Current, Past, Future Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions


SUMMER 2014


Haven and Inspiration
The Kent Art Colony
June 22 – August 24, 2014


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

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This exhibition explores the wide range of artistic styles and subjects produced by the art colony’s founding members: Rex Brasher (1869-1960) Eliot Candee Clark (1883-1980), Carl Hirschberg (1854-1923), Francis Luis Mora (1874-1940), G. Laurence Nelson (1887-1978), Spencer Baird Nichols (1875-1950), Robert Nisbet (1879-1961), Willard Paddock (1873-1956) and Frederick Judd Waugh (1861-1940). Of all the villages in Connecticut, Kent attracted the most permanent colony of artists and developed the only artists’ organization that exists to this day. It remains, until now, however, the one least examined.

Building upon the scholarship of Robert Michael Austin, whose publication, Artists of the Litchfield Hills devotes a chapter to the Kent Art Colony, this exhibition focuses on the period 1910 to 1930. Robert Nisbet moved to Kent in 1910; shortly after, like-minded artists who started as visitors became neighbors. By the summer of 1922, there were enough artists in Kent for them to consider organizing into a group. While landscape was the primary subject, they also painted portraits, genre scenes and still lifes.



The Way We Worked
June 22 – August 3, 2014


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

The Way We Worked explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich photographic collections, covering more than 150 years to tell this compelling story. Why, where, and how do we work? What value does work have to individuals and communities? What does our work tell others about us?

Included in this exhibit are paintings by Anna Held Audette and Duvian Montoya. Audette is a contemporary woman artist who paints industrial ruins and abandoned machinery and Montoya's painting’s act as a personal journal of observations made during his travels, childhood, and life experiences.

Exhibition supported in part by:
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The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the U.S. Congress.

The Connecticut tour of The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities in partnership with Historic New England and is part of Connecticut at Work, a year-long initiative on the past, present and future of work in the lives of the state’s residents and organized by Connecticut Humanities.



Steel Garden
Babette Bloch
June 22 – August 31, 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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