Winter 2018 Art Exhibitions

Bruce Museum

American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ‘70s
Through March 1, 2018
The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided new avenues for creative and technical exchanges between artists. Since the early 1940s, when Stanley William Hayter transplanted his Atelier 17 from Paris to New York, American artists were becoming familiar with a wide range of printmaking techniques. By the latter twentieth century, printmakers such as Tatyana Grossman, founder of ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions), and June Wayne, who founded the Tamarind Workshop in Los Angeles, greatly enlarged and successfully marketed the printmaking enterprise.

Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection
Through April 1, 2018
Treasures of the Earth will take visitors on a tour of the breathtaking splendor, wonder, and science of minerals. Approximately 100 dazzling specimens from the exceptional Robert R. Wiener Collection will be on display, ranging from enormous interconnected cubes of pyrite to dazzlingly clear crystals of selenite to fiery red hexagons of vanadinite.

Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era
January 27, 2018-May 20, 2018
The Bruce Museum’s provocative new exhibition Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Juxtaposing art made in opposition to state-sanctioned Socialist Realism with artifacts from the Soviet nuclear and space programs, Hot Art in a Cold War touches upon the triumphs and tragedies unleashed as humankind gained the power to both leave the Earth and to destroy it.

Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War
January 20, 2018-June 10, 2018

Opening at the Bruce Museum on January 20, 2018, Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works from the “Great War” donated to the museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III. The exhibition, which will be on view through June 10, 2018, commemorates the centennial of the entry of the United States into that epochal conflict.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking – Norwalk

Illumination–CCP’s 2017 Members Exhibit
Through Sunday, February 11, 2018
The theme for CCP’s December 2017 Members Exhibit is Illumination. The accumulation and spread of human knowledge is deeply indebted to the labor of print and paper artists. It is their work, which allows concepts and ideas to be inscribed, transcribed and preserved into a physical manifestation.

Fairfield University Art Museum

Richard Lytle: A Retrospective
Through February 3, 2018
Walsh Gallery
Richard Lytle (American, b. 1935) has been exhibiting his work internationally since the mid-1950s. Mastery of color is a hallmark of Lytle’s work, which ranges from realist to abstraction, and which has always found its inspiration in the organic world. His dreamlike images move across spaces suggestive of landscapes often in joyful biomorphic abstraction. Some works focus on plants and natural shapes that are magnified beyond recognition, while others include elements clearly chosen by the artist for their sensuous colors and patterning.
This exhibition includes early charcoal drawings from the 1960s Nude Figures Series, a selection of Pod Series drawings from the 1970s, as well as watercolors and large oil paintings spanning the breadth of Lytle’s career.

The Holy Name—Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age
February 2 through May 19, 2018
The Fairfield University Art Museum is presenting a major international loan exhibition, The Holy Name—Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age, which will be on view in the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries from February 2 through May 19, 2018. Its focus is the Church of the Gesù (Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina) in Rome. The principal or mother church of the Society of Jesus, which was founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1540 in the charged religious and political climate of the Counter-Reformation, the Gesù is a testament to the power and prestige of the new religious order, its edifice a formidable symbol of the militant Church reborn. The long and at times fraught campaign to erect the church and embellish its interior, the imperative to formulate an imagery celebrating the order and its newly canonized saints, the competing visions of the Jesuits and their strong-willed patrons, and the creative energies of the artists who realized the vastly ambitious project are all explored.

This landmark exhibition, organized to commemorate Fairfield University’s 75th anniversary, features artistic treasures from the Gesù itself, never before seen in America: Bernini’s bust of Roberto Bellarmino (patron saint of Fairfield University), Gaulli’s monumental painted wood model of the apse, a gilt bronze altar sculpture by the versatile painter, draftsman and sculptor Ciro Ferri, the sumptuous 3-piece jeweled cartegloria from the altar of St. Ignatius, and the magnificent embroidered chasuble of the church’s great benefactor, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese.  These masterpieces will be joined by more than fifty paintings, sculptures, rare books, precious objects, drawings, prints, and historical documents by Bernini, Domenichino, Gaulli, Ciro Ferri, Carlo Maratti, and Andrea Pozzo, among other Italian Baroque masters, generously lent by museums and private collections around the country including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery.

This landmark exhibition will give visitors to the museum an unparalleled window onto the extraordinary works of art found within the walls of the Gesù, the immensely talented artists who created them, and the powerful and strong-willed personalities whose -vision, ambitions—and financial means—made it all possible.

Florence Griswold Museum

Through January 28, 2018, the Florence Griswold Museum offers three exhibitions that examine social consciousness and community participation.

