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Read / Eat / Chat

"You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin" by Rachel Corbett

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin" by Rachel Corbett, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In 1902, Rainer Maria Rilke - then a struggling poet in Germany - went to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rilke in his twenties, delicate and unknown; Rodin in his sixties, carnal and revered. Yet they fell into an   instantaneous friendship. Transporting readers to early twentieth-century Paris, Rachel Corbett’s You Must Change Your Life is a vibrant portrait of Rilke and Rodin and their circle, revealing how deeply Rodin’s ideas about art and creativity influenced Rilke’s classic Letters to a Young Poet.


Gallery Talk with Joan Hall

5:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join us for a Curator-led gallery talk with Joan Hall in her exhibition "Sea of Heartbreak," currently on view in the Ilgenfritz Gallery. 

This event is free for Museum members, and free with admission for non-members.

 

About the show

A veteran sailor, Joan Hall understands the crisis of ocean pollution. Her stunning large-scale works of art and installations combine found or cast paper marine debris into handmade paper and explore the effects of plastic on the sea. As the artist notes, plastic has changed the marine ecosystem; ten percent of the world’s plastic winds up in the ocean, does not biodegrade, and floats indefinitely around the globe. Birds and marine wildlife also ingest this plastic. For “Sea of Heartbreak,” Hall focuses on the increase in algae bloom and invasive algae and dying coral reefs worldwide, the result of increasing ocean temperatures. Plastic pollution has contributed in part to this devastating ecological shift. Through the creation of complex layered arrangements of paper and objects in rich colors, Hall creates sculptures that are both alluring and yet cautionary as they remind us of the peril we will be in should we choose to ignore pollution.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Joan Hall works in mixed media, and large-scale installations, with an emphasis on the materials of paper, glass, and metal. Hall received her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and her MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studied papermaking with Garner Tullis at the Institute of Experimental Printmaking in San Francisco. She is known for her innovative approaches to material and process. Hall’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Leopold-Hoesch Museum (Germany), Newport Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum (MO), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney), Silkeborg Art Center (Denmark), The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (San Antonio, TX), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), Hillwood Art Museum (Brookville, NY), Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville, AR), Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (Hungary), Nordjyllands Museum of Art (Aalborg, Denmark), Suwa Municipal Museum (Japan), Municipal Museum (Nanjing, China), Musée d’Art (Lyon, France), and the Rijswijk Museum and Apeldoorn Museum (both in The Netherlands). She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards that include two MAAA-NEA individual artist grants and an exhibition grant from the Danish National Council. Her work has been published in national and international books and is in numerous public and private collections. Hall is the Emerita Kenneth E. Hudson of Art in the Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis and currently a visiting critic in the graduate printmaking program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Reflections on a Mermaid: Roy Lichtenstein (1994)

6:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

ICONIC ARTWORK, CONTEXTUALIZED.

The Newport Art Museum is pleased to host a very special documentary screening featuring exclusive, extensive, intimate and never-before-shown coverage of one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century, REFLECTIONS ON A MERMAID: ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1994), contextualizing Lichtenstein’s iconic creative process. The film is presented in partnership with Sail Newport

Presenting in-studio creation, gallery openings and installations of his internationally-renowned Mermaid collection, this half-hour documentary celebrates Roy Lichtenstein’s unique achievements by bringing to younger generations and serious collectors alike some playful and detailed insights into the lasting value of art. 

REFLECTIONS ON A MERMAID: ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1994) also chronicles the creative quest of the U.S. Olympic medal-winning sailor Kevin Mahaney, who also skippered the 1995 America’s Cup contender "Young America" that is famously covered by Lichtenstein’s Mermaid.  Seeking to cement his legacy and demystify Lichtenstein’s creative process, Mahaney aspires to organize an unprecedented show of the artist’s entire Mermaid collection.  By enlisting the cooperation of many distinguished galleries and museums from New York and New England to Japan,  Mahaney somehow manages to mount an extraordinary show in an improbable location — for a Mermaid.

