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Season 6: awake Currier Museum of Art

Hear the play, see the art, talk about it.

Hear new or rarely produced plays that relate to special exhibitions at the Currier Museum of Art or objects or artists in the museum's permanent collection. After each of the readings, stay for a conversation lead by local experts in the fields of fine art, dramatic literature, and politics. 

Admission to the readings and participation in the discussions is free with museum admission ($15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students).  Passes for free admission to the museum may be checked out from more than 90 public libraries across the state. Students, faculty and staff from seven area colleges (including the NH Institute of Art, St. Anselm College and Southern NH University) also receive free admission to the museum. Following each reading and discussion, visit the galleries to view related artwork.

My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner
November 12, 2017, 2 pm at the Currier Museum of Art
Based on the best-selling novel and set in post-war Brooklyn, My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents, young Asher realizes he must make difficult choices between his passion and his faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist at any cost—against the will of family, community and tradition.

Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies 
January 14, 2018, 2 pm at the Currier Museum of Art
Winner of the 1992 Obie Award. This is the story of an American mega-artist so successful he's had the obligatory profile in Vanity Fair and can claim astronomical prices for his works sight unseen from a waiting list of wealthy patrons. In England for a retrospective of his paintings, the artist goes into the countryside to visit his original muse and lover, the "sacrificial shiksa" whom he abandoned in his quest for the opulent life which now devours him.

Posterity by Doug Wright
April 8, 2018, 2 pm at the Currier Museum of Art
Read in conjunction with the special exhibition Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Norway’s most celebrated sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, is commissioned to create the last official bust of its most famous writer—the irascible, imperious, and inscrutable Henrik Ibsen. The two artists, each needing something from the other, wage war over both the creation of Ibsen’s likeness and the prospects of his legacy. With his inimitable wit and insight, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Doug Wright explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten.

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