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Art After Dark

Art After Dark
         photo courtesy of Rich Hudson

What is Art After Dark? 

The Newport Art Museum's sparkling late night gathering, Art After Dark, is held on the second Thursday of each month and features artful programs, talks, gallery games, music, drinks and inspired conversation.  Each Art After Dark is unique and full of new adventures. Admission is free for Members. ($10 suggested donation for non-members)

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Art After Dark

Beyond Architecture

5 – 9 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Exceptional sculpture, imaginative live theater and inspired architecture.    



Make art in a relaxed setting, with portrait sketching in the Studio Gallery. We'll supply the model, drawing materials, and easels. Coleman Center for Creative Studies instructor Peter Dickison will offer guidance and technical assistance. 


5:30 pm  Toy Theater performance of Last Snow, Spring Love

Newport artists Rupert Nesbitt and Rebecca Kelly will perform their original toy theater production on the half hour beginning at 5:30pm in the Library.

Toy theater is a form of miniature theater that was a popular Victorian parlor entertainment. Constructed of cardboard with paper sets and actors these small stages were the perfect tiny settings to reenact the most popular theatricals and operas of the period. Newport artists Rupert Nesbitt and Rebecca Kelly hope to inspire interest in this lost form of performance art. The theatrical division of their company, The Junkyard Studios, will perform an original production called Last Snow, Spring Love


6 pm  EXHIBITING ARTIST TALK with Jay Lacouture

Join us for a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Jay Lacouture in the Wright Gallery. Showcasing two distinct bodies of work: one assembled from pieces made over the course of his career exploring the teapot idiom, and another bringing together works from the past several years reflecting the artist’s visits to China.

Learn more about his exhibition, Looking Forward, Looking Back HERE.  




Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects 


Vincent Scully is likely the best-known living art historian in the United States today. Long time professor of the history of art and architecture at his alma mater, Yale University, Scully's deep engagement with the subject and his passionate presentation style deeply inspired students. Scully's insights are eye-opening and have championed the work of such modern architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi, and Aldo Rossi. He has focused on topics ranging from the American Shingle Style of the late 19th Century, which he identified and named, to a reassessment of Greek temples and their response to the surrounding landscape. The breadth and depth of his knowledge, which includes a close familiarity with literature as well as with the visual arts, lends a special richness to his historical interpretations.

Join us for a discussion led by Ross Cann, Founding Chairman of the Newport Architectural Forum.


Running Time:  56 minutes
Producer & Director: Edgar B. Howard
Director & Editor: Tom Piper


Art After Dark is free or admission by donation. Tickets to the film are $10 per person and are available online or at the door. Seating is limited. 



ROSS CANN will moderate a post-film conversation on Vincent’s Scully role in bringing Newport Architecture to a broader light, his impact on teaching at Yale University and his larger effect on architectural education nationally. He is a graduate of Yale University, Founding Chairman of the Newport Architectural Forum and founder and Managing Director of A4 Architecture. 

Art After Dark

5 – 9 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Productive Disruptions

This night the Art Museum will draw our eyes and attentions to the concept of community. Positively disrupting, experimenting, empowering, reflecting, and reimagining our community through the transformative act of art making.



Make art in a relaxed setting, with portrait sketching in the Studio Gallery. We'll supply the model, drawing materials, and easels. Paint or sketch to your heart's content! 


6 pm  Exhibiting aRTISTS TALK

Join us for a gallery talk with the Newport Annual exhibiting artist award winners (who will be announced at the opening reception on February 3, 2017) in the Cushing Gallery. Learn more about the Newport Annual exhibition HERE.  


Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8: Chicago

7:15 pm

Art21 is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and educating audiences about contemporary visual art and artists. We invite you to join us for a journey into the inspiration, vision, techniques and challenges of four accomplished contemporary artists living and working in Chicago. Surrounded by industry and towering architecture, Chicago artists are responding to and challenging their urban environment through experimentation.   

Engage in a larger discussion on positive disruptions, public art and community engagement with contemporary art in a post-film discussion and Q&A with Alexandra Foradas, Assistant Curator at MASS MoCA, where Nick Cave's current installation, UNTIL, is on view through August, 2017.  


Art After Dark is free or admission by donation.  

Admission is free to the film screening, but due to limited seating availability, please preregister online.  

This event is produced in collaboration with Art21, a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing preeminent films on today's leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide.



Alexandra Foradas is Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA, where she has organized the exhibitions Bibliothecaphilia (2015) and Jenny Holzer (2017). She is currently working on an oral history of the composer and musician Gunnar Schonbeck, as well as exhibitions featuring the work of Taryn Simon and Robert Rauschenberg. Foradas formerly worked with The Arts Club of Chicago, where she coordinated programming including 3-4 exhibitions per year and performances, lectures, and conversations with artists and scholars including Zoe Keating, Robert Storr, David Salle, Nacho Duato, and many more. She holds an MA in Art History from Williams College.