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Artsy-Fartsy Crush: Gardner After Hours

September 11, 2008

Is is fair or even true to call this a crush? Well After Hours, a late night series at the Gardner Museum, is kind of my baby, my favorite-est of favorite projects at this incredible place where I work.

The first After Hours for the fall is coming up next Thursday night, September 18 from 5:30-9:30pm with live free music from the courtyard, jazz or contemporary classical music concerts, gallery talks, sketching in the galleries, and of course wine or beer in hand. Last year, every night was packed with over 500 people in the galleries, making the museum their own for the night.

So what is After Hours, and more importantly, why care? At it’s most basic: we want to be open at a time when people want to come. Getting a little more sophisticated: show people how incredibly amazing the Gardner is. Not your “normal” art museum with big cold white walls, bright lights, and lots of labels you think you’re supposed to read. The Gardner is a little more enigmatic, created by the uber-cool Bostonian Isabella Gardner back in 1903.

Depending on your perspective, some find it “romantic” by night, some “creepy,” but everyone will find something surprising about this quirky place.

Want more details? Gardner’s After Hours site.

Images (hey, I work in an art museum, I have to credit images!): Upper Left: After Hours logo by Danijel Zezelj, 2008.
Middle Left: After Hours in the Titian Room, sketching. Photo by V2 Visuals.
Bottom Center: Courtyard crowd at After Hours, photo by V2 Visuals.


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