Join us as we host a reception for our new exhibition, The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America. Authors Frank L. Hohmann III and Donald L. Fennimore will present a survey of the Claggett clockmaking dynasty and their production of masterpiece clocks.
Lecture at 6:30 pm with reception immediately following.
To mark the donation of New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins' art book archive, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, RI will partner with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to present a day-long symposium on art criticism “since 1960,” the year Tomkins began writing for the New Yorker. The symposium will address the relationship of Tomkins’ signature mode of writing – the profile– to other types of contemporary art writing.
The 2019 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, May 1st when James Warren discusses his new book, God, War, and Providence: The Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England. In God, War, and Providence, Warren tells the remarkable and little-known story of the alliance between Roger Williams’ Rhode Island a
Why have some of the most interesting contemporary artists working today abandoned the traditional materials of art to work with rubber, sugar, gold and oil, chalk, soap and shoelaces? Join us as Leora Maltz-Leca, Redwood’s Curator of Contemporary Projects explores how contemporary artists like Kader Attia and Pascale Marthine Tayou, Kara Walker and Berni Searle activate the social histories and material politics embedded in their material choices, harnessing the messy materials of the world to plumb the histories and associations of everyda
Join the Redwood Library staff for our Pub Trivia Challenge. Teams of up to five compete over five rounds for honor, glory, prizes and general bragging rights. Gather your friends for a night of all-you-can-eat pizza and beer and test your trivia knowledge in the Nation’s oldest continuously running library.
The Redwood is pleased to welcome back pianist Itay Goren for a concert in the historic Harrison Room, featuring works by Handel, Haydn and Brahms. Along with a world premiere of the Piano Sonata, written by composer Randall Svane.
In honor of George Washington's birthday, on February 22 at 11:30 am a brief program will be presented and wreath laying by the Sons of the Revolution and the Artillery Company of Newport will stage a salute on the Redwood lawn by the statue of George Washington.
It is our pleasure to welcome back acclaimed pianist, I-Heung Lee, for another special performance in the historic Harrison Room. Ms. Lee's concert will feature works by Leschetizky, Liszt, Mozart and more.
Explore the idea of time in contemporary art: how artists test it, tell it, stretch it and rewind it. It looks at the temporary in the notion of the contemporary, and ponders the time of forgetting; the time of waiting. The talk primarily addresses two contemporary art installations, Sarah Sze’s Time Keeper (2016) and William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time (2012) to assess how the politics and histories of time shape these monumental artworks.
Contemporary art is a global phenomenon, and its geographic spread complicates the historical axis upon which art has traditionally been plotted. If modernism inaugurated the white cube space of the museum, contemporary art increasingly shuns such confines for the peripatetic and ephemeral sites of the global art fair, the biennale, and the site-specific intervention.