programs & events

Upcoming Events

 

 

Download the Calendar

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

 

 

Winter Speaker Series

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Challenges, Opportunities and Environmental Issues Facing the Global Ocean.”

Bruce Corliss, Dean of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Mr. Corliss will discuss challenges, opportunities and environmental issues facing the Global oceans.

 


Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"A Grim Gala"

The Newport Art Association is having it's annual fundraiser gala, and you're invited! On the surface, everything is coming up roses, but, as Shakespeare pointed out, every rose has it's thorn... Step back to 1947 and join a mismatched crew of artists, wealthy arts patrons, and museum employees for an art auction with a very special guest artist. But, when the auction ignites passions, a guest ends up dead and it will be your job to search for clues, question suspects and ultimately bring a killer to justice.

 

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)

"A Grim Gala"

The Newport Art Association is having it's annual fundraiser gala, and you're invited! On the surface, everything is coming up roses, but, as Shakespeare pointed out, every rose has it's thorn... Step back to 1947 and join a mismatched crew of artists, wealthy arts patrons, and museum employees for an art auction with a very special guest artist. But, when the auction ignites passions, a guest ends up dead and it will be your job to search for clues, question suspects and ultimately bring a killer to justice.

 

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

Photographers' Guild

"Do What You Love, All Else Follows"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Clint Clemens, a Cannon Explorer of Light emeritus, returns to Newport. His presentation will be a retrospective look at how photography, film directing, building design, yacht design and an addiction to solving complex problems all make sense.

Programs will be presented in the Ilgenfritz Gallery at the Newport Art Museum. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public, no registration required. For more information visit at www.newportphotoguild.org. 

Art After Dark

Beyond Architecture

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

Exceptional sculpture, imaginative live theater and inspired architecture.    

 

5:30 pm  PORTRAIT SKETCHING IN THE STudio GALLERY

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.  

 


 

7 pm  FILM SCREENING

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.

SNEAK PEEK TRAILER

Running Time:  56 minutes
2010
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. 


Artist Talk

with Jay Lacouture

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

An Artist Talk with Jay Lacouture will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm during Art After Dark. The talk is free and Art After Dark is free or by donation.

Second Saturdays

Creative Movement

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

As the winter season draws to a close, and spring has yet to burst through the ground, enjoy a morning of movement with your child led by RI native Revka Hovermale, freelance dance and theater teacher. An experienced performer of ballet, modern and jazz, Revka encourages students to move mindfully and with intention. Wake up from a long winter hibernation with art and movement in the beautiful Griswold House!

 


Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"A Grim Gala"

The Newport Art Association is having it's annual fundraiser gala, and you're invited! On the surface, everything is coming up roses, but, as Shakespeare pointed out, every rose has it's thorn... Step back to 1947 and join a mismatched crew of artists, wealthy arts patrons, and museum employees for an art auction with a very special guest artist. But, when the auction ignites passions, a guest ends up dead and it will be your job to search for clues, question suspects and ultimately bring a killer to justice.

 

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 Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott” by Marjorie G. Jones

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 Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott” by Marjorie G. Jones, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Known as the Audubon of Botany, Philadelphia Quaker Mary Morris Vaux Walcott (1860-1940) was a gifted artist whose stunning watercolors comprise a catalog of North American wildflowers. Walcott was catapulted to the highest levels of society and national politics by a late and bold marriage to the secretary of the Smithsonian. Along with an early (1887) transcontinental travelogue, never-before published correspondence with fellow Quaker and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, and Commissioner Mary Walcott’s reports for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, this biography reveals rich intersections of history, religion, politics, women’s studies, science, and art during the transformative times in which she lived. Walcott, and other intrepid women like her who sought escape from Victorian social conventions and opportunity for adventure and self-expression in the American West, were gifted artists, writers, and historians.

Write Rhode Island Award Ceremony

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

School One and Goat Hill  invite you to the Write Rhode Island Award Ceremony and reception. On Sunday, March 26, 2017, three Rhode Island students will be honored for their creative short fiction at the Newport Art Museum. 

The winning stories were selected from over 100 entries by RI students in grades 8-12. Write Rhode Island celebrates the enormous talent and creativity of our state's young writers.

The ceremony will feature readings by the winning students and will include a reception.

This event is free. To reserve a seat, contact Diana at School One by calling 401-331-2497 or email dianac@school-one.org.

Artist Talk & Tea

with Kate Blacklock

1:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Enjoy an Artist Talk & Tea with Kate Blacklock This event is free with Museum admission. 

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.

 

5:30 pm  PORTRAIT SKETCHING IN THE GALLERY

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.  

SNEAK PEEK TRAILER


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.


Artist Talk

with Newport Annual award winners

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

An Artist Talk with the Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition award winners will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 6 pm during Art After Dark, at the Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The talk is free and Art After Dark is free or by donation.

Photographers' Guild

"Good Photographs are Made, Not Taken"

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Returning popular presenter Ron Rosenstock whose program will explore the post processing of 40 photographs from the RAW untouched image to the final print. 

Programs will be presented in the Ilgenfritz Gallery at the Newport Art Museum. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public, no registration required. For more information visit at www.newportphotoguild.org. 

Read / Eat / Chat

“A Passion for Preservation: Katherine Warren and the Shaping of Modern Newport” by Alyssa Lozupone

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 Passion for Preservation: Katherine Warren and the Shaping of Modern Newport” by Alyssa Lozupone, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Today, Newport is renowned as one of the most historically significant and architecturally intact cities in America. In the years following World War II, this heritage was under siege, the city’s rich collection of colonial buildings and Gilded Age mansions was threatened by demolition and redevelopment.  Katherine Warren, California-born and New Orleans-bred, intervened by galvanizing her adopted community around the protection of its architectural heritage and, in doing so, contributed greatly to the city’s revitalization.  Warren’s story stretches far beyond her pivotal role in founding and leading The Preservation Society of Newport County; her pursuit of community engagement, creative adaptive uses for historic structures, and economic development through preservation proved avant-garde, earning Newport national recognition and revealing Warren as a leader in preservation nationwide.

Read / Eat / Chat

"Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Dawn Tripp

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Dawn Tripp , bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe blazes across the pages in Tripp’s tour de force about this indomitable woman, whose life was both supported and stymied by the love of her life, photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz.  [Readers] will feel the passion that infused her work and love life that emboldened her canvases.  The relationship between Stieglitz and O’Keeffe, and her metamorphosis from lover to wife to jilted partner, is poignantly drawn. Tripp has hit her stride here, bringing to life one of the most remarkable artists of the twentieth century with veracity, heart, and panache.

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Last Painting of Sara De Vos” by Dominic Smith

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 Painting of Sara De Vos” by Dominic Smith  , bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city's Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.


New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer's marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.


Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.

Artists Ball

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Please save the date for the 2017 Summer Gala:

Artists Ball

July 1, 2017

Gala co-chairs Elizabeth Ann Kahane, Molly de Ramel and John Royall invite you to join us for a festive evening in support of the Newport Art Museum and in recognition of our honorees Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins.

 

cocktails. dinner . silent & live auctions . dancing

Under the tent at the Griswold House

76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

gala@newportartmuseum.org

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.

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.

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.