While it hasn’t always felt like fall in recent weeks, the museum is in high gear hosting fall events and planning winter exhibits, classes, and programs. The popular “America’s Eden: Newport Through the Ages” lecture series with architectural historian John R. Tschirch will conclude Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. with “The Gilded Age.” The series is based on Tschirch’s 2022 book of the same title and explores over three centuries of landscape design, literature and art that were created in this leafy place called Newport. With shovel and garden spade, pen, brush, paint and camera, generations of gardeners, nurserymen, writers and artists have shaped the earth literally and figuratively, and the result of their work is an extraordinary legacy, a vision of the human. does Eden through the ages. This final lecture will be offered virtually and in person, and signed copies of America’s Eden will be available for purchase. More information and tickets can be found at newportartmuseum.org/events.
On Thursday, November 17 at noon, the museum’s art-themed reading group, Museum Reads, will discuss the second half of Mary Gabriel’s “Ninth Street Women: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art.” Offered virtually and in person, Museum Reads welcomes avid readers on the third Thursday of every month (except December) for a lively conversation around each selection of art-themed books. This will be the last meeting of the year, and more information and registration is available at newportartmuseum.org/events.
Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2 for the much-anticipated opening of the special exhibition “Social Fabric: Textiles and Contemporary Issues” from 5-7 p.m. From the cradle to the grave, human beings are wrapped and surrounded by textiles. What people do to dress, protect and decorate themselves and their spaces tells us about their cultures, times, identities, families and lives. This exhibition brings together a wide range of contemporary textile artists who are weavers, sculptors, quiltmakers and visionaries to examine the complex issues of our time. Together, their practices demonstrate and reimagine the expressive and social functions of textiles. Some of the themes include: Climate Change and Sustainability, Adaptation and Reuse, War and Survival, Human Rights and Social Justice, Reclaiming History, Reaffirming and Celebrating Communities , and gender, ethnic and racial identities. Join us to celebrate the artists! Admission to the vernissage is free for members and a suggested donation of $10 for non-members. For more information, visit newportartmuseum.org/exhibitions/social-fabric.
Stay tuned – final touches are being made to the Winter 2023 Speaker Series lineup and subscriptions will go live around Thanksgiving. This series is a much-anticipated bright spot in winter, and at 95, it’s also a feature of the museum’s annual programming. Offered in-person and virtually, the series consists of six Saturday talks beginning with Darrell West, Vice President and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution on January 21, 2023. Sign up for email notifications. mail about this and all museum events and programs at newportartmuseum.org/news.
An inspired list of winter courses that are sure to entice novices and experts alike into the Museum School studios to stretch their creative muscles has just been released! Classes include new opportunities to study clay wheel throwing, beginner watercolor, pencil portraiture, pop-art techniques, painting abstraction, mixed media and much more . Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, many classes are now for all ages (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult), making this an exciting opportunity to experiment with new materials and perfect skills. techniques with a community of artists of all ages. Learn more and register at newportartmuseum.org/education/classes.
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