Current Exhibitions

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

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.


In Search of Charles Island

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!

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