The Newport Art Museum’s sparkling monthly late night affair Art After Dark is back onThursday, March 9, from 5 – 9 pm. Each Art After Dark has unique programming for the whole family. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. And the best news. Admission is free or by donation! So, reacquaint yourself with the Newport Art Museum. Details are available at NewportArtMuseum.org.

From a documentary on the inspired life and work of famed architect Vincent Scully, to exceptional sculptural objects, to imaginative live Toy Theater performances, this Art After Dark will go Beyond Architecture!

Begin the night at 5:30pm with a live Toy Theater performance of Last Snow, Spring Love. Newport artists Rupert Nesbitt and Rebecca Kelly will perform their original toy theater production on the half hour in the Library.  Toy theater is a form of miniature theater that was a popular Victorian parlor entertainment. Constructed of cardboard with paper sets and actors these small stages were the perfect tiny settings to reenact the most popular theatricals and operas of the period. Newport artists Rupert Nesbitt and Rebecca Kelly hope to inspire interest in this lost form of performance art. The theatrical division of their company, The Junkyard Studios, will perform an original production called Last Snow, Spring Love.

At 6 pm, join us for a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Jay Lacouture in the Wright Gallery. His exhibition Looking Forward, Looking Back showcases two distinct bodies of work: one assembled from pieces made over the course of his career that explore the teapot idiom, and another brings together works from the past several years reflecting the artist’s visits to China.

Film Screening of Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects
At 6:30 pm, join us for a screening of the Checkerboard Film Foundation’s documentary on Vincent Scully, likely the best-known living art historian in the United States today. Long time professor of the history of art and architecture at his alma mater, Yale University, Scully’s deep engagement with the subject and his passionate presentation style deeply inspired students. Scully’s insights are eye-opening and have championed the work of such modern architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi, and Aldo Rossi. He has focused on topics ranging from the American Shingle Style of the late 19th Century, which he identified and named, to a reassessment of Greek temples and their response to the surrounding landscape. The breadth and depth of his knowledge, which includes a close familiarity with literature as well as with the visual arts, lends a special richness to his historical interpretations.

Join us for a post film discussion led by Ross Cann, Founding Chairman of the Newport Architectural Forum.

ROSS CANN will moderate a post-film conversation on Vincent’s Scully role in bringing Newport Architecture to a broader light, his impact on teaching at Yale University and his larger effect on architectural education nationally. He is a graduate of Yale University, Founding Chairman of the Newport Architectural Forum and founder and Managing Director of A4 Architecture.

Art After Dark is free or admission by donation. Tickets to the film are $10 per person and are available online at newportartmuseum.org or at the door. Seating is limited.

There is something for everyone at Art After Dark – music filling the galleries, scavenger hunts for the little (and not so little) ones, and Gallery Games to keep you puzzling. Bring your friends, bring a date, grab a drink, and and enjoy a lively night of inspired conversation and artful adventure!

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