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​Please join us for our upcoming events:

Fall 2019

Gallery Tours
In collaboration with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library, Addison curators will lead Gallery Tours of the fall exhibitions, offering a discussion of the works and themes presented. The tours are free, but space is limited. Please register online at​ or call 978.623.8430. 

A Wildness Distant from Ourselves​ with Gordon Wilkins
Tuesday, September 24, 11:00 am 

Men o​f Steel, Women of Wonder with Allison Kemmerer
Thursday, October 17, 11:00 a​m 

The Art of Ambition in the Colonial Northeast​ with Gordon Wilkins
Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm 

Friends of the Addison Event: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder Preview
Friends of the Addison are invited for a tour of the exhibition with curator Alejo Benedetti before the public opening. A reception will follow. Space is limited; for reservations or to join Friends of the Addison, please contact Anna Gesing at 978.749.4023 or
Friday, October 4, 5:00–6:00 pm 

Opening Reception for the Fall Exhibitions
Join us in celebrating the opening of our new shows. Enjoy great company, refreshments, and the best of American art!
Friday, October 4, 6:00–8:00 pm 

Lecture: Of Waistbands and Journeys: Exploring Men of Steel, Women of Wonder
Join Men of Steel, Women of Wonder organizing curator, Alejo Benedetti (Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) as he discusses the exhibition's artworks, themes, and origin story.
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 pm 

Artist Talk: What is Home after Exile?
Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibiting artist Dr. Aphrodite Navab​ will discuss the politics and poetics of exile explored in her work, sharing the origin story of her invented superhero Super East-West Woman, and reading excerpts from her “Tales Left Untold,” published in POW WOW: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience—Short Fiction from Then to Now, edited by Ishmael Reed.
Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 pm

Lecture: Justice and Contemporary Comics: from Superheroes to the Graphic Novel​
Hillary Chute​ (PA 1994), Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University, explores the theme of justice through the lens of comics and graphic novels. This program will be presented in Kemper Auditorium.
Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 pm 

Opening Reception for Come As You Are: American Youth​
Join the Phillips Academy students from Art 400: Visual Culture: Discovering the Addison Collection for a gallery talk and reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition that they curated.
Wednesday, November 20, 5:00–6:30 pm ​

All Addison programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.