WHAT! NOT WHITE?
The Victorian Bride
February 14 - May 29, 2016
Reception: February 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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 Absolute Eye
February 18 – April 10, 2016
Identified as the Father of Op Art, Victor Vasarely (1908-1997) was an innovator whose unprecedented use of perceptual abstraction and early anticipation of the shift in human optics make him one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This exhibition of more than sixty work span the period from the late 1930s to the 1980s and explores Vasarely’s serigraphy work and his multi-media pieces including film. Museum visitors can experience art hands-on and participate in the creation of Op Art images with the help of a computer. The Mattatuck is the first American venue for this exhibition organized by the Herakleidon Museum, Athens Greece.
Legacy in Wood
March 20 – May 22, 2016
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. Curated by Donna McNeil, former executive director of the Maine Arts Commission, 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.
Community Gallery @ The MATT
WEBSTER BANK TURNS 80!
March 18 - April 28, 2016
Reception: March 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the history of Waterbury’s own Webster Bank with a look at photographs and memorabilia which help tell the story of this important local business.
MAKING HER MARK
April 17 – June 5, 2016
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.
TEA DAY AT THE LYME ART ASSOCIATION
June 12 – August 28, 2016
Women in gauzy dresses and wide-brimmed hats, men in blazers and flannels mingled in the annual garden parties hosted by the Lyme Art Association. A 1931 painting, Tea Day, by LAA artist Edward Volkert is the instigation for this exhibition which, like a snapshot in time, will focus on the art of this period in Old Lyme Connecticut. Artists include Eugene Higgins, Bruce Crane, Harry Hoffman, William Chadwick, and Edward Volkert among others.