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06-06-2006, 03:33 PM
The Currier: Past, Present and Future
By: JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor

Visit Currier Museum of Art for glimpse of changing faces of landmark site

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Catch a glimpse of the past, present and future of The Currier Museum throughout this month before the Manchester landmark closes its doors for up to 18 months of renovations.

The Queen City's Currier Museum this month celebrates an impressive past ? and prepares for some dramatic changes in its near future.

An exhibition marking its progress since opening its doors in 1929, ?The Currier Past, Present and Future? will run through June 26, with free admission offered June 19-26.

This is a great chance for area residents to take a tour of the Queen City treasure before the museum closes for at least a year of major renovations.

?Based on projections from our construction company, we anticipate being closed 15 to 18 months,? said Karen Tebbenhoff, museum spokeswoman. ?We close for expansion on June 27.?

The month?s exhibition provides both a glimpse into the Currier?s history through photos of the original facility and a peek at things to come through a display about the current museum expansion project.

On the museum balcony, a detailed view of the architect?s vision for the Currier Museum building is presented through a three-dimensional model, color renderings of the planned additions, and architectural drawings.

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The museum's balcony has architectural views of the renovation, including a three-dimensional model and color renderings of the planned additions.

The 30,000 square-foot expansion to the museum will house new galleries, classrooms, an auditorium, a dramatic winter garden and a more spacious north entrance.

Also on view through June 26 is ?Voces y Visiones: Highlights from El Museo del Barrio?s Permanent Collection.?

Meanwhile, significant portions of the Currier?s collection are slated to go on loan to other New England museums this summer.

?A large selection of important American paintings will be on loan at the Portland Museum of Art and masterpieces from the European collection at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth,? in Hanover, Tebbenhoff said. ?These institutions were selected because of their close proximity to the Currier?s audience, and because of their reputations as exemplary art institutions.?

Though the museum itself will be closed, the Currier Art Center at 180 Pearl St., and the Zimmerman House, a 1950s, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home located near the museum, will remain open, and museum officials will take a series of programs onto the road as well.