MAKING HER MARK
April 17 – June 5, 2016
Reception: Sunday, April 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
This multi-media exhibition features six women artists whose work either inverts stereotypes, or undermines assumptions about personal and cultural individuality. Lisa Ruyter creates brightly colored paintings based on American National Archives photography, a defining and generative archive of American identity. Claudia DeMonte calls our attention to the everyday events in a women life and her sculptures reflect the perception of women as the caretakers of society. Iraqi-American artist Hayv Kahraman works with calligraphy and Eastern references in her images of women. The drawings of Nigerian-born Toyin Odutola, mostly of men, broaden the platform of portraiture to create a narrative of place. Sarah Hinckley’s landscape abstractions impose a logic on the world that provides a meditative space and photographer Laurie Simmons challenges the viewer with her images of feminine beauty and style. The exhibition is organized by Lauren Della Monica.
Legacy in Wood
March 20 – May 22, 2016
Reception: Sunday, March 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Both beautiful and inspiring in its presentation of craft and design, this exhibition is an intimate look into the life and work of Thos. Moser. Moser is a first-generation furniture maker who turned away from a tenured professorship and learned his craft by deconstructing and reconstructing existent furniture, then reinventing it through his reductive aesthetic as he came into his own as a maker of fine furniture. Moser also understands fine craft as a spiritual endeavor and infuses his objects with his own sense of grace and form that align with functionality. This exhibition features a wide variety of furnishings including chairs, tables, bureaus, desks, and cases. There is a great emphasis on process including tools, works in process, black-and-white photographs, and a video.
The exhibition was organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art in association with Thos. Moser with additional support from Down East Publications. Curated by Donna McNeil, the exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum is supported in part through a gift from David & Mara Sfara to underwrite exhibits in The Lab.
Community Gallery @ The MATT
Waterbury Public School Student Art Showcase
May 8 – June 5, 2016
Reception: Tuesday, May 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
This exhibition features the work of Waterbury’s finest K-12 artists enrolled in Waterbury Public Schools. The works on view include a variety of media and have been made at various Waterbury public schools throughout the year.
WHAT! NOT WHITE?
The Victorian Bride
February 14 - May 29, 2016
The tradition of a white wedding dress is credited to Britain’s Queen Victoria when she chose this color for her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840. Historically the wedding dress was not always white. Dresses of different colors, including practical colors like, blue, brown, black, and gray were the norm. This exhibition will feature a unique selection of 19th century wedding dresses and wedding-related accessories drawn from the museum’s collection.
THE GREAT FLOOD OF ‘55
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.
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