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.
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.
Sept. 11, 2015 Dec. 14, 2015
On September 11, 2001, award-winning photojournalist James Nachtwey stood with his camera a short distance from New York City's crumbling Twin Towers. His photographs are among the most iconic and compelling visual accounts we have of that day. Many of those images, along with pictures taken in Afghanistan before and after 9/11 and in Iraq afterward are the focus of Witness to History. The exhibition will reveal war's tragic effect on combatants and civilians, and includes highly personal images of American soldiers and their families, as well as photographs of Iraqi civilians and their families. The Currier worked directly with Nachtwey to acquire many of the photographs in the exhibition.
Image Credit: James Nachtwey, Afghanistan, 1996. © James Nachtwey
Oct. 10, 2015 Jan. 10, 2016
One of New Hampshire's most popular American artists, Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) achieved great public acclaim during the first half of the 20th century. He became a household name through the mass production and distribution of high quality color prints of his paintings, which became magazine covers, illustrations and art posters. In homes all over the country, businesses and homeowners produced and posted calendars that included his fantastical figure and idealized landscape images.
This exhibition offers an extensive selection of vintage Parrish calendars, art prints and magazine covers, as well as landscape paintings from the Hood Museum of Art and Currier collections.
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 us love the high heel.
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 Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.
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.
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.