Contemporary Connections

Past

  • Exploring the Currier Inside Out: Andrew Witkin, Among Others

    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.

    Exhibition Support

    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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    Explore our related exhibition programs on our calendar or download a flyer.

    To learn more about the exhibition check out the brochure online.

     

  • Graphic for: Abigail Anne Newbold: Crafting Settlement

    Abigail Anne Newbold: Crafting Settlement

    March 30, 2013 — July 14, 2013

    Abigail Anne Newbold melds a mastery of traditional craft techniques with a modern design aesthetic to create thought-provoking installations centered on themes of domesticity, self-sufficiency, and artisanal production. The Currier will host Newbold’s first solo museum exhibition, Crafting Settlement, which will transform the museum’s Scheier Gallery into a showroom of unique and finely made products for living on the fringes of organized society. Newbold’s survival line of handmade and modified found objects will feature modular timber-frame dwelling structures, textile garments, elegantly crafted tools of wood and metal, and a covered wagon pulled by a bicycle. Evocative of high-end retail display and traditional museum period room tableaus, Newbold’s installation will complicate the romantic vision of a self-sufficient lifestyle by including impractical and at times humorously absurd objects, such as a fashionable cropped fur jacket and a hand pump-powered fire hose. Synthetic materials will be prominent among the customized and handcrafted objects on display, overturning the notion of craft production as independent from industrialized society. Newbold’s installation stages one visionary possibility for living within our complex socioeconomic environment and invites visitors to imagine their own.

    Currently based in Massachusetts, Newbold has recently exhibited at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Newbold received a 2012 Artist Award from the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts and a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, among other distinctions. Newbold earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

    The Contemporary Connections series features new work by early- and mid-career artists from New England made in dialogue with the Currier’s collection, architecture, and regional histories and location. These projects offer museum visitors expanded perspectives on contemporary art making and invite them to consider the dynamic linkages between past and present art practices and cultural histories.

    This exhibition is supported by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and organized by the Currier Museum of Art.

    Images: © CarolynBates.com

  • Cristi Rinklin: Diluvial

    June 9, 2012 — Sept. 9, 2012

    Museum visitors were absorbed in an imaginary landscape of dazzling color and light when they entered Cristi Rinklin’s new immersive installation created specifically for the Currier. The museum’s collection and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in the Putnam Gallery inspired this project, which re-interpreted the drama of nineteenth-century sublime landscape paintings through a contemporary lens.

    To learn more about the exhibition check out the brochure.

    Meet the artist mentor at the Art Center photographs.  

    Meet the Artist event with Cristi and Shirish Korde photographs. Also check out these two videos of the performance. 

    Installation video