Childe Hassam, To the 101st (Massachusetts) Infantry, 1918. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches, Collection of Jonathan L. Cohen

To commemorate the centennial of America’s participation in the Great War, World War I and the Lyme Art Colony illuminates the significant role played by artists with ties to Connecticut in mobilizing public sentiment for America’s entry into the war.

Oscar Fehrer: Reflecting and Reflections is a retrospective that considers the trajectory of the artist’s development against the social context of an anxious America during WWI, the reverberations of war and identity politics in a tight-knit community, and Fehrer’s aesthetic reaction to the art world’s upheaval due to the rise of modernism.

Contemporary photographer Pola Esther presents A Room of Her Own (Ballad of Ruth Coxe), an exhibition of photographs and installation elements that conjure this complex and unconventional woman. Coxe, who died at age 85 in 2015, was an embattled figure who clashed with others on politics, feminism, and religion.

Greenwich Historical Society

An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich
November 15, 2017 – April 15, 2018
Exploring the history of the Jewish community in Greenwich, CT within the broader context of the history of the town and the nation, this exhibit will look at how Jewish families have contributed to the larger community for more than a century despite experiencing periods of discrimination and restrictions on worship, employment and housing. The stories of those who sought to build new lives here will be told through photographs, artifacts, archival documents, ephemera, and first-person accounts. The exhibition will also explore the little-known fact that there were Jewish property owners in Greenwich as far back as Colonial times. Although much of the growth of Greenwich’s Jewish community began in the 1960s (today about 11 percent of the population is Jewish), the tale begins with the mass exodus of Jews from Eastern Europe to America between 1880 and 1920.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac – Hamden

Highlights from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s Permanent Collection and America Comes to Ireland’s Aid
Both on view until January 2018

CLOSED February 12-April 12 while collection is in Dublin.

Making America: The Irish in the Civil War Era
Coming up April 12, 2018 – October 2018
On April 12, 2018, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will open with a new exhibit on the Irish in the American Civil War.
In the mid-19th century, many Irish immigrants had fled an Ireland ravaged by the Great Hunger, hoping to find a better future in the US, but such hopes were dashed when war erupted in 1861. With the Civil War, Irish survivors of the Great Famine had to endure the second great trauma of their lives. Having survived the worst demographic catastrophe of 19th-century Europe, they fell on the battlefields of Virginia or Tennessee.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, America was home to approximately 1.6 million people of Irish birth, most refugees from the Famine. At least 150,000 Irishmen served in the Union forces, and 20,000 with the Confederates. More Civil War generals came out of Ireland than any other foreign country. Making America: The Irish in the Civil War Era will highlight the significant role that the Irish played in America’s struggle to define itself as a nation.

Mystic Museum of Art

January 12 – March 10, 2018
November 11, 2018 will mark 100 years since the First World War ended.  100 years since the conflict brought the collapse of Empires and the birth of new states. How can artists begin to memorialize such an event? Or pay remembrance to it? What is the role of the artist in capturing the shared human experiences of loss and tragedy?  These questions led to the choice of “Memory” as the theme for the 2018 January juried show.

New Britain Museum of American Art

Harry Everett Townsend: Illustrations of a World War I Artist
September 20, 2017–January 7, 2018
Commemorating the centenary of America’s entry into World War I, the New Britain Museum of American Art is thrilled to present this exhibition in collaboration with the Connecticut State Library, Hartford, and the New Britain Industrial Museum. It marks the inaugural showing of the NBMAA’s historical and rare collection of Harry Everett Townsend’s World War I illustrations. Townsend, one of eight official combat artists commissioned by the American Expeditionary Force, depicted the rigors of war and the advent of industrial combat.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Hartford

“Mirror, Mirror”
Through April 29, 2018 
Beginning in the early 1960s, mirrors and reflection dominated the art scene. Feeling at Abstract Expressionism with its rejection of representation was a dead end, a younger generation of artists responded by using common objects and industrial materials in their creative process, both as subject matter and as medium. By using mirrors, the artists inserted the viewer as a subject. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the museum’s permanent collection, presents mirrored works by Larry Bell, Sam Durant, Virgil Marti, Michalengelo Pistoletto, Lucas Samaras and James Seawright, exploring many of the themes associated with mirrors including the visual tensions between flatness and depth; movement and a fixed image; and reflected and translucency; as well as issues of identity, community and social engagement.

