The historic John N.A.Griswold House is a National Historic Landmark and home to the Newport Art Museum since 1916.

Newport, RI – Newport Art Museum today announced that they will host a summer series of four virtual Artist & Curator Talks on Wednesday afternoons, July 29 – August 19, 2020, at 4 pm.

These engaging mid-week discussions will feature exhibiting artists, Senior Curator Francine Weiss, as well as other special guests.

Talks are live lectures with images, held on Zoom, and followed by Q&A with the presenter. Each talk is free for Museum Members, and a $10 suggested donation for general admission. Donations are welcome at 

Registration for each talk is required to access the Zoom presentation and is available at

Newport Art Museum reopened its doors to public visitors on Thursday, July 2, 2020, after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus. After four months, the Museum is welcoming visitors back to its galleries and grounds, as well as virtually.

Schedule of Events

Virtual Exhibiting Artist Talk with Alan Metnick
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 4 pm

Alan Metnick’s mesmerizing graphic landscape serigraphs challenge, delight, inspire, and perplex. Focusing on conflicts in the Middle East post 9/11, Alan Metnick’s “Events: 2001-2011” portfolio illustrates how regions and lands can be loaded with social and political significance. Four of Metnick’s serigraphs are included in the exhibition “Complex Terrain(s).”

Virtual Curator Talk with Wai Yee Chiong
Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the RISD Museum
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 4 pm

Delve into the work of colleagues and friends Winslow Homer and John LaFarge, and the undeniable influence Japanese art had on both, with Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the RISD Museum, Wai Yee Chiong. Ms. Chiong will illustrate this fascinating connection using Japanese prints and paintings in the Newport and RISD Art Museums collections, some of which are currently on view in “paperwork: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection” and “Complex Terrain(s).”

Virtual Exhibiting Artist Talk with Gohar Dashti
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4 pm

Gohar Dashti’s landscape photographs, currently on view in “Complex Terrain(s),” are a poetic exploration of the innate kinship between the natural world and our human experience. The landscape and natural environment is a key element in defining our concept of ‘home’. Gohar’s work seeks to connect her native Iran and her new American home through landscape imagery. Nature eschews arbitrary borders and is immune to cultural and political divisions, but as inhabitants, migrants, immigrants, we long to find familiar topographies in unfamiliar lands in an effort to reconstruct “home”.

Virtual Exhibiting Artist Talk with Joseph Norman
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 4 pm

Joseph Norman, a highly skilled draughtsman and printmaker, is widely considered the most important African American lithographer of his generation. His experience growing up one of six children on the south side of Chicago and the fact that his own parents were the grandchildren of slaves, has had a profound influence on his work, which is often imbued with commentary on social, racial, and political issues. His lithograph triptych “Target Practice: Take This, Take That” in the “paperwork: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection” exhibition is filled with densely twisting vines, screws, boards and nails that recall slavery and historical acts of violence. And, divergent from his typical subjects, style, and media, Norman’s “Berlin Autumn” oil painting, on view in the “Complex Terrain(s)” exhibition, focused instead on the beauty of trees in Fall. Learn more about the career, current work and sources of inspiration for this esteemed artist.