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Upcoming Events

 

 

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Download our April - June 2017 calendar here! Or, send us an email to info@newportartmuseum.org and we'll mail one to you. 

 

 

Artists' Ball

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Gala co-chairs Elizabeth Ann Kahane, Molly de Ramel, and John Royall invite you to join us for a masked ball in support of the Newport Art Museum. All gala proceeds will benefit the Museum’s exhibitions, education, public programs, collections, community outreach, and preservation of its historic buildings.

 

Cocktails at 6pm / Dinner at 7:30pm

 

Guests will enjoy dancing to the music of Alex Donner and his Orchestra and be treated to a special performance by Metropolitan Opera singers.

 

We will debut "Newport Sexx Festival" paintings by George Condo, curated by Dodie Kazanjian and an original multi-media installation "For Tad and Dodie" by Tony Oursler. Other surprises are planned throughout the evening.

 

Attire: Masks, Black Tie Optional. Bring your own mask or purchase an artist-made mask at the Museum on Sunday afternoon June 11 from 1-3 pm.

 

This year’s gala honorees, Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins, are two of the world’s most celebrated arts writers.

 

Since 1989, Dodie Kazanjian has covered the art world for Vogue, where she has identified and profiled many of the leading young artists of our time. She is also the founding director of Gallery Met, the contemporary art space at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her books include Icons, Dodie Goes Shopping, and Alex, a biography of the legendary Alexander Liberman, which she co-authored with Calvin Tomkins.

 

Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960. His profile subjects have included everyone from Marcel Duchamp and Buckminster Fuller to Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry. His many books include Living Well is the Best Revenge, Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg, The Bride and the Bachelors, and the seminal Duchamp: A Biography.

 

NEW: Bid on the Silent Auction!

View our silent auction and begin bidding!

 

 

 

THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Please visit http://501auctions.com/artistsball to bid on our silent auction.

Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Calling all Fans of Watercolor! Make a Watercolor Fan!      

Beat the heat in style this summer with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, painted paper fan!  Taking inspiration from the New England Watercolor Society’s 2017 Juried Show currently on exhibit at the Museum, Newport Public School teacher and visual artist Mrs. Diane Sheehan will lead a fun watercolor-painted fan-making activity!  

Each Second Saturday begins with Guided Close-Looking in the galleries. We’ll visit the New England Watercolor Society exhibition!  

Founded in 1885 as the Boston Watercolor Society, the New England Watercolor Society (or “NEWS”) is one of the oldest watercolor societies in America. Its past members include a roster of influential American artists, such as Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and honorary member Andrew Wyeth.

Each Second Saturday activity is free with paid Museum admission.

(Members and children under 5 always free.)

Become a Member today and enjoy free Museum Admission, discounted class and camp tuition, and more!


Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

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 After Dark

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Pull on your cowboy boots and 2-step on over to the Museum for a gallery talk with acclaimed photographer and exhibiting artist Henry Horenstein, whose photographs pull back the curtain on the high-glamour back stage of the Grand Old Opry on one end, and rough-and-tumble dive bars on the other. "Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music", the title of his series of photographs, as well as the title of his book, includes portraits of country music legends such as Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Mother Maybelle Carter and more. But his work not only records the performers; Horenstein pays close attention to the honky tonk bars, patrons and culture that surround country music.  


The talk will be followed by Q&A with Horenstein, and a book signing in the Cushing Gallery. "Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music" will be available for sale in the Elizabeth Conklin Museum Shop.  


Then join us for a live country & folk concert on the Museum's front lawn. Settle in or get up and dance!  


5:30 pm 

Artist Talk with Henry Horenstein

The Horenstein Artist talk is free, but seating is limited. Reservations recommended.

 

6:30 pm 

"Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music" Book Signing with Henry Horenstein in the Cushing Gallery

 

6:30 pm 

Live Music performed on the Museum's front lawn. Family friendly! 
 

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

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

"The Red Man’s Bones: George Catlin” by Benita Eisler

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 Red Man’s Bones: George Catlin” by Benita Eisler, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

George Catlin has been called the “first artist of the West,” as none before him lived among and painted the Native American tribes of the Northern Plains. After a false start as a painter of miniatures, Catlin found his calling: to fix the image of a “vanishing race” before their “extermination”?his word?by a government greedy for their lands. In the first six years of the 1830s, he created over six hundred portraits?unforgettable likenesses of individual chiefs, warriors, braves, squaws, and children belonging to more than thirty tribes living along the upper Missouri River.

Political forces thwarted Catlin’s ambition to sell what he called his “Indian Gallery” as a national collection, and in 1840 the artist began three decades of self-imposed exile abroad. For a time, his exhibitions and writings made him the most celebrated American expatriate in London and Paris. He was toasted by Queen Victoria and breakfasted with King Louis-Philippe, who created a special gallery in the Louvre to show his pictures. But when he started to tour “live” troupes of Ojibbewa and Iowa, Catlin and his fortunes declined: He changed from artist to showman, and from advocate to exploiter of his native performers. Tragedy and loss engulfed both.

