The Serious and The Smirk: Portraits from the Permanent Collection
May 31 – July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 31, 2:00 p.m.
Portraits have a long history in our young country in establishing class and power by documenting the existence of political and industry leaders and their progeny. Today the ubiquitous "selfie" has shattered the barrier between the "haves" and the "have nots" by making the portrait the property of all.
Drawn from the Museum’s expansive portrait collection spanning the 18th to the 21st century and encompassing a wide variety of media from pencil sketches, pen and ink, oil, pastel, watercolor, and photography to sculpture in a variety of media, director Robert Burns will explore the role of portraiture in American art and the impact of the form in modern life. This exhibition will showcase some of the Waterbury region’s most notable residents with portraits of members from the Whittemore, Chase, Scovill, Prichard, Elton and Welton families, American presidents Washington and Lincoln, as well as "everyday” people. Artists include John Trumbull, J. Alden Weir, George Lawrence Nelson and Kay Sage as well as other less-know but very talented artists.
Image: Artist Unknown, Deacon James Brown (detail), n.d., oil on canvas. Mattatuck Museum; Courtesy of First Church of Waterbury
Fred Otnes: The Mad Conceit of Chance
May 31 - July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 31 2:00 p.m.
Fred Otnes relies on chance – the seemingly random arrangement of disparate elements from unrelated sources – to create his collages. With elements as diverse as appropriations from Renaissance works, sheet music, fabric and flowers, torn paper and paint, Otnes produces paintings of elegant worlds where imagery and surface interact.
Spirit of Place: Don Gummer, Drawings and Wall Reliefs, 1977-2000
July 25 - September 6, 2015
This exhibition of Gummer’s large scale wood wall reliefs will serve to examine his process by accompanying them with his life size preparatory drawings.
Albrecht Durer & Rembrandt van Rijn: The Veneration of the Christ
September 20 - November 29, 2015
Love, Andy: Collections from the Andy Warhol Museum
November 19, 2015 - February 7, 2016