Q&A and reception to follow with Director Theodore Bogosian and "Young America" boat builder Eric Goetz.

 

USA, 2018 
Running Time: 29 minutes
Directed by Theodore Bogosian
Narrated by Eric Bogosian

 

TICKETS: 
Museum Members:  $10
Non-Members: $15
Youth: $5

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Theodore Bogosian, Director

Theodore Bogosian is a veteran filmmaker and television producer with scores of primetime network documentary and episodic drama credits. Bogosian and his programs have won top prizes everywhere from the National Press Club to the Chicago Film Festival to the Writer’s Guild of America, East, as well as multiple Emmy nominations and awards. His achievements include the first documentary produced in High-Definition (The Press Secretary, 2001.)  Since 1978, Bogosian has personally secured access to and conducted interviews with dozens of newsmakers, including several US Presidents, Vice-Presidents and other national candidates, as well as Nobel Prize recipients, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride, and many others. His worldwide charitable work includes multiple African and Eurasian trips for foundations promoting clean water, education and human rights.  

Bogosian received a BA from Duke University in Political Science in 1973, an MPP from Harvard University's JFK School of Government in 1981, taught the Visiting Filmmaker's Master Class at Duke for 9 semesters and is entering his fifth year as an Assistant Professor of the Practice at Brown University.

Eric Goetz, "Young America" boat builder
Eric Goetz began sailing at a young age. While attending Brown University, Eric took courses in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design, sparking his interest in how destin is ingluenced by materials and processes.  Eric's passions lead him to start Goetz Custom Sailboats in 1975. In 1990, Goetz began building prepreg composite boats using aerospace-grade carbon and kevlar prepregs with various types of cores, including nomex, aluminum, and kevlar honeycombs. Goetz has built some of the world's most successful race boats, including three of today's most high profile yachts. Eric Goetz has built: 10 America's Cup boats (including "Young America"), 11 TP52 Race boats, Wlly Class yachts, Volvo 70 Around-the-World race boats and luxury yachts. Eric currently serves on the Board of Trustees for both The Landing School and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.

Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He is preeminently identified with Pop Art, a movement he helped originate, and his first fully achieved paintings were based on imagery from comic strips and advertisements and rendered in a style mimicking the crude printing processes of newspaper reproduction.

These paintings reinvigorated the American art scene and altered the history of modern art. Lichtenstein’s success was matched by his focus and energy, and after his initial triumph in the early 1960s, he went on to create an oeuvre of more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other objects celebrated for their wit and invention.

Lichtenstein created three major series in the 1990s, each emblematic of his ongoing interest in solving pictorial problems.

The Interiors, mural-sized canvases inspired by a miniscule advertisement in an Italian telephone book, delve again into the perceptual ambiguities of reflections from windows and mirrors.

The Nudes reprise the theme of women in a romance-comic mode, which Lichtenstein had introduced in the 1960s and amplified in lush Surrealist-inspired beach scenes in the 1970s. As with the Interiors, there is ample quotation of elements from earlier canvases, the furniture of Lichtenstein’s painted world. He also used the series to investigate mixing chiaroscuro (which he devised with dots and shading) with flat areas of color.

This effect was brought to an ultimate pitch in his Chinese Landscapes, Lichtenstein’s final encounter with a monumental art tradition—and one of his most subtle. Configurations of land, water, mountains and air found in Song dynasty paintings and scrolls are simulated by softly drifting fields of graduated dots. None of Lichtenstein’s usual black outlines define the monochromatic forms, which heightens the contemplative and abstract quality of the series.

In August 1997, Lichtenstein fell ill with pneumonia. He died unexpectedly of complications from the disease on September 29, 1997, at the age of 73, in New York City.