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

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

Caleb Cole: "Forget Me Not" Artist Talk & Cocktails

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Promise yourself you won't miss Caleb Cole's evening artist talk "Forget Me Not", followed by celebratory themed cocktails in the Library of the historic Griswold House! Cole's tender and meticulously crafted works explore vulnerability, gender and identity, and his talk promises to be both entertaining and illuminating. Flowers such as pansies and roses are an important recurring image in Cole's work.  Forget Me Not guests are encouraged to attend in elaborate, floral, campy, vintage or festive dress, and will enjoy a complimentary flower-themed cocktail in return! 

 Free for members, $10 suggested donation for non-members. 

Cash bar & light refreshments. 

 

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Seating is limited, please Register HERE!

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

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

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

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

Wet Paint

8 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This year marks the 24th annual Wet Paint at the Newport Art Museum! 

Wet Paint has become a marquee event in Newport. The weekend-long community art-fest draws visitors from across New England for a celebration of regional artists, culminating in a lively benefit auction. On the morning of Saturday, August 12, participating artists convene at the Museum to have their canvasses stamped. They explore the town and coastline in search of their favorite subjects  and views, and bring their completed works, still wet, back to the Museum to be installed in the Ilgenfritz Gallery late Saturday afternoon. In 2015 our 500 participating artists ranged in age from 5 months to spry nonagenarians!

 

Stay tuned for more information.


Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Its Wet Paint Weekend!

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 - 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:  

Youth registration begins at the Museum at 10 am on Saturday. 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, collage - it’s all good! Whisk your masterpiece back to the Museum Saturday afternoon and we’ll install it! Then join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday evening!

It’s free to submit a work of art, and artists receive free admission to the Opening Reception for themselves and a guest!

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

Each Second Saturday activity is free with paid Museum admission.

(Members and children under 5 always free.)

Become a Member today and enjoy free Museum Admission, discounted class and camp tuition, and more!

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of E. Curtis” by Timothy Egan

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 Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of E. Curtis” by Timothy Egan, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.

Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

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

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

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

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

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 Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Whale Guitar Project - Saving Whales Through Song!

The ‘Whale Guitar” is traveling to the Newport Art Museum for Second Saturday! Bring all those artful, creative kids, musicians, artists, and whale lovers, too! The Whale Guitar was created by musician and activist Jen Long, to raise awareness of the plight of whales, and raise funds to protect them and their ocean home. Inspired by Herman Melville's great book "The Whale" (Moby Dick), the Whale Guitar is a sonic work of art that sings for whales in the hands of whale-loving guitarists! Through this experience she seeks to inspire support for Ocean Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of whales and their marine environment.  Appropriate since Ocean Alliance scientists are the ones that discovered whales sing!

Come hear more about the plight of whales and see this one-of-a-kind, American crafted, Melville-inspired, Whale Guitar up close!  

“This is a piece of American craft and folk art, but it is an instrument, too — it sounds and feels good, people are surprised,” Long said.

Each Second Saturday activity is free with paid Museum admission.

(Members and children under 5 always free.)

Become a Member today and enjoy free Museum Admission, discounted class and camp tuition, and more!

Read / Eat / Chat

”Grant Wood: A Life” by R. Tripp Evans

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read ”Grant Wood: A Life” by R. Tripp Evans, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Wood claimed to be “the plainest kind of fellow you can find. There isn’t a single thing I’ve done, or experienced, that’s been even the least bit exciting.” He was one of America’s most famous regionalist painters; to love his work was the equivalent of loving America itself. In his time, he was an “almost mythical figure,” recognized most supremely for his hard-boiled farm scene, American Gothic, a painting that has come to reflect the essence of America’s traditional values-a simple, decent, homespun tribute to our lost agrarian age.  

 

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of and American Art Collector” by Howard Greenfeld

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 Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of and American Art Collector” by Howard Greenfeld, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Albert Coombs Barnes, one of the most eccentric, controversial figures of the early twentieth-century art world, springs vividly from the pages of  this biography. The Devil and Dr. Barnes traces the near-mythical journey of a man who was born into poverty, amassed a fortune through the promotion of a popular medicine, and acquired the premier private collection of works by such masters as Renoir, Matisse, Cézanne, and Picasso.

Ostentatiously turning his back on the art establishment, Barnes challenged the aesthetic sensibilities of an uninitiated, often resistant and scoffing, American audience. In particular, he championed Matisse, Soutine, and Modigliani when they were obscure or in difficult straits. Analyzing what he saw as the formal relationships underlying all art, linking the old and the new, Barnes applied these principles in a rigorous course of study offered at his Merion foundation.

Barnes's own mordant words, culled from the copious printed record, animate the narrative throughout, as do accounts of his associations with notables of the era--Gertrude and Leo Stein, Bertrand Russell, and John Dewey among them--many of whom he alienated with his appetite for passionate, public feuds. In this rounded portrait, Albert Barnes emerges as a complex, flawed man, who--blessed with an astute eye for greatness--has left us an incomparable treasure, gathered in one place and unforgettable to all who have seen it.

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World" by Anthony M. Amore

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 Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World" by Anthony M. Amore, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate.

Anthony M. Amore's The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.