Current, Past, Future Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions


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.

Balance Beam
Ryan Frank
August 14 – October 12, 2014

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

Ryan Frank's exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum will be similar to a jungle gym that visitors can explore, using the artist’s unique combination of objects, imagery and light. Participants will have to climb over, under and around objects, look up at the ceiling, lay down on the floor, and traverse from inside to outside the gallery in order to view photographic images framed inside light boxes and other viewing apparatuses. Reflections and distorted views of the gallery space and the outside world will be presented in a unique sequence that will require visitors to contort their bodies in unorthodox ways. As visitors of all ages navigate and explore the space, they will experience a heightened sense of both their physical capabilities and visual awareness.

Writing recently about his work, Frank identified, “While no two of my boxes are identical, they all have a few key similarities: a light bulb in the center, four sided with two open ends, each side displaying a back-lit photo transparency. The images capture a specific time and place, and the effort to view them is similar to that which I endured to take them.”

An artist, performer and curator, Frank received dual degrees in theater and fine art from NYU in 2004. He is curator at the Granary and is based in Brooklyn, NY and Sharon, CT.

Ryan Frank exhibition and performance supported in part by Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsy, Flora M. Biddle, Lucy Commoner & Richard Berry, Angel Franco & Leslie Goldmann, Maureen Jerome, Moira Kelly, Connie J. & Richard M. Frank, Janet Offensend, Elaine Reichek, John H. Silvis, Bonny B. Wolf & Michael B. Levy and Sally & Tony Zunino.

Hugo Bastidas
August 14 – October 12, 2014

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

At first glance, Hugo Bastidas oil paintings resemble black and white photographs. As the artist indicates, the stylistic approach is both visual and conceptual, "I apply paint to the surface with quick even short strokes that build and amount to the image. The result is that of a blurry monochrome photograph encouraging closer inspection.”

This exhibition draws from the artist’s most recent group of paintings, Metamorphosis in which Bastidas uses depictions of water, passageways, and windows into space to indicate change. He alerts us to issues brought about by industry and technology and their effects on society and the environment. Touched by recent natural disasters, Bastidas created Trois After the Flood (2013-14), showing the real-life sanctuary as if it were flooded with water. He created a surreal environment that blurs the lines of reality to form a connection between an actual environmental disaster and imagined fiction.

Bastidas works large – of the eight paintings in the exhibition only two are easel size. The grisaille paintings (images produced entirely in shades of gray) appear at first sight to be produced by charcoal or a tarry substance but are in fact, oil on linen. The painter is also a digital photographer and photography informs the subject matter without affecting the stylistic development of the image - that is, the images are not photo-realistic.

Lauren Seiden
August 14 – October 12, 2014

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

Graphite, the same stuff in your number 2 pencil, is the medium of choice for Lauren Seiden. Trained as a painter, Seiden received her BA from Bennington College. But, she says, she hasn’t used paint for years.

Working on paper and on Mylar, Seiden used graphite in various forms to make a topographic creation. She will use a combination of lead - different softness (including liquid), with different points, to create layers upon layers of medium. In this way she explores texture, mark-making and surface. Seiden works spontaneously, there are no preliminary drawings. She identifies her method as loose, a deliberate but free-form manipulation of material that is determined/limited by the size of the paper.

In these works that explore the relationship between light, line and dark , she (in her words) “tests the conventions of drawing by breaking down the surface and transforming the paper into a physical metallic form.”

This exhibition will feature 3 or 4 of Seiden’s works installed on the Lobby wall.

In Search of Charles Island
August 14 – January 30, 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.


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

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

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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