Current Exhibitions

TEA DAY 1931
The Art Community at Old Lyme
June 12 – September 4, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Women in gauzy dresses and wide-brimmed hats and men in blazers and flannels mingled in the annual garden parties hosted by the Lyme Art Association (LAA). A painting, Tea Day, 1931, by LAA artist Edward Volkert is the inspiration for this exhibition which, like a snapshot in time, focuses on the art of this period in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Artists include William Chadwick, Helen Dumond, Lydia Longacre, Percival Rosseau, Bessie Vonnoh, and Carleton Wiggins among others.

This exhibition is supported in part by the David T. Langrock Foundation.

Paintings by Arthur Yanoff
June 3 – July 24, 2016, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

During the summer of 2014, Arthur Yanoff visited Branford’s Thimble Islands where he was affected by the allure of the water and the area’s clear light. With this inspiration he produced a group of large-scale abstract paintings that are not the usual seascapes, but rather, works that express the nature of the place itself.

Supported in part through a gift from David & Mara Sfara to underwrite exhibits in The Lab.

James Daugherty
June 3 – July 24, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Among the first wave of American modernists, James Daugherty (1887-1974) explored the possibilities of pure color employed in the use, first, of abstract painting, then, in naturalistic compositions that focused on the figure. This exhibition, made possible by a generous gift of the artist’s estate, covers the breadth of Daugherty’s career and showcases early modernism, muralist art, and fauvist realism.

Elizabeth MacDonald
June 3 – September 6, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Elizabeth MacDonald’s installation of ceramic panels fills the walls of the Courtyard. Her intriguing large-scale tiles with their earth-toned layers and striations are inspired by her travels to archaeological and ancient sites where architectural ruins instigate her work which demonstrate the passage of time.

Renee Iacone
June 3 – September 6, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Ceramicist Renee Iacone’s nature-inflected sculptures include geological stacks that reference constructed piles of stones called cairns and figures made of clay and steel. A multi-site installation of her work moves the viewer in and out of the Museum’s Courtyard.

Faith Stewart-Gordon
June 3 – July 24, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

More than fifty of Faith Stewart-Gordon’s boldly colored paintings are incorporated into this salon-style installation. Subjects drawn from her life in both New York City and Connecticut and her travels are accompanied by portraits of her friends and her pets. These small-scale works are lively, vibrant, and charming.

Rosalind Russell
June 3 – October 30, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

American screen actress Rosalind Russell lived in Waterbury, Connecticut from birth through graduation from high school. This exhibition covers her childhood in Waterbury, her career, and displays several costumes from her films and personal wardrobe. Film clips, movie ephemera and personal archives will also be on view.


Using more than 50 images this exhibition examines the disaster that still ranks as the worst to engulf the Naugatuck Valley. This pictorial documentary will wrap around the staircase walls between the Museum’s First and Second Floor galleries and includes photographs of the flood’s aftermath.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Republican-American and the Mattatuck Museum to mark the 60th anniversary of the Flood of 1955. It is sponsored by the Republican-American using photographic images from their archives.

The Golden Age of Trans-Atlantic Steamship Travel
June 19 – August 7, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This exhibit includes a selection of china, silver, posters and ephemera related to steamship travel including the S.S. United States. On loan from a private collector, this exhibit celebrates one person’s passionate collection of ocean liner memorabilia.

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