Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Cultural Series: Popular Songs by Armenian Composers Performed by renowned singers Arthur Ispiryan from Yerevan and Nara from California

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Sunday, October 27, 2019
2-4 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Members FREE! Non-members free with $15 Museum admission. 

Please join us at the Armenian Museum as we welcome renowned singers Arthur Ispiryan from Yerevan and Nara from California as they perform popular songs by Armenian composers. Additionally, we are honored to host a special appearance by Aram Satian, the president of the Composer’s Union of Armenia and Composer Maestro Konstantin Petrosian.

This performance is presented by Armenian Museum of America and the Composer’s Union of Armenia, and sponsored by the Dadourian Foundation.

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Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Lecture Series: Lives of the Desert Fathers and the history of Armenian manuscript production with Earnestine Qiu

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Earnestine Qiu

Lecture Series: Lives of the Desert Fathers and the history of Armenian manuscript production with Earnestine Qiu                                                                                   

Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:30pm reception, 7pm lecture
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor                                                                                     

NOTE: The Museum’s elevator is in the process of being upgraded and is currently out of service. 

Free to the public                                                                                                                

Join us as we welcome Ph.D. candidate, Earnestine Qiu and her discussion of The illuminated fifteenth-century manuscript of the Lives of the Desert Fathers (Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarchate, MS 285). This work was produced in Crimea and belongs to a long textual tradition. However, despite its significance as a rare and early example of an illustrated version of the text, Jerusalem 285 has received very little art historical attention. In addition to its aesthetic value, the quality and production of this manuscript  provide a glimpse into the vibrant Armenian community present in fifteenth-century Crimea. Furthermore, the afterlife of Jerusalem 285 testifies to the rich and complex history of Armenian manuscript production.                                                                                                                                    

Earnestine Qiu is a Ph.D. student in the Art & Archaeology Department at Princeton University. She received her M.A. in Art History from Tufts University and her B.A. in Art History and Linguistics from Rutgers University. In 2018, Earnestine worked as a research associate at the Armenian Museum of America. She also has fieldwork experience in Cappadocia and Istanbul, and contributed to the Armenia! exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Cultural Series! Traditional Armenian Dance Lessons

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Second Sundays! Traditional Armenian Dance Lessons
Sunday, November 10, 2019 2-4 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor                                                                                       
NOTE: The Museum’s elevator is in the process of being upgraded and is currently out of service.    
Members FREE! Non-members $15. 

Back by popular demand! On the second Sunday of every month, join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance in our staple program of the Second Sundays Cultural Series! Gary and Susan have collected over 100 village dances and shared these with the community for the last 42 years. Learn Armenian dances performed at American picnics and traditional dances from the old country. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to help keep these elegant traditional dances alive.  

Register online or call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562;103 today!

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Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursdays! Classic Groove with special guest, John Berberian on Oud

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Third Thursdays! Classic Groove with special guest, John Berberian on Oud
Thursday November 21, 2019                                                                                                                                   

7pm reception, 7:30pm performance                                                                                                                                                           
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor                                                                                     

NOTE: The Museum’s elevator is in the process of being upgraded and is currently out of service.   
Members FREE! Non-members $15. 

Join us as we welcome Classic Groove! Classic Groove draws on the versatility of its members to perform a diverse mix of music for all occasions. Classic Groove's repertoire ranges from R&B to Top 40, Smooth Jazz, Latin, Country, Swing, Middle Eastern, show tunes, male and female duets, Blues, and Motown. Classic Groove features Steven Tashjian on saxophone and vocals, Alissa Coates on vocals, Mark Michaels on guitar and vocals, Dave Fuller on drums and vocals, and Lee Lundy on bass. They are thrilled to have a special guest musician, John Berberian on the oud for this performance! It’s sure to be a fun night of music and dancing!

This performance was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Dadourian Foundation.


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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursdays! The Be-Bop Guitars directed by John Baboian in Concert

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Third Thursdays! The Be-Bop Guitars directed by John Baboian in Concert
Thursday October 17, 2019                                   
7pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

NOTE: The Museum’s elevator is in the process of being upgraded and is currently out of service.   

