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February events at Currier Museum of Art

Currier Museum of Art January 2009 Schedule of Events

MANCHESTER— Visit the Currier Museum of Art for your last chance to see Andy Warhol’s paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs of political figures. The exhibition Andy Warhol: Pop Politics closes January 4, 2009. On view through February 1, is the first exhibition in the new series Spotlight New England. Kirsten Reynolds’s dynamic architectural installation is her most ambitious project to date, using boldly patterned structures that appear frozen in a moment of simultaneous collapse and construction. The New Hampshire Art Association’s Sixty-First Currier Exhibition, which features art by some of New Hampshire’s most accomplished artists, opens on January 17 and is on view through February 16.


The museum’s entrance is located at 150 Ash Street and parking is available in the new parking lot. Museum hours are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday - Friday 11a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., open the first Thursday of each month 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and closed Tuesday. Admission to the museum is always free for children 17 and under, and every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 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, ext. 108.

JANUARY

Zimmerman House ticketed tours

The Zimmerman House closes for the season after Sunday, January 4, 2009. Take one of the last tours of this winter season during the first weekend in January, and learn more about this Frank Lloyd Wright treasure!

Public tours are available on Friday, January 2nd at 2pm; Saturday, January 3rd at 10:30am and 12:30pm; and Sunday, January 4th at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Zimmerman House public tours are free for museum members.

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.

Public Guided Tours

Tours are offered daily, and highlight either the museum’s permanent collection or the current special exhibition. Public tours are free with museum admission. Welcome to the Currier: Highlights of the Collection tour times are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:30 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., Sundays at 1 p.m., and the First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The last tour of Andy Warhol: Pop Politics is Friday, January 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Exhibition - Andy Warhol: Pop Politics

CLOSES Sunday, January 4, 2009

Andy Warhol: Pop Politics presents together for the first-time Warhol’s paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs of political figures. Timed to coincide with the 2008 presidential election, this exhibition offers a thought-provoking and entertaining look at the leaders who shaped the twentieth century through the eyes of Pop artist Andy Warhol. Exhibition is free with museum admission. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive $1 off admission. Food will be donated to the New Horizons Food Pantry in Manchester, NH.

Exhibition – Spotlight New England: Kirsten Reynolds

November 7, 2008 – February 1, 2009

This fall the Currier inaugurated a series of dynamic exhibitions entitled Spotlight New England, that focuses on innovative art of exceptional caliber produced in New England, with special attention given to artists working in New Hampshire. The first project in this series is a site-specific installation designed for the Currier by Kirsten Reynolds of Newmarket, New Hampshire. Her largest and most ambitious project to date, Reynolds completely transformed one of the museum’s new galleries into a whimsical and theatrical stage that will challenge viewers’ expectations and perceptions. Her architectural structures appear frozen in a moment of simultaneous collapse and construction. Reynolds encourages visitors to move beyond their roles as mere spectators to become actors in this elaborate environment of faux wood and boldly patterned wall panels, inhabited by fanciful biomorphic creatures.

Currier Art Center: Winter Term

January 19 – April 4

The Currier Art Center offers classes for every age and ability level. Art Foundations for Children provides classroom art experiences for children from ages 3 to 10 through a largely multimedia approach, while ArtVentures for Preteens and Art School for Teens and Adults concentrate on the needs of older students through an emphasis on specific disciplines and materials. To learn more, download a brochure or register online at www.currier.org, or call 603.669.6144 x122.

Family Studio

Wednesday, January 7 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Adults and children can drop by one of the beautiful new museum studios to participate in an art-related activity and brief gallery talk about the “Artwork of the Day.” January’s Family Studio theme is “Art in Three Dimensions.” This program is free with museum admission (children under 18 are always free).

Family Saturday: Celebrating Winter

Saturday, January 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Spend some quality family time at the Currier every second Saturday of the month. Participate in hands-on art activities, go on a guided family gallery walk (11:30 a.m.), visit the new Discovery Gallery, or use a family gallery guide. Museum admission is free from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Family Saturdays are sponsored by Ocean Bank.

Family Studio

Wednesday, January 14 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Adults and children can drop by one of the beautiful new museum studios to participate in an art-related activity and brief gallery talk about the “Artwork of the Day.” January’s Family Studio theme is “Art in Three Dimensions.” This program is free with museum admission (children under 18 are always free).

New Parent Gallery Talk: Sculpture and Installation Art

Thursday, January 15 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Has your new baby reduced your vocabulary to coos and other nonsensical words? These gallery talks are design for new parents (with baby in tow) to get a personalized tour of the museum. So pack up the baby stroller and stop by for some much needed adult conversation.

Focus Tour – January Thaw

Friday, January 16 at 12 p.m.

