MANCHESTER, NH – The Currier Museum has completed the relocation of several of its galleries, including the entire second floor. The new galleries develop themes that cross European, American and Asian cultures and combine historical and contemporary works. New acquisitions hold delicious surprises.
“We built the museum’s collection to include cross-cultural connections. The galleries present broad themes, while maintaining an all-encompassing historical approach,” said Alan Chong, director of the Currier Museum.
“The 19th Century Gallery contains favorite works such as works by Claude Monet and American Impressionists like Childe Hassam and Edmund Tarbell. But they are seen with our new landscape by black American artist Robert Duncanson, who worked in Virginia before the Civil War, and Chinese portraits made for American traders.
Kurt Sundstrom, Senior Curator, says, “Our strong collection of White Mountain views is now enriched by an early painting of the Cog Railway on Mount Washington and Philip Guston’s gigantic mural done for the National Forestry Building in Laconia. . They are reminders that the New Hampshire landscape was nearly destroyed in the late 1800s and needed to be carefully restored and protected.
Visitors are invited to explore the museum’s collection in new contexts with the inclusion of striking new additions.
A 19th century collection
Collectors historically sought out interesting objects from around the world, a trend encouraged by international trade. The idea that Americans only collect American art is wrong. Additionally, artists have come from all over the world to work in the United States, and many of the most famous American painters have strong international connections.
Nature and nostalgia
American landscape paintings tapped into optimistic memories. The 19th and 20th centuries were times of enormous change brought about by warfare, industrialization and the growth of cities. The nature views reminded viewers of a simpler rural past.
While the landscapes often avoid social issues, they sometimes address the destruction of nature. Paintings by Philip Guston and Musa McKim show how the White Mountains were restored after brutal destruction. Manchester’s massive factories were also saved from demolition, as shown by Charles Sheeler.
About the Currier Art Museum
The Currier Museum is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The museum features paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and photography, including works by Monet, Picasso, O’Keeffe, Hopper, and Wyeth. It features exhibitions, tours, art classes, and special programs throughout the year. The museum also has two houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.