MANCHESTER, NH— It’s the last chance to experience A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes; this retrospective exhibition closes Dec. 4. Celebrate Karnes’ 60-year career at the forefront of the studio pottery movement. Also, don’t miss Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography, on view now through January 15, 2012. This exhibition features more than 150 photographs – many rarely seen by the public – and provides a portal into the musical and cultural history of Rock & Roll.
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 - Friday 11 am–5 pm, Saturday 10 am–5 pm, with extended hours on the First Thursday of each month until 9 pm for the duration of the Backstage Pass exhibition. 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. For more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.
FEATURED PROGRAM FOR DECEMBER
Holiday Caroling in the Galleries
Enjoy the beautiful voices of the Manchester Choral Society, directed by Dr. Daniel Perkins, as they sing holiday carols in the galleries. Also stop by the café for lunch by Z food & drink or find your last-minute holiday gifts at the Museum Shop. Free with museum admission. (Arrive at the museum before noon and get in for free this and every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm!)
Public Guided Tours
Introduction to Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography and the Currier’s Greatest Hits tours are offered daily at 1 pm (The Museum is CLOSED on Tuesdays), and highlight the history of the museum, the collection and special exhibitions. Public tours are free with museum admission.
Zimmerman House Ticketed Tours
The Zimmerman House Public Tour provides visitors with a 1.5 hour tour of the house with information about the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, the commission and design of the house, and details about the Zimmermans, who lived in the house for 36 years. Take a tour Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am and 2 pm; Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. Reservations are required. FREE for museum members. $20 Adults; $19 Seniors; $16 Students; $8 Children 7-17. Tickets include admission to the Currier Museum.
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.
Private Group Tours Private tours of the Zimmerman House can be scheduled throughout the tour season. While each tour is limited to 13 people, back-to-back tours can be scheduled for larger groups on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 603.669.6144 x113 to schedule a private tour.
Portraits with Attitude
Ongoing through mid January 2012
Do you have the attitude of a rock star? The Currier and WMUR want your photographs that capture it! We are collaborating once again to collect and showcase photos from the public, this time in conjunction with Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography. Often the messages musicians convey about themselves through the photographs taken of them are deliberate. What do you want people to know about you? Post your recent digital photos of you and your friends striking a pose, or scan a few of your old photos and upload them to WMUR’s ulocal Portraits with Attitude (ulocal.wmur.com.) A selection of submissions is on view in the Currier’s Community Gallery now through mid-January, and concludes with a reception for exhibited photographers.
Zimmerman House Twilight Tour
Thursday, December 1 at 5 and 6:30 pm
Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman often hosted musical evenings at their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. Twilight Tours at the Zimmerman House allow visitors a chance to enjoy the house in the same way. Come experience the exceptional acoustics of the home with a live performance by jazz pianist and vocalist Alli Beaudry Seney as the sun begins to set. As part of the evening’s festivities, tours include museum admission and a beverage of choice from the Winter Garden Café. $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Reservations are required. To reserve your seat call 603.669.6144 x108 or visit www.currier.org.
Currier Museum Art Center Student Exhibition & Reception
Thursday, December 1 from 5-8 pm
Celebrate the end of the fall term at the Currier Museum Art Center. Join us for fun art activities and see selected works on display from Art Center students. If you miss the reception on Thursday, stop in on Saturday, December 3 for the Art Center’s Open House from noon to 4 pm. For more information about the Currier Museum Art Center, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, x122, or visit us in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
First Thursday LIVE!: Craving Lucy
Thursday, December 1 from 6-9 pm
Described as “powerful, prolific and passionate,” Craving Lucy is guaranteed to rock! This makes for a great musical evening in conjunction with the Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography exhibition on view at the Currier. Free for members, $10 for non-members.
Focus Tour: The Five Senses
Friday, December 2 at 11:30 am
Looking at art can be a sensual experience. Come and explore how works of art are intended to appeal to all our senses. The tour will feature different works of art that connect with particular senses and consider how that sense actually works to tell us information about the world around us.
Led by Docent Richard Russell. Free with admission.
Currier Museum Art Center Workshop
Make Your Own Wire Chains!
Saturday, December 3 from noon-4 pm
This workshop will demonstrate how to make chains using just wire, a few hand tools and your imagination. Chains such as Egyptian spiral chain, Viking (knitted) chain, wire-wrapped links with beads and basic link chains will be covered. Using 14g to 26g round wire students will wrap, bend, knit, hammer and spiral their way to making their own chain samples and a chain to be worn by the end of the day! Cost is $75 for teens and adults. Professional development hours are available. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
Big Apple Express to NYC
Saturday, December 3, departs at 6:30 am
Take a luxury bus trip to New York City and see the tree at Rockefeller Center in person! The coach departs from the Catholic Diocese of Manchester (153 Ash Street, across from the museum) 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 calling 603.669.6144 x108.
Focus Tour: Eat, Drink and Be Merry – Food & Spirits in Art
Sunday, December 4 at 11:30 am
Delicious meals have always brought people together – and now you can enjoy them in a whole new way! Consider the different ways and reasons artists have included tasty treats in their work over the years, from decadent Dutch-Baroque still life paintings to the photographic realism of contemporary artists. If you work up an appetite during the tour, be sure to stop by the Winter Garden Café for a snack when the tour is done! Led by Docent Sandy Townsend. Free with museum admission.
Focus Tour: Music Notes and Brush Strokes
Friday, December 9 at 11:30 am
Consider the ways art and music have related to each other over the centuries! This tour will feature works from the permanent collection and the special exhibition Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography. Each stop on the tour will include a musical selection ranging from classical to rock, carefully selected to inspire new insight into the works on view. The tour will be led by Docents Diane Curran and Marilyn Davison. Free with museum admission.
Family Saturday: The Story of Snowflakes
Saturday, December 10 from 10 am-1 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 tour (11:30 am), visit the Discovery Gallery, or use a family gallery guide. Museum admission is free from 10 am to 12 pm. Children 17 and under always enjoy free admission.
New Parent Gallery Talk – What’s New at the Currier?
Thursday, December 15 from 11 am-noon
Being a new parent is tough. That’s why the museum has set aside this special time for parents and their little ones. Come each month for a themed tour of the museum, meet other new parents and their babies, and perhaps stop by the café afterwards for lunch. Bottle feeding and nursing are allowed in the galleries, as are single strollers and front carriers. Free with museum admission. Children 17 and under always enjoy free admission.
Focus Tour: Celebrating Winter – A Ramble through Snowy Scapes
Thursday, December 16 at 2:30 pm and Sunday, December 18 at 11:30 am
Escape the cold but enjoy the beauty of the season on this winter-themed tour of landscape paintings. Docent Jane White will guide visitors through the delightful details of sleigh rides and snow-covered mountains. Free with museum admission.
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. Galleries showcase the collection of more than 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, equipped with WiFi and catered by Z food & drink.
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, and is open for public tours from April through December. To book a tour or get more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, x108.