FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2002
Contact: Hope Jordan
(603) 669-6144 ext. 102
hjordan@www.currier.org
New Currier Museum Campaign Boosts Visibility
MANCHESTER, NH – A new name, a series of ads and a set of bright new signs are the first initiatives in the current campaign by the Currier Museum of Art to make itself more accessible to visitors. The former Currier Gallery of Art will introduce its new name and graphic identity, and emphasize its permanent collection, in a series of ads beginning in mid-September. In early October, a group of new banners and signs will mark the Currier’s campus. On Sunday, October 13, from noon to 4:00pm, the museum plans a community celebration.

“Changing our name from ‘Gallery’ to ‘Museum’ recognizes the Currier’s true mission and clarifies our function for those less familiar with us,” says Currier Director Susan Strickler. She adds, “The new graphic identity underscores the central role of art and art education in our mission. It also extends a more friendly, accessible face to the public.”

The changes are part of a museum-wide initiative to improve every aspect of the visitor’s experience at the Currier, without compromising the institution’s intimate setting. The Currier will also continue to build on its growing importance as a civic partner. Says Strickler, “We want all of our visitors – in New Hampshire and throughout the region – to continue to visit the collections, attend our exhibitions and take part in the programs, but mostly to feel a sense of ownership and pride in their art museum. Our goal is to make the Currier a more visible and more fully utilized community resource.”

This fall, the Currier Gallery of Art will become the Currier Museum of Art, and advertising emphasizing the new graphic identity and the outstanding permanent collection of art will run in local newspapers and on cable television, beginning mid-September.

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Outside the museum, new signage will enable visitors to find the Currier more easily from routes 293 and 93, and make the museum and the Currier Art Center campus a more recognizable landmark. Additionally, a redesigned web site will provide easier online navigation at www.currier.org.

The museum will also offer additional programs and events on weekends and evenings to invite more public participation, and will remain open until 8:00pm on Thursday evenings instead of Friday evenings, beginning October 17, in response to visitor surveys.

To help introduce the public to these changes, a “Meet Your Neighbors” community celebration from noon to 4:00pm on Sunday, October 13, invites everyone to a free day of arts and entertainment. All visitors who sign up also receive a free, six-month membership to the Currier. Membership benefits include free admission to the museum.

“Meet Your Neighbors” and the free, six-month memberships are made possible by the generous support of Ocean National Bank.

Until October 17, museum hours are: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Sun., 11-5; Fri., 11-8; Sat., 10-5 until October 17.

After October 17, museum hours are: Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun., 11-5; Thurs., 11-8; Sat., 10-5. Closed Tuesdays.

