Exhibit, family fun among MWPAI events


UTICA — Journey into the dark realm of vision, nightmare, and dream with “Mysterious, Marvelous, Malevolent: The Art of Elihu Vedder,” April 5 through Dec. 29 in the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

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Since its first public appearance in 1863, Vedder’s “The Questioner of the Sphinx” has been a mystery. It is part of a group of bizarre and visionary paintings, drawings, and book illustrations that Vedder (1836–1923) began to create in New York City at the outset of the American Civil War.

Prior to this, he had spent three years abroad while studying in Paris and Florence. There, he produced mostly bucolic studies of the Italian countryside.

When he returned to New York City in 1861, he made an abrupt and radical departure into portraying the mysterious and the dangerous.

Discover Vedder’s journey into the realm of vision, nightmare, and dream. Explore how Vedder may have used ancient myths and legends of the monstrous, the terrible, and the fantastic to negotiate the horror, destruction, and alienation engendered by the national crisis of the American Civil War. 

Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Recurring programs

Art and Yoga For Mind, Body, and Spirit

Saturdays, April 6, 20 and 27 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Full session (seven classes): $75, $50 MWPAI members. Drop-in fee: $15, $10 MWPAI members. For full session, please pay in advance through the ticket office, 315-797-0055. Drop-ins can pay at the door.

Each class offers a 15-minute introduction to art in the gallery followed by one hour of yoga. All levels of ability are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat. For more information, contact the Museum Education Department at 315-797-0000, ext. 2158.

Film series

Films are shown in the Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium every Wednesday and Friday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8, $6 MWPAI members, $4 for students with ID, free for PrattMWP students.

Both Wednesday screenings will feature Open Captions (subtitles) for the benefit of our deaf or hearing-impaired guests. Please be aware that this service is not always available from the film distributor, but will be provided whenever possible.

For tickets or more information, call 315-797-0055 or visit mwpai.org.

April events

April 3

Art Story: A Pop-Up Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Art Odyssey Interactive Gallery 

April 5

A Closer Look Gallery Talk —The Dream House of Helen and James: Fountain Elms and Victorian Architecture, Paula Caruana, decorative arts assistant, 1:10 p.m., Museum of Art

First Fridays Happy Hour with music by Rich Mollin Quintet, 5 p.m., Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court

April 6

Keyboard Conversations, Chopin in Paris!, 7:30 p.m., Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium

April 11

PrattMWP Sophomore Gallery Opening, 4 p.m., McCulley Gallery, 14 Cottage Place

April 12

Exhibition Opening, Freshman Show, on view through May 9, PrattMWP Gallery in the Museum of Art. Reception 4 p.m. at Fountain Elms Terrace

April 14

Museum Highlights Tour, 2 p.m., Museum of Art

April 18

Art Alive!: Crafts, Activities and More - Spring Break, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Museum of Art

For Kids and Families, The DuffleBag Theatre Co., Peter Pan, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium

April 19

PrattMWP Sophomore Gallery Opening, 4 p.m., McCulley Gallery, 14 Cottage Place

April 21: Institute Closed

April 26

PrattMWP Sophomore Gallery Opening, 4 p.m., McCulley Gallery, 14 Cottage Place

April 27

Concerts in the Court presents Max Weinberg’s Jukebox 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Museum of Art. Tickets are $51.50, $46.50 for MWPAI members. Special VIP Packages are available. Call 315-797-0055 or 1-800-754-0797. Also online at mwpai.org. 

April 28

Chamber Music Society of Utica, Ariel Quartet with guest Orion Weiss, piano, 2:30 p.m. Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium

Sign-up for Spring Bus Trip 

Trip to New York City, Wednesday, May 22, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $86.50, $76.50 MWPAI members. Call 315-797-0055.

Beginning at bustling Bryant Park (the bus drop-off and pick-up point), enjoy shopping, renowned museums, Broadway theatre, restaurants, the High Line elevated park, Times Square, Eataly, Chelsea Market—the possibilities are endless.


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