Currier History Timeline

Currier History Timeline



1914 World War I begins

1915 Hannah Currier dies, leaving the estate to establish the Currier Gallery of Art

1915 Palace Theatre opens in Manchester

1915 Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in Manchester at its peak

1915 Roman Catholic Church purchases building on the corner of Walnut and Beech streets

1918 Robert J. Peaslee elected museum’s first president (serves until 1936)

1918 World War I ends

1919 Currier Gallery of Art is officially chartered



1920 Commissioned design by Ralph Adams Cram is rejected

1921 The Phillips Collection opens in Washington, D.C.

1922 Holy Cross Convent occupies house south of museum on Pearl Street

1926 Newark Museum opens in New Jersey

1927 Construction begins on building designed by architects Edward L. Tilton and Alfred M. Githens

1927 Theater now called Capital Center for the Arts opens in Concord

1929 Currier Gallery of Art opens October 9

1929 Tour program with Manchester School District launches

1929 Purchase of Crest of the Wave by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth

1929 Maud Briggs Knowlton named director (serves until 1946)

1929 Mildred Kershaw named museum’s first art teacher

1929 The Museum of Modern Art in New York opens

1929 Rodin Museum in Philadelphia opens

1929  New York stock market crashes on October 29



1930 Salvatore Lascari mosaics installed

1930 Classical music concert program begins

1930 Whitney Museum of American Art in New York opens

1931 Exhibition of Sculpture of Auguste Rodin

1932 Purchase of the Mrs. Dewitt Clinton Howe collection of early American decorative arts

1932 Founding of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

1934 United Textile Workers union strikes at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company

1935 Establishment of Currier art reference library

1935 Purchase of John Greene by John Singleton Copley

1935 Amoskeag Manufacturing Company closes

1935 Works Progress Administration established

1936 The Boston Museum of Modern Art, now called ICA, opens

1937 Purchase of The Visit of the Gypsies, a Franco-Flemish tapestry

1937 Frank P. Carpenter elected president (serves until 1938)

1939 Children’s annex opens in Kennard House

1939 Andrew Wyeth’s first solo exhibition *

1939 Frank W. Sargeant elected president (serves until 1947)

1939 World War II begins

1939 First commercial television set announced at New York World’s Fair



1941 National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. opens

1942 Richard J. Healey bequeaths large collection of American glass

1943 Exhibition of Road to Victory: A Procession of Photographs of the Nation at War

1945 World War II ends

1945 United Nations formed

1946 Gordon M. Smith named director (serves until 1955)

1946 Melvin Watts appointed curator (serves until 1981)

1946 The Jewish Community Center moves to 180 Walnut Street, two blocks northwest of the museum

1947 Purchase of Moat Mountain by Albert Bierstadt

1947 First annual New Hampshire Art Association exhibition

1947 Peter Woodbury elected president (serves until 1969)

1948 Charles Sheeler commissioned to paint the Amoskeag mills

1948 Currier Art Center studio 1949 Purchase of Dedham Lock and Mill by John Constable

1948 First exhibition of ceramics by Mary and Edwin Scheier

1949 Purchase of The Seine at Bougival by Claude Monet

1949 Purchase of Dedham Lock and Mill by John Constable

1949 Exhibition of Monet and the Beginnings of Impressionism **



1950 Frank Lloyd Wright begins designing the Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman House in Manchester

1950 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park opens in Lincoln, MA

1951 Currier organizes the most comprehensive exhibition of Andrew Wyeth’s work to date *

1951 Women’s Aid Home at 180 Pearl Street replaces Barlett House with brick building

1952 New Hampshire presidential primary begins direct voter balloting for nominees

1953 Gift of Woman Seated in a Chair by Pablo Picasso

1953  Francis Crick and James Watson discover DNA’s structure

1954 Exhibition of Design of Scandinavia

1954 Brown v. Board of Education dismantles racial segregation

1954 Polio vaccine developed by American virologist Jonas Edward Salk

1955 Gift of Sugar Box by John Coney

1955 Charles E. Buckley named director (serves until 1964)

1956 Purchase of The Holy Family by Joos van Cleve

1956 Purchase of The Bootleggers by Edward Hopper

1956 Catholic Diocese of Manchester purchases 153 Ash Street just east of the museum

1957 Temple Adath Yeshurun erects a synagogue on Beech Street

1957 Russia launches first satellite, Sputnik I

1958 Artist Robert Eshoo is appointed Art Center Supervisor (serves until 1995)

1959 Exhibition of Edward Hopper

1959 Exhibition of photographs by Lotte Jacobi

1959 Purchase of Chest-on-chest-on-frame by Samuel Dunlap

1959 New Hampshire Public Television established

1959 Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York City



1960 Purchase of Cross by the Sea by Georgia O’Keeffe

1960 University of New Hampshire establishes The Art Gallery in the Paul Creative Arts Center

1960 Vietnam War begins

1962 Purchase of Indian Summer Morning in the White Mountains by Jasper Francis Cropsey

1962 Marian Woodruff appointed education director (serves until 1988)

1964 Purchase of The Wounded Clown by Georges Rouault

1964 Purchase of Seated Nude by Henri Matisse

1964 Henry Melville Fuller elected trustee (serves until 2001)

1965 Gift of Raptus by Marsden Hartley

1965 William Hutton named director (serves until 1968)

1965 Saint Hedwig’s Church and rectory built across from the southwest corner of the museum

1965 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts established

1965 Strawbery Banke Museum opens in Portsmouth

1965 Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery at Keene State University opens

