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June schedule of events at the Currier Museum of Art

On view through June 7, 2010 From Homer to Hopper: American Watercolor Masterworks from the Currier Museum of Art features extraordinary works by some of America’s most beloved and renowned artists such as Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, Childe Hassam, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper and more. On view through September 19 is a Spotlight New England exhibition, George Sherwood: In Delicate Balance. Sherwood’s dynamic, highly polished stainless steel kinetic sculptures will be installed inside and outside of the museum.

Opening on June 19 is Jerome Liebling: Capturing the Human Spirit. The exhibition unveils the compelling documentary images of internationally known photographer and film maker Jerome Liebling. He expands his artist vision by employing digital technology to create large (up to 40x30 inches) from negatives taken throughout his career. On June 26 the exhibition Cross Currents in 20th Century Art: Prints and Ceramics from the Anne C and Harry Wollman Collection opens to the public. Drawn from one of the finest collections of expressionist and Pop art prints and studio ceramics in the region, Cross Currents is known for its expansive range of subject matter, visual power and engaging imagery.

Visit this summer to enjoy these three exhibitions along with European masterworks, contemporary paintings, American furniture and landscapes, and the extensive glass and paperweight collection.

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.

JUNE

Public Guided Tours Tours are offered daily, and highlight either the museum’s collection or the current special exhibition or both. Public tours are free with museum admission. Through June 7: From Homer to Hopper: American Watercolor Masterworks tour times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 12:30 pm and Highlights of the Collection and an Introduction to From Homer to Hopper: American Watercolor Masterworks tour on Saturday at 11:30 am and Sunday at 1 pm. Beginning June 9 and continuing through the rest of the month: Welcome to the Currier: Highlights of the Collection tour on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, Saturdays at 11:30 am 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 1 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.

Photographer’s Tours Join us Saturday mornings at 10:30 am this summer 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.

Bring It! Outreach at the Currier and NHIA: Exhibition On view through June 14 In the Currier Museum Community Gallery Join the students of the Manchester-based organization BRING IT! and their families as they celebrate the completion of their semester-long collaboration with the Currier Museum, the Currier Museum Art Center and the New Hampshire Institute of Art! The students explored a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, photography and fibers to create unique works of art. The projects on view in the Currier’s Community Gallery reflect the confidence and self-expression the 12-week BRING IT! program has brought to the city’s refugee and immigrant students. The Currier’s Community Outreach program is funded in part by a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. For more information about the museum’s Community Outreach programs please contact Cheryl Holbert at 603.669.6144 x104.

First Thursday: Meet the Artist – George Sherwood Thursday, June 3 from 5:30-8 pm Celebrate the opening of George Sherwood: In Delicate Balance. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided. Join the artist in the auditorium as he speaks about his creative process followed by informal conversation with the artist in the special exhibition. Free with museum admission.

Currier Museum Art Center Master Class – Woven Colors: Two Day Adult Weaving Intensive Saturday, June 5 from 10 am-4 pm & Sunday, June 6 from 11 am-4 pm Immerse yourself in a weekend of magnificent color! This two-day intensive will introduce beginning and experienced students to the basics of tapestry weaving, while delving into the exciting role color plays in a hand woven work of art. Working on Mirrix tapestry looms, students will discover how color choice, blending and gradation create unique effects. The workshop will also include a tour and discussion of selected works from the museum’s exhibition From Homer to Hopper: American Watercolor Masterworks in its final weekend. Open to beginning and experienced Fibers students. $150/student. For more information about the Art Center, or to find the complete brochure and registration form, go to www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x122. Or, register by mail or in person at the Currier Museum Art Center, 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH 03104.

Focus Tour – A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still be Art: The Flower Tour Friday, June 11 at noon These special tours offer visitors in-depth gallery discussions on a particular theme, work of art, or artist, and this spring there are many great tours to choose from! Today’s tour will be led by Docent Pauline Bogaert. Free with museum admission.

Family Saturday: Waving in the Wind Saturday, June 12 from 10:30 am-1:30 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.

Focus Tour – A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still be Art: The Flower Tour Sunday, June 13 at 3 pm These special tours offer visitors in-depth gallery discussions on a particular theme, work of art, or artist, and this spring there are many great tours to choose from! Today’s tour will be led by Docent Pauline Bogaert. Free with museum admission.

New Parent Gallery Talk: A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still be Art Thursday, June 17 from 11 am-noon Has your new baby reduced your vocabulary to “coos” and other nonsensical words? These gallery talks are designed for 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. Free with museum admission.

Your Communities: Capturing the New Hampshire Spirit On view June 30 – September 19 Submissions will be accepted from June 18 – August 8 Visit the special exhibition Jerome Liebling: Capturing the Human Spirit and leave inspired! Submit a printed photograph representing your relationship with New Hampshire and your community for the special project “Your Communities: Capturing the New Hampshire Spirit.” Photographs will be rotated on view in the Community Gallery from June 30 through September 19. Submissions will be accepted from June 18 through August 8 in person at the museum or by mail to the Currier to the attention of “Your Communities.” Complete guidelines and submission form are available on the museum’s website www.currier.org/nhspirit.aspx after mid-May.

Jerome Liebling: Capturing the Human Spirit – Exhibition opening On View June 19 – September 19 Cross Currents in 20th Century Art: Prints and Ceramics from the Anne C and Harry Wollman Collection – Exhibition Opening On view June 26 - September 6

Big Apple Express Saturday, June 26 from 6:30 am-11:30 pm Hop on the bus to New York City! Visit museums, shops, restaurants, or friends. The coach departs from the Catholic Diocese of Manchester (153 Ash Street) promptly at 6:30 am. Arrive in Manhattan about 11:30 am to spend the day in the city. Re-board the coach at 7 pm to arrive back at the Diocese about 11:30 pm. $75 for members, and $95 for non-members. Prices include transportation only. Reserve your seats by May 26 by calling 603.669.6144 x108.

Zimmerman House Focus Tour – Furnishing a Frank Lloyd Wright House in the 1950s Sunday, June 27 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.

Storytime in the Gallery Monday, June 28 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 Library, 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 The Giant Jam Sandwich, by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway and look at the medieval tapestry The Visit of the Gypsies. Free with museum admission.

Currier Museum Art Center & Worcester Art Museum: Travel and Learn Landscape Painting: Searching for the Spirit of Georgia O’Keeffe August 7-14 The Currier is partnering with the Worcester Art Museum on exciting travel abroad programs for students of the visual arts. This program showcases exceptional teaching artists from WAM in exciting cultural centers around the world. Students of this program can take these courses for undergraduate credit from Lesley University for an additional fee. Currier members receive WAM member pricing. This course provides you with opportunities to paint in the magnificent New Mexico landscape while simultaneously absorbing the area's rich Spanish and Indian cultures. Residing at Ghost Ranch, you'll have ample time to explore the nearby hills, Kitchen Mesa, Chimney Rock and the Pedernal, some of O'Keeffe's favorite painting sites. A first-day stop at Santa Fe's Ghost Ranch on the way to Ghost Ranch Abiquiu will allow you to explore Santa Fe's rich culture, food and art scene, including sketching and visits to the O'Keeffe Museum and the Canyon Road galleries. For more information about this Travel and Learn partnership program with WAM, to call with questions, or to register call Elizabeth Buck at 508.799.4406 x3148 or visit www.worcesterart.org/education.

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: Karen Tebbenhoff,Director of Marketing and Public Relations,Currier Museum of Art,603.669.6144 x102,ktebbenhoff@currier.org

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