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Haunted Halloween, Oct. 29-30 at Waterville Valley

"The Makings of a Museum" Oct. 24 at the Currier Museum of Art

Manchester, NH – Can an institution without a collection be a museum?  Are museums about preserving the past or educating for the future?  Or both? The Currier invites you to take an intriguing look into the evolving roles of museums in America through the perspectives of national experts. The program “ARTalk - Museum in a Changing Society: Five Perspectives” is on Sunday, October 24, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
 
From 1 to 2 p.m. view the 1-hour documentary Riches, Rivals, and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America. The documentary explores the unique character of American museums and how they became the diverse institutions known today. It features stories about the people and the social changes that shaped American museums.
 
From 2 to 3 p.m. join the discussion that will delve 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 Strawbery 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.
 
This program is associated with the Currier’s fall exhibition now on view through January 9, 2011, 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.
 
This program is free with museum admission. For more information visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108. All kindergarten through 12th grade teachers can receive professional development hours for this program. In order to received the hours, teachers just need to sign out at the end of the event providing name and contact information and a signed certificate will be received in the mail.
 
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.
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