Currier Museum and Old friends!
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I am in the New England area this weekend, specifically Lower New Hampshire. I already went to Portland to see my sister and nieces and now I am off to the historic city of Manchester, NH to see an old friend from highschool and take in some fantastic art!!
The Currier Museum is on the smaller size, but packs a wild punch with its art collection! I really loved this museum and found the layout and exhibits to be brilliant and thought provoking! It was the perfect place to meet up with an old friend again.
Like many museums the Currier Museum has a variety of art styles, genres, periods and artists. They had a small collection of ceramic and glass pieces, a gallery for early american furniture, medievil christian art gallery, contemporary and modern art galleries and several works of art from the 19th and 18th century.
We walked through all the galleries, some faster or slower than others, and then saved the main exhibit for last.
Jon Brooks: A Collaboration with Nature - was amazing! I was not familiar with this artist before our visit and now I am a huge fan! His work was both playful and technically skilled. Some was of his sculpture worked as functional chairs and tables while others were whimsical and seussical and definitely not meant to be functional. Loved it and wish I had the money to buy something of his!
After wandering the exhibit and enjoying every piece on displayed I immediately went for the gift shop for a collections book. I didn't see one for the permanent collection but they did have a booklet with information on Jon Brooks and his work. I was also hoping for postcards of the children portraits I saw, but they had none for me to add to my odd collection.
My friend and I then left the museum and headed toward the downtown area for a bite to eat. I didn't see too much more of Manchester than that. It is definitely a city worth exploring.