Museum of Art’s annual Noon Year’s Eve party! Enjoy art-making, outdoor activities, face painting, live entertainment, kid-friendly food, and more. Wrap up a day of celebrations with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop. Dress in your party best and celebrate the New Year at the Currier! Cheers! Tickets on sale at Currier.org. *The Museum will be open exclusively for this event.

 

Focus Tour: The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec in French

Saturday, December 2, 11:30 am

Explore the outstanding graphic work of Toulouse-Lautrec from the collections of the Museum of Modern Art while brushing up on your French. Travel vicariously to the café-concerts of fin-de-siècle Paris as we discuss Lautrec’s pioneering lithographic output and engagement with Japanese woodblock prints, period fashions, and the era’s star performers.

Currier After Hours: Parisian Soiree

Thursday, December 7, 6 to 9 pm

Join us for a soiree that explores Parisian night life. Enjoy tours of The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec, music by accordionist J.E. Cross, a performance by local dance company Dimensions in Dance, and a champagne seminar* (reservation required). A cash bar and full menu are available at the Winter Garden Café. General Admission applies. A $5 special exhibition charge applies for those not-yet-members who are 13 years and older to view The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec. *Registration required.

 

Makers Day at the Art Center

Saturday, December 9, 9:30 am to 3 pm

Take a break from it all and join us at the Art Center for a relaxing art-making day. Create fun and useful art pieces to give as gifts or use for yourself to complement the season. Select from a variety of art workshops offered during three separate time slots throughout the day. Enjoy Painted Canvas Placemats and Place Cards, Felt Stockings, and Pattern, Doodle and Tangle Squares from 9:30 am to 11 am. Alcohol Ink Tiles and Painted Ornaments from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Also explore Gift Bags, Tags and Cards, Painted Ornaments, and Felt Stockings from 1:30 to 3 pm. $15 per workshop. Preregistration is required at currier.org/art-center/programs/. Call 603-518-4922 or email artcenter@currier.org for more information.

Free New Hampshire Second Saturday

Saturday, December 9, 10 am to noon

New Hampshire residents receive free museum general admission before noon, courtesy of The Botnick Family Foundation and E&R Laundry and Dry Cleaners. Stop by to browse the galleries and enjoy creative studio.

 

Creative Studio: Poster Design

Saturday, December 9, 10 am to 1 pm

Free admission for NH residents: 10 am to noon

Explore the posters and beautiful designs in the special exhibition, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec then design your own poster using simple printmaking techniques. Adults and children are welcome to drop by one of the Museum’s studio spaces to participate. Sponsored by the Botnick Family Foundation and E&R Laundry and Dry Cleaning.

 

Caroling in the Galleries

Saturday, December 9, noon to 1:30 pm

Free admission for NH residents: 10 am to noon

The Manchester Choral Society is back for another season of caroling! Drop by the Museum to enjoy their beautiful voices as you stroll through the galleries or enjoy a full menu in the Winter Garden Café. Free with general admission, $5 special exhibition charge for Not-Yet-Members to view The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec. Come early to participate in an art making activity, 10 am to 1 pm.

 

Second Sunday Jazz Brunch
Sunday, December 10, 10 am to 2 pm

Enjoy a delicious brunch while talented local jazz musicians entertain you. For the full menu, visit Currier.org/visit/cafe. Reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing JazzBrunch@Currier.org or by calling 603.669.6144, x191 during museum hours. $19.95 for adults; $6.95 for children 10 and under; $8.95 continental only. Price does not include general admission to the galleries.

 

Focus Tour: The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec

Sunday, December 10, 11:30 am

Enjoy a tour of Lautrec’s often-colorful lithographs of Paris and the city’s shadowy figures, whose lives the artist celebrated through his art. Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, this exhibition is not to be missed. This program is free with your paid General Admission ticket. A $5 special exhibition charge applies for those not-yet-members who are 13 years and older to view The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec.

 

Alzheimer’s Café

Wednesday, December 13, 2 to 3:30 pm

The Alzheimer’s Café is an opportunity for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia – along with their loved ones and caregivers – to enjoy art and good company in a safe space. FREE to attend, no RSVP required. Supported by the Bruce and Rose Marie McColl Family.

 

FREE Lautrec Late Night: Draft and Draw

Thursday, December 14, 5 to 9 pm

Join the Currier for a hands-on drawing workshop. Explore the galleries with a teaching artist, then head to the Winter Garden Café to learn basic drawing skills while enjoying a pint or two. Drawing not your thing? Kick back and relax while enjoying Academy Award winning film Moulin Rouge (2001). A cash bar and full menu are available at the Winter Garden Café, along with a specialty cocktail. Free General Admission. A $5 special exhibition charge applies for those not-yet-members who are 13 years and older to view The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec.

 

Film Series: Moulin Rouge (2001)

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm

Moulin Rouge (2001), run time 2 hr 7 min – A poet falls for a beautiful performer and courtesan in this genre-bending musical. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec features is among a memorable case of characters in this extravagant musical film by Baz Luhrmann.

 

Focus Tour: Winter Wonderlands in the Currier Collection

Sunday, December 17, 2 pm

Enjoy a tour of the Museum’s collection that focuses on majestic images of winter and weather in the Currier Collection.

Zimmerman House Public Tours

Through January 7

Purchase tickets today to explore the Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House. Tours provide visitors with a 90-minute exploration of the house with information about Wright’s architecture, the commission and design of the house, and details about the Zimmermans, who lived in the house for 36 years. Public tours are offered through the week except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Available times are 11:15 and 1:15, and on Saturdays and Sundays we also offer a 3:15 pm tour. Reservations are required. $25 Adults; $24 Seniors (65+); $16 Students; $10 Children 7 to 17; $10 for Museum members. Tickets include admission to the Currier Museum. All Zimmerman House tours begin at the Currier.

Currier Museum Art Center

Winter Term

Discover your passion and get creative at the Currier Museum Art Center. Join us for courses and workshops for every age and skill-level. We offer training in a variety of artistic media including paint, clay, glass, photography, and more. More information online at: CURRIER.ORG/art-center/programs. Call 603.669.6144, x122 or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.

Visitor Information

The Museum’s entrance is located at 150 Ash Street and free parking is available in the on-site lot. Museum hours are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm during Currier After Hours events, typically the first Thursday of each month. Closed Tuesdays and December 25. General Admission to the Museum is always free for children 12 and younger, Museum Members, and all active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. Special exhibition charges still apply.
More information at CURRIER.ORG or call 603.669.6144, x108.