(courtesy: lichtensteinfoundation.org/biography)
 

Mystery at the Museum

"Sincerely Yours"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

A local theatre troupe is putting on a mystery play comprised of your favorite stock characters - The stuffy British Butler, a grand dame of society, her big game hunting husband, a rebellious child, a snarky chef, and a nosy maid to name a few! Things are going great, until one of the actors ACTUALLY DIES!  Since the "Show must go on" they all embrace their new situation and enlist you as P.I.s What secrets can be uncovered in their feuds, trysts and social media feeds?  If you aren't careful, you might find yourself the next target

PERFORMANCES: 
Saturdays at 7 pm
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
August 4, 18, 25

ADMISSION:
Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

Museum Members
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

 

Gallery Talk with Rania Matar

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join us for a gallery talk with Rania Matar in her exhibition "A Girl and Her Room,", currently on view in the Wright and Griswold Corridor Galleries.  

This event is free for Museum members, and free with admission for non-members.

 

About the Show

For her acclaimed series, “A Girl and Her Room,” Rania Matar photographed teenage girls, in their bedrooms, from two seemingly disparate worlds: the United States and the Middle East. These two worlds are ones familiar to Matar, who was born in Lebanon and moved to the United States where she now lives and works. In these portraits, the bedrooms become an extension of the girls’ personalities. With each photograph, Matar offers an intimate glimpse into each girl’s life, perspective, and identity. In the words of the artist: “I became fascinated with the similar issues girls at that age face, regardless of culture, religion and background, as they learn to deal with all the pressures that arise as they become conscious and aware of the surrounding world wherever this may be.” This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Karl and Teryn Weintz.

 

About the artist

Born and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the United States in 1984. Initially trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar began teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. She has won many awards, including a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing series “SHE.” Matar has widely exhibited her photographs nationally and internationally. She currently has a large solo exhibition, entitled “In Her Image: Photographs By Rania Matar,” at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX. She has work in numerous permanent collections at museums around the country and has published three books. The series “A Girl and Her Room” became the subject of Matar’s second book, published with the same title by Umbrage Editions. Matar lives and works in Massachusetts, where she also teaches at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Coleman Center Summer Classes begin

8 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Offerings are listed online and registration is now open!

 

newportFILM Screening

"The Price of Everything"

8:35 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Presented in partnership with

 

newportFILM Outdoors is presented by
LILA DELMAN REAL ESTATE and supported by 41º NORTH

 

6:30PM - Venue & food vendors open
7:20PM - Live music by Dave Flamand
8:35PM - Film followed by discussion with film director Nathaniel Kahn, moderated by Vogue contributing editor Dodie Kazanjian

 

EVENT DETAILS:
- Free popcorn courtesy of Savings Institute Bank + Trust
- Water station
- Live music courtesy of Kiel James Patrick
- On-site food vendors: Boru, Diego's, Tricycle Ice Cream
- BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
- Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport
- Rain Venue: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport

 

Free Event - Suggested $5 Donation 

 

About the Film:

"...beautifully navigates subjects as heady as the nature of art itself" - POV Magazine

Exploring  the  labyrinth of the contemporary art world, "The  Price  of Everything" examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, toone-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

View the Trailer

98 min
Director(s): Nathaniel Kahn
Producer(s): Jennifer Blei Stockman, Debi Wisch, Carla Solomon

 

 

Mystery at the Museum

"Sincerely Yours"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

A local theatre troupe is putting on a mystery play comprised of your favorite stock characters - The stuffy British Butler, a grand dame of society, her big game hunting husband, a rebellious child, a snarky chef, and a nosy maid to name a few! Things are going great, until one of the actors ACTUALLY DIES!  Since the "Show must go on" they all embrace their new situation and enlist you as P.I.s What secrets can be uncovered in their feuds, trysts and social media feeds?  If you aren't careful, you might find yourself the next target

PERFORMANCES: 
Saturdays at 7 pm
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
August 4, 18, 25

ADMISSION:
Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

Museum Members
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

 

Art + Environmental Advocacy Panel Discussion

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

 

SPECIAL GUEST PANELISTS INCLUDE:

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of Save the Bay

Joan Hall, Exhibiting Artist 

Moderated by Avory Brookins, Environment Reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio

 

Artists often serve as bell-weathers for contemporary issues and concerns. Fearless, artists are frequently some of the most vocal, animated, forward-thinking, and inspired champions of underrepresented social, economic, intellectual, moral, spiritual, humanitarian, global, and environmental issues. 


