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The Addison's rich collections provide a great many points of entry for understanding the history and development of American art from the 18th century to the present. The almost limitless opportunities these afford for thematic and chronological presentations offering new interpretations are enhanced through additions to the holdings and thoughtful combinations of works. This fall, in four first-floor galleries, four curators have explored a theme, style, or artistic idiom represented in depth across the many media in the collection. This selection of works examines the representation of women, the investigation of abstraction at its introduction and, later, at mid-century, and the use of technology. In each room, the groupings include intriguing works of sculpture--an opportunity to reflect upon the precedents for and successors to the figural work of Paul Manship, whose important works--both hallowed and innovative subjects--may be found on the second floor.

When: Sep 1, 2018 12am to Jul 31, 2019 12am in Andover, MA
In and Out of Place
What is place? Is it a set of discrete coordinates fixed in space or something less concrete, something harder to define? Drawn from the Addison's rich holdings of American art from the colonial era to the present, this exhibition endeavors to investigate the nuanced and varied physical and human characteristics that set place apart from mere location. Divided into three salient categories: nature, home, and city, the works on view demonstrate the ways in which our individual, subjective notions of place are fundamentally shaped by visual imagery. A cozy hearth and a warm fire, throngs of people on a congested sidewalk, lofty mountain peaks reflected in crystal clear water--themes repeated across centuries of paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, watercolors, and sculptures--conjure images both vivid and visceral. While perhaps representative of a specific home, city, or site in nature, the signifiers of place on view in these galleries transcend the particular to appeal to the universal.?

When: Feb 16, 2019 12am to Jul 31, 2019 12am in Andover, MA
Harlem: In Situ
??Harlem is as much a place as a myth. Throughout the 20th century, this northern Manhattan neighborhood has been written into history as many things; however, in this context, Harlem is ultimately and unceasingly, a black creative mecca, a place whose rich social and cultural fabric has been woven out of the abundance of people of African descent worldwide who have come together in its streets, salons, parks, restaurants, and clubs, influencing generations of artists, musicians, and writers. Harlem: In Situ explores the depth and complexity of this renowned neighborhood, highlighting the work of some of the most important visual artists working from the late 1920s through today. Initially inspired by the Addison's trove of Harlem street-photography, which includes significant bodies of work such as Harlem Document (1935) by Aaron Siskind, Harlem Heroes (1930-1960) by Carl van Vechten, Harlem, USA (1975-1979) by Dawoud Bey (a three-time Elson Artist-in-Residence at Phillips Academy), 1920s-1950s (Harlem) by Lucien Aigner, and The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1984) by Roy DeCarava, this show also includes prints from the collection by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, James Lesesne Wells, and Vincent D. Smith, as well as several key works by nearly a dozen artists, working across time and media, including Charles Als?ton, Jordan Casteel, Aaron Douglas, Miatta Kawinzi, Alice Neel, Lorraine O'Grady, and Kehinde Wiley, that will come to the Addison as loans from sister institutions. These artists and their works investigate the legacy and trajectory of Harlem, which encompasses mass migration, opulence, cultural renaissance, depression, demise, empowerment, pride, and gentrification.

When: Mar 30, 2019 12am to Jul 31, 2019 12am in Andover, MA
John Goodman: not recent color
Comprised of brilliant color photographs, the majority of which have never before been exhibited, John Goodman: not recent color examines the American cultural landscape through the coming of age of a young artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Made from recently rediscovered Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides, these photographs transport viewers to another time with their richly saturated colors and cinematic views. Piercing yet tender images shot in diners, bowling alleys, and darkened theaters, outside phone booths and gas stations, and on city streets and sidewalks conjure moments in individual lives and social interactions that together tell a story about the slowly changing social fabric of Goodman's studio neighborhood in Boston--and the country at large. Predating the work for which Goodman is best known--poignant and gritty photographs capturing subjects such as Boston's famed Combat Zone, backstage at the Boston Ballet, the streets of Havana, and a Times Square boxing gym--these early works announce a lifelong interest in recording fleeting moments, as well as the more abstract and enduring essence of places and people. ????