Members FREE! Non-members $15. 

Join us as we welcome Boston’s own “Be-Bop” Guitars! The “Be-Bop” Guitars is an all-faculty band from Berklee College of Music. This unique group features 5 of Berklee’s time honored guitar faculty performing specialized arrangements that show the diversity of the instrument and of the performers. The remainder of the band: trumpet/flute, vibes, bass & drums are also from the esteemed Berklee faculty. The 9 members of the band have a combined total of over 300 years of Berklee Jazz educator experience, and an equal number of years in which the individuals have performed in numerous musical settings throughout the world.

The group began in 1990 by performing arrangements from “Supersax” and other similar ensembles.  Later, the group expanded their repertoire by adding to the “book”, writing new arrangements and compositions. Although rooted in the “Bop” tradition, the band plays a variety of materials that reflect the long history of Jazz music. Over the years, the ensemble has garnered a steady following of fans that enjoy guitar-oriented Jazz. The band features John Baboian on guitar and as Music Director, Larry Baione, Jon Damian, Jon Wheatley, and Mark White each on guitar, Jerry Seeco playing the trumpet and flute, Rich Greenblatt on the vibes, Ron Mahdi on Bass, and Larry Finn on drums. It’s sure to be a fun night of music and dancing!

This performance was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Dadourian Foundation.

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Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Cultural Series! Traditional Armenian Dance Lessons

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Sunday, October 13, 2019 
2-4 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Members FREE. Non-members $12. 

Introducing our exciting new Sunday Cultural Series! The Armenian Museum will be offering cultural and art workshops throughout the Fall and Spring. Starting in October, on the second Sunday of every month, join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance at the Armenian Museum of America. On the fourth Sunday of every month, adult arts & crafts and cultural workshops will take place, as well as concerts open to all.

Back by popular demand! On the second Sunday of every month, join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance in our staple program of the Second Sundays Cultural Series! Gary and Susan have collected over 100 village dances and shared these with the community for the last 42 years. Learn Armenian dances performed at American picnics and traditional dances from the old country. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to help keep these elegant traditional dances alive.  

Register online or call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 Ext. 103 today! 

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Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Food Tasting with Dr. Mari Firkatian


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Wednesday October 2, 2019
630 pm reception, 7 pm lecture and tasting
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, third floor
Members $15. Non-members $20.

Professor of History and Armenian cook, Dr. Mari Firkatian will demonstrate traditional Armenian recipes from her book, Home Again. Looking to encourage intergenerational communication with relatively easy traditional recipes, Dr. Firkatian hopes that her presentation and book will spark delicious family conversations around cooking and cultural heritage. Tasting and Q & A to follow!  Books will be available for purchase. Bring your appetite, friends, and family! To RSVP, please call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617- 926-2562, ext.103 or email at ghabeshian@armenianmuseum.org

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Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Stateless Diplomat: Heroic Life of Diana Apcar, a documentary by Mimi Malayan

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Sunday September 29, 2019, 6pm
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown
$10 in advance, $20 at the door

This film tries to convey the pivotal moments in Diana Apcar’s life: her awakening to the Armenian cause, her spiritual vision prompting her into activism, her mental collapse and frustration as she foresaw the Genocide, and her endless humanitarian work, personally aiding hundreds of Genocide survivors. The culmination of this work resulted in her appointment as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia to Japan in 1920. 

Organized by the Armenian Cultural Foundation and co-sponsored by the Armenian Museum of America, Amaras Art Alliance, Arlington International Film Festival, AIWA, AWWA, NAASR, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives and Tekeyan Cultural Association. 

The film will be followed by a reception in The Rehearsal Hall. For tickets please visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1016864, or call 617-923-8487.

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Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Museum Day!