The current solo exhibition, Sea of Heartbreak by artist, sailor and environmental activist Joan Hall, is as visually stunning as it is a disturbing cautionary tale. Her delicate, complex and lacy large-scale works of art and installations have a dark underbelly. They seek to expose the damage to the global marine ecosystem caused by thousands of metric tons of un-biodegradable plastic waste floating in our seas. Increasing ocean temperatures has contributed to devastating ecological shifts, invasive algae blooms and dying coral reefs. 
The Art + Environmental Advocacy Panel will dive into issues of global warming and ocean health, public policy and personal responsibility, in a panel discussion held at the Newport Art Museum in partnership with Rhode Island Public Radio on July 6, 2018 at 6 pm. 

Admission to this event is free, but space is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended. Donations welcome. 

 


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About our Panelists:

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is fighting to reduce carbon pollution, protect our air and water, and position America as a leader in the clean energy economy. As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he plays a key role in crafting policies addressing climate change and environmental protection. He has earned a lifetime score of 98 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard.

 

Every week, Sen. Whitehouse speaks out on the Floor of the Senate, urging Congress to wake up to the threat of climate change. He co-founded the Senate Climate Action Task Force to help build support for action to address carbon pollution.  Whitehouse has also introduced legislation to put a fee on carbon, establishing a market incentive to reduce emissions while generating substantial revenue to be returned to the American people.

 

Since 2013, Senator Whitehouse has attended the annual Munich Security Conference, where he has headlined discussions of the implications of climate change on international security.

 

In 2011, Sen. Whitehouse joined with Democrats and Republicans to form the Senate Oceans Caucus to respond to the pressures of pollution and commercial activity. He has also passed legislation establishing a National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, a dedicated funding source for ocean and coastal research and restoration. 

 

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney and state Attorney General before being elected to the United States Senate in 2006.  In addition to Environment and Public Works, he is a member of the Budget Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging. 

 

He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport.  They have two children.

 

Joan Hall, Newport Art Museum Exhibiting Artist 

Known for her large-scale installations of primarily handmade paper that is combined with mixed media with an emphasis on glass and steel, Hall is known for her innovation approaches to materials and process.

Hall’s work has been exhibited at international museums and galleries that include: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum, Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Germany, Newport Art Museum, Museum of Nebraska Art, Walton Arts Center, Silkeborg Art Center, Denmark, The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, The Rijswijk Museum, Holland and the Appledoorn Museum, Holland. 

She is an Emerita Professor at Washington University in St. Louis where she taught printmaking and sculpture and currently is a visiting critic in the graduate program at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She has received numerous grants and awards in her field, including two from the NEA.

Selected books include:  500 Paper Objects, New Directions in Paper, Papermaking for Printmakers, The Art and Craft of Papermaking, Critical Mass, Papermaking for Printers, Artforms, and the Art of Papermaking.


Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of Save the Bay

Jonathan joined Save The Bay in early 2009 as the organization’s fourth executive director.  After growing up in suburban Boston and spending summers on Buzzards Bay, he first moved to Rhode Island in 1976 to attend Brown University, before going on to earn an MBA at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration and begin a finance career in Seattle and Boston. His love of the sea brought him to back to the Ocean State in 1989, when he promptly joined Save The Bay as a member and swimmer.

