After closing for 2 weeks in September, the Norton Museum of Art has re-opened with many exciting changes.  Cafe 1451 has a new look, the galleries have been re-installed and the main lobby has been transformed with new art work. Inspired by the Norton’s proximity to the ocean, New York-based artist Rob Wynne incorporated silkscreened wallpaper and his signature glass-beaded drawings that reference life above, near, and under the sea. Titled I Remember Ceramic Castles, Mermaids & Japanese Bridges, this is the second site-specific artwork commissioned for the lobby.

The 2012-2013 season schedule of special exhibitions is highlighted by an Annie Leibovitz photography exhibition featuring more than three dozen works the museum recently purchased from the internationally-renowned photographer. That exhibition opens in January. This season also includes: a Norton-organized exhibition that will culminate in the awarding of the inaugural Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers, a $20,000 cash prize that the Norton plans to present biennially; the Museum’s second RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) exhibition, featuring artist Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and Say it Loud, a celebration of art by Africans and African-Americans in the Museum Collection.

Other highly anticipated exhibitions include Keep Calm and Carry On: World War II and the British Home Front, 1938-1946, illustrating how England’s creative class mobilized to win the war on the home front, and The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, which chronicles how a group of young, idealistic photographers, most of them Jewish, first-generation Americans, used the power of the documentary photograph during a tumultuous period that spanned the New Deal reforms of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.

Art After Dark. What began as a monthly experiment in the summer of 2009, has become a weekly celebration of diverse cultures, performing and visual arts, great food, and socializing at the Museum. Art After Dark draws hundreds of people to the Museum for a variety of activities, tours, and culinary treats each Thursday night from 5 – 9 pm.  For information click here.

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Grandview Gardens is 5 minutes walking distance to The Norton Museum of Art.