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Museum Reads: “Guernica: Painting the End of the World”

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Welcome to Museum Reads, the Newport Art Museum’s Art-Themed book group for adults! Are you looking to learn more about art and artists, or enjoy digging into some of the issues present in our current exhibitions? Then this friendly discussion group is for you. We meet monthly on the third Thursday at 12 noon, in person and virtually. Join us virtually from the office for an invigorating lunch break, or enjoy an hour of inspiration during a wee one’s nap time, or find us in the gallery for in-person conversation.

James Attlee offers an illuminating account of the genesis, creation and complex afterlife of Picasso’s Guernica. He explores the historical and cultural context from which it sprang; analyzes the painting itself and the meanings that art historians, museum curators, politicians and anti-war protestors have ascribed to it; traces its travels across Europe and the Americas from the late 1930s to its arrival in Spain in 1981; and speaks with key artists, art-world figures and cultural commentators about its continuing, all-pervasive presence.

In 1937, Guernica sounded a warning of what was to come: with Spain plunged once more into civil strife and demagogic politicians stalking the stage on both sides of the Atlantic, Attlee argues its message is just as relevant today.

We’re delighted to announce that author James Attlee will join our discussion virtually!

Museum Reads is free for Members, and $5 for yet-to-be Members.

Be sure to register online to receive email updates and Zoom links.

For last minute registrations, please call the front desk for the Zoom link at 401-848-8200.


February 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Newport, RI 02840 United States
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