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Saturday September 21, 2019 
12 - 6pm
Armenian Museum of America

JOIN US FOR MUSEUM DAY! The Armenian Museum is proud to be part of Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

For tickets visit: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/

To see what's happening at the Armenian Museum visit: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/current-exhibitions

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursdays! The Armenian Museum presents: Dr. Lilit Artemyan in Concert

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Thursday September 19, 2019
7pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Free admission

Please join us at the Armenian Museum as we welcome Dr. Lilit Artemyan, virtuoso pianist and musicologist. In honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth, Dr. Artemyan will give a brief presentation on Gomidas Vardabet, followed by a performance of Gomidas’ songs, as well as unpublished songs by Dikran Chukhadjian, and pieces from other Armenian classical composers. 

Dr. Artemyan was born in Yerevan and began playing the piano at the age of two. She began her formal musical education at four and since then has won awards at national and international piano competitions, been the recipient of scholarships, graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory and received her PhD of Arts from the Institute of National Arts of National Academy of Science, Armenia. Dr. Artemyan successfully combines her pianist performing activities with scientific activity. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Arts of the NAS RA, Member of the Dissertation Council of Art Studies of the Supreme Certifying Committee of the RA, Deputy Director of the Council of Young Art Critics of the Institute of Arts of the NAS RA, and member of the Composers’ Union of Armenia. Following her performance at the Armenian Museum, Dr. Artemyan will be performing at Carnegie Hall on September 22nd.

This performance is being cosponsored by the Composers Union of Armenia and funded thanks to the generosity of the Dadourian Foundation.

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Aug
4
to Aug 11

Learn Traditional Marash Embroidery Technique!

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Join Textile Curator Susan Lind-Sinanian at the Armenian Museum for a hands-on workshop (2 classes) to learn the unique tradition of Marash Embroidery! Marash Kordz (handwork of Marash) was a form of embroidery popular among the Armenians of Marash, a city in Cilician Armenia near the Mediterranean Sea. Created by weaving a surface pattern through a lattice framework of two rows, it was originally used for decorating various household textiles, usually furnishings. Although the embroidery is now extinct in Marash due to the Armenian Genocide, it is still practiced by Armenian women throughout the Diaspora. 

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to learn this traditional technique and see beautiful examples in the Museum’s collection!

Classes are August 4th and 11th, 2-4pm.

All materials will be provided. Limit 12 students per class.

Cost: $60 Become a member to receive a 20% discount! $48 members.

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Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Armenian Dance Lessons!

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Location: Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Time: Sunday, July 28: 2-4 pm

Get your dancing shoes ready! Join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance at the Armenian Museum of America on Sunday, July 28 from 2-4pm! Together, Gary and Susan have collected over 100 village dances and shared these with the community for the last 42 years. Learn Armenian dances performed at American picnics and traditional dances from the old country, including some from Sepastia, Erzurum, Van, and Kharpert. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to help keep these elegant traditional dances alive.  

Cost per student: $20 Non-Members; $15 Members 

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Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Zabel in Exile reading

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Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, third floor 
Reception: 6–7 pm / Reading: 7 pm
Email or call to reserve a free seat: info@armenianmuseum.org, 617.926.2562;101

 Join us for a reading of a new play Zabel in Exile, based on the life and writings of early 20th century  Armenian writer and political activist Zabel Yessayan. The play, written by R. N. Sandberg and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, will feature six actors live in the Museum’s newly renovated Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, third floor. Tickets are free, please email or call to reserve a seat. Generously co-sponsored by The Armenian Museum of America, AIWA, and NAASR, also supported by Project SAVE. 

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Jun
26
to Aug 23

Summer Art Studio

The Summer Studio Art Classes are back! Have your kids join the Armenian Museum for a journey through Armenian culture and explore the wonder of creating art. The Armenian Museum is offering two sessions of two-week art programs to children of all backgrounds, ages 6-10 and 11-14 years old. We have added new fun and exciting content to our classes, so make sure your kids don’t miss out!

For students 15-18 years old, contact us about creating an independent art study program.

