Manchester, NH – Drawing upon his witty sense of humor, extraordinary visual memory, and boundless intellectual curiosity, New Hampshire artist Varujan Boghosian uses the ordinary to create the extraordinary. His collages and assembled sculptures, made up of found objects in materials from wood and paper to metal and plastic, explore the universal human condition. Boghosian’s evocative Surrealist work can be seen in The Curious Magic of Varujan Boghosian, on view from June 10 through September 4 at the Currier Museum of Art.

 

“The more time I invest with Varujan’s works the more evocative they become.” Said Kurt Sundstrom, curator of the exhibition. “It is very rare indeed for a viewer to be so richly rewarded for musing with a work of art.”

 

Boghosian’s work challenges the viewer to look at common objects in new ways by presenting them in unexpected combinations, often referring to mythology and literature. A master draftsman, watercolorist, and sculptor, he creates works of art that are funny and provocative. This exhibition draws from the artist’s collection, the Currier’s holdings, and private collections. 60 works of art will be on view ranging from early, abstract watercolors to multi-layered collages Boghosian still creates today at age 92. The Curious Magic of Varujan Boghosian invites a dialogue between the visitor and the artist initiating the sharing of personal responses.

 

This exhibition is sponsored by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

 

About Varujan Boghosian

 

Varujan Boghosian was born in New Britain, Connecticut in 1926. His father emigrated from Armenia. After serving in the navy during World War II, Boghosian enrolled at Central Connecticut Teachers College on the GI Bill. He received a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and went to Italy to study. He then became a student of Josef Albers at Yale School of Art and Architecture. Between 1963 and 1966, Boghosian exhibited in New York at the legendary Stable Gallery at the same time as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, and others. In 1968 Boghosian moved to New Hampshire where he served as professor at Dartmouth College for nearly 30 years and became one of the states most distinguished artists.

 

Related Events

 

Creative Studio: Mythical Creatures
June 10, 10 am to 1 pm

 

Free admission for NH residents from 10 am to noon
Participate in a unique art activity exploring mythology in the exhibition The Curious Magic of Varujan Boghosian, and then invent your own myths and creatures. Adults and children are welcome to drop by one of the Museum’s studio spaces to participate.

 

Focus Tour: Varujan Boghosian: A Closer Look
June 10 and August 13, 11:30 am

 

Enjoy a tour of the playful works in the exhibition The Curious Magic of Varujan Boghosian, take a closer look at their possible meaning, and discuss how they were created. Stay afterwards to enjoy lunch in the Winter Garden Café.

 

ARTalk: Varujan Boghosian
June 11, 2 pm

 

Join artist Varujan Boghosian and curator Kurt Sundstrom for a lively discussion surrounding the surreal and surprising works in the exhibition The Curious Magic of Varujan Boghosian.

 

Creative Studio: Name Assemblage
July 8, 10 am to 1 pm

 

Free admission for NH residents from 10 am to noon
Explore the work of Varujan Boghosian and then make your own name by assembling found objects. Adults and children are encouraged to drop by one of the Museum’s classrooms to participate.

 

Currier After Hours: Common Objects Reimagined
August 3, 6 to 9 pm

 

Join us for a night that celebrates New Hampshire artist Varujan Boghosian. Participate in an art-making activity, join curator Kurt Sundstrom for a tour of the exhibition and enjoy live music, food, and libations in the Winter Garden Café. We will also have two Twilight Tours of the Zimmerman House (reservations required).

 

Creative Studio: Pun Making
August 12, 10 am to 1 pm

 

Free admission for NH residents from 10 am to noon
Explore the visual puns and smart juxtapositions in the special exhibition, The Curious Magic of Varujan Boghosian. Adults and children are welcome to drop by one of the Museum’s studio spaces to participate.

 

About the Currier Museum of Art

 

The Currier Museum of Art is dedicated to connecting art with people in innovative ways. The museum is home to a significant collection of European, American, and contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Le Witt, and works by new Hampshire artists. This collection inspires exhibitions and programs of many types.

 

The Currier Museum opened to the public in 1929 and completed a new extension in 2008. It is New Hampshire’s museum of art. Located at 150 Ash Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, the museum is open every day except Tuesday.
The museum owns the Zimmerman House, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, complete with original furnishings and art. Guided visits can be booked online.

 

The Currier Art Center offers studio classes, art camps, master classes, and intensive workshops for all ages.