Art After Dark

Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark, which recently received the 2017 Editor’s Pick Award for Best Artsy Social Event by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, is back on Thursday, November 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

Thursday, November 9:
Art After Dark will feature the first of 3 film screenings held at the Museum in its third collaboration with the Providence Art + Design Film Festival. Loving Vincent is a stunning, fully-painted feature film that explores the mysterious final days of artist Vincent Van Gogh. A remarkable work of art itself, each of the 65,000 frames was hand-painted in oils by an international team of 125 professional oil painters. The first frame of each scene was fully painted on canvas board, and then painted over to achieve each subsequent frame, until the final frame of each scene was depicted. A remarkable, inspiring and intense labor of love. Discussion and Q&A will follow the screening.

Before or after the film screening, visit our NEW Create Space, which will be stocked with materials for guests to experiment with the techniques artists used to transform film images into oil paintings.

Lastly, stop in the beautiful Elizabeth Conklin Museum Shop to view the work of featured artist Victoria Corey and jeweler Didi Suydam. (And remember: Museum members save 10% on all items in the Shop!)

Art After Dark is free for Members, $10 suggested donation for non-member.
Light refreshments and cash bar.
Tickets to the film are $10 and can be purchased on the Newport Art Museum website or at the door. Seating is limited.

About Loving Vincent:
“We cannot speak other than by our paintings.”
Written by Vincent van Gogh in a letter the week before his death.

27th July 1890.  A gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers.  The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Written and Directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman
Running Time:  94 minutes
Oil-painted Animated Film
2017, Poland/UK co-production, with participation of Qatar
Language: English

Friday, November 10:
The Providence Art + Design Film Festival continues at the Museum with the touching documentary by esteemed director Errol Morris entitled The B-SIDE: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography at5:30 pm, and the visually stunning artist-directed film set in the deserts of Qatar, entitled The Challenge, at 7:30 pm. Discussion and Q&A will follow each screening.

Tickets to each film are $10 and can be purchased on the Newport Art Museum website or at the door. Seating is limited. Doors open at 5 pm.

About The B-SIDE: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography:
Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger than life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. The instant photographs it produced were enormous, with saturated colors and unparalleled detail. Dorfman was bewitched. For the next 35 years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, MA studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. Through her career, Dorfman sought to celebrate the personalities, idiosyncrasies, and everyday triumphs of the people who stepped into her studio. Dorfman always took at least two 20×24 images per portrait session, but her clients only purchased one. Journey with director and friend Errol Morris through a surreal show-and-tell inside her archives, where the oft-neglected, hidden treasures (the B-Side portraits) live.

Directed by Errol Morris
Running Time:  76 minutes
Rated R (for some graphic nude images and brief language)
2017, USA
Language: English

About The Challenge
Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. Italian film maker and acclaimed visual artist Yuri Ancarani observed and filmed for 3 years to capture the spirit of a tradition that allows its participants to maintain a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle. A rare and cinematically stunning window into the idiosyncratic opulence of Qatar.

Directed by Yuri Ancarani
Running Time:  70 minutes
No Rating
2017, France/Italy
Language: Arabic with English subtitles