Friday, October 30, 2009

The Currier Museum of Art

The Currier is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, and Wyeth, with exhibitions, tours, and performances year-round. The museum also owns Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman House -- reservations required. The Currier's café provides a quiet place for refreshment, and the Museum Shop features unique gifts from around the world.

The Currier Museum
201 Myrtle Way, Manchester, NH 03104.
Main Number: (603) 669-6144; Fax (603) 669-7194
Visitor Services: Extension 108 or
Membership: Extension 120 or
Corporate & private after-hours events: Extension. 152 or email
Group Visits: (603) 669-6144, ext. 113 or
Currier Art Center: (603) 669-6144, ext.122 or
Museum Shop: (603) 669-6144, ext. 128
Rights and Reproductions: (603) 669-6144, ext. 141 or rights&

A Sampling from the Past
2005-2006: In the American Grain

Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Hills, Lake George, 1927

In the American Grain: Dove, Hartley, Marin, O’Keeffe, and Stieglitz features over forty paintings by these artists as well as photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, drawn exclusively from The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.—America’s first museum of modern art. This stunning exhibition not only highlighted these breathtakingly original and influential works, but also looked at the importance of art patronage in this country. The Currier Museum of Art was proud to be the only New England venue on the national tour.

“Drawing inspiration from the landscape, these artists created vibrant, abstract works that were intrinsically American,” remarked Sharon Matt Atkins, assistant curator at the Currier Museum of Art. “This exhibition offers the exceptional opportunity to view these artists’ groundbreaking innovations in-depth. It also allows us to highlight the Currier’s strong collection of American modernism.”

John Marin, Mt. Chocorua—White Mountains, 1926, watercolor and graphite pencil on paper, 16-3/4 x 21-1/2 in., The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

In the American Grain focused on the pioneering artists associated with the prominent artist and dealer, Alfred Stieglitz. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Stieglitz was at the center of avant-garde circles in New York City. His gallery, 291, was one of the first to display revolutionary works by European artists such as Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. Stieglitz’s promotion of abstract art attracted young American painters like Dove, Hartley, Marin, and O’Keeffe, who became known collectively as the Stieglitz Circle. United in their belief that pure abstract forms had the potential to communicate ideas, these artists were committed to inventing a new American art that was local, innovative, and intensely felt. Turning to nature as a source of inspiration, they created dramatically abstracted views of the American countryside, including areas in New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Mexico.

Grandfather's Maple: Prints, cards

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the nice writeup on the museum! Some of the info (like our address) and some phone extensions are incorrect.

    Visit for current information.