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 June 12

by Carolina

Museum staff
 |  Newport Daily News

The Newport Art Museum is enjoying the start of summer with new exhibitions, engaging programming, and open doors welcoming guests to enjoy its arts campus. The Museum remains open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Last year, the Newport Art Museum brought together works of art by contemporary artists with works from the Museum’s collection for the first “Call & Response” exhibition. This popular exhibition showcased the ingenuity and creativity of regional artists while also bringing rare museum objects out from storage and into the galleries.

For “Call & Response 2021,” on view now through Aug. 22, several New England artists were once again invited to plumb the Museum’s permanent collection in search of inspiration. The Newport Art Museum is home to approximately 2,800 works of art including prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, paintings, textiles and decorative arts, as well as archives. The exhibiting artists were free to explore and view anything in the collection, and then to choose an object (or objects) to which they would respond with an original work of art in any medium. The final exhibition features each artist’s new creations alongside the collection works that inspired them. In the end, visitors enjoy compelling new works of art and view the collection from fresh viewpoints of practicing artists.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Sophia Ainslie, Anna Kristina Goransson, Maxime Jean Lefebvre, Joel Orloff, Destiny S. Palmer, and Coral Woodbury.

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On Thursday, June 10, the six exhibiting artists gathered to speak on their collection choice, the work they created for the exhibition, and how it connects to their broader studio practice in an Artist Talk, in what was the Museum’s first in person event in over a year. Visitors were invited to glimpse the Museum’s permanent collection through the fresh eyes of regional artists working in an array of media, and learn more about their selections and evocative responses. For more opportunities to meet the artists, visit newportartmuseum.org/events.

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In “Fame,” also on view through Aug. 22, the Museum showcases portraits of the stars of music, art, and popular culture, and presents these celebrities captured at a moment in time by photographers Bill Jay, Carmel Vitullo, Stephan Brigidi, Donna Ferrato, Henry Horenstein, and Paris Visone. “Celebrity” is a complex and evolving concept shaped in each era by cultures, tastes, and media (such as social media, film and television). Either taken spontaneously or carefully posed, these photographs document luminaries of the 20th and 21st centuries. Visitors can expect to see Louis Armstrong, Kurt Cobain, Jasper Johns, Jennifer Lopez, John Malkovich, Bruce Springsteen, and many others as they have never seen them before. This exhibition features works from the Museum’s collection — some of which have never been exhibited — and works on loan by Visone, a Boston-based music photographer.

For a full schedule of exhibitions, events, classes, camps, and more information, please visit newportartmuseum.org or stop by 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

“At the Museum,” provided by the Newport Art Museum, appears each month in The Daily News and online at newportri.com. For more information, call (401) 848-8200.

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