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Read / Eat / Chat

"The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece" by Laura Cumming

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece" by Laura Cumming, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5



In 1845, a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velazquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history. “An innovative fusion of detection and biography, this book shows how and why great works of art can affect us, even to the point of mania.”

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

Stephanie Chase - Violin & Sara Davis Buechner - Piano

6:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

After wowing Newport Music Festival audiences during the 50th Anniversary Season in July, Stephanie Chase (violin) and Sara Davis Buechner (piano) return! Their amazing performances this summer included Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bernstein’s West Side Story. 

The program opens with Mozart’s Violin Sonata KV 302 in E flat Major written in 1778 in two movements and is particularly operatic in flavor, with allusions to The Marriage of Figaro. In the same key as the Mozart, Strauss’ Violin Sonata Op. 18 transports us to a world of rich harmonies. The composer was writing his famous tone poem Don Juan and his symphonic fantasy Aus Italien (From Italy) contemporaneously. 

The second half of the concert is dedicated to the beautiful works of the great composer Miklós Rózsa, whose film scores included Ben Hur and Spellbound, earning him 17 Academy Award Nominations. Ms. Buechner both met and played for the composer and has produced a full-length CD of the composer’s piano works. The evening ends with the virtuoso Tzigane by Ravel.

This performance includes Newport Art Museum admission and a complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres reception prior to the concert and during intermission.

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Reception from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm


Tickets: $50, available through by clicking the link below:

Art After Dark

5 – 9 pm     Newport Art Museum

Art After Dark is very pleased to present the latest film by acclaimed international artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat. 


A film within a film, Looking for Oum Kulthum is the plight of Mitra, an Iranian woman artist/filmmaker living in exile, as she embarks on capturing the life and art of the legendary Egyptian singer and diva, Oum Kulthum. Mitra's film explores the struggles, sacrifices and the price of Oum Kulthum’s success as a female artist in a male dominated society. Having left her family behind for her career, and in her effort to capture the essence of Oum Kulthum as a myth, a woman and an artist, Mitra’s own struggles blend with those of the singer and she finds herself caught in an emotional and artistic breakdown.


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6:30 pm Film Screening

Running Time: 90 minutes

Film Tickets: Members $8, non-Members $10

Art After Dark is free for Museum Members and a $10 suggested donation for non-members. Tickets to the film screening are sold separately. Seating is limited. 

Light refreshments and cash bar. 

About Shirin Neshat  

Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born artist and filmmaker living in New York. Neshat’s early photographic works include the Women of Allah series (1993–1997), which explored the question of gender in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and militancy. Her subsequent video works departed from overtly political content or critique in favor of more poetic imagery and complex human narratives. Neshat continues to explore and experiment with the mediums of photography, video and film. Her most recent bodies of work include the photographic series The Book of Kings (2012), The Home of My Eyes (2015) and the trilogy Dreamers comprised of three video installations: Illusions and Mirrors (2013), Roja (2016), and Sarah (2016).

Neshat has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide, including the Museo Correr in Venice, Italy, to coincide with the 2017 Venice Biennale; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Yarat Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Doha; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, Michigan; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Serpentine Gallery, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, among others. Neshat has participated in major international group exhibitions, including the 48th Venice Biennale of Art (1999), the Whitney Biennial (2000), Documenta XI (2002) and Prospect.1 New Orleans (2009), Palazzo Grassi-Francoise Pinault Foundation (2012), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013) and LACMA (2015). Neshat was the recipient of the Grand Prix at the Gwangju Biennial (2000), the Golden Lion Award - the First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennial (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2006), and The Crystal Award (2014). Her work is included in the collections of museums and public institutions around the world.

In 2009, Neshat directed her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. She has recently completed her second feature-length film, based on the life and art of the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum which is expected to be released in 2017. Neshat is represented by Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Muralist: A Novel" by B.A. Shapiro

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "The Muralist: A Novel" by B.A. Shapiro, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5


The novel focuses on the budding Abstract Expressionist movement, whose major players, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, and Jackson Pollack, interact with the fictional Alizee Benoit who disappears in 1940. In 2015, three hidden paintings attached to the backs of canvases submitted to an auction house for appraisal are discovered. Danielle, Alizee’s great-niece, feels these paintings bear a striking resemblance to her great-aunt’s two surviving works of art. Danielle is determined to prove their authenticity and if possible, solve the mystery of the disappearance of Alizee Benoit.