“Sam Messer/MATRIX 178
Denis the Pirate”
Through Feb. 11, 2018
MATRIX 178 will premier New York artist Sam Messer’s newly-completed animation titled “Denis the Pirate.” The installation will include several related paintings and sculptures as well as a large selection from the more than 1,700 etchings and drawings that were filmed to bring pirate’s adventure to life. Written by Denis Johnson, a longtime friend of the artist, the epic adventure of the eponymous pirate was shot in stop-motion with works on paper, resulting in an old-fashioned quality punctuated by a naïve hand. Messer’s images incorporate various techniques including strong line drawings, watercolors, and etchings with color. The story is narrated by actor Liev Schreiber accompanied by a memorable soundtrack by musicians Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson from Arcade Fire.

“Sublime North: Romantic Painters Discover Norway
Paintings from the Collection of Asbjørn Lunde”
Through Jan. 15, 2018
The Wadsworth Atheneum presents for the first time an exhibition focused on the leading figures behind the advent of Norwegian landscape painting in the 19th century: Johann Christian Dahl (1788-1857), Thomas Fearnley (1802-1842), and Peder Balke (1802-1887). “Sublime North: Romantic Painters Discover Norway showcases major works by these artists, set within selections from the museum’s broader collection of American and northern European landscape painting in the Romantic era. More than 20 works are on loan from New York collector Asbjørn Lunde.

“Museum Menagerie”
Through April 8, 2018
The objects in “Museum Menagerie” offer a portrait of the wild and tame, familiar and exotic, peaceful and ferocious, as seen in works of art spanning more than two centuries. They recall relationships with living creatures as symbols of human stories, as companions, and as reflections of humanity.

William Benton Museum of Art

From Old Masters to Revolutionaries: Five Centuries of the Benton’s Best
An ongoing exhibition of works from the permanent collection
The Benton is pleased to present a changing selection of its most prized possessions that span five centuries. We begin with a sixteenth-century double portrait by the Spanish court painter Alonso Snchez Coello, whose unidentified subjects are a well-dressed noblewoman and child. Also featured is another image of maternal affection in the work Woman and Child by the American impressionist Mary Cassatt. More contemporaneously is Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (Nipomo, California), an iconic photograph from America’s Dust Bowl era that captures the hardships of the time.
In addition to portraiture, the exhibition includes examples of landscape painting, religious imagery, and genre scenes. Of particular note is Gabrielle Münter’s Fabrik, an excellent example of German Exrpessionism, Rye Beach, New Hampshireby Martin Johnson Heade, as well more recent contributions by the twentieth-century American Ansel Adams.
No exhibition of the Benton’s best would be complete without the work of Reginald Marsh, an American painter, printmaker, and illustrator who graduated from Yale with his good friend William Benton. A large-scale oil painting, along with Marsh’s preparatory sketches, are featured in this exhibition.

Ancestors of the Passage:  Work by Imna Arroyo
January 18 until March 11, 2018

Inspired by this year’s UConn Reads selected book, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees, and the histories of voluntary and involuntary immigration that brought us to become American. Imna Arroyo’s art installation explores the forced immigration of slaves from Africa. The ancestors of the Middle Passage, those who had been on slave ships going from Africa to the Caribbean who did not survive. Life size terracotta ceramic distinctive figures are submerged in the water surrounded by collagraphs representing a multitude of people witnessing the journey. The terracotta figures depict the African ancestors that died and are coming back to tell us to remember our gifts. This artwork attempts to give a visual voice to the untold story of the millions of people who died during the Atlantic crossing.

This exhibition is a collaboration with: The Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center; El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies; the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute; and the Art and Art History Department of the School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut.

51st Annual Studio Art Faculty Exhibition
January 18 until March 11, 2018
This annual exhibition highlights recent work of the permanent, adjunct, and visiting studio art faculty from the Department of Art and Art History, School of Fine Arts at UConn. A variety of media are featured; painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and installation art. Such diverse bodies of work represent the most significant directions in contemporary art, as well as the unique vision of each artist-faculty member.
Opening Reception – Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:30-7:00pm. Remarks followed by Latin dance performance and live music starting at 5:30pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. Donations welcome. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres.

Yale Center for British Art

The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World
Thursday, February 15 until Sunday, May 27, 2018
The seventeenth-century painting The Paston Treasure (ca. 1663) is an enigmatic masterpiece. Commissioned by either Sir William Paston, first Baronet (1610–1663), or his son Robert Paston, first Earl of Yarmouth (1631–1683), the identity of the painter, a Dutch itinerant artist working out of a makeshift studio at Oxnead Hall, remains unresolved, although candidates have been proposed. Adding to its mystique, the painting defies categorization because it combines several art historical genres: still life, portraiture, animal painting, and allegory. It has provided the opportunity to think anew about seventeenth-century studio practice and the painter-patron relationship. The painting makes its North American debut this year at the Yale Center for British Art in an exhibition organized in partnership with the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, UK. More information here.

Yale University Art Gallery – New Haven

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