Like many Rhode Islanders, Jonathan has always enjoyed a deep connection to the Bay, where he regularly swims, kayaks and fishes. Taking the helm of Save The Bay gave him a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in protecting Narragansett Bay and inspiring the next generation of Bay stewards. During his tenure, Save The Bay has successfully challenged ill-conceived and damaging infrastructure projects, sounded the alarm on changing climate conditions, completed dozens of habitat restoration projects, achieved major legislative victories, expanded Save The Bay’s environmental education programs, and strengthened its financial foundation.

“My dad always encouraged me to view every turn in life as an opportunity to learn, and introduced me to marine life and the beauty of the ocean.  It is a privilege to lead such an outstanding organization that has been at the vanguard of protecting the Bay for nearly 50 years,” Stone said.

Before taking the helm at Save The Bay, Jonathan commuted to Boston, where he worked in financial services as a securities analyst, investment manager and co-founder of an investment management company. During these years he also served on the Board of the Gordon School in East Providence and joined the faculty of Providence College as an adjunct professor. 


Avory Brookins, Environment Reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio

Avory started as Rhode Island Public Radio's environment reporter in April 2017.  Before joining the station, she was a general assignment reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio. Previously she reported on health, science and the community for Philadelphia's public radio station, WHYY.

Avory is a Philadelphia native and proud Temple Owl.

When she's not reporting on the environment, she loves listening to K-pop, watching K-dramas, and researching Korean culture.
 

Mystery at the Museum

"Sincerely Yours"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

A local theatre troupe is putting on a mystery play comprised of your favorite stock characters - The stuffy British Butler, a grand dame of society, her big game hunting husband, a rebellious child, a snarky chef, and a nosy maid to name a few! Things are going great, until one of the actors ACTUALLY DIES!  Since the "Show must go on" they all embrace their new situation and enlist you as P.I.s What secrets can be uncovered in their feuds, trysts and social media feeds?  If you aren't careful, you might find yourself the next target

PERFORMANCES: 
Saturdays at 7 pm
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
August 4, 18, 25

ADMISSION:
Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

Museum Members
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

 

Meet the Composer: Jake Heggie

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

11 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Most music lovers never get the opportunity to meet a living composer, let alone one who has collaborated with and composed for some of the world's most exceptional singers, including Frederica von Stade, Renée Fleming, and Joyce DiDonato. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to get to know award-winning composer Jake Heggie in an intimate setting, learn about his craft, and hear some of his breathtaking compositions performed live.

Meet the Composer begins with an informal presentation given by Mr. Heggie who discusses the first half of the Program, excerpts from Rise & Fall (for soprano and piano) and A Question of Light (for baritone & piano), which were created in collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer.

During intermission, there will be champagne and patisseries in anticipation of the second half of the program, the song cycle Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (for mezzo & string quartet).

As described by Heggie, “The life of the brilliant French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) was little known prior to the landmark film about her life, released in 1988. She was a creative genius at a time when a woman was rarely taken seriously on her own, and usually only in connection with a man."


This exciting event will culminate in audience Q & A with the composer. Don't miss out!

 

Tickets available through newportmusic.org by clicking the link below:

 

Family Friendly Free Concert

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This concert is a special free concert for the community provided by the Newport Music Festival in collaboration with the Newport Art Museum. In case of rain, please see the posting on ww.newportmusic.org on the respective Concert Event Page for more information.

Art After Dark

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

 

Travel Beyond Time and Space...

Experience the immersive and otherworldly works of artist Cristi Rinklin and musician and filmmaker Rachel Blumberg this month at Art After Dark. 

 

 

Rinkin's spectacular territories and luxurious fantastical landscapes, and Blumberg's stop motion animations paired with the live performance of her fragile and mesmerizing soundscapes, will transport us through bright blankets of fog, down a long country road, and on a billowing cloud walk. 

It's time to explore!

 

Moon Bounce_Quiet Water Rumble from Newport Art Museum on Vimeo.


