The museum entrance wasn't as interesting as these two art pieces outside it.
Brunch was served in the museum's Garden Cafe from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Attendees visited the museum before or afterwards. Live jazz music was provided by two musicians who entertained the entire time.
Formerly called the Currier Gallery of Art, the museum was founded in 1929 from a bequest of former NH Governor Moody Currier and his wife. It features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In September 2002, the Gallery changed its name to the Currier Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, Calder, Wyeth, Sargent, and Frank Lloyd Wright. One room was dedicated to these four Monet paintings.
Here'e two very different portraiture styles. One can be easily recognizable as that of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and co-founder of the Cubist movement. The other portrait is by American artist John Singer Sargent considered to be the leading portrait painter of his time for his paintings showing Edwardian era luxury. (Which do you prefer?)
This sculpture is by Frederic Sackrider Remington, an American painter, sculptor, and writer specializing in depictions of the Old American West. Coincidentally, he was a cousin of Eliphalet Remington, founder of the Remington Arms Company, considered America's oldest gunmaker.Edward Hopper was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. He maintained a studio in Greenwich Village in NYC and spent summers in New England in Cape Cod, MA, in the town of Truro from the 1930s-1950s.
This art was far more interesting. It's not a photograph, but a very detailed, exacting and realistic oil painting. The building details and reflections were amazing in this piece. (Unfortunately, I can't recall the artist's name.)
Now, about those museum movies. If you haven't seen the fantasy-comedy Night at the Museum trilogy you've missed some fun.The films span an 8-year period(2006-2014) and the ensemble cast includes Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Patrick Gallagher, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Dick Van Dyke. Most cast members returned for the sequels.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) - After several exhibits are transferred to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Dexter, a mischievous capuchin monkey steals the magic tablet of Ahkmenrah, Larry teams up with his old friends (Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Jedidiah, Octavius, Dexter, Attila the Hun) and a new ally, Amelia Earhart, to get it back from Ahkmenrah's resurrected brother Kahmunrah and some other villainous exhibits, including Ivan the Terrible and Al Capone.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) - Five years after the last film, Larry learns that the tablet's of magic is failing and that the figures will permanently return to their former state. Larry and friends travel to a fictional British Museum to undo the curse aided by Ahkmenrah's parents and Sir Lancelot of Camelot.
We didn't binge-watch these films, but enjoyed them over several nights. As they're a part of our DVD collection, we'll re-watch them again. (Maybe one day we'll spend a night at the museum as there's now an adult sleepover program . Until then, the museum brunch was wonderful as was the visit.)