Separate classes will be held for students ages 6-10 and 11-14.
Ages: 6-10 (11am-1pm), 11-14 years old (3pm-5pm)

Session 1 Dates: June 26-July 5, Wednesday and Friday (4 classes total)
Session 2 Dates: Aug 14-23, Wednesday and Friday (4 classes total)

Cost per student: $120. Members (family or higher) $96!
Individual drop-in classes can be purchased for $35. Members $28. 
For individual classes please call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617-926-2562, ext. 103.

A 10% discount will be offered for each additional sibling in the same course and/or class.     
Please call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617-926-2562, ext. 103 to redeem this offer.

All materials are non-toxic. All materials, aprons, snacks, and water are provided.

*Please alert staff in advance of any food allergies your child may have.

2019 Class Schedule

Session 1: (Read about and sign up for Session 1 below!)

June 26-July 5, Wednesday and Friday: 6-10 years old (11am-1pm), 11-14 years old (3pm-5pm)
Wednesday, June 26
Friday, June 28
Wednesday, July 3
Friday, July 5

Cost: $120; $96 for members

Individual classes may be purchased by calling Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 ext. 103: $35, $28 for members

All materials will be provided

Session 2: (Read about and sign up for Session 2 below!)

Aug 14-23, Wednesday and Friday: 6-10 years old (11am-1pm), 11-14 years old (3pm-5pm)
Wednesday, August 14
Friday, August 16
Wednesday, August 21
Friday, August 23

Cost: $120; $96 for members

Individual classes may be purchased by calling Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 ext. 103: $35, $28 for members

All materials will be provided


About the instructors

Garin Habeshian is the Education Coordinator at the Armenian Museum. He received a Master’s in Teaching at Clark University in 2015.

Arevik Tserunyan is the 2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Motherland Screening

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Thursday, June 13 at 7 - 9 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

The Armenian Museum of America, AIWA, New England, and AGBU Young Professionals, Boston present a special screening of the documentary, Motherland, directed by Emily Mkrtichian and Jesse Soursourian. In this eloquently crafted film, women in Artsakh, an independent republic between Azerbaijan and Armenia, courageously work to clear land mines in the wake of a brutal war, combating traditional gender roles and forming close bonds in the process. 

Free admission - reception and Q&A with Director, Jesse Soursourian to follow screening.

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Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

First Thursdays: Jazz at the Armenian Museum

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Thursday, June 6 from 7:30–9:30 pm

6–7 pm: Gallery hours will be extended until 7 pm for a special viewing of our newest Family Case featuring SSG Berge Avadanian, and for guests to explore the Museum.

7 pm: Reception in the Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

7:30–9:30 pm: Concert with The Black Sea Salsa Band, directed by Dan Teager featuring John Baboian and other artists

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FREE to Membership or FREE to non-members with Museum admission—Join!

Special thanks to the Dadourian Foundation for their generous grant in support of our 2019 music events.

Join us for the first Thursday of every month from April through June for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!

We are thrilled to welcome John Baboian to our newly-renovated contemporary space. John has been teaching guitar at Berklee College of Music for 39 years and brings his amazing talent and fellow musicians to light up this venue.

He will be joined Thursday, June 6, by the Black Sea Salsa Band. Black Sea Salsa is a 15-piece World-Music group made up of 6 horns, 4 vocalists, and 5 rhythm, playing an original blend of Armenian music and Afro-Cuban Jazz. Led by trumpeter Dan Teager, who writes and arranges the band's repertoire, Black Sea Salsa has established itself as one of Boston's premier festival bands.

We encourage you to join us at 6 pm for a viewing of our newest Family Case featuring a uniform belonging to SSG Berge Avadanian. Then join us in the Adele & Haig Der Manuelian Galleries on the 3rd Floor as we continue the celebration of Berge’s honorable life with the sounds of Black Sea Salsa Band directed by Dan Teager and featuring John Baboian and other artists

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May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Concert at the Armenian Museum

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Sunday, May 19
2–4 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Reception following performance

Free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Dadourian Foundation

The Armenian Museum is hosting a concert in honor of the 150th anniversary of the births of Komitas Vardapet and poet Hovhaness Tumanyan.