The Currier Museum of Art is located at 201 Myrtle Way, Manchester, NH, and is wheelchair accessible. The museum is always free to all on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (603) 669-6144, ext. 108 or check the web site at www.currier.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2002
Contact: Hope Jordan (603) 669-6144 ext. 102
hjordan@www.currier.org
New York, New Work, Now!
Contemporary Art at the Currier, September 28 – January 12
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MANCHESTER, NH – You don’t have to travel to the Big Apple to find the next Andy Warhol, discover the latest Jackson Pollock, or bump into an up-and-coming Jean-Michel Basquiat. From September 28 to January 12, more than 25 artists who show their work in New York City’s most progressive galleries and museums are the focus of New York, New Work, Now! – the fall exhibition at the Currier Museum of Art.
“This exhibition offers our viewers an unusual opportunity to explore some of the latest trends in contemporary art, right here in Manchester,” says Currier Curator Andrew Spahr, “In addition to its contemporary subjects, the show also includes artwork in the form of new mediums – video projections and online Internet projects – both of which are a first for the Currier.” Selected by guest curator Nina Felshin, New York, New Work, Now! also includes painting, sculpture, installations and photography. The exhibition not only provides a snapshot of the diverse and vibrant New York art scene but offers New England audiences the unique opportunity to experience some of the very latest in contemporary art from New York City.
“It has been a both a joy and a challenge to organize New Work, New York, Now!,” says guest curator Nina Felshin, “Unlike other group exhibitions I've curated, this one is not based on a conceptual theme but rather on the art that is produced in a particular location— in this case, the city that is still considered the art capital of the world.”
The art capital of the world
New York City, with its high concentration of artists, museums, art galleries and dealers, alternative exhibition spaces and art schools, continues to be a major international center in contemporary art. While the ease of worldwide communications and travel, the flourishing of international exhibitions and the migration of artists across national borders have greatly expanded the global reach of contemporary art, New York remains a mecca for artists seeking a stimulating and challenging environment in which to pursue their careers.
Comprised of works created in the last several years, New York, New Work, Now! aims to explore the wide range of topics, strategies and mediums that contemporary artists employ – in ways that often ask viewers to question assumptions about sensory perception or accepted social norms.
In New York, New Work, Now! new media projects include Jeremy Blake's video projection about a woman haunted by ghosts and Josh On's website They Rule, which invites participation and comments on the power structure behind corporate America. Artists such as Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, and Lorna Simpson make powerful statements about issues of racial identity and African-American history. Both Dan Walsh and Arnold Mesches use traditional paint and canvas, but to very different ends—Walsh is interested in geometric abstraction while Mesches paints a personalized version of historical events. Other artists like Tony Feher, Nancy Davidson, and Laurence Hegarty incorporate unusual materials such as bottles, weather balloons, and stuffed animals to create work that is playful and thought-provoking.
Day Trip and Films
The Currier has planned a variety of public programs to complement the exhibition New York, New Work, Now!, including a day trip, films, lectures and tours, and musical performances.
On Saturday, October 19, Currier staff will lead an expedition through the contemporary art world in the Big Apple with an experienced guide from Art Entree art tours. This trip includes gallery visits, meals and a chat with an exhibiting artist.
Also in October, the museum begins a weekly film event – the screening of the film Art City: Making It In Manhattan a one-hour film on the contemporary art world in New York City seen through the eyes of artists, dealers, collectors, and critics. Art City: Making It In Manhattan will be shown at 3:00pm on Fridays from October 4, 2002 through January 10, 2003 (except for December 27).
Another film event takes place Thursday, December 12 at 5:30pm. From the Streets of New York: An Evening of Film offers the insights of Anthony Tenczar, Media Aesthetics professor at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester, and two films that reveal the inner workings of the New York art scene. Basquiat, written and directed by artist Julian Schnabel, reveals the
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creativity and struggles of NY artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Wired, a short film by contemporary filmmaker Donald Blank, showcases the artistic expression of Thai Varick, a homeless artist.
Lectures and Tours
Guest lectures and Currier staff-led tours are another way to learn more about the New York art scene. On Thursday, November 7, at 5:30pm, Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, presents "The New York School: How It All Got Started and What It Came to Mean in the 50s and 60s,” a lecture on the rise of New York City as the center of contemporary art in the post-WWII era. On Thursday, November 21, Nina Felshin, guest curator for New York, New Work, Now!, presents “New York Now,” also at 5:30pm.
Currier staff members offer gallery tours of the exhibition, beginning with Curator Andrew Spahr on Sunday, October 20, at 3:45pm. The same tour will be led by Head of Public Programs, Deborah Gibbs at 3:45pm on Sunday, November 17, and by Assistant Curator Gillian Nagler at 1:00pm on Sunday, December 8.
Music
The sounds of the city will help set the mood during two special Sunday concerts. On Sunday, October 20, at 2:00pm, pianist Alan Feinberg returns with a repertoire that includes Bach, Babbitt, and composers in between. And on Sunday, November 17, at 2:00pm, the upbeat Bang On A Can trio will perform contemporary pieces from the New York music scene.
Exhibition Credits
New York, New Work, Now! is organized by guest curator Nina Felshin and the staff of the Currier Museum of Art. Nina Felshin is the curator of exhibitions at Wesleyan University's Zilkha Gallery where she also teaches a course on contemporary art in the Art and Art History Department. The exhibition is made possible in part by funds raised during the 2002 gala auction, and the mediums sponsor is the WZID FM of Manchester.
Museum Information
The Currier Museum of Art is located at 201 Myrtle Way, Manchester, NH, and is wheelchair accessible. Museum hours are: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Sun., 11-5; Fri., 11-8; Sat., 10-5 until October 17. After October 17, museum hours are: Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun., 11-5; Thurs., 11-8; Sat., 10-5. Closed Tuesdays. Admission to New York, New Work, Now! is free to Currier members. Nonmember admission: adults $5; seniors and students $4; children under 18 free. Free to all on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (603) 669-6144, ext. 108 or check the web site at www.currier.org.




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