1965  National Endowment for the Arts established

1968 Exhibition of Pewter in America: 1650-1900 *

1968 David S. Brooke named director (serves until 1977)

1969 Purchase of The Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra by Jan de Bray

1969 Lowell Inness named honorary curator of glass

1969 Raymond H. Daniels elected president (serves until 1976)

1969 Canterbury Shaker Village founded as a non-profit museum and National Historic Landmark

1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. walk on the moon



1970 Purchase of Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew by Mattia Preti

1971 Lotte Jacobi named honorary curator of photography

1973 Museum accredited by the American Association of Museums

1974 Priscilla and Albert C. Murray give major glass collection

1974 Maple Leaf Health Care Center builds new facility at 198 Pearl Street

1975 Exhibition of Amoskeag: A Sense of Place, A Way of Life *

1975 Vietnam War ends

1976 Kimon S. Zachos elected president (serves until 1999)

1976 Currier Advisory Council established

1976 Gift of Portrait of Alfred J. Chretien by Lucien H. Gosselin

1976 Institute of Museum Services established

1977 Robert “Mac” Doty named director (serves until 1987)

1977 New Hampshire “first in the nation” presidential primary state law enacted

1977 Personal computers sold for home use

1978 Lotte Jacobi gives gift of prints and photographs, subsequent gifts in 1981 and 1986

1978 New Hampshire Public Radio established

1979 50th anniversary celebration

1979 Exhibition of Calder’s Universe



1980 Capital campaign launches for building addition

1980 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts establishes Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award

1980 Smallpox eradicated

1981 Exhibition of Neil Welliver: Paintings, 1966-1980 **

1981 Scientists identify the HIV virus

1982 Expansion designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer opens

1982 Guild of Volunteers established

1982 Vincent Vallarino and mother Edith give first of three gifts of photographs

1983 Exhibition of Indiana’s Indiana

1985 Exhibition of The Canterbury Shakers

1986 Exhibition of Marguerite and William Zorach, The New Hampshire Years: 1915-1918

1986 New Hampshire teacher, Christa McAuliffe, dies in space shuttle Challenger explosion

1988 Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman bequeath their home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

1988 Marilyn F. Hoffman named director (serves until 1995)



1990 Zimmerman House opens to the public

1990 Christa McAuliffe Planetarium opens in Concord

1990 Franco-American Centre opens in Manchester

1990 Persian Gulf War begins

1991 Exhibition of Corot to Monet: The Rise of Landscape Painting in France **

1991 Apartheid ends in South Africa

1992 Exhibition of Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast

1993 Exhibition of American Potters: Mary and Edwin Scheier *

1993 World Wide Web introduced to the public

1995 Museum closes for nine months to install climate control system

1995 Currier Galleria at The Mall of New Hampshire opens

1995 American Art from the Currier Museum of Art tours United States **

1996 Exhibition of Community of Creativity: A Century of MacDowell Colony Artists **

1996 March Museum reopens

1996 Susan E. Strickler named director

1996 New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association established

1998 New Hampshire History Through Art school program partnership launches

1998 Art Center relocates to former Women’s Aid Home

1998 Exhibition of Trashformations: Recycled Material in Contemporary Art and Design

1998 Gift of European and American glass paperweights from Henry Melville Fuller

1998 Gerry Williams honored as first New Hampshire artist laureate

1999 Exhibition of Linda McCartney’s Sixties: Portrait of an Era

1999 First annual New Hampshire Art Allstate Festival

1999 Exhibition of Maxfield Parrish 1870-1966

1999 John F. Swope elected president of the museum (serves until 2003)

1999 Edwin and Mary Scheier donate their work and art collection

1999 Euro notes and coins are introduced throughout the European Union



2000 Purchase of Desk and Bookcase by Jonathan Judkins and William Senter

2000 Exhibition of The Art of a Naturalist: John James Audubon’s “Birds of America”

2001 Henry Melville Fuller Endowment received

2001 Exhibition of From Wyeth to Welliver: American Realism of the Twentieth Century with “Celebrity Label” project

2001 Verizon Wireless Arena opens in Manchester

2001 World Trade Center in New York and Pentagon in Washington, D.C. attacked by terrorists on September 11

2002 Currier Gallery of Art renamed Currier Museum of Art

2002 Exhibition of Impressionism Transformed: The Paintings of Edmund C. Tarbell **

2003 Open Studio program (formerly Yo! Gallery) for high school students established

2003 Exhibition of Focus on the Soul: The Photographs of Lotte Jacobi **

2003 Purchase of The Bitter Nest V:  The Homecoming by Faith Ringgold

2003  Patrick Duffy elected president (serves until 2008)

2003 Edwin and Mary Scheier receive Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award

2003 U.S. war with Iraq begins

2004 75th anniversary celebration includes Andrew Wyeth: Early Watercolors exhibition **

2004 Purchase of Overmantel, originally from the Gardiner Gillman House in Exeter

2004 Exhibition of African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

2004 Boston Red Sox win the World Series

2005 Currier Collections Online launches

2005 Online Curriculum for Educators launches

2005 Kennard House is moved to 646 Beech Street

2006 Purchase of Jonathan Stein collection of European and American photographs

2006 Exhibition of Voces y Visiones: Highlights from El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection

2006 Museum closes for expansion

2006 Currier on the Move community-based program launches

2006 Museum operates Currier Downtown on Hanover Street in Manchester

2006 James Aponovich honored as New Hampshire artist laureate

2007 Purchase of Origins by Mark di Suvero

2007 Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis

2008 Installation of Wall Drawing #1255: Whirls and twirls(Currier) by Sol LeWitt

2008 March 30 Museum reopens to the public with expansion designed by Ann Beha Architects

2016 Susan Strickler retires as director

2016 Alan Chong named ninth director of the Currier Museum of Art