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Newport Art Museum to Present Artist & Curator Virtual Talks

A Summer series of four virtual discussions held Wednesday afternoons, July 29 – August 19, at 4 pm


Newport Art Museum will host a summer series of four virtual Artist & Curator Talks on Wednesday afternoons, July 29 – August 19, 2020 at 4 pm. These engaging mid-week discussions will feature exhibiting artists, Senior Curator Francine Weiss, as well as other special guests. Talks are live lectures with images, held on Zoom, and followed by Q&A with the presenter. Each talk is free for Museum Members, and a $10 suggested donation for general admission. Donations are welcome at newportartmuseum.org/give. Registration for each talk is required to access the Zoom presentation, and is available at newportartmuseum.org/events.


Newport Art Museum proudly opened its doors to public visitors on Thursday, July 2, 2020 after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus. After four months, the Museum is welcoming visitors back to its galleries and grounds, as well as virtually.

Schedule of Events

Virtual Exhibiting Artist Talk with Alan Metnick
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 4 pm

Alan Metnick’s mesmerizing graphic landscape serigraphs challenge, delight, inspire, and perplex. Focusing on conflicts in the Middle East post 9/11, Alan Metnick’s “Events: 2001-2011” portfolio illustrates how regions and lands can be loaded with social and political significance. Four of Metnick’s serigraphs are included in the exhibition “Complex Terrain(s).”

Virtual Curator Talk with Wai Yee Chiong
Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the RISD Museum
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 4 pm

Delve into the work of colleagues and friends Winslow Homer and John LaFarge, and the undeniable influence Japanese art had on both, with Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the RISD Museum, Wai Yee Chiong. Ms. Chiong will illustrate this fascinating connection using Japanese prints and paintings in the Newport and RISD Art Museums collections, some of which are currently on view in “paperwork: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection” and “Complex Terrain(s).”

Virtual Exhibiting Artist Talk with Gohar Dashti
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4 pm

Gohar Dashti’s landscape photographs, currently on view in “Complex Terrain(s),” are a poetic exploration of the innate kinship between the natural world and our human experience. The landscape and natural environment is a key element in defining our concept of ‘home’. Gohar’s work seeks to connect her native Iran and her new American home through landscape imagery. Nature eschews arbitrary borders and is immune to cultural and political divisions, but as inhabitants, migrants, immigrants, we long to find familiar topographies in unfamiliar lands in an effort to reconstruct “home”.

Virtual Exhibiting Artist Talk with Joseph Norman
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 4 pm

Joseph Norman, a highly skilled draughtsman and printmaker, is widely considered the most important African American lithographer of his generation. His experience growing up one of six children on the south side of Chicago and the fact that his own parents were the grandchildren of slaves, has had a profound influence on his work, which is often imbued with commentary on social, racial, and political issues. His lithograph triptych “Target Practice: Take This, Take That” in the “paperwork: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection” exhibition is filled with densely twisting vines, screws, boards and nails that recall slavery and historical acts of violence. And, divergent from his typical subjects, style, and media, Norman’s “Berlin Autumn” oil painting, on view in the “Complex Terrain(s)” exhibition, focused instead on the beauty of trees in Fall. Learn more about the career, current work and sources of inspiration for this esteemed artist.

About the Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that art is a civilizing influence and an essential component to creating vibrant communities. Charter Members included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Maud Howe Elliott, Helena and Louisa Sturtevant, and Edith Wetmore. The first exhibition featured art works from local artists, as well as those with international reputations, including George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, and Childe Hassam.

By 1915, the organization’s founders had purchased a suitable building for their art classes and exhibitions—the John N.A. Griswold House on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. This exceptional example of “stick-style” architecture was Richard Morris Hunt’s first commission in Newport and was completed in 1864.

In 1920, a second gallery building designed by the New York architectural firm, Delano and Aldrich and dedicated to the memory of artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, opened just to the south of the Griswold House. The Sarah Rives lobby and Morris Gallery were added in 1990 providing the Museum additional gallery space as well as a climate-controlled collection storage area.

In 2005, the Art Museum embarked on a decade-long renovation of the historically significant Richard Morris Hunt building. Today, the Art Museum’s beautiful 3-acre campus includes the Griswold house, the Cushing Building, and the Museum School housed in the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Visitors from around the world enjoy the Art Museum, its public programs and special events each year.

The permanent collection includes over 2,700 fine art objects with a focus on American artists from the 18th century to the present. Rotating exhibitions are installed annually and over the years have included artists as diverse as Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, William Trost Richards, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol. Recent temporary exhibitions have featured artworks by Diane Arbus, George Condo, Lalla Essaydi, Shara Hughes, William Kentridge, Sally Mann, Rania Matar, and Tony Oursler, to mention a few.

Highlights of our historical collection include paintings by Gilbert Stuart and John Smibert, George Inness, Fitz Henry Lane, Lilla Cabot Perry and twenty-five works by William Trost Richards. In addition, the Museum owns works by Winslow Homer and George Bellows, iconic sculptures by William Morris Hunt and Paul Manship, and a number of works by John La Farge. The Museum also owns photographs by Aaron Siskind and wallpaper by Andy Warhol, as well as prints by Philip Guston, Corita Kent, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Philip Pearlstein, and Ad Reinhardt, as well as glass art by Dale Chihuly and Toots Zynsky.

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