Third Thursdays

Word Play

Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30 - 9 pm
Throughout the Museum

This evening we partner with our friends from the Boston Literary District, and invite you to make creative connections in the galleries and interact with local artists and writers. Get inspired by our Henry James and American Painting exhibition through literary games, artistic exploration, and poetic activities, using Henry James’s writing as a jumping off point.

Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the Museum at night. This lively, social evening features music, creative collaborators, a cash bar, playful gallery activities, and hands-on art making. Hungry? Café G will be open for snacks, dinner, and drinks.

Program for the Evening

Music in the Courtyard
Will Dailey, three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. Known for his soulful sound and thoughtful lyrics, his music has been described as having a rich, vintage vibe. 

Performance in the Living Room
The Regie Gibson Project, Mozart meets James Brown — a combination of old and new vibration stitched into a hipness of wordfunk, soulsong, and bluesgroove. Performances start at 6:30 and 7:30 pm.

Artmaking in the Studio
Experiment with the lost art of letter writing as you draft a note to someone special using old-school techniques and materials—quill pens, wax seals, and more. 

Gallery Conversation
Meredith Goldstein, author of the Boston Globe “Love Letters” column, and Gardner Museum Associate Curator Nathaniel Silver chat about correspondence and how letter-writing has evolved from Gardner’s life to today. These informal talks will be about 20 minutes.


Tickets are required and include Museum admission.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members and children 17 and under.

  • Online, by clicking the TICKETS button above*
  • By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*
  • In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

*Handling charges apply to these orders

The lead sponsors for tonight's Third Thursday are Amy and David Abrams. Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. The museum is also supported by grants from the Barr Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Media Sponsor: Boston Magazine