The performance features Levon Hovsepian, Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian, Knarik Nerkararain, Ruzan Kheranyan, and Ani Arakelians Avakian, alongside the Sargis Karapetyan Quartet, whose members include Sargis Karapetyan, Armen Ghazaryan, Dr. Lilit Muradyan, and Zarina Irkaeva. 

Compositions by Komitas, renowned composer and ethnomusicologist, and poetry by Hovhaness Tumanyan, considered the national poet of Armenia, will be brought to life by these talented performers.

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May
2
7:30 PM19:30

First Thursdays: Jazz at the Armenian Museum

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Thursday, May 2 from 7:30–9:30 pm

6–7 pm: Gallery hours will be extended until 7 pm for guest to explore the Museum.

7 pm: Reception in the Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

7:30–9:30 pm: The John Baboian Quartet, with special guest Christina Baboian

Also on:
Thursday, June 6 from 7:30–9:30 pm

Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

FREE to Membership or FREE to non-members with Museum admission—Join!

Special thanks to the Dadourian Foundation for their generous grant in support of our 2019 music events.

Join us for the first Thursday of every month from April through June for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!

We are thrilled to welcome John Baboian to our newly-renovated contemporary space. John has been teaching guitar at Berklee College of Music for 39 years and brings his amazing talent and fellow musicians to light up this venue.

The John Baboian Quartet features Baboian on guitar, Daniel Ian Smith on woodwinds, Bruce Gertz on bass, and Larry Finn on drum set. The quartet plays mainstream and contemporary jazz and Latin music, mainly composed by Baboian but with a few choice standards. The members have performed around the world with a variety of great musicians.

They will be joined next Thursday, May 2 by featured vocalist and clarinetist, Christina Baboian for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!

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Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

Onion Skin Easter Egg Dyeing Workshop

Celebrate Easter at the Armenian Museum by joining our Armenian Egg Dyeing Workshop!

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When: Saturday, April 20, 2–5 pm

Where: Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

Cost: $15, Members receive a 20% discount: $12

Taught by Armenian artist Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, this workshop explores the traditional Armenian Easter practice of decorating eggs using onion skin dye techniques. All ages are welcome so just show up ready to share in this beautiful Armenian tradition.

The natural process of boiling onion skins produces a magical red dye, which gives an amazing range of various shades of red and brown. Herbs and flowers are placed on the shell to resist the dye to form enchanting patterns.

DID YOU KNOW….

For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ. The red color symbolizes the Blood of Christ while the hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ. Armenian tradition includes egg fights where finished eggs are cracked against each other. The breaking of the shell is said to represent Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Breaking shells is optional though so you may choose to keep your eggs intact!

Don’t miss out on this fun, educational activity and the chance to have the best Easter eggs at your Easter celebration!

Become a Member to receive discounts on classes, workshops, the museum shop, plus free admission and more!

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Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

First Thursdays: Jazz at the Armenian Museum

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Starting Thursday, April 4 from 8–10 pm

Also on:
Thursday, May 2 from 8–10 pm
Thursday, June 6 from 8–10 pm

Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

FREE to Membership or FREE to non-members with Museum admission—Join!

Special thanks to the Dadourian Foundation for their generous grant in support of our 2019 music events.

Join us for the first Thursday of every month from April through June for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!

We are thrilled to welcome John Baboian to our newly-renovated contemporary space. John has been teaching guitar at Berklee College of Music for 39 years and brings his amazing talent and fellow musicians to light up this venue.

The John Baboian Quartet features Baboian on guitar, Daniel Ian Smith on woodwinds, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass, and Steve Langone on drum set. The quartet plays mainstream and contemporary jazz and Latin music, mainly composed by Baboian but with a few choice standards. The members have performed around the world with a variety of great musicians.
 
On April 4, The John Baboian Quartet performs with special guest vocalist, Sandi Bedrosian. Sandi Bedrosian has been performing professionally since the age of 20 as a lead vocalist singing Jazz, Swing, Rhythm & Blues, and Classical, as well as Top 40 and Gospel/Liturgical music. She’s been the opening act/lead vocalist for such artists as: Gary Charrone of Van Halen/Extreme, Sheena Easton, Tom Sullivan, Barbara Mandrell, and the Capital Steps.

