Current, Past, Future Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

FALL 2014

Jasper Johns & John Lund
Masters in the Print Studio
August 30 - November 16, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

An extraordinary, little-known story unfolds in the exhibition Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio. Over the past 30 years, Johns and Lund have forged a rare artistic collaboration: side-by-side, master printer Lund assists one of America’s foremost living artists to achieve precisely the effects he seeks in his prints, 47 of which are featured in the exhibition.

Johns and Lund began working together in 1973 at Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island. A decade later, Lund became integral to John’s printmaking process as the exclusive master printer to work on the artist’s intaglio prints. In 1996, Lund established a private print studio on John’s rural Connecticut property and became his on-site master printer. Together, they have created more than 70 editions, the majority of which use etching and aquatint.

Organized by the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, Jasper Johns and John Lund is the first museum exhibition to examine these two master’s working relationship. It explores process with never-before exhibited proofs and plates. Lund’s personal photographs of Johns working in the studio are also on display.

Balance Beam
Ryan Frank
August 14 – October 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This site-specific installation features sculptures that invite the museum-goer to bend, twist and stretch in a ballet with and around the work in order to fully view the artwork. This exercise explores how photographs can be viewed and experienced (think body, not sight alone).

The exhibition of 8 - 12 pieces which combine Frank’s signature combination of sculpture and photography. There will be a combination of light boxes and photo-based sculptures. Works will be free-standing on the floor, hung on walls and suspended from the ceiling. We hope to create a window installation that will be visible form inside the gallery and also from the sidewalk outside the museum.

Writing recently about his work, Frank identified, “Over the last two years I’ve constructed a series of plywood boxes designed to display my photographs. The boxes are various shapes and sizes and each one is paired with a specific set of images. While no two of my boxes are identical, they all have a few key similarities: a light bulb in the center, four sided with two open ends, each side displaying a back-lit photo transparency. The boxes hang on the wall, facing out, but their true subject matter exists on the sides. Viewers are encouraged to peer in, hunch down, bend over, or stand tall in order to see them thoroughly. The images capture a specific time and place, and the effort to view them is similar to that which I endured to take them.”

An artist, performer and curator, Frank received dual degrees in theater and fine art from NYU in 2004. He is curator at the Granary and is based in Brooklyn, NY and Sharon, CT.

Hugo Bastidas
August 14 – October 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

At first glance, Hugo Bastidas oil paintings resemble black and white photographs. As the artist indicates, the stylistic approach is both visual and conceptual, "I apply paint to the surface with quick even short strokes that build and amount to the image. The result is that of a blurry monochrome photograph encouraging closer inspection.”

This exhibition draws from the artist’s most recent group of paintings, Metamorphosis in which Bastidas uses depictions of water, passageways, and windows into space to indicate change. He alerts us to issues brought about by industry and technology and their effects on society and the environment. Touched by recent natural disasters, Bastidas created Trois After the Flood (2013-14), showing the real-life sanctuary as if it were flooded with water. He created a surreal environment that blurs the lines of reality to form a connection between an actual environmental disaster and imagined fiction.

Bastidas works large – of the eight paintings in the exhibition only two are easel size. The grisaille paintings (images produced entirely in shades of gray) appear at first sight to