MANCHESTER, NH—Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography is on view now through January 15, 2012 at the Currier Museum of Art. 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 Currier will present the following public programs and events in conjunction with this exhibition – including live music at the museum, a rock & roll storybook reading, a film festival in Concord and much more!
First Thursdays LIVE (Nov. 3, Dec. 1 and Jan. 5)
During the first Thursday of each month of the Backstage Pass exhibition, the Currier offers extended evening hours until 9pm for visitors to enjoy the exhibition, along with live music starting at 6pm in the Winter Garden Café (catered by Z food & drink.)
Nov. 3 – Alli Beaudry Trio
Dec. 1 – Craving Lucy
Jan. 5 – Matt Chase Group
All performers will play originals, as well as covers by musicians represented in Backstage Pass. Free for members; $10 for non-members.
Daily docent-led tours at 1pm (Museum is CLOSED TUESDAY) walk visitors though Backstage Pass and the Currier’s Greatest Hits. FREE with museum admission.
Portraits with Attitude uLocal Partnership
The Currier is collaborating with WMUR-TV to collect and showcase photos from the public in conjunction with Backstage Pass. 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 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 will be on view in the Currier’s Community Gallery now through mid-January and conclude with a reception for exhibited photographers.
Meet the Author & Book Signing
In partnership with Gibson’s Bookstore at Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Thursday, November 3 at 6 pm
NPR critic, author and journalist, and pre-eminent Rock scholar Tim Riley will speak about his new book Lennon: The Man, The Myth, The Legend – The Definitive Life. NHPR’s Rebecca Lavoie will introduce Riley who will be available to sign books after the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event and are also available at Gibson’s and in the Currier’s Museum Shop. Red River Theatres is located at 11 S. Main St., Concord, NH.
A Rock Star in Focus: Franz Nicolay
Sunday, November 6 from 2-4 pm
Join the Currier for a VH1 Storyteller-style Rock & Roll presentation featuring Franz Nicolay, former keyboardist for The Hold Steady. Nicolay and Konstantin Sergeyev, a freelance documentary photographer will talk about capturing and crafting an image in the music business – from both sides of the camera lens. The conversation will be moderated by Franz Nicolay, Sr., photographer, art educator and also Franz Jr.’s father! Interspersed throughout the talk, Franz Jr. will perform what LA Weekly refers to as “open-hearted big ballads, wayward Gypsy troubadour tales and hilariously scabrous sermons about the importance of living large in these crampingly caution-strewn times.” $20 for museum members, $30 for non-members.
Rock and Roll Film Festival
In collaboration with Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Friday, November 11 – Sunday, November 13
Celebrate Nigel Tufnel Day (11/11/11 – get it?) and Backstage Pass by rocking your way through two days of rock & roll-themed films. Films will include the cult classic “mockumentary” This is Spinal Tap, the rarely seen documentary Festival Express, compilations of archival footage of British Invasion bands, some of which has never been seen in New England, and Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. Visit www.redrivertheatres.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Three-day festival pass: $35 Red River and Currier members, $35 non-members; Individual films: $6 Red River and Currier members, $8 non-members. Red River Theatres is located at 11 S. Main St., Concord, NH.
Family Saturday: Music and Art
Saturday, November 12 from 10 am-1 pm
Kids and their families can 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 to explore the museum and Backstage Pass. Museum admission is free for all visitors from 10 am to 12 pm every Saturday. Children 17 and under always enjoy free admission.
Focus Tour – Music Notes and Brush Strokes
Monday, October 31 at 11:30 am, Saturday, November 19 at 11:30 am
and 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 Currier’s permanent collection and from Backstage Pass. 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. Free with museum admission.
Storytime in the Gallery – ABC‘s of Rock
Monday, November 28 from 11:30 am
Introduce your preschooler to art by visiting the Currier for an art-related story read by a children’s librarian from the Manchester City Library and an art-making project in the museum’s classrooms. Recommended for ages 3 to 5, but all are welcome. Today, listen to the story ABC’s of Rock by Melissa Duke and look at Backstage Pass. Free with museum admission. Children 17 and under always enjoy free admission.
About the Currier
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 during 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.