Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014
Through June 2, 2019
Otto Piene,  The Proliferation of the Sun, 1966/1967, re-staged for the Neue Nationalgalerie in 2014, multimedia  performance, installation view, Fitchburg Art Museum, 2019. Photo credit: ©2019 Charles Sternaimolo


Fire and Light 
presents the work of internationally renowned artist, Otto Piene (b. Germany, 1928-2014), focusing on artworks created since the mid-1980s when he moved to Groton, MA. Piene's relentless exploration of light, fire, and air led to groundbreaking achievements in art and technology.  
 
Fire and Light  offers a rare opportunity for visitors to experience Piene's immersive artworks and contemplate Piene's vision and practice. 
 
Fire and Light is sponsored in part by the National Endowment of the Arts,  Carol and Carl Canner, Patricia La Valley and Geoff Hargadon, and the 
Simonds Lecture Fund. 


Broad Strokes: American Painting of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries  from the FAM Collection
Through September 1, 2019
Edwin Ambrose Webster (1869-1935), Cactus, St. Paul, France, 1925, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sleeper, 1997.3
Broad Strokes  explores a dynamic period in American painting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition reveals significant stylistic shifts and artistic developments that were catalyzed by the drastic social changes of post-Civil War America, including major historic events like World War I and the Great Depression. The variety of approaches American artists engaged during this time is evident in works by renowned artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and lesser-known artists like local 
Fitchburg painter Constance Bigelow.


Coming Soon
Enjoy groovy hors d'oeuvres, far out cocktails, and mod music.  
Fab attire encouraged. Can you dig it?  Be there or be square.
 
A Night at the Museum provides support for FAM's education initiatives, exhibitions, and special programs. Our theme this year is inspired by the spring exhibition Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014 as well as the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 moon landing and Woodstock.

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Programs
Please note the lecture "Introduction to Oceanic Art" scheduled for March 3 has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
Thursday , March 14
1:00pm-3:00pm   
Fire and Light Tour & Art Activity
 
Hidden Treasures is free, but participants must pre-register with the Fitchburg Art Museum by calling 978-345-4207. Programs are limited to 16 participants and require a caregiver with each adult with Alzheimer's. 

Light Robots
Otto Piene, Light Cubes, 1990s, metal, motor, light, Private Collection.  Photo credit: ©2019 Charles Sternaimolo
Sunday, March 24, 1:30pm 

Performance of Piene's Light Robots and conversation led by Terrana Curatorial Fellow Candice Bancheri
Italian Film Festival
Thursday, March 28 - Saturday, March 30



Featuring the films: Paisan, Golden Door, Terraferma, and Juliet of the Spirits.

$5 general admission to each film or $15 to all four films.
Free for FAM Members and FSU students, faculty, and staff, including ALFA students.  
Light snacks and select beverages included in ticket price.  Beer and wine available for purchase.

For more information, including a complete schedule,  click here.
Museum of Russian Icons Collaboration
Curator's Talk with Lisa Crossman at the 
Museum of Russian Icons for the exhibition
Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane 

Saturday, March 23, 2pm
 
In the Community Gallery
 On view in the Community Gallery February 27- March 31

 

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 2nd from 1-3pm  

Save the Date!
The Legacy of Otto Piene
Saturday, April 6, 1:30pm

Performance of Piene's Light Robots by artist John Powell and panel discussion with Lynette Roth, Harvard Art Museums; George Fifield, Boston Cyberarts; Seth Riskin, MIT; and poetic reflection by Piene's widow, poet and media artist Elizabeth Goldring.

April Vacation Week Workshops

Tuesday, April 16, 10am-12pm
Stack a Robot! for ages 5-8  
Impressionist Painting for ages 9-12

Wednesday, April 17, 10am-12pm
Wild Watercolors for ages 5-8
Make a Light Spinner for ages 9-12

*Registration is required for workshops. You can register by 
or by clicking the link below.

 

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