Forgotten Frank Lloyd Wright House Forever Preserved
MANCHESTER - The Currier Museum of Art has acquired a second home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Manchester, NH, one of only seven Usonian Automatic houses to survive. The museum now has two outstanding houses by America’s most important architect, making possible exciting new experiences for visitors.
An anonymous donor has provided funds to purchase the house. The donor states: “It is a real privilege to be able to help the Currier Museum of Art acquire this house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, known as the Kalil House. This is an important piece of American architecture and the public’s enjoyment of this house will be increased immeasurably by having the Zimmerman House just three doors down for comparison and contrast.”
“This generous donation is a tribute to the philanthropy in our state, and serves an example for others,” says Steve Duprey, president of the museum’s Board of Trustees. “We will start building an endowment to support the new programs around the house..”
“Frank Lloyd Wright intended his Usonian designs to be affordable to the broader American public, but each is a distinctive work of art,” states the Currier Museum’s director, Alan Chong. “Although they are about the same size and on the same street, the Zimmerman and Kalil houses are very different in character. Their architecture will inspire our audiences, not only fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, but participants in our programs devoted to Alzheimer’s patients, families affected by the opioid crisis, and military veterans.”
The Usonian Automatic design predicts many aspects of open-plan modern homes. Wright used contrasts of narrow and wide spaces, and light and shadow to enliven the small two-bedroom structure, built of concrete components made in Manchester and mahogany imported from the Philippines.
New Hampshire residents as well as visitors from around the world will now have multiple doorways into the rich holdings of the Currier Museum – from its extensive collection of paintings and sculpture, to its special exhibitions, and now outstanding examples of American architecture.
The Currier Museum of Art presents
The Shakers and the Modern World
A collaboration with Canterbury Shaker Village
MANCHESTER, NH - The Currier Museum of Art, in Manchester, New Hampshire is pleased to present The Shakers and the Modern World. The exhibition is drawn from the extensive holdings at Canterbury Shaker Village, celebrating its 50th anniversary of incorporation as a museum this year, as well as from the Currier’s own collection.
The Shakers have long been celebrated for simple, timeless design. They were seen by the world as a devout group with pure values which were reflected in their design of furniture and household objects. Their attempts to convert outsiders to their radical form of Protestantism caused much anxiety in America; as a result, the Shakers developed a branding strategy to counter negative public opinion. They fashioned positive images of themselves for the press throughout the second half of the 19th century and produced large quantities of Shaker goods for sale to the public. By the early 1900s, the population had declined, and the village began to promote tourism to increase its visibility and generate revenue. Historic documents illustrate that the Shakers were quick to embrace printed media and photography to promote a more positive image.
“Shakers were widely revered for their utopian social experiment. This respect was achieved in part by the Shakers’ astute management of their image,” stated Andrew Spahr, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Currier Museum. “This exhibition is a rare opportunity to explore not just the beautiful designs that we know from traditional Shaker images, but to learn about how they were cutting-edge in their branding strategies and how in the 20th century, the Shaker style inspired Modernist designers in Europe and America who were drawn to the simple lines and careful craftsmanship.”
The exhibition will be accompanied by public and educational programs developed in collaboration with Canterbury Shaker Village. On view through February 16, 2020.
Snowbound: Winter Landscapes from the 19th C. to Present
MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents Snowbound: Winter Landscapes from the 19th c. to Present, an exhibit and sale of paintings capturing centuries of the rugged snow-covered beauty of New England and beyond in the heart of winter.
Winter painting “en plein air” presents wonderful opportunities and unique challenges to artists. From brisk blue-sky days to blinding blizzards, the invigorating snow-covered scenery holds tremendous appeal for artists to capture nature’s beauty.
For nineteenth century and contemporary artists, there are not only cold temperatures to contend with — which can mean frozen stiff fingers leading to limited dexterity — but also issues with paint and other art supplies freezing, paint not drying, and frozen brushes. Oil paints become less malleable, and we all know the saying “oil and water (snow in this case) don’t mix.” Contemporary artists can avail themselves to today’s high-tech cold weather gear to somewhat help brave the bitter temperatures. Nineteenth century artists would layer up in wool, fur and make-shift contraptions, such as “The Hibbard Mitten,” a term coined by Aldro Hibbard’s invention of wearing layered socks on his hands and poking his paintbrush through the wool!
Getting to the painting locations in the winter is also a challenge for en plein air artists. Weather conditions make driving to remote locations difficult, and often artists hike into nature to get to their favorite spots. For the artists of the 1800s, this would’ve been accomplished with horses, sleds, snowshoes or on foot, all while hauling their painting supplies as well as provisions with them. Artists would even catch rides with loggers going deep into the forest.
Understanding these hardships lends a greater appreciation for the fine examples of works on exhibit in Snowbound: Winter Landscapes from the 19th c. to Present, on view now through March 31, 2020.
New Hampshire Antique Co-op is a destination shop for fine art, period furniture, porcelain, silver, collectibles, jewelry and more. NHAC is one of the largest group antique shops in the state. Established in 1983 by the Hackler family, the shop features more than 200 dealers and 2,000 consignors. The shop is located at 323 Elm Street in Milford, New Hampshire, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 673-8499 or visit online at www.nhantiquecoop.com or www.facebook.com/nhantiquecoop.