6 pm  Gallery Talk with exhibiting artist Cristi Rinklin, "Paramnesiac"
7 pm   Arch Cape video and live performance by Rachel Blumberg

Admission is free for Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members
Cash bar and light snacks will be available.


Cristi Rinklin’s mesmerizing paintings carry the viewer into new and spectacular territories. The world that she creates in each of these paintings, in the words of the artist, is  “an uninhabited, detached fragment that floats in an ambiguous, abstract space . . . . The combination of tangible realism, abstraction, and ambiguity are intended to disrupt the viewer’s ability to ground or position himself in any particular time or space.” Part fantasy and part phantasmagoria, Rinklin’s paintings reinvigorate and reinvent the tradition of landscape painting.
 


Rachel Blumberg is a multidisciplinary artist and educator working in in the fields of music, visual art, and film/animation.  She composes experimental percussion-based music and performs and records both under the name Arch Cape as well as in collaboration with other artists. She has performed and recorded with with many widely acclaimed artists including The Decemberists, M.Ward, Bright Eyes, Califone, Mirah, Tara Jane O’Neil, Michael Hurley, Sam Beam (Iron and Wine), Death Vessel, The Huntress and Holder of Hands, and many more.  Her visual art and films have been exhibited in galleries all over the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Seaboard. As an animator/filmmaker she creates short films and music videos using a combination of cut paper, found objects, paintings/drawings, computer animation and film and has made music videos for Iron & Wine, Gillian Welch, Nada Surf, and Tom Hagerman (Devotchka) among others. Originally from the woods and rivers of Portland, Oregon, she now lives in coastal New England. 

Arch Cape is a solo project and improvisational experiment that involves live music and stop motion animation. Blumberg's explorations into new musical and visual language revolve around ideas of human thought, feeling, and perception. Using various forms of the drum set, pitched and non-pitched percussion, synthesizers, and her voice, Arch Cape improvises fragile, beautifully mesmerizing, sometimes explosive emotional soundscapes to her stop motion animated and film collages. 

 

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ABOVE  Cristi Rinklin, After the End of the Beginning, 2009, From the series “Boundless,” Oil and acrylic on aluminum

Borodin & Prokofiev

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This joint piano recital celebrates two great Russian composers, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Prokofiev. The program begins with the most significant of Borodin’s piano works, his Petite Suite, comprised of seven movements with the dedication “Little poems on the love of a young girl.” It is followed by Borodin’s Scherzo in A flat Major, that is reminiscent of his Polovetsian Dances. The brisk and pounding rhythms combined with the sensual melodies make this a true challenge for any pianist. It is considered a mini-masterpiece written to be played by a virtuoso. The second half of the concert begins with selections from his ballet Romeo and Juliet, some arranged by the NMF pianist, Frederic Chiu. This is superb music storytelling: each selection conveys character and sentiment, circumstance and consequence in 20th century music’s compelling rendition of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major Op. 83, closes the afternoon’s program. Also known as the “Stalingrad,” this sonata is the second of Prokofiev’s three War Sonatas. It is passionate music in which dissonance moves into resonance, discord becomes resolution. The composer’s range and expertise are magnificent, evidenced in this stunning sonata, expertly performed.

 

Tickets available through newportmusic.org by clicking the link below:

 

 

Second Saturday

10:30 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Can art inspire change and a guitar save the whales?

 

Yes, it is happening!

 

Art and music are coming together at Second Saturday at the Newport Art Museum to raise awareness of the man made threats to our oceans and to our whales.

Look at stunning large-scale work of art by Joan Hall titled, Sea of Heartbreak and listen to music from the Whale Guitar Project-saving whales through music.


