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Palm Beach residents can now appreciate 'Art After Dark'

27 Aug 2014 1:22 PM
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We all love touring museums. It's often one of the most relaxing experiences available to anyone in a city - lights are low, noise is kept to a minimum and you're surrounded by an expertly curated selection of world-class artworks. Unfortunately, the experience isn't always perfect: No one likes spending a full day in an overcrowded museum, for one thing. And if you work a day job, forget it - most museums close at 5 p.m. on weekdays, so you're going to be out of luck more often than not.

However, that's not true for those who live in Palm Beach. That's thanks to the Norton Museum of Art, which holds its "Art After Dark" series every Thursday. During the program, specific objects and shows are presented to visitors - ranging from dance and music to film, with all other forms of art in between represented - between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. Sometimes, there's even wine tastings and specialized dinner dishes! In truth, Art After Dark is more than just an after-hours stroll through the museum: It's a specially curated one-time-only event, a social occurrence as much as it is entertainment or art. 

What will be on display during this week's tour?
The activity schedule for this week's Art After Dark program, for Thursday Aug. 28, is a particularly exciting one. Whether you like classic cars or Picasso, there's something here for you.

Throughout the entire evening, automobiles? of the past will be on display out in the front parking lot during the PBC Classic Car Club show. A DJ will be out there as well, playing classic tunes from the era the cars were made in. If you enjoy your blasts from the past, make sure to set some time aside for the car show. 

Everyone is instructed to meet in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. if they want to catch the first exhibit of this week's tour, "Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten." If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, though, there's an alternative option: a come-as-you-are yoga class taught between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Once you've got your fill of either poses or portraits, you can move onto the "masterpiece of the month." For August's entry in this running series, the group will be looking at Picasso's "Head of a Woman," guided by a discussion from curatorial associate Jerry Dobrick. 

At 7:30 p.m., the group will be meeting in the lobby before diving deeper into the artist who gave us this month's masterpiece. This week's guided tour of the museum is entitled "The Influence of Picasso," and will look at the way the works of that radical artist have reverberated in the work of those who have come since.

Of course, if you'd like a less academic way of ending the night, the band Crazy Fingers will be in the theater, performing original songs and Grateful Dead covers. Refreshments are available all night long, as well, so whenever you find yourself getting hungry (or thirsty), you can retire to the Fratelli Lyon restaurant - housed within the museum itself, and open throughout the night - for whatever you may desire. 

As you can probably tell, the curators of Art After Dark work hard to provide an incredibly varied collection of works that appeal to a wide range of interests, every single week. In that regard, it's like the museum itself. And let's be honest: Who hasn't fantasized about being able to stroll through the museum, in small groups or even by themselves, after everything's been all closed up?