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Mar
31
to Apr 14

Needlelace Workshop

Needlelace Workshops

at the Armenian Museum!

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…needlework can be seen as giving a woman a kind of ‘voice’: stitches, instead of words, becoming a language through which she might speak.

-Anush Sharambeyan, Needle Arts, Armenian Folk Arts, Culture, and Identity

Join us for this unique opportunity to continue the tradition of Armenian needlelace!

Taught by Textile Curator Susan Lind-Sinanian, these three sessions are a unique opportunity to learn intricate regional techniques that were passed down through generations from mother to daughter. All materials are supplied so just show up ready to learn techniques practiced by Armenian women for centuries.

Examples from the Museum’s textile collection will provide inspiration as you find your voice by sewing edgings on linens.

Have Armenian needlelace at home? Bring them in to share your family story!

When: Sundays from March 31st to April 14th, 3pm–5pm.

Where: Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

Cost: $90, Members discount: $60

Become a Member to receive discounts on classes, workshops, the museum shop, plus free admission and more!

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Mar
31
1:00 PM13:00

Oud Live Among the Objects

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Oud Live Among the Objects

Visit the Museum this Sunday for live music in the galleries! Harry Bedrossian, highly accomplished oudist, will activate the first-floor galleries on Sunday, March 31 from 1–3 pm. Harry will play a mix of classical and contemporary arrangements on the oud, adding an audible layer to the viewer’s experience of the objects on display. We hope you can join us for this immersive experience!

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrating Women: Kate Kayaian in Concert

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Friday, March 8
7-9 pm

Join us in celebration of International Women's Day, featuring cellist Kate Kayaian and pianist Yun Lee. Known for her stunning artistry and passion for Armenian music, Kate has hand-selected pieces for the recital including a gorgeous arrangement by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian. 

We are looking forward to this wonderful event, held in the third-floor galleries of the Armenian Museum.

Open and free to the public, thanks to funding from the Dadourian Foundation.

Refreshments and white wine will be provided at the event.

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Feb
20
to Mar 30

Winter Studio Classes

Art Studio Program at the Armenian Museum!

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Beginning this February break, the Armenian Museum is offering a six-week art program for children of all backgrounds ages 7-14 years old. The program’s classes are Drawing and Painting, Collage, and Pottery Decoration. Students will find inspiration among the objects on display in our galleries, and study global influences on Armenian art and culture. Each class will be a fun, interactive journey of discovery!

Drawing and Painting

During the first class, students will explore observational drawing techniques while sketching objects on display in the galleries. The following class will focus on the artwork of Arshile Gorky, which highlights concepts of abstraction and composition to challenge students’ notions of art and representation. Our artists will apply these techniques to their sketches, and leave with beautiful figurative and abstract works of art!

Collage

Students in our collage classes will draw inspiration from renowned 20th-century Armenian artist Sergei Parajanov. Our instructor will lead them on an interactive examination of Parajanov’s collages, where they will learn about Surrealism and avant-garde ideas, lighting a creative spark that guides them in the creation of their own unique compositions. 

Pottery Decoration

In the 18th century, the Armenian ceramic tradition flourished in Kütahya (modern-day Turkey). With global influences and vibrant yellow and red bole colors, Kütahya ceramics are a distinctive and treasured part of Armenian heritage! Students will connect with the unique Kütahya ceramic tradition through examples in our collection, before painting their own original designs on pottery.

About the instructors

Garin Habeshian is the Education Coordinator at the Armenian Museum. He received a Master’s in Teaching at Clark University in 2015.

Arevik Tserunyan is the 2018–2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Dec
8
to Dec 22

Children’s Armenian Christmas Workshops

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This year we are welcoming children of all backgrounds ages 6-12 to celebrate the season of giving by making Christmas cards and ornaments using traditional Armenian motifs. These workshops will be held in our newly renovated Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, and each will focus on the spirit of sharing by creating meaningful gifts under the guidance of our Artist-in-Residence, Arevik Tserunyan.

