Now On View
May 23, 2015 Aug. 30, 2015
During the Industrial Revolution, as the United States grew westward, there was great public fascination with America’s unique and varied wildlife. John James Audubon shared that enthusiasm and sought to take advantage of it by portraying these animals in drawings and etchings, which he included in limited edition books. While best known for his precise studies of birds, this exhibition will feature his interest in mammals, most of which were drawn to appear in their natural settings. Easing Audubon’s struggle to accurately recreate these creatures, the animals were often made available to him stuffed and mounted in displays. Audubon’s artworks became immensely popular in England and across the U.S., and remain some of the finest studies of American wildlife in existence. This exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Currier and New Hampshire Audubon, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. NH Audubon is making their limited edition (1845-1848) Audubon portfolio available for display for the first time in the state.
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The Currier’s presentation of From Birds to Beasts: Audubon's Last Great Adventure is sponsored by People’s United Bank, John Swope and an anonymous donor.
Focus Exhibition: Modern Architecture in Manchester: The Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Zimmerman House
May 1, 2015 Aug. 10, 2015
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of public tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. Through August, the Currier Museum Library and Archives is celebrating with a focus exhibition of objects from the Zimmerman Family Collection as well as material the Museum acquired and produced during the restoration and management of the historic house.
Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman moved to Manchester in 1935. They purchased a 13-room Colonial Revival home not far from the Currier Museum of Art, but soon found that the house did not fit their lifestyle. The Zimmermans hired architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design for them a small but spacious home.
The Zimmermans lived in their Wright-designed home from its completion in 1952 for the remainder of their lives. When Lucille Zimmerman died in 1988 she donated the house and its contents to the Currier Museum. The bequest included the furniture and fine art collection, photographs, correspondence and books. After two years of conservation and restoration, the house was opened to the public in 1990. In 2015, we are celebrating 25 years of public tours of the Zimmerman House.
The objects in the exhibition include material from the Archive collections including: correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings, books and ephemera.
Zimmerman House by Jeff Nintzel Photography.
Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman, Zimmerman Family Papers, Currier Museum of Art Archives.
Feb. 14, 2015 June 15, 2015
Two new acquisitions provide the heart of a focus exhibition of works by one of America’s best-known photorealist painters, Richard Estes (born 1932). Painterly to Precise: Richard Estes at the Currier, on view from February 14 through June 15, 2015, complements the current exhibition Still Life: 1970s Photorealism. His work was recently featured in a popular and critically lauded career retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, Richard Estes’ Realism. NPR’s Susan Stamberg called Estes, “An intense observer of the built environment.” He currently lives in coastal Maine and New York City, two of his most often painted locales.
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Image credit: Richard Estes, Baby Doll Lounge, 1978, oil on canvas. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire. Museum Purchase: The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund, 2014.48. © Richard Estes, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.