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​​​​Addison Community Ambassador Explores DNA: Work by McArthur Binion
The Addison Community Ambassadors, the museum’s Phillips Academy student group, aims to create community at the Addison in conversation around responses to collections and exhibitions. Through group discussion, hands-on activities in the galleries and Museum Learning Center, and meetings with all levels of museum staff, Ambassadors learn about the Addison, the history of museums, and theories of teaching and learning, and then design interactive programming for all audiences. Here, Grace Wang (PA 2022) discusses the mixed media piece DNA: Work by McArthur Binion, on view in the exhibition Learning to Look: The Addison at 90.

Aphrodite Désirée Navab: Landmines Of Memory
This video walk-through of Aphrodite Désirée Navab: Landmines Of Memory (Winter 2021) offers an up-close view of this unique presentation of 58 ink drawings. Created while Navab was an Addison Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence, the series is inspired by her brother, Alexander Navab, who graduated from Phillips Academy in 1983, and who passed away unexpectedly in 2019. Mining her Iranian, Greek, and American heritage, Navab combines in this series the Labyrinth from Greek mythology and the patience stone from Persian folklore to explore stories of exile and migration, rupture and suture, loss and survival. 

​​Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney​​ R. Knafel Map Collection
Wayfinding (Fall 2020) presents new work by six artists—Sonny Assu​, Andrea Chung​, Liz Collins, Spencer Finch​, Josh T. Franco​, and Heidi Whitman​—made in response to a two-year engagement with Phillips Academy’s Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection​. Exhibition curators Allison Kemmerer and Stephanie Sparling Williams offer a video tour of Wayfinding, and the artists discuss their work exploring the ways in which American spaces have been imagined, claimed, measured, circumscribed, and contested.

​​​​Looking Closely: A Harvest of Death (1863), a Civil War Photograph
Curatorial Fellow Dr. Tessa Hite offers a close reading of Timothy O’S​​​ullivan’s A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863 from Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, Volume I in the Addison's collection.​

Recordings of Virtual Programs

Winslow Homer: The Man Behind the Art (June 22, 2022)
William R. Cross, author of Winslow Homer: American Passage, discusses the life and work of Winslow Homer, including many surprising new findings about the man behind Homer’s much-loved art and the world in which he lived. Cross touched on several of the Addison’s Homer works in the context of his oeuvre and shared a breadth of Homeric facts that invite looking at all his work anew.

Virtual Gallery Talk: Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer (March 9, 2022)
Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and curator of Georgia O'Keeffe, Photographer, discusses her research and process in organizing this exhibition of little-known photographic works by Georgia O’Keeffe. This program was presented with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library.

Virtual Conversation: Artist Fred Eversley and Curator Kim Conaty (February 12, 2022)
Fred Eversley, whose work is featured in Light, Space, Surface, and Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and author of an essay in the exhibition catalogue, discuss Fred’s work and the West Coast Light and Space movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Virtual Gallery Talk: Learning to Look: The Addison at 90 (November 17, 2021)
Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works and themes from the exhibition, which celebrates the Addison’s 90th anniversary. 

Virtual Gallery Talk: Language, Sequence, Structure: Photographic Works by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer (October 13, 2021)
Curator Gordon Wilkins discusses works by Bay Area collaborators Thomas, Phillips, and Fischer, who explored the complex relationship between photography and language, text and image, in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Addison at 90: An Exploration of the Archives with Gordon Wilkins (July 14, 2021)
Gordon Wilkins, Associate Curator of American Art, explores what the Addison's rich archives can reveal about the museum’s collection, history, and relationship with artists.

An Artists’ Conversation: Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things (June 17, 2021)
Mel Kendrick is joined by friends and fellow artists Carroll Dunham and John Newman to chat about the exhibition, coming of age in the New York art scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the nature of sculpture, and more. Moderated by Interim Director and exhibition curator Allison Kemmerer.

The Addison at 90: A Conversation with Jock Reynolds and Dawoud Bey (May 25, 2021)
Jock Reynolds, former director of the Addison (1989–1998) and photographer Dawoud Bey talk about their history of collaboration and the Addison’s Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence program. Introduction by Allison Kemmerer, Interim Director of the Addison Gallery.

The Addison at 90: A Conversation with William C. Agee (May 4, 2021)
Renowned art historian and Phillips Academy alumnus William Agee (PA 1955) discusses masterworks from the Addison’s collection, their art historical significance, and their personal impact on him as a student at Andover. This program was presented with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library

Live Artist Jam Session: Aphrodite Désirée Navab, Nicholas Galanin, and Curtis Talwst Santiago (March 31, 2021)
To celebrate and close the exhibition Aphrodite Désirée Navab: Landmines of Memory, Aphrodite Navab is joined virtually by fellow artists Nicholas Galanin and Curtis Talwst Santiago for a live drawing session during which the three friends chat about their inspirations and practices while making art together. Welcoming us into their studios, this live session offers a dynamic window into the distinct ways in which each artist mines the past to inform the present.

Mindfulness at the Museum (February 28, 2021)
Using artworks, the body, and breath to help participants unwind and relax into the present moment with the amplified impact of group meditation, this deep seeing experience offers tools for stress relief, new awareness, and a deepened sense of community. The program is led by India Clark, Museum Mindfulness Guide & Life Path Mentor for Creative Souls and Founder of the Wayfinder Institute, and sponsored with the Tang Institute at Andover​.

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850–1950 with Gordon Wilkins Part 3: 1930–1950 (February 17, 2021)
In the first presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1930 and 1950, by artists including Ruth Asawa, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, and Andrew Wyeth. This program was presented in conjunction with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library​.

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850–1950 with Gordon Wilkins Part 2: 1900–1930 (February 10, 2021)
In the second presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1900 and 1930, by artists including Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent. This program was presented in conjunction with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library​.

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850–1950 with Gordon Wilkins Part 1: 1850–1900 (January 27, 2021)
In the third presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1850 and 1900, by artists including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. This program was presented in conjunction with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library​.

The Meaning of Land: Indigenous and Euro-American Mapping (January 14, 2021)
How can maps reflect the world-view and relationships to the land of their creators? Led by Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center​, this workshop incorporates close looking, sketching, and discussion of maps and art. 

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