Our four Children’s Armenian Christmas Workshops focus on creating Armenian Christmas cards and Armenian Christmas ornaments to allow children to use their creativity by making hand-made gifts for family and friends. After all, that is the true meaning of Christmas!

Each class is $15.00 and open to 30 students.

Each class runs from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Select a date and sign up using the following links:

Saturday, December 8

Wednesday, December 12

Saturday, December 15

Wednesday, December 19

Saturday, December 22

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Join Us on a Members-Only Trip to The Met!
Oct
19
7:00 AM07:00

Join Us on a Members-Only Trip to The Met!

Tour the exhibition Armenia! with our Academic Advisor, Christina Maranci, PhD, Tufts University, and our President of the Board, Michele Kolligian, and Executive Director, Jennifer Liston Munson.

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On Friday, October 19 the Armenian Museum of America will embark on a bus trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see their new exhibition Armenia!, which explores the arts and culture of Armenians from the 4th—17th centuries.

Two illuminated manuscripts from the Armenian Museum's collection will be among the incredible objects on display. 

Interior of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue, New York

Interior of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue, New York

Detail of Liturgical Manuscript. Collection of the Armenian Museum of America. Donated by Haig Der Manuelian, 1983.

Detail of Liturgical Manuscript. Collection of the Armenian Museum of America. Donated by Haig Der Manuelian, 1983.

Tickets are for members only. The bus will leave Watertown at 7 am, and tickets include round-trip transportation to The Met on a coach bus with WiFi and restrooms, admission to The Met, an Armenian continental breakfast on the bus, and a guided interpretative tour from Christina Maranci, PhD, Professor of Armenian Art and Architecture. We will leave The Met at 6pm, and an evening snack will be provided on the bus before arriving back in Watertown around 10pm.

Reserve your space on the trip, or join the Museum as a member!

Academic Advisor Christina Maranci, PhD

Christina Maranci, Academic Advisor to the Armenian Museum of America

Christina Maranci, Academic Advisor to the Armenian Museum of America

Christina Maranci is the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian art and architectural history at Tufts University and is also Chair of the Department of the History of Art. She has held visiting positions in Armenian art at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of three books and over eighty articles and essays on medieval Armenian art and architecture; including an introduction to Armenian art (Oxford UP, pub. date September 2018). Her most recently published monograph on the seventh-century architecture of Armenia won both the Sona Aronian Prize for best Armenian studies monograph and also the Karen Gould Prize for Art History from the Medieval Academy of America. Maranci has engaged with the cultural heritage of Armenians for over a decade, working on historically Armenian churches and monasteries in the Ani/Kars region. Her campaign for the Cathedral of Mren, near Ani, resulted in its inclusion on the World Monuments Watch List for 2015-17.

For more information about Armenia! and to see a video preview, please visit The Met's exhibition page.

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Armenian Songs and Classical Music
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Armenian Songs and Classical Music

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Adele and Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

Organized by Maestro Konstantin Petrossian, representative of the Composers Union of Armenia, this concert will feature Anoush Kirakosian on kanon, Lusine Karapetyan and Mari Panosian on piano, and vocals by Kate Norigian, soprano.

Reception following performance

Open and free to the public

Funded by the Dadourian Foundation

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Jul
10
to Aug 23

Summer Studio Art Classes - Painting II

Painting II, ages 11-15

The Museum is offering Painting II art classes this summer for kids interested in learning to paint and draw among the objects in the galleries! 

2018 Class Schedule

Session 1

Tuesday, July 10, 2–4 pm
Thursday, July 12, 2–4 pm
Tuesday, July 17, 2–4 pm
Thursday, July 19, 2–4 pm

Session 2

Tuesday, August 14, 2–4 pm
Thursday, August 16, 2–4 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 2–4 pm
Thursday, August 23, 2–4 pm

Tuition: $120, Members receive a 25% discount!

All materials will be provided: Gouache paints, brush sets, pallets, charcoal, graphite pencils, ink sets, sketchpads, and canvases.

