Current, Past, Future Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions


FALL 2014


Steven Rockefeller
A Park Bench View
October 23, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Reception: Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Photographer Steven Rockefeller transports viewers to another place and time through the visual environment. The long-exposure high definition video “pictures” present a variety of calming images that immerse the viewer within the scene for extended periods. Images fill a variety of screens that enable participants to escape to the Virgin Islands, explore the landscape of Norway, admire the majestic Hudson River or walk the streets of Shanghai while seated or lying on comforting furniture. The soothing and reassuring experience invites the viewer to release the tensions of the everyday while blissfully focusing on the beauty and serenity of unusual, mysterious and exotic locations.



Nathaniel Donnett
Alone in My Four Cornered Room
October 23, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Reception: Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The title of the show, “Alone in My Four Cornered Room,” references a lyric from the 1991 classic hip-hop song, “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me,” by trio The Geto Boys. The song, like Donnett’s works explore isolation, paranoia, and identity in which perception of self and self-knowledge do not always match. In this way, Donnett takes up a strategy that has fortified hip-hop: referencing back to others in order to assemble links and connections. Both The Geto Boy and Donnett are exploring self-doubt, safety, and psychological well-being in the face of “double consciousness.” The works in this show represent Donnett’s investments in examining the entangled relationships between society, the art world, and identity. By exploring experiences of isolation, loneliness, and social stigma, and self -determination, Donnett restores and reclaims the humanity of African Americans living complex emotional lives.

Donnett’s layered works defy singular description, rather they are purposefully resistant to either/or interpretations or linear narratives. Donnett’s work is presenting us with both/and narratives in which as viewer we have a small window in which to glimpse the vertinginous experience of being both erased and highly visible – to be forced to know oneself based on the fears others might have of you. Donnett refers to this entangled interaction between the self and society as projections, noting that many of the notions we have about each other are based on narrow narratives or misinformation. Donnett’s work suggests that none of us are safe from internalizing misperceptions of others – even the misperceptions of our own identities and selves – and he explores how very challenging, complicated, and tangled such experiences can be. His carefully crafted work plays with the distance between self-knowledge and self-perception, while investigating the spaces where art, music, identity, history, the Black imagination, culture, the self, and standards of beauty may be explored – and even challenged. Donnett’s use of such diverse materials gestures toward the improvisation he highlights as part of African American culture.



The Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show
at Pomperaug Woods
October 5 – November 2, 2014


Reception: Sunday, October 5, 2014 2:00-4:00 p.m.

View the work of talented Connecticut artists – all of whom are 70+ years of age – at the seventh annual Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show. Themed “The Art of Experience,” the show will feature art work all created after the artists’ 70th birthday. This is the first and only art show of its type in Connecticut. Categories in this year's show are Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Photography.



SUMMER 2014


Jasper Johns & John Lund
Masters in the Print Studio
August 30 - November 16, 2014


Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

An extraordinary, little-known story unfolds in the exhibition Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio. Over the past 30 years, Johns and Lund have forged a rare artistic collaboration: side-by-side, master printer Lund assists one of America’s foremost living artists to achieve precisely the effects he seeks in his prints, 47 of which are featured in the exhibition.

Johns and Lund began working together in 1973 at Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island. A decade later, Lund became integral to John’s printmaking process as the exclusive master printer to work on the artist’s intaglio prints. In 1996, Lund established a private print studio on John’s rural Connecticut property and became his on-site master printer. Together, they have created more than 70 editions, the majority of which use etching and aquatint.

Organized by the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, Jasper Johns and John Lund is the first museum exhibition to examine these two master’s working relationship. It explores process with never-before exhibited proofs and plates. Lund’s personal photographs of Johns working in the studio are also on display.



In Search of Charles Island
August 14 – May 24, 2015


Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Milford has been a popular vacation spot for residents of the Naugatuck Valley for over 150 years. Mid-nineteenth century, Waterbury button manufacturer Elizur Prichard owned the island, where he and his daughter, Sarah Prichard ran a hotel resort. Miss Prichard later donated the family’s papers to the Mattatuck Museum. Photographs, ephemera and historical objects tell the colorful story of Charles Island, including the legend of a pirate and buried treasure!



Steel Garden
Babette Bloch
June 22 – September 14, 2014


Opening Reception: Sunday, June 22, 2014 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Magna steel Magnolias5056.jpg Sculptor Babette Bloch is a pioneer in the use of laser-cut and water jet-cut stainless steel in creating works of art. Her sculptures explore form and the interplay between object and light, reflect their environments, and expand the ways in which stainless steel is used in contemporary art.

Bloch’s works of art embrace her eclectic tastes, her pleasure in aesthetics and her technical curiosity. Drawing on several traditions in American art, she creates works that touch on Modernist abstraction, the cut outs and collage found in Pop art, and the long-standing practice of storytelling in art. In cutting, shaping, burnishing, and grinding stainless steel, Bloch has developed the material’s natural properties of brightness and reflectivity while making the dense metal seem nearly weightless and ethereal.





Sandra Bender Fromson
June 22 – August 31, 2014


Opening Reception: Sunday, June 22, 2014 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

As a child, Sandra Fromson learned the skill and art of sewing from her mother. This life-long interest has evidenced itself in a variety of textile projects, from quilt-making to explorations in fiber.

Last year Fromson began making Butterfly coats and capes. She saw an opportunity to combine her loves of gardening and sewing and created the Pansy Coat and Monet’s Garden vest. Vividly hued both pieces are reversible, each revealing intricately composed passages of mixed colors that move through the fabric in curves and swirls. The amethyst colored Pansy Coat has a crumpled surface that allows hints of pink and gray to appear.



CONTINUING EXHIBITION


Fancy This: The Gilded Age of Fashion
March 13 – October 19, 2014


Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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Fancy This: The Gilded Age of Fashion displays beautiful, rarely seen costume pieces from the Mattatuck’s collection. Many of these delicate objects have not been on view for decades. Guest curator Mary Daniel is the winner of the 2013 Summer Fling “Curator for the Day” auction prize and has been working with the Museum’s curatorial department to organize this exhibition which also includes accessories such as shoes, purses, fans and gloves.

Image: Elegant women’s cream colored satin shoes, Collection of the Mattatuck Museum

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