Exhibitions

Summer 2017 Art Exhibitions

Georgina Klitgaard (1893-1976). Cross Roads, c. 1920s. Oil on canvas, 26 1/8 x 44 inches. Lent by the Reverend Thomas J. Barry.

Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph – West Hartford
A Creative Colony in the Catskills: Visual Artists and Woodstock, New York
June 16 – August 27, 2017
Featuring a GARDEN PARTY in association with the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival on Friday, July 21, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m

Join us to celebrate the Museum’s summer exhibition — and stay for Capital Classics Theatre Company’s performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost:

  • Food and drink
  • Special discount on tickets to the Shakespeare performance
  • Pop-up sketching on the patio
  • Museum activities and games (with prizes!)

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Sachiko, 1977. Screenprint on paper, 40 x 32 in. Bruce Museum Collection, Gift of the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, 85.30.01. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Bruce Museum – Greenwich
Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends!
June 10 – September 3, 2017
Although we tend to associate Andy Warhol’s work with artifice and mass production—think of his bold images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup cans—there is another side to the artist that is often overlooked, his interest in the natural, the real, and the intimate.

iCreate 2017
June 17 – July 30, 2017
The Bruce Museum spotlights the creative energy and vitality of fine art created by regional high school students in the annual iCreate exhibition. The show features approximately 40 jury-selected art works created by students competing for cash prizes and includes a digital presentation of all participating students’ work. The two-dimensional, original works are created in oil, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, gouache, pastel, any type of drawing medium, traditional printmaking forms (such as relief, etching, stone lithograph, and serigraph), mixed media, and original hand manipulated digital art. iCreate and Youth@Bruce is generously supported by GIVE: Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.
For more information about the show or to submit up to three digital entries, contact Mary Ann Lendenmann at mlendenmann@brucemuseum.org

Nikon’s Small World
July 29 – October 20, 2017
This traveling exhibition showcases the top 20 award-winning photographs and additional honorable mentions in Nikon’s 2016 Photomicrography Competition. The images show the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The super close-up photographs are judged by independent experts on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact. The subject matter is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques. The Bruce Museum will supplement the show with the display of historical 20th-century microscopes used by early Bruce Museum directors Edward Bigelow and Paul Howes.
Supported by Nikon and The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking – Norwalk
11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition
June 4 – August 27, 2017
This juried competition and exhibition, limited to works that are no more than four square inches (25.8 square cm), encourages artists to explore the miniature print format and provides them with an opportunity for exhibition. It is also an opportunity for artists and the public to view the current concerns of printmakers from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the competition has attracted entries by more than 1500 artists from around the world.

Fairfield University Art Museum (Bellarmine Hall Galleries) – Fairfield
Michael Gallagher – Sketching the Landscape: A Plein Air Journal
April 21 – September 8, 2017

Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme
Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art
June 3 – September 17, 2017

Greenwich Historical Society/Bush-Holley Historic Site – Greenwich
Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play
Through October 8, 2017

Hill-Stead Museum – Farmington
Boundless: Altered Books in Contemporary Art
June 16 – September 4, 2017 (Opening reception – June 20)

Housatonic Museum of Art – Bridgeport
Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017

The new exhibition at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, photographed Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at the museum in Hamden, Conn. All artwork was taken down for building improvements and the museum reopens on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

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

Lyman Allyn Art Museum – New London
In Their Shoes
June 1 – July 16, 2017

David Smalley Memorial Exhibition
June 3 – August 13, 2017
The outdoor sculpture trail will remain on-view through October 29, 2017.

First Impressions: Master Drawings from the Lyman Allyn Collection
June 17 – October 1, 2017

Urban Realism in American Art (1890 – 1930)
July 8 – September 10, 2017

Mattatuck Museum – Waterbury
HEARTBREAK IN PEANUTS
May 20 – August 13, 2017

New Britain Museum of American Art – New Britain
Samuel F.B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” & the Art of Invention
June 17 – October 15, 2017

Slater Memorial Museum – Norwich
LOCAL COLOR – An Exhibition of Fiber Art by members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)
June 11 – August 4, 2017 (Opening reception June 11, 1-3 p.m.)

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Hartford
Mika Tajima / MATRIX 177
June 1 – September 3, 2017

Weir Farm National Historic Site – Wilton
Weir Farm and Beyond: The Art of Sperry Andrews
May 3 – Oct 31
https://www.nps.gov/wefa/planyourvisit/indooractivities.htm

Photo Ceramics by Xiomáro: An Homage to J. Alden Weir and the Tile Club
May 3 – Oct 31
https://www.nps.gov/wefa/planyourvisit/indooractivities.htm

Ellen Emmet Rand, American, 1876 – 1941. In the Studio, 1910. Oil on Canvas. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Collection of The William Benton Museum of Art.

William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut – Mansfield/Storrs
Objectifying Myself: Works by Women Artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
March 23 – July 30, 2017 (closed May 8 – 15)
Objectifying Myself explores work by women artists, created between 1968-2005, which serve, to some degree, as self-portraits employing surrogate objects rather than depictions of the artists’ faces or bodies. Artists in the exhibition include Judy Chicago, Louise Bourgeois, Miriam Schapiro, June Wayne, Louise Nevelson, and Kiki Smith, on loan from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia (PAFA) which was founded in 1805 by painter and scientist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor William Rush, and other Colonial artists and business leaders. We thank PAFA, and especially David Brigham, Executive Director of PAFA and University of Connecticut alumnus, for their generosity in collaboration.

Work It: Women Artists, Ellen Emmet Rand, and the Business of Seeing
March 23 – July 30, 2017 (closed May 8-15)
Work It features paintings by Ellen Emmet Rand and other women artists in the first half of the 20th century—how they fought for opportunities, paid their bills, and found ways to have their art and creativity seen and taken seriously. Featuring several works by Ellen Emmet Rand, as well as pieces by Dorothea Lange, Violet Oakley, Mary Foote, Eudora Welty, Lois Mailou Jones, and Imogen Cunningham, “Work It” features the diversity of styles and subjects that helped women achieve both recognition and security as working artists.
Ellen Emmet Rand (1875-1941) was arguably one of the most important and prolific American portrait painters of her time but likely you have not heard her name before. This is in spite of the fact that during her career, she painted portraits of famed author Henry James, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and over 800 other notables. Her early career was meteoric: she studied with William Merritt Chase; by eighteen she was a regular illustrator for Vogue; at twenty she was encouraged by John Singer Sargent and Stanford White to study in Paris. She returned to the US in 1901 and set about painting the most famous and important people who could afford her fees. Moving between diverse patrons—from state governors to opera singers—Rand carefully balanced changing social mores and fashions with her clients’ need to project authority, intelligence, and beauty through their portraits. For Rand, as with the other artists in this show, portraits, illustrations, advertising and fashion imagery paid the bills and supported families. Yet this work also, simultaneously, suggested that these women were not “real” artists, and instead only worked for money, not love or creative commitment. This exhibition looks to confront the complexity of the careers of women artists who had to work to have their art seen but also had to work for money.

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 Edward Weston’s Juniper, Lake Tenaya, 1937, one of the most influential American photographers of the 20th century.
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.

Yale Center for British Art – New Haven
A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions
June 1 – August 13, 2017

Yale University Art Gallery – New Haven
“Drink That You May Live”: Ancient Glass from the Yale University Art Gallery
August 4 – November 12, 2017