Class size is limited to 12 students in each class.

Students will be introduced to key artistic methods at the heart of the drawing and painting process. Observational skills will be developed through experimentation with a variety of drawing and painting techniques, including gouache, watercolor, charcoal, graphite and colored pencils, and ink.

The Museum collection will be a source of inspiration and learning. Students will be exposed to art objects and artifacts in the galleries as sources of inspiration to create original works of self-expression.

About the instructor
Arevik Tserunyan is the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Jul
10
to Aug 23

Summer Studio Art Classes - Painting I

Painting I, ages 6-10

The Museum is offering Painting I art classes this summer for kids interested in learning to paint and draw among the objects in the galleries! 

2018 Class Schedule

Session 1

Tuesday, July 10, 10–12 pm
Thursday, July 12, 10–12 pm
Tuesday, July 17, 10–12 pm
Thursday, July 19, 10–12 pm

Session 2

Tuesday, August 14, 10–12 pm
Thursday, August 16, 10–12 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 10–12 pm
Thursday, August 23, 10–12 pm

Tuition: $120, Members receive a 25% discount!

All materials will be provided: Gouache paints, brush sets, pallets, charcoal, graphite pencils, ink sets, sketchpads, and canvases.

Class size is limited to 12 students in each class.

Students will be introduced to key artistic methods at the heart of the drawing and painting process. Observational skills will be developed through experimentation with a variety of drawing and painting techniques, including gouache, watercolor, charcoal, graphite and colored pencils, and ink.

The Museum collection will be a source of inspiration and learning. Students will be exposed to art objects and artifacts in the galleries as sources of inspiration to create original works of self-expression.

About the instructor
Arevik Tserunyan is the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Onion Skin Dye Workshop

Detail from  Altamira,  Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, 2017.

Detail from Altamira, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, 2017.

Adele and Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

During the closing weekend of Skins, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian will teach an onion skin dye workshop. Express your creativity while learning about a traditional Armenian art form and making a beautiful piece to take home!

Adults, children, and families of all ages are welcome!

$25 for adults
$10 for children under age 12
Members receive an additional 25% off (Use promo code AMAMEMBER at checkout)

All materials will be provided.

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Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Collage Night at the Museum

Sergei Paradjanov,  The Last Supper , 1988

Sergei Paradjanov, The Last Supper, 1988

Be creative, learn something new, and have fun at the Armenian Museum! Find inspiration among the objects in the Museum galleries, learn about the fascinating work of Parajanov, and create your own masterpieces. Participants will indulge in the meditative process of collaging Armenian images on painted backgrounds while enjoying a festive atmosphere. Beginners as well as experienced artists are welcome—our Artist-in-Residence instructor, Arevik Tserunyan, will provide step-by-step instructions. Let the objects tell their stories through your collages!

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May
27
2:00 PM14:00

Ode To The Fatherland

The Armenian Museum of America

Presents a special concert to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia

Ode To The Fatherland

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Featuring Maestro Konstantin Petrossian on piano and famed soloists Noune Karapetian and Babin Boghosyan

May 27, 2018 | 2 – 4 pm
Adele and Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Reception following performance

Open and free to the public
Funded by the Dadourian Foundation

 

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

SKINS Work by Marsha Nouritza Odabashian

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DISCOVER THE ARMENIAN MUSEUM!

The Armenian Museum of America
Invites you to the opening of

SKINS

Work by Marsha Nouritza Odabashian

Opening reception and gallery talk:

Tuesday, April 24, 6–8:30 pm

6 pm: Join us in the 1st floor gallery to observe Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day by candle light

7 pm: 3rd floor for the gallery talk

About SKINS

As a child, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian absorbed her grandmother's experience of the Genocide. By applying traditional Armenian onion skin dyes to textured paper, she reveals the hidden bruises and marks that lie within. Her surface drawings trace a more deliberate narrative connecting personal experience to historical record. The finished pieces serve as visual recovery rooted in the creative desire to challenge the darker impulses of human nature and history.

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