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Shelburne Museum to reopen to public on June 2

REVISITING AMERICA: THE Prints of Currier & Ives exhibition: Frances Palmer, published by Currier & Ives, American Express Train, 1864. Lithograph, 17 ½ x 27 ¾ in. Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of Conagra Brands, 2016.20.416. Photography © Joshua Ferdinand. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives has been organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.

Shelburne Museum will reopen on June 2 with a full slate of new exhibitions and programs. Closed since the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum’s 45-acre grounds along with select exhibition buildings, will be open four days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, through Oct. 17.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and members this summer and showcasing once again the magical place that is Shelburne Museum,” director Thomas Denenberg said. “Not only do we have two wonderful special exhibitions, but the staff has organized new interpretative material throughout our campus and renowned gardens.” 

The museum grounds and several buildings will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Advance tickets will be required to visit, and occupancy limits will apply both indoors and on the grounds. Buildings that will be open include: the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Pleissner Gallery, Webb Gallery of American Art, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.

This summer visitor will have a special opportunity to engage with the work of contemporary artists and designers, to see loans from important collections in America and beyond, and experience selections from the museum’s expansive and compelling collections. “Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives” (June 2-Aug. 29) will explore how the largest printmaking company in 19th-century America visualized the nation’s social, political and industrial fabric. “New England Now: People” (June 26-Oct.17) will feature regional contemporary artists and celebrates the communities and people of New England. This multi-media exhibition is designed to facilitate rich conversation on a variety of socio-political issues and topics relevant to our region and beyond. The southern half of the museum’s campus will be filled this summer with 14 sculptures by artist Peter Kirkiles (June 2-Oct. 11). Whether an exact replica of an antique tall clock made in weathering steel, a measuring rule enlarged ten times its normal size, or a Studebaker truck shrunken down to the dimensions of a toy, Kirkiles’ sculptures invite viewers to contemplate the familiar in new and unexpected ways. The museum’s events calendar offers lectures, concerts, demonstrations, family days, and programming in conjunction with special exhibitions.

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