Tonight, they're opening the museum, just for us. Don't miss this rare and wonderful opportunity.
A repeat of one of our best-rated events ever.
Come for a wonderful tour of the museum, with the curator, Gary.
Admission to ALMA is $7/person for non-members. If we get eight or more confirmed reservations, I will try to arrange a guided tour.
About the museum:
This Museum’s collections constitute the largest and most diverse holding of Armenian cultural artifacts outside of the Republic of Armenia. They comprise over 20,000 artifacts, including: 5,000 ancient and medieval Armenian coins, over 3,000 textiles and 180 Armenian inscribed rugs, and an extensive collection of Urartian and religious artifacts, ceramics, medieval illuminations and various other items.
The Museum maintains an active program of changing exhibits, averaging 14 exhibits annually, which celebrate the Armenian heritage, past and present, and provide new experiences for returning visitors and display the wide range of materials in the collection. While most of ALMA's holdings are kept in storage for inspection by researchers, less than 5% of the artifacts, are on exhibit at any given time.
ALMA's artifacts include prehistoric, Urartian, religious, ceramic, medieval and various other objects
In the Gallery:
Norton Dodge Collection: Art from the Post-Soviet Period
Exhibit runs from September 22, 2013 to January 2014 (Simourian Gallery, 2nd floor)
Eight works from the Norton Dodge Collection are on display at ALMA for the first time in an exhibit titled “Armenian Art from the Post-Soviet Period [masked]).”
The eight paintings were donated to ALMA by the Homer Dodge Foundation, through the generous efforts of Nancy Ruyle Dodge, Norton Dodge’s widow. The artists represented are Armen Adikhanian, Felix Eghiazarian, Vartan Gabrielian, Sarkis Hamalbashian, Ashot Kazarian, and Samuel Khachikian.
The paintings date from the momentous period spanning the last years of the Soviet Union and the early years of the Armenian Republic, from 1988 to 2005. These critical years began with the 1988 earthquake, continued with the exciting time of the establishment of Armenia’s independence in 1991, and on to the bleak days of hardship during the Karabagh war and blockade of Armenia. The Norton Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art is one of the largest collections of its kind, consisting of some 20,000 works, the bulk of them now housed at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutger’s, the State University of New Jersey.
Gourgen Manoukian: Celebrating 50 years in Art
Exhibit runs from Aug. 27 to Oct. 27, 2013
Gourgen Manoukian, born in Yerevan, Armenia, studied at the Moscow Art Institute. He later returned to Armenia and worked in the HAYFILM studios as an art director where he worked on more than thirty films. Exhibiting across the Soviet Union, Manoukian worked in a wide range of artistic expression from graphic design and cinematographic art to miniatures, costume design and his main interest, painting. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including editions of watercolor, oil painting and a set of specialized illustrations of Armenian ethnic costumes.
On arrival in the U.S., Manoukian became a member of the “Armenian Artist Associates of America”, continuing to exhibit across the U.S. and internationally. His landscapes reflect his memories of Armenia, featuring converging lines of earth and sky and the alternation of shadow and sunlight. He believes that the dynamics of his colors and composition “speak in an international language”, whether land or seascapes, still-life or architectural renderings.