Postponed: Spring Art Excursion to the New Britain Museum of American Art

April 5, 2020 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

For the Museum’s first 2020 Art Excursion, join Director of Community Engagement Cristin Searles Bilodeau on a trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut. The New Britain’s dynamic permanent collection represents the major artists and movements in American Art – from colonial portraits, to Hudson River School landscapes, Impressionist to Modernist to Abstraction and Pop Art – and will be a pleasure to explore.

Our day will begin with a docent-guided tour of 2020/20+ Women exhibition, an exciting year-long series of special exhibitions devoted exclusively to women and female-identifying artists throughout American history. Astonishingly, 100 years after (white) women gained the right to vote, still only 27% of major exhibitions are devoted to women artists worldwide. On this tour, we will have the opportunity to view two important exhibits, in addition to highlights of the permanent collection. 

Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is a must see. Walker’s work features enlargements of Harper’s 1866 woodcut plates overlaid with her iconic silkscreened silhouettes, and considers experiences of racism toward African Americans that were absent or only alluded to in historical representations of the Civil War. 

In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut celebrates the most important textile artist of the 20th century. Albers (1899-1994) is known for her pioneering graphic wall hangings, weavings and designs, and this exhibition focuses on the groundbreaking work she produced from the 1950s until the end of her life. 

After a delicious private catered lunch on site, guests may enjoy plenty of unscheduled time for strolling in the galleries, gift shop, or visiting the Museum’s drop-in live weaving demonstration.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 Itinerary:

8:00 am:  Depart from the Newport Art Museum on a coach bus
11:30 am:  Docent led Tour of the 2020/20+ Women exhibition and permanent collection highlights
12:30 pm: Catered lunch at the Museum
1:30 pm: Self guided visiting of the galleries, weaving demonstration (1:00 – 3:30pm)
3:30 pm:  Depart the New Britain Museum
5:30 pm:  Approximate arrival back at the Newport Art Museum

Space for this special Museum trip is limited! Reserve today!

All expenses are included.