programs & events

Art After Dark

Art After Dark
         photo courtesy of Rich Hudson

Discover Art After Dark!

Newport Art Museum's sparkling late night gathering recently received the 2017 Editor's Pick Award for Best Artsy Social Event by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine! 

Held on the second Thursday of each month, Art After Dark features artful programs, talks, film screenings, 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)

Made possible with generous support from:



Art After Dark

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


5:30 pm  Gallery Talk with Senior Curator Francine Weiss:  

"be of love and other stories: Contemporary Highlights from the Permanent Collection" 

Join Francine for an engaging conversation on the vast contemporary, interdisciplinary works now on view from the Museum's permanent collection. Artists such as Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Corita Kent, Dale Chihuly, Jesse Burke and Bob Dilworth are on exhibit, some for the first time. 









7 pm  PARALLEL CORRIDORS / MAPS OF SPACE: An improvisational dance performance practice

Conceived by Lila Hurwitz in collaboration with Shura Baryshnikov, Heidi Henderson and Cathy Nicoli. Parallel Corridors structure created by Barbara Dilley.

A quartet of veteran dance artists specializing in the art of performance improvisation will present Parallel Corridors / Maps of Space, a structure for spontaneous dance-making used worldwide. Carefully conceived yet with no pre-planned movements, the structure allows both audience and performers to witness and participate in the making of art in real time.

Compositions form and dissolve; chance occurrences arise seen and unseen; connections are made and unmade.
Since the 1950s, improvisational dance practices have often developed and evolved alongside contemporary visual art trends, reflected social justice movements, and provided a timely and evocative mirror for reflection. The Parallel Corridors improvisation featured during Art After Dark will likewise reflect it's environment and the Museum's current exhibition, “be of love and other stories.” As e.e. cummings says in his poem “be of love…”, the dancers hope to “Open what thousandth why and discover laughing.”
Join us for Parallel Corridors at 7pm in the Ilgenfritz Gallery
Performance is free, but reservations are recommended.


Art After Dark is free for Members, $10 suggested donation for Non-members. Cash bar and light refreshments.


Roy Lichtenstein, Red and Yellow Apple, 1983, Woodcut on handmade Iwano Kizuki Hosho paper, 22 ¾ x 30 ½ in., Gift of the artist, 1999.002.001.    

Corita Kent, Be of Love, 1982, Serigraph, 38 in. x 29 1/2 in., Gift of Mrs. James Rush Beeler, 1996.008.012.