Focus Tours offer visitors the opportunity to join docents and staff members in the galleries for an in-depth discussion of a particular theme, work of art, or artist. These tours are scheduled periodically on Fridays and Sundays and are free with museum admission. Today’s tour will be led by Docent Barbara Shepler.

Exhibition – New Hampshire Art Association’s Sixty-First Currier Exhibition

January 17 – February 16

The New Hampshire Art Association’s exhibition returns to the museum following presentations at the Museum of Art, UNH in Durham and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester during the museum’s expansion project. This long-standing tradition is one of the Art Association’s most popular events. Featuring work by many of New Hampshire’s most accomplished artists, this show highlights the state’s vibrant contemporary art community. Work in all media will be represented, including painting, watercolor, photography, and sculpture.

Drawing in the Galleries

Sunday, January 18 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Enjoy drawing? Come to the Currier and sketch amongst the works of art on view. Art educators will be available to offer advice and encouragement. Pencils and paper will be provided, or bring your own.

New Hampshire Philharmonic Chamber Players, String Quartet

Sunday, January 18, Tour at 1 p.m., Concert at 2 p.m.

In a return engagement, the Chamber Players of the New Hampshire Philharmonic present works for string quartet. This adventurous recital explores works from a wide range of periods and styles, from Haydn to Barber, Ives to Françaix. Musical works will be paired with visual works currently on display from the Currier’s collection. $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Prices include the tour, performance, and admission to the museum. To reserve your seats, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.

Focus Tour – January Thaw

Sunday, January 18 at 3 p.m.

Focus Tours offer visitors the opportunity to join docents and staff members in the galleries for an in-depth discussion of a particular theme, work of art, or artist. These tours are scheduled periodically on Fridays and Sundays and are free with museum admission. Today’s tour will be led by Docent Barbara Shepler.

Family Studio

Wednesday, January 21 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Adults and children can drop by one of the beautiful new museum studios to participate in an art-related activity and brief gallery talk about the “Artwork of the Day.” January’s Family Studio theme is “Art in Three Dimensions.” This program is free with museum admission (children under 18 are always free).

Focus Tour – Warm and Fuzzy: The Softer Side of Winter

Friday, January 23 at 12 p.m.

Focus Tours offer visitors the opportunity to join docents and staff members in the galleries for an in-depth discussion of a particular theme, work of art, or artist. These tours are scheduled periodically on Fridays and Sundays and are free with museum admission. Today’s tour will be led by Docent Diane Ellis.

Currier Museum Art Center Child and Parent Workshop – A Day to Play in Clay: Chinese Lanterns

Saturday, January 24 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Parents and children (ages 6 and up) can construct a Chinese inspired lantern from using slabs of earthenware clay. Have fun with cut-out designs and working with texture. Projects will be glazed and fired. $45 for 1 parent/child ($15/each additional child). Register by calling 603.669.6144, x122, or by going online to www.currier.org. ARTalk: The Former Mistake

Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m.

ARTalk lectures and gallery talks explore works of art from a variety of angles and put them into cultural, social, and historical contexts. Today, mixed media installation artist Kirsten Reynolds will talk about her career and The Former Mistake – her work currently on view in the Spotlight New England special exhibition.

Focus Tour – Warm and Fuzzy: The Softer Side of Winter

Sunday, January 25 at 3 p.m.

Focus Tours offer visitors the opportunity to join docents and staff members in the galleries for an in-depth discussion of a particular theme, work of art, or artist. These tours are scheduled periodically on Fridays and Sundays and are free with museum admission. Today’s tour will be led by Docent Diane Ellis.

Storytime in the Gallery

Monday, January 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Looking for a way to introduce your preschooler to art? Come to the Currier for an art-related story read by Manchester City Library children’s librarian Karyn Isleb 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 Hide and Snake by Keith Baker and see The Former Mistake by Kirsten Reynolds in the galleries.

Family Studio

Wednesday, January 28 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Adults and children can drop by one of the beautiful new museum studios to participate in an art-related activity and brief gallery talk about the “Artwork of the Day.” January’s Family Studio theme is “Art in Three Dimensions.” This program is free with museum admission (children under 18 are always free).

Currier Museum Art Center Child and Parent Workshop – Weave Together

Saturday, January 31 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Parents and children will learn to weave a memorable tapestry in this beginner class. Choose threads of vibrant color and rich texture to create a piece that will always remind you of your special afternoon together. (No weaving experience is required.) $45 for 1 parent/child ($15/each additional child). Register by calling 603.669.6144, x122, or by going online to www.currier.org.

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 March – December. To book a tour or get more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.

Contact: Karen Tebbenhoff, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Currier Museum of Art 603.669-6144, ext. 102, ktebbenhoff@currier.org

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