Mystery at the Museum

"Sincerely Yours"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

A local theatre troupe is putting on a mystery play comprised of your favorite stock characters - The stuffy British Butler, a grand dame of society, her big game hunting husband, a rebellious child, a snarky chef, and a nosy maid to name a few! Things are going great, until one of the actors ACTUALLY DIES!  Since the "Show must go on" they all embrace their new situation and enlist you as P.I.s What secrets can be uncovered in their feuds, trysts and social media feeds?  If you aren't careful, you might find yourself the next target

PERFORMANCES: 
Saturdays at 7 pm
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
August 4, 18, 25

ADMISSION:
Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

Museum Members
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

 

French Harp & Friends

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This afternoon concert of French music opens with Fauré’s Impromptu for Harp in Db Major, a lush, haunting composition that is at once bold and dreamy. Renié’s Danse des Lutins is a stellar example of French romantic harp music, rich in melodic line and lustrous background sound. Fantaisie for Harp Op. 95 is a composition rich in harmonics and including a cadenza specifically for harp by Saint-Saëns. The melodic line shimmers in a repeating motif that develops with charming delight. Harp joins forces with flute and viola in Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp,composed in 1915 and the first major composition written for this instrumentation. Ethereal and haunting, Debussy’s lyric mastery is beautifully displayed. The afternoon program closes with Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Accompanied by a Quartet of Strings, Flute and Clarinet. A chamber music showpiece often performed in concert with a full string orchestra, this gem opens with a gentle melodic theme that moves across the instruments. This music is joyful and engaging, a perfect closing to an afternoon of enchanting French chamber music.

 

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Four Strings Around the World

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Four Strings around the World is a compelling program celebrating the diversity of cultures through the unifying voice of a single medium: the violin. It is a riveting program with music from East and West Europe, Middle and Far East, Asia, South and North America. Designed by Irina Muresanu, the journey starts in Europe with the fiddling buoyancy of pieces by Romanian, Russian and Irish composers and two titanic pillars of the solo violin repertoire: Paganini‘s Caprice No. 24 and the Bach Chaccone. 

[In Bach’s Chaccone], when the D Major section moves into D Minor, it seemed as if the violin had had its heart broken and was crying. Muresanu’s performance was simply spectacular. 
- Boston Musical Intelligencer

Muresanu specifically commissioned two pieces for this program: Oshta by the Chickasaw Nation member composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate, which was inspired by a Native American hymn, and Vak by Indian composer Shirish Korde.

 

Tickets available through newportmusic.org by clicking the link below:

 

 


Family Friendly Free Concert

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This concert is a special free concert for the community provided by the Newport Music Festival in collaboration with the Newport Art Museum. In case of rain, please see the posting on ww.newportmusic.org on the respective Concert Event Page for more information.

Sergey Antonov & Ilya Kazantsev

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Musical greats Mendelssohn and Shostakovich are showcased in this afternoon concert by gifted Russian instrumentalists, cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Ilya Kazantsev. Their mastery of this well-known repertoire is stunning and engaging. Opening with Variations Concertante for Cello and Piano Op. 17, this lyrical offering is one of Mendelssohn’s musical tributes to his younger brother, Paul, a cellist by hobby, but a banker by trade. Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Major, and the second of filial tributes, follows. Cello and piano are treated as equals here also, alternating melodic prominence that creates a dazzling effect. The second half of the program is devoted to Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 40 in D Minor by fellow Russian musician Shostakovich. A lilting theme that reveals the breadth and depth of the cello’s intonation introduces this compelling and sensitive sonata. Each movement is rich and lush, revealing the composer’s genius and mastery of the cello. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus is the cello and piano movement from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. This is chamber music of the highest caliber, presented by two phenomenal Festival Artists who have been best friends since their youth in Moscow, Russia.

 

Tickets available through newportmusic.org by clicking the link below:

 

 

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Last Castle" by Denise Kiernan

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 Last Castle" by Denise Kiernan, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore - the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.

Artists' Ball

"Art of Fashion"

6:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Newport Art Museum and Artists' Ball co-chairs invite you to join them for an evening of art, fashion, dining and dancing in support of the Museum’s arts programming, collections and historic buildings!