When: Apr 13, 2019 12am to Jul 31, 2019 12am in Andover, MA
Working Day and Night
When: May 24, 2019 6:30PM in Andover, MA
Off-Beat Andover Tour - Main Street
Join us for a fun walking tour where if you aren’t careful you just might learn something!This unique walking tour will highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about neighborhoods in Andover in a fast-paced, and highly participatory way. Interactive games (anyone for a round of The Price is Right?) and humorous challenges will be played as we explore Andover's neighborhoods. This might not be your grandma's type of walking tour (you know her better than we do), but we'd be happy if she came too! Participants are encouraged to take photos, bring a sense of humor, and share their experiences via social media. Off-Beat Andover Tours are a fun way of bringing people together to learn about the sometimes quirky and unexpected history of Andover, get outside and explore, and have a good laugh. “This isn’t your typical walking tour,” explains Lauren Kosky-Stamm, Director of Programs and Social Media. “Andover Center for History & Culture’s mission is to share the stories of Andover and its residents and we think it’s important to do that in unexpected and entertaining ways. Simply put, the goal of this tour is to explore our community and its history in an informal way and have a ton of fun doing it! After a successful debut of the Off-Beat Historical Mill District tour during the popular Essex County Trails & Sails event, the ACHC will be offering tours down Main Street and parts of the Historic Mill District this summer and fall. A future Off-Beat tour of Shawsheen Village is in the development stages and plans are to debut the tour during the Shawsheen 100 celebrations in 2020. To register for a tour visit http://andoverhistoryandculture.org/off-beat-andover-tourMembers: $7. Non-member: $14. Registration is required and space is limited.

When: May 31, 2019 5:45PM to May 31, 2019 7:15PMin Andover, MA
Cost: $7 members; $14 non-members
Lose Your Mind. Find Your SOUL
Elite Feet Artists Company’s 7th annual Spring Dance Showcase

When: Jun 1, 2019 4pm in Andover, MA
Gabriela Martina - Homage to Grämlis
Saturday, June 1st, 2019 GABRIELA MARTINA $15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door 7pm doors / 8:30 pm show time www.gabrielamartina.com Gabriela Martina performs jazz originals with her band: Kyle Miles (bass), Ben Rosenblum (accordion), Maxim Lubarsky (piano), Vancil Cooper (drums), and Jussi Reijonen (fretted and fretless guitar). Nadia Washington (vocals) and Gus Sebring (on alphorn) will also join the band for this performance. Martina sings a delightful mixture of Swiss yodeling, R&B, funk, and jazz. She weaves story with passion for home and humanity, hinting of bucolic farms of Switzerland but with an edge of urban sophistication. Martina is a humanitarian who is passionate about learning about other cultures, helping to develop a sense for community, and fighting inequality and racism. {e_description}#x5b;Disclaimer: ticket purchases will only be refunded if the event is canceled by the venue or the performer.{e_description}#x5d;

When: Jun 1, 2019 8:30PM to Jun 1, 2019 9:45PMin Andover, MA
Cost: 15 - 15 USD
Peek "Behind the Scenes" of the Andover Center for History & Culture
Peek inside closets, pull aside curtains, and explore behind the scenes in the Blanchard House and Andover Center for History & Culture. Here’s your chance to give in to that irresistible urge to look behind the “staff only” and “no entry” signs you always see in museums. What will you find? What treasures lie in store rooms and archives? As you tour the Blanchard house attics, closets, nooks and crannies, you’ll also hear stories about rarely seen collections items. The stories will change with every tour, so there will always be something new to learn. Private Behind the Scenes” group tours are available by calling 978-475-2236.Register online www.andoverhistoryandculture.org/behind-the-scenes.Call 978-475-2236 to register by phone.Email inquiries info@andoverhistoryandculture.org

When: Jun 4, 2019 10am to Jun 4, 2019 11am in Andover, MA
Cost: Registration required.
Tuition Payment Approaching?
Join us and learn: • How a home’s value can provide tuition financing• The difference between a home equity loan and home equity line of credit• When refinancing your current mortgage is a good option

When: Jun 10, 2019 6pm in Andover, MA