Art After Dark

Newport Art Museum’s Art  After Dark is back on Thursday, April 12 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. Admission to Art After Dark is free for Museum members and is a $10 suggested donation for non-members.

This month, Art After Dark will present a Gallery Talk at 5:30 pm with Senior Curator Francine Weiss in the current exhibition, “Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity, and the Home.” “Domestic Affairs” explores the concept of home as a private and public space, one that is personal and intimate, as well as social and political. Reflecting the identity, ownership, and even the individual and social expectations of family life, “Domestic Affairs” showcases the work of eight contemporary female artists working in a range of media. Participating artists include Lisa Barthelson, Nadine Boughton, Kara Dunne, Brooke Erin Goldstein, Leslie M.W. Graff, Nancy Grace Horton, Astrid Reischwitz and Edith Vonnegut.

At 6:30 pm, the Museum, in partnership with the Rhode Island Teaching Artist Center (RITAC) and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), will present “The POWDER ROOM,” a “6×6” event inspired by the “Domestic Affairs” exhibition. This fast-paced educational event, loosely modeled on the worldwide PechaKucha phenomenon, features six teaching artists, presenting for six minutes each, on provocative topics related to the arts, education, and teaching artistry. In this charged gallery space, The POWDER ROOM’s guest artists will explore how feminism, empowerment, and female identity connect to their art, teaching practice, and professional careers.

Presenters include:

Kara Dunne is a multi-media performance artist whose site-specific installation is currently on view in the “Domestic Affairs” show. A public school teacher, Kara will share her work in and out of the classroom.

Priscilla Carrion is a textile artist working in embroidery and quilting, and completed a timely piece with Slater Mill, among other community art projects. Priscilla will share her work, perspective on art as an important form of community engagement, and how being a first generation Ecuadorian American informs her art making practice.

Abby Donaldson is an Adolescent Medicine specialist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Abby will discuss the current real challenges and clinical issues she sees young women struggling with through her position.

Rachel Blumberg is an animator, filmmaker, musician, and drumming instructor with Girls Rock! RI. Rachel will share her experiences working with young women through Girls Rock!, which uses music creation and critical thinking to foster empowerment, collaborative relationships, and the development of healthy identities in girls and women.

Jocelyn Foye and Mara Trachtenberg are educators, artists and activists, and 2 of the founders of The Woman Project, a non-profit, feminist, art-activism organization whose mission is to further the human rights of Rhode Islanders by using art as a tool for both education and social change. Taking one topic at a time, TWP is focused currently on getting the The Reproductive Health Care Act passed by the RI General Assembly. They will share the vision and goals of TWP and their collaborative “Organ Equity” quilt project.

Held on the second Thursday of each month, Art After Dark features artful programs, talks, film screenings, gallery games, music, drinks and inspired conversation. Each Art After Dark is unique and full of new adventures. Make a night of it at Art After Dark: Gallery Games, art making, light snacks, cash bar and sparkling conversation await!

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