Current, Past, Future Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions


SPRING 2014

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Visual Poetry: Stephanie Brody-Lederman
March 13 – April 27, 2014


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

New York-based artist Stephanie Brody-Lederman creates paintings and mixed media collages that combine imagery and text. More than fifty works are included in Visual Poetry: Stephanie Brody-Lederman. Brody-Lederman’s original interest in poetry has fused with art-making that finds its subjects in the basic aspects of everyday domestic life. Her paintings depict familiar images such as trees, stools, roads and rivers that are purposely portrayed in an unschooled quality to better represent human feelings. As Brody-Lederman explains, “there is an interplay of word and image” in her work, “created to reveal underlying psychological content. Words are edited ruthlessly and are distilled into a poetic compositional form.”

Image: Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Waiting Years, 2013, Mixed media



Feeling of Humanity: Contemporary Western Art from the Collection of Ken Ratner
March 13 – April 27, 2014


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

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Organized by the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, New York with the Mattatuck Museum, A Feeling of Humanity: Contemporary Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection celebrates the art of the western United States. The exhibition of more than 65 works, including paintings, works on paper, archives and ephemera by thirty artists demonstrates artistic response to the distinctive western landscape and to the unique characters the area has produced. The West has been a defining national symbol during much of America’s history. Although considered a region by Euro-Americans, the West was also a myth, a dream, an inspiration and a destination. As the title indicates, the major theme of the exhibition is “spirit of community.” Drawn from the collection of Ken Ratner, the art integrates a multitude of traditions: landscape, portraiture and character study, animal pictures, domestic and urban scenes and Native Americans.

Mr. Ratner collects works that reflect compassion and understanding—an empathy—for western life: a weathered grain elevator standing tall and proud over the plains, a farmer who pauses for a moment’s rest or a landscape where one feels the deep respect the artist has for the terrain. He looks for western images not only by artists at the big Western Shows, but by women artists and minorities as well.

Image: David Forks, Summer Chisos, 2012, Oil on panel



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



Stories and Journeys: The Art of Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson
March 30 – June 8, 2014


Opening Reception: Sunday, March 30, 2014 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Among the most vital artists working today are two octogenarians, Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson. Each of these extraordinary women creates work that incorporates and addresses the cultural legacy that black Americans inherited from their African ancestors. Over their combined 120 year creative journey, Ringgold and Robinson have reconstructed, in various media, the spirited and inventive multi-media forms of the African past. Their subjects, however, are contemporary or investigations of the recent past.

This exhibition celebrates the richness of their evocative art using the most recently produced series of each. With approximately twenty works from each artist, this exhibit of quilts, textiles, works on paper and paintings will demonstrate through image and narrative, their (and their neighbors) African-American experience in the United States.

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(bottom) Aminah Robinson, Chronicles from the Village Series- Vanguard League, The Easter Picket
Images Courtesy of ACA Galleries, New York

Exhibition supported in part by:
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CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS


Learn This! Why American Kids Went to School
November 24, 2013 - May 25, 2014


Opening Reception: Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore the reasons why Americans have sent their children to school. A series of interactive activities reveals that while 18th century Americans saw education as beneficial to local communities, by the mid 19th century they increasingly viewed it as the path to individual social and economic mobility.


Undefeated! The 1959 Croft High School Football Champions
November 24, 2013 - July 12, 2014


Opening Reception: Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:00-4:00 p.m.

“Undefeated!” tells the story of Croft High School’s 1959 football team. The team secured victories in all of its games, save for one tie. The exhibit recreates the team’s triumphs through photographs, newspaper articles, and artifacts such as a game ball, a yearbook, and a trophy made of bronzed shoe.



Animalia: Sculpture by Richard Griggs
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Rooftop Installation
September 22, 2013 - February 28, 2014


Opening Reception: September 29, 2013 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Although artist Richard Griggs would have described himself as a mechanic in his youth, art is in his genes. His great grandfather was James Henry Moser, a well-known Cornwall artist who, among other things, taught watercolors to first lady Caroline Harrison, wife of the 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison. When Griggs got a job with architect and artist, Tim Prentice he couldn’t resist repurposing the scraps from Tim’s work into unique sculptures. This rooftop installation explores the new use of repurposed materials in his playful designs.


Image: Richard Griggs, Sketter, n.d., Courtesy of the Mattatuck Museum



Photography Installation

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Holy Land: Photographs by Joy Bush


Located in museum stairwell between the first floor and mezzanine.
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The photo exhibition focuses on Holy Land USA, a shrine and tourist attraction in Waterbury that closed to the public in 1984. The 19 acre property includes miniature replicas of ancient Bethlehem and Jerusalem and once attracted over 200,000 persons each year. Documentary and fine art photographer Joy Bush captures the piety, former glory, and disrepair as chronicled through her twenty years of pilgrimage to the site.

Image: Joy Bush, Holy sign, Holy Land, 1997



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