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Please join us for our upcoming events:

Spring 2016

Lecture: Tapping into the Tiny House Movement
Addison Godine (Phillips Academy Class of 2007) and other members of Getaway, a Harvard-based startup, will discuss their work designing and building rentable and highly innovative tiny houses. Meet in the Museum Learning Center.
Thursday, March 31, 6:00 pm

Opening Reception for Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television
Take a stroll through the exhibition and enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
Friday, April 8, 6:00–8:00 pm

April Vacation Drop-In Family Day
Families are invited to explore Revolution of the Eye through hands-on activities inspired by television shows featured in the exhibition and by stepping in front of the camera for a chance to be on TV. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Lecture: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television with Dr. Lynn Spigel, Frances E. Willard Professor of Screen Cultures, School of Communications, Northwestern University. Dr. Spigel will discuss early television’s role in popularizing modernism, and consider how TV continues to influence American tastes and ways of seeing the world. Meet in the Museum Learning Center.
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 pm

Friends of the Addison Event: Tour of Revolution of the Eye
Addison supporters are invited to join Addison Curator of Art after 1950 Allison Kemmerer for a walk through the exhibition galleries followed by a reception in the Museum Learning Center. To RSVP, please contact Anna Gesing at or 978.749.4023.
By reservation: Thursday, May 19, 6:00 pm

Art 300 Exhibition Opening Reception
This spring, students in the Phillips Academy course Visual Culture: Discovering the Addison Collection will curate an exhibition of works from the Addison’s collection following their investigation of the theme of artists’ travel. Please join us in celebrating the opening of their exhibition.
Wednesday, May 25, 5:00–6:00 pm

Lecture: All Hands on Deck! Images of Boating Culture in American Art
In collaboration with Andover Reads at Memorial Hall Library and inspired by The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, Addison Curatorial Assistant Kelley Tialiou will explore the role of boating in American culture through paintings, watercolors, photographs, and sketches by such artists as Mary Cassatt, Stuart Davis, Winslow Homer, John La Farge, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Travis from the Addison’s collection and beyond. Meet in the Museum Learning Center.
Wednesday, June 1, 11:00 am

Lecture at Memorial Hall Library, Andover: The Athlete in Art through the Ages: From Myron's Discobolus to Eakins's Rowers
In ancient Greek civilization, Olympians embodied the ideals of physical strength and moral virtue, and therefore served as the perfect subject for sculptors to capture, both in marble and in bronze. This lecture will explore artists' fascination with the subject of sport from antiquity up to the present day, focusing on key examples in American art, including Thomas Eakins's rowing and boxing series and Eadweard Muybridge's photographic studies of the body in motion. This lecture by Kelley Tialiou, Charles H. Sawyer Curatorial Assistant at the Addison Gallery of American Art, is organized in conjunction with Memorial Hall Library’s Andover Reads program. Meet at Memorial Hall Library, Andover.
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about any of our programs, please contact us at 978.749.4015.


  The Addison Gallery’s family programs are supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.