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 supported by Nancy B. Tieken.
Feb. 1, 2014 March 9, 2014
In celebration of the Currier Museum Art Center’s 75th anniversary, current students will be inspired to create their own works of art based on key artworks in the Currier’s collections. This exhibition will also feature art from past alumni and teachers, including archival materials and testimonials that illustrate the Art Center’s rich history and how it has profoundly influenced four generations of students in our region.
The dynamic relationship between the Currier Museum’s Collections and studio-based learning at the Art Center highlights one of our greatest assets as a northern New England educational institution.
Art Center Exhibition support is provided by Prime Buchholz & Associates, Inc. Programming support for the 75th Anniversary exhibition was provided by Winsor & Newton.
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.
The Currier’s presentation of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is supported by Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Sept. 20, 2014 Jan. 12, 2015
M.C. Escher created intricate geometric drawings and etchings of spaces that can only exist on paper and in the viewer’s mind. His images continue to boggle the eye and the mind, captivating viewers more than 40 years after his death. In Escher’s world, stairways are built upside-down, water runs uphill and every object is reproduced with mathematical precision. This Escher retrospective is the largest and most comprehensive ever offered in the United States. Its exclusive New England showing at the Currier Museum of Art will contain his best-known works of art, early family portraits, original preparatory sketches he created, and examples of lithographic stones and copperplates he used to print his later works.
Objects in the exhibition come from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece, www.herakleidon-art.gr.