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Three works of art: An artist and curator debate over masterworks on Oct. 8

Peterborough, NH Ever wonder how an artist evaluates a painting? How does the artist’s perspective differ from a curator’s point-of-view? Join a lively dialogue between Hancock painter James Aponovich and Kurt Sundstrom, Associate Curator of the Currier Museum on Friday, October 8 at 6:15pm at the Peterborough Historical Society on Grove Street. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm.

Aponovich and Sundstrom will debate the artistic merits and historical context of three masterworks from the Currier Museum of Art’s collection: the recently rediscovered plaster relief by the Florentine sculptor Antonio Rossellino (the piece is dated about 1475); the intimate Self Portrait by Flemish painter Jan Gossaert, who is the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and an iconic image of the Amoskeag Mills, commissioned by the Currier Museum in 1949 from Charles Sheeler, one of America’s great modernists.

James Aponovich, a noted painter who has exhibited nationally, was named New Hampshire’s fourth Artist Laureate from 2006 to 2010. His work is in major museums like the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Portland Museum of Art and the Currier. He has been the subject of three solo exhibitions at the Currier Museum in 1979, 1985 and mostly recently in 2004. Kurt Sundstrom, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art with strong interests in photography and contemporary ceramics, was the curator of the 2004 exhibition of paintings and drawings by Aponovich.

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, artcamps 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.

Contact: Jessica Papatolicas Director of Institutional Advancement Currier Museum of Art Phone: 603.669.6144 x115 E-Mail: jpapatolicas@currier.org