Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Maxfield Parrish: The Power of the Print

    Oct. 9, 2015 — Jan. 10, 2016

    New Hampshire artist Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was arguably the most popular American artist in the early decades of the 20th century. High quality color prints of his paintings and illustrations, in the form of advertisements, magazine covers, calendars and art posters, could be found in millions of American homes. By harnessing the power of the print, Parrish ensured his images became rooted in the imaginations of multiple generations, leaving an indelible mark on American visual culture. This exhibition offers a large selection of vintage prints featured on mass-produced calendars, as well as three original Parrish oil paintings.

    Image Credit: Maxfield Parrish, Edison Mazda Lamp Works Calendar featuring Dawn, 1918. Lithographic reproduction of original oil painting, printed by Forbes Lithography Co. Private collection. Photograph: David Putnam.  

    Maxfield Parrish: The Power of the Print is sponsored by Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

    Read the exhibition press release.

  • Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

    Feb. 6, 2016 — May 15, 2016


    Carrie Bradshaw and the women from Sex in the City didn’t invent the high-heeled shoe, but they certainly helped us embrace it. A fashionista’s dream, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe will present a 400-year history of fabulous footwear, revealing high heels as both stunning architectural creations and works of art in their own right. About 100 contemporary and 50 historical high heels will be on view, including shoes by noted designers Prada, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin, Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik and more. Drawn from the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, the exhibition includes six films created specifically for the show by noted artists, each exploring the cultural, social and aesthetic qualities that make the high heel so fascinating.

    Image left: Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn
    Image right: Nicholas Kirkwood. Pumps, Spring/Summer 2013. Suede with gold and clear Swarovski crystals. Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn

    Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

    The Currier's presentation of Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe is supported by Barbara & Thomas Putnam, Susi & Dwight Churchill, and the Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc.

  • Shakespeare's Potions: Library Focus Exhibition

    March 16, 2016 — May 13, 2016

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    William Shakespeare peppered his plays with potions and herbal remedies of many sorts: sleep, love, death and remembrance to name a few. Explore some of the 16th and 17th century original texts Shakespeare may have used as sources for his recipes and references. Herbals—collected works of plants with medicinal properties—often included beautiful woodcut illustrations. View some of these books from the Library’s rare book collection alongside film stills and movie memorabilia illustrating Shakespeare's use of plants and potions.

  • First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

    April 9, 2016 — May 1, 2016


    Imagine a world without the immortal phrases “To be, or not to be,” “Beware the Ides of March” and others. It almost happened! The book that saved many of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays from being forever lost will be on view April 9, 2016 to May 1, 2016 in the exhibition, First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The exhibition brings one of the remaining copies of this important historic publication to the Currier as its exclusive New Hampshire and Boston-area venue.

    Many of Shakespeare's plays were written to be performed and were not published during his lifetime. The First Folio came out in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death and represents the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Eighteen of these plays would have been lost if not for the First Folio, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It.

    The Currier is proud to have worked with our academic partners, Saint Anselm College, University of Massachusetts Lowell; University of New Hampshire, Durham and University of New Hampshire, Manchester to secure this treasure for our regional audience.

    Image credit: Title page with Martin Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare. Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.


    Exhibition Support

    First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of Vinton and Sigrid Cerf and the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities of this major exhibition and the Folger’s other Wonder of Will programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death are available; learn more at www.folger.edu.

    Read the exhibition press release.

  • Art and the City: Manchester and Beyond

    June 11, 2016 — Sept. 5, 2016

    The urban environment has been a constant source of inspiration for artists, particularly since the rise of the city during the Industrial Revolution and subsequent rapid modernization during the 20th century. Art and the City will present paintings, prints and photographs inspired by cities throughout the United States, including Manchester, the Currier’s post-industrial metropolitan home. The works in this exhibition will feature realistic, romanticized and abstracted views of the cities’ most defining features—such as Manchester’s Amoskeag Mills and the skyscrapers of New York City. Poignant street scenes will reveal the diverse experiences of city-dwellers.

  • Mount Washington: The Crown of New England

    Oct. 1, 2016 — Jan. 16, 2017

    Mount Washington: The Crown of New England will be the first museum exhibition devoted entirely to art featuring the Mount Washington region. The exhibition will feature major paintings by Hudson River School artists, including Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Frederick Kensett and David Johnson, as well as acclaimed painters such as Winslow Homer and George Inness.  Paintings, prints, vintage photographs and illustrated guidebooks from the late 1820s through the 1870s will document the artistic and historical context in which New Hampshire’s most iconic scenic landmark became a national and international symbol of the American landscape, a center for scientific study and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

    This exhibition is being developed in collaboration with the Mount Washington Observatory, North Conway, New Hampshire, a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to documentation, research and education pertaining to the natural history and human heritage of Mount Washington. This exhibition is supported by The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation, the Henry Melville Fuller Fund and the Kimon and Anne Zachos Exhibition Fund.

  • The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters from The Museum of Modern Art

    Sept. 17, 2017 — Jan. 18, 2018

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s instantly recognizable posters are fixtures on the walls of millions of homes worldwide. Although the original works of art are more than 100 years old, their continued prevalence is a reminder of the influence he continues to have on art, and especially graphic design. Lautrec’s often colorful lithographs reveal the enduring beauty of Paris. They also feature the city’s more shadowy figures, whose lives the artist celebrated through his art. Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Currier’s exclusive New England presentation will present more than 100 posters, prints and illustrated books.

    This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

    The exhibition is organized by Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.