My most recent visit back to Manchester, New Hampshire gave me the opportunity to visit the Currier Museum of Art Through a guided docent tour, one can enjoy the mixture of European and American art, photograph, and sculpture displayed in this art museum. These works include such renewed artist at Hopper, Picasso, Monet, O’Keffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt. In addition, a separate tour is offered of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. This renowned art museum offers rotating exhibits from around the world including the current exhibition of beadwork by the Ubuhle Women living in rural KwaZula-Natal, South Africa.
Beadwork by the Ubuhle Women
This rather new form of art uses beads on what is known as ndwango (cloth) to form decorative and visual scenes that often have specific meaning to the artist. This beadwork is being displayed by the Currier Museum of Art through June 10, 2019.
Ethan Murrow Hauling Display (Ending Soon)
There is a room that offers a unique display of wall art around the room and done by Ethan Murrow with help of Mic Billingsley and Ariana Lee. The images below were drawn on the walls using black sharpies and depict the Manchester area history of Native fishing, river dredging, farming, and of course, hauling. This exhibition is soon to be taken down (painted over) and replaced with a new one (yet to be determined per our docent).
Edward Hopper’s Last Painting
On loan to the museum Hopper’s last painting, The Comedians. This beautiful piece of work depicts both the artist and his wife, Jo, on stage. This is worth seeing in person while you can as well as other works by Edward Hopper.
The Bootleggers by Hopper
Other Works of Art
Woman Seated in Chair by Picasso
Max Pechstein (double-sided art)
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Situated about 50 miles or so north of Boston, the city of Manchester, New Hampshire sits along the Merrimack River. This city was once a thriving mill town. Now, it has become the largest convention, sports, entertainment, and arts & cultural destination in New Hampshire. You can find many opportunities to experience and explore the area from sports activities and concerts at the SNHU Arena, AA minor league baseball at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, or live performances at the historic Palace Theatre.
If you are looking for a museums, this vibrate city has the the Currier Museum of Art, the Millyard Museum and the SEE ScienceCenter. Each of these offer look back to Manchester’s past and into its future.
Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly Raddison Hotel) and soon to be a Doubletree- This is a great option for ease of access to the main areas of the city.
Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Manchester– a good secondary alternative that sits quietly off of Elm just behind Market Basket (the local grocery chain).
Check out Booking.com or bedandbreakfast.com for other stay options.
Things to Do:
This lively city offers many local events, activities, and even day trips to such towns and cities as Portsmouth, Nashua, the White Mountains, or Boston—just to name a few. Feel free to explore the following for some possible options:
Currier Museum of Art,
Millyard Museum, —don’t let the outside of this gem of a museum fool you. It is well worth a visit.
Where to Eat:
Some great restaurants that I have personally tried and enjoyed are listed below:
The Foundry Restaurant
Ignite & Hooked Restaurants
The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is the by far the easiest means of airport transportation to this gem of city in NH. It is a mere 15 minutes or so from downtown (depending on time of day) before you can begin your New England adventure.
Go check out this city in the Granite State. I highly recommend it.