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Gardner After Hours Returns!

Our popular monthly Thursday evening program returns with a special Bash on January 19, 2012. Music, art, conversation, and discovery--in the enchanting atmosphere of the Museum at night!

When Gardner After Hours first welcomed visitors to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Gardner at night four years ago, it was the only regular evening-hours event at the Museum. That changes in 2012, when the Gardner reopens with extended Thursday hours--open every Thursday until 9pm--and with the monthly enchantment of After Hours music, drinks, lectures, and games as a part of the effervescent mix.

"Gardner After Hours has become one of my favorite things we do here," says Julie Crites, Director of Public Programs. "The intimacy of social interaction amid exquisite art and fabulous music creates an electric atmosphere unlike any other. For everyone, no matter how they're enjoying the evening, Gardner After Hours is about engagement and imagination--the very essence of the Museum."

On Thursday, January 19th, Gardner After Hours returns from its half-year hiatus with the Opening Bash, a special late-night, ticketed After Hours from 7pm - midnight. Be among the first to celebrate the opening of the stunning Renzo Piano-designed wing with performances and projects that showcase its exciting spaces. The all-female Scottish septet Muscles of Joy (pictured), featuring former Artist-in-Residence Victoria Morton, will kick off the After Hours music series at 8pm with an awesome fusion of playful, divergent sounds in Calderwood Hall; Artist-in-Residence Cesare Pietroiusti will be working with visitors in the new Education Studio on a series of drawings rooted in the act of generosity; Museum staff will be available in the lovingly restored Tapestry Room to answer questions about this extraordinary conservation project; the new Café G will provide light hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar; and the new Museum store, Gift at the Gardner, will be open for shopping.

If January 19 doesn’t work with your schedule, don’t worry--the entire season of After Hours awaits, with Carnevale on February 16, Equinox on March 15, and more. Musicians from Berklee College of Music return for our Jazz at the Gardner series in February, March (when they perform a tribute to the legendary Lena Horne), and April; contemporary artists and Gardner curators will lead gallery talks on inaugural exhibitions by exciting former Artists-in-Residence Victoria Morton and Luisa Lambri; dj’s will alternate with classical musicians in performing the free music resonating throughout the courtyard; and interactive gallery games, like scavenger hunts, puzzles, and riddles, will continue for those who enjoy the fun and mystery of exploring the collection. At its heart, After Hours is a "choose your own adventure"--whether your adventure is a relaxing evening with a glass of wine and a friend in the courtyard, or a night full of discovering and experiencing new sights and sounds. Join us for extraordinary evenings of exploration and enchantment throughout 2012.

Thursday evening programming is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Fidelity Investments is the opening year sponsor of Jazz at the Gardner. Opening year exhibitions are made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Media Sponsor: Boston Globe Media, Inc.

Image: Martin Clark, 2011

December 2011