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New Meetup: "Renaissance Visions" / Gardner After Hours @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 12:22 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: "Renaissance Visions" / Gardner After Hours @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

When: January 15,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Continuing the Isabella Stewart Gardner theme, let's go to this month's "Gardner After Hours" program, held on the third Thursday of every month from September to June from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Limited tickets at door. Box Office:[masked] 5156.

About "Renaissance Visions":

"The Renaissance wasn?t just a flourishing period of culture and ideas ? it was, and still is, a mind set. No one more exemplifies this than Gardner ? inspired by art, music, gardens, travel, and the world around her, she was the ultimate Renaissance Woman.

* Courtyard Sounds: Enjoy music by up-and-coming musicians from the New England Conservatory (5:30-8:30pm)
* Gallery Travels: Explore the galleries with a self-guided tour of Renaissance highlights in the collection.
* Viewfinder: Visit the Dutch Room and get acquainted with some of the personalities at home here. And discover the art of marriage with Viewfinder talks throughout the evening in the Triumph of Marriage special exhibition gallery.
* Sketching in the Galleries: Create your own masterpieces with drawing in the cloisters and galleries (6 to 9PM)
* Artful Flavors: Indulge in the culinary arts, signature cocktails including the all-new Madame Gautreau, and more at the courtside bar and Gardner Caf?".

... I myself want to wander around and soak up the athmosphere seeing everything, wandering around for an hour, seeing if I can grab a sandwich at the The Courtside Bar or Gardner Caf?, then wandering around some more. (After Hours tickets: Members: free | Adults: $12 | College Students: $5). If people want, a sub-group can go to After Hours Plus (Adults: $23 | Members: $15 | College Students: $10). After Hours Plus is showing Composter Portraits: Music of Leon Kirchner.
"New York native Leon Kirchner (b. 1919) is a performer?s composer. He is championed by some of the world?s finest musicians, many of whom are joining in this celebration of his 90th birthday".

Please indicate on the RSVP if you are thinking of the After Hours or After Hours Plus... I'd rather wander around with just the After Hours pass for a half-hour, grab a table at the cafe at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm, talk to fellow Nerds, explore the exhibits, and wind down with cocktails at the bar. Feel free to create your own agenda, though! :)

I'll make sure to bring enough nametags for the entire group... Or at least the subset who RSVP "YES" by 4:30 pm the day of the event. This way we can mix and mingle, split up into smaller groups if we want. It's sometimes difficult to tell who is a Nerd and who is not... until a passionate discussion breaks out on the true root causes of the Renaissance, trends that paved the way for its occurance, and how much the fall of Constantinople was the trigger point that started the Renaissance.

For a Menu, with prices for food, go to and select the appropriate link.

About the current Exhibit, departing January 18, 2009:

The Triumph of Marriage:

"In Renaissance Italy, cassoni ?Italian for 'large chests' ? were an essential part of the rituals of elite marriages. Made in pairs and often painted with historical and allegorical scenes, these chests were paraded through the streets, like trophies, when the bride moved into the house of her new husband. Cassoni offered artists an opportunity to develop new subjects in new formats, fusing space and time in consecutive scenes; dramatizing conflicts between love and duty; and almost always concluding with a vision of triumphant harmony".


Public Transportation: Take the Green Line E train outbound or No. 39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts stop. Cross Huntington Avenue on your right onto Louis Prang Street. Walk down Louis Prang Street for two blocks. The Museum is on the left.

Parking: To park at the Museum of Fine Arts garage or surface lot, turn off Huntington Avenue one block before Louis Prang onto Museum Road. The garage entrance is on the left side of the street and the surface lot entrance is on the right.

After Hours Blog:

Other Nerd Fun Events involving the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:

* On Wednesday, January 21st we get to hear Anne Hawley -- director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum -- speak at 6:00 pm at the Boston Public Library as she talks about "The Next Gardner Museum". Let's explore the museum a few times before then to check out how it is now so we have something to compare.

Please Note: All people named "Isabella" get admission free forever!

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