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Current Exhibitions


Spirit of Place: Don Gummer, Drawings and Wall Reliefs, 1975-2015
July 25 - September 13, 2015

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Reception: July 25, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

This retrospective of wall relief sculptures by Don Gummer reaches from the 1970s to the present. Gummer’s multi-layered sculptures, and the drawings that accompany them, reference architectural history from Renaissance Italy to traditional Japan to colonial house design. A floor sculpture will be created for the exhibition at the Mattatuck.

Image: Ionic Loggia, 1977, oil on wood, 36 x 80 x 10 inches









Unsettled Identities
July 25 - September 13, 2015

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Reception: July 25, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Curated by artist Duvian Montoya, this exhibition explores the artistic and biographical evolution of fives artists by pairing an earlier work with a presently produced one. The exhibition includes painting, mixed media reliefs, street art/graffiti and fiber installations by Jamison Banks, Amy Bilden, Vincent Calenzo, Duvian Montoya and Jahmane West.

Image: Duvian Montoya, Created Pages, 2015, Oil on board, 49" x 49"









Chance, Control & Collaboration
July 25 - September 13, 2015

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Reception: July 25, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Drawing from the collection of the Second Ward Foundation, the museum presents video artists from Brazil, Germany and beyond who explore how chance determines outcome, how control can be ceded, and how collaboration furthers conceptual development. Artists include Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimarães, and Carolee Schneemann among others.

Image: Rivane Neuenshcwander and Cao Guimarães, Inventory of small deaths (blow), 2000, black and white, silent, Super 8 mm film on video, 52:12, Collection Steven Johnson and Walter Sudol. Courtesy Second Ward Foundation.





Signature Moments: Historic Letters and Documents
April 9 - November 15, 2015

An exhibit of historic signatures from the Museum's archives including letters from Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, P.T. Barnum, J. Edgar Hoover, Alexander Calder, and many others. The collection will be exhibited in the history gallery.



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.



Community Gallery @ The MATT
Wider, Higher, Stronger: A Complete Education at Chase
July 30 - September 27, 2015


Reception: July 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

150Lockup4sidebyside-CMYK.jpgIn 1865, the Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, which later changed its name to St. Margaret’s School for Girls, was created to provide a “complete education” for the young women of Waterbury. In 1912, The McTernan School for Boys began offering a day school education and in 1972, these two distinguished institutions merged.

In 2005, St. Margaret’s-McTernan changed its name to Chase Collegiate School, honoring the Chase family, which helped to found both. From the beginning until the present day, by educating tomorrow’s leaders and inspiring in each student a lifelong passion for learning, personal achievement and contribution to the community, Chase has been preparing students for the world in which they will live. This retrospective brings 150 years of Chase to life through archival photographs and objects which tell the story of the School through the student experience.





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