Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Get a sitter, call a friend and make a date to spend an exciting evening at Night at the Museum: “presented by Stark Museum of Art in Orange on Friday, Nov. 14, from 8-11 p.m.

Night at the Museum is designed for adults 21 and older to experience art after dark, and this event features live music by Houston indie rock band The Tontons and interactive and hands-on art activities. Get a taste of the Texas art scene with pottery demonstrations, and explore the collection of the Stark Museum of Art in a new way with a text-message scavenger hunt. Event-goers can go on a docent-led tour, enjoy free food and free soft drinks, and a cash bar will be open.

The event’s theme, Glazed, coincides with the museum’s newest loaned exhibition, Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise.

Newcomb Pottery is considered one of the most significant collections of American art pottery of the 20th century, with each piece critically acclaimed and highly coveted, according to a press release by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service has partnered with Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University to present the largest, most comprehensive Newcomb Pottery collection to tour the country in nearly three decades. The exhibition, which initially debuted at Newcomb Art Gallery in 2013 in New Orleans before launch of the national tour, features more than 125 objects – the iconic pottery as well as lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding and historical artifacts.

“Women, Art, and Social Change brings together a variety of objects created during the lifespan of the Newcomb enterprise,” said Sally Main, curator of the Newcomb Art Gallery. “The finest examples of the pottery art form will be displayed alongside pieces that will come as a revelation to many – not only a rich variety of crafts but also photos and artifacts that breathe life into the Newcomb legacy.”

Newcomb Pottery was established in 1895 as an educational experiment of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University’s former women’s college, a press release by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service states. The quasi-commercial venture offered an opportunity for Southern women to support themselves financially during and after their training as artists. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the Gulf South, the pieces offer insight into the extraordinary women who made a lasting impression on American art and industry.

Representing 45 years of achievement in decorative arts from 1895 to 1940, the exhibit is supported by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, which were matched by supporters of Newcomb Art Gallery.

Now, guests of the Stark Museum of Art will have the chance to view this special exhibition, create their own ceramics to take home and see significant art of the American West. 

There is a $15 cover charge, and only adults age 21 and older will be admitted.

The Stark Museum of Art is at 712 Green Ave. in Orange. Call (409) 886-2787.