 

Artists' Ball Co-chairs:
Anne Baker
Elizabeth Ann Kahane
Molly de Ramel
Steven Richter

 

Mystery at the Museum

"Sincerely Yours"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

A local theatre troupe is putting on a mystery play comprised of your favorite stock characters - The stuffy British Butler, a grand dame of society, her big game hunting husband, a rebellious child, a snarky chef, and a nosy maid to name a few! Things are going great, until one of the actors ACTUALLY DIES!  Since the "Show must go on" they all embrace their new situation and enlist you as P.I.s What secrets can be uncovered in their feuds, trysts and social media feeds?  If you aren't careful, you might find yourself the next target

PERFORMANCES: 
Saturdays at 7 pm
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
August 4, 18, 25

ADMISSION:
Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

Museum Members
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

 

Second Saturday

10:30 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Wet Paint!

It’s time to get the whole family involved in the biggest community art-making experience of the summer. Join in the fun of Wet Paint Weekend: a marquee philanthropic event in Newport. Spend Saturday painting en plein air (outside!) and donate your painting to the Museum for the Silent Auction Saturday night and Sunday. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

How it works: Second Saturday begins at the Museum at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 11. Each youth will be provided with a canvas and a list of great outdoor locations to explore and paint. Bring your own art supplies - pencil, pen, pastel, paint, and collage. Whisk your masterpiece back to the Museum Saturday afternoon and we’ll install it. Then, join us for the Saturday evening Preview Party as bidding begins! 

It’s free to submit a work of art, and artists receive free admission to the Preview Party for themselves and a guest.

The Wet Paint Second Saturday activity is free and will not involve a Guided Close Looking Tour.

Register for Second Saturday, here:

If you plan on submitting your piece to Wet Paint, you can save time on Saturday by pre-registering for Wet Paint: https://501auctions.com/wetpaint

WET PAINT

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli" by Alyssa Palombo

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 Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli" by Alyssa Palombo, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

“Palombo gives life to the woman immortalized in Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus in a novel that perfectly merges art, history and romance.” The Florence of the de Medicis, filled with the glorious colors of the Renaissance, shimmers as the backdrop of this fascinating glimpse into the creation of a masterpiece.  
 

Mystery at the Museum

"Sincerely Yours"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

A local theatre troupe is putting on a mystery play comprised of your favorite stock characters - The stuffy British Butler, a grand dame of society, her big game hunting husband, a rebellious child, a snarky chef, and a nosy maid to name a few! Things are going great, until one of the actors ACTUALLY DIES!  Since the "Show must go on" they all embrace their new situation and enlist you as P.I.s What secrets can be uncovered in their feuds, trysts and social media feeds?  If you aren't careful, you might find yourself the next target

PERFORMANCES: 
Saturdays at 7 pm
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
August 4, 18, 25

ADMISSION:
Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

Museum Members
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

 

Mystery at the Museum

"Sincerely Yours"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

A local theatre troupe is putting on a mystery play comprised of your favorite stock characters - The stuffy British Butler, a grand dame of society, her big game hunting husband, a rebellious child, a snarky chef, and a nosy maid to name a few! Things are going great, until one of the actors ACTUALLY DIES!  Since the "Show must go on" they all embrace their new situation and enlist you as P.I.s What secrets can be uncovered in their feuds, trysts and social media feeds?  If you aren't careful, you might find yourself the next target

PERFORMANCES: 
Saturdays at 7 pm
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
August 4, 18, 25

ADMISSION:
Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

Museum Members
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

 

Read / Eat / Chat

"A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley" by Jane Kamensky

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley" by Jane Kamensky, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Harvard historian, Jane Kamensky, gives a fresh perspective on the American Revolution, a world riven by divided loyalties and tangled sympathies. Though Copley’s talent earned him the patronage of Boston’s patriot leaders, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, he did not share their politics and lamented America’s provincialism. He eventually repatriated to London where he gained renown as the painter of Britain’s American War.
 

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

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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.”
 

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

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
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.