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March 29, 2014 Aug. 17, 2014
Romare Bearden’s works of art reflect universal experiences filtered through an African-American lens. In this exhibition, Bearden’s colorful collages and watercolors tell Homer’s ancient tale, The Odyssey. While the story of Odysseus has been told for more than 3,000 years, in Bearden’s vision, the brave Greek hero and all of the characters are black. Although the imagery is rooted in the African-American experience, the familiarity of these tales and the beauty of the images will remind viewers that each of us is on a personal odyssey.
Not only was Romare Bearden a great artist, he also composed more than 20 jazz songs.The most famous was "Sea Breeze," recorded in the 1950s by Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. Listen to a playlist of jazz songs that inspired Bearden on Spotify.
The Currier's presentation of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in coordination with the Romare Bearden Foundation and Estate and DC Moore Gallery. The exhibition and its related educational resources are supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The Currier's presentation of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is sponsored by Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc., with additional support from Optima Bank. Individual support from Dwight & Susi Churchill and Wilton Consulting Group, LLC.
Image credits: All images Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Home To Ithaca, 1977, Collage, Courtesy Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Gift of the estate of Eileen Paradis Barber (Class of 1929); Circe, 1977, Collage, Courtesy Estate of Nanette Bearden and DC Moore Gallery, New York.
Jan. 11, 2014 May 11, 2014
Two years ago, the Currier Museum gave contemporary artist Andrew Witkin the unique opportunity to explore and consider the Currier’s collection, archive and library holdings. The result of that invitation will yield a series of installations throughout the museum intended to give visitors new ways of thinking about historical material and their experiences in museums. The exhibition also explores changes in museum practices and how knowledge shifts over time, opening up the Currier and the stories it tells to re-examination. Witkin is working with many collaborators on this project, including New Hampshire Furniture Master Tom McLaughlin, who is fabricating all the furniture featured in the exhibition.
This exhibition is part of the Contemporary Connections series, which features new work by early- and mid-career artists and invites visitors to experience artistic perspectives that expand on the Currier’s collections, architecture, regional history and/or local geography.
The Currier’s presentation of Exploring the Currier Inside Out: Andrew Witkin, Among Others is generously supported by the NBT Fund.
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Nov. 27, 2013 April 27, 2014
In the 1960s, Pop artist Robert Indiana achieved worldwide acclaim for his bold, graphical images composed of geometric shapes, short words and numbers, including his popular LOVE design, which he used in paintings, sculptures and even a postage stamp in 1973. This exhibition features ten large, colorful silkscreen prints that formed Indiana’s important portfolio entitled Decade. The original silkscreens are composed of symbols and words that reflect Indiana’s response to both the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and art created by notable gay Americans. Indiana’s painting Decade Autoportrait, 1963 (1971), a new acquisition in the Currier collection, will be on view in the exhibition as a complement to these works on paper.
The Currier’s presentation of Signs from the Sixties: Robert Indiana's Decade is supported by David & Dorothea Jensen and Barbara & Harry Shepler.
Image credits:Robert Indiana, 1968 Black and White Love, 1962 Yield Brother, 1971, screenprint, 39 x 32 in. Museum Purchase: The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund, 2013.4.9 and 2013.4.3. © 2013 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
May 7, 2012 June 1, 2014
The Currier Museum of Art presents five Dutch and Flemish masterworks loaned from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection. The Van Otterloo Collection recently drew large crowds as it toured the Netherlands and the U.S, opening at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, then traveling to Houston and San Francisco and then briefly at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The works loaned to the Currier have been acquired since that international tour, and have not been exhibited previously in the U.S. The paintings mark defining moments in each artist’s career.
The Crucifixion by Peter Paul Rubens (about 1618), the first Rubens to be shown at the Currier in the museum’s history, is a powerful, moving depiction of the moment of Jesus’ death.
There are also exquisitely detailed floral still-life paintings by Jacob van Walscapelle (about 1679) and Jan van Huysum (about 1730). A comic genre painting by Jan Steen, The Cardplayers (about 1660), is full of intrigue and underhanded activity. A lively mythological composition painted with jewel-like surfaces by Joachim Wtewael (1598) is almost miniature in scale.
Images: Jan Havicksz Steen, Dutch (1626 - 1679), An Elegant Company in an Interior with Figures Playing Cards at a Table, n.d., The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection; Joachim Wtewael, Dutch (Utrecht, 1566 - 1638, Utrecht), The Apulian Shepherd, 1598, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection