The New Britain Museum of American Art Partners with Delamar West Hartford




NEW BRITAIN, CONN., September 21, 2017—The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) and Delamar West Hartford, located in West Hartford, Connecticut, have entered into an exciting new partnership, which will bring key works from the Museum’s collection to the hotel in two forthcoming exhibitions. The first presentation, which opened on September 12, East & West Coast Cool: American Art, 1960s to Now, comprises works by iconic American Pop artists Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and others, and explores the radical spirit of the 1960s and subsequent decades through vivid Pop Art imagery.

These legendary artists share a fascination with contemporary popular culture, and throughout their careers, have depicted their experiences and surroundings in vibrant compositions inspired by the bold aesthetics of advertising design. In this exhibition, leading Pop Artists Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, and Robert Indiana present images from the 1970s and 80s that evoke love and beauty, while Ed Ruscha and Larry Fink explore the wilder side of the decades in their works on paper. Extending throughout the Delamar’s first and second floors, East & West Coast Cool draws viewers on a compelling journey into the colorful history of American art and life.

Min Jung Kim, Director & CEO of the New Britain Museum of American Art, stated, “We are delighted to present an exhibition drawn from our collection at Delamar West Hartford, an organization that is committed to art and design, and to provide both out-of-town guests of the Delamar and the West Hartford community a glimpse into the world of American art.”

Robert Indiana, The Philadelphia Love, 1975, Color silkscreen, 24 x 24 inches, Gift of Stephen Silberstein, 1992.02, Courtesy of the New Britain Museum of American Art

This presentation is inspired by the NBMAA’s current exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha, which celebrates the life and work of influential California-based artists Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Ruscha, who rose to fame in the 1950s as members of the L.A. “Cool School.” California Dreaming is on view through October 15, 2017 at the NBMAA.

“We are excited for Delamar West Hartford to be partnering with one of the most notable American art museums in the country that just happens to be in our own backyard­—the New Britain Museum of American Art,” said Charles Mallory, Founder and CEO, Greenwich Hospitality Group. “By featuring a curated rotating exhibit of their collection, we hope to enhance the stay of our guests not only with distinctive amenities, but also with iconic world class art.”

Guests of the Delamar West Hartford, a Corporate Member of the NBMAA, are able to enjoy free admission and a number of exhibition-related programs at the Museum with their hotel keycard.

Businesses—both small and large—can enjoy a variety of benefits at the NBMAA by pursuing a Corporate Membership at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Interested patrons should contact Amanda Shuman, Interim Director of Development, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 246, or shumana@nbmaa.org for more information.

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About the Delamar Hotel, West Hartford

Opening on September 12, 2017, Delamar West Hartford will bring unparalleled luxury and distinctive charm to West Hartford and Connecticut’s Capitol Region as the area’s newest hotel. It will offer 114 elegant rooms and suites, as well as fine dining, two retailers, an event lawn, a full-service luxury spa, and more. There are two other Delamar locations, in Southport, Connecticut and Greenwich, Connecticut.

About the New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum of American Art is the first institution dedicated solely to acquiring American art. Spanning four centuries of American history, the Museum’s permanent collection is renowned for its strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, the Ash Can School, as well as the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton. The singular focus on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievement, realized through the Museum’s extensive permanent collection, exhibitions, and educational programming, make the New Britain Museum of American Art a significant resource for a broad and diverse public.

56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052
www.nbmaa.org

Contact: Melissa Nardiello, New Britain Museum of American Art, (860) 229-0257, ext. 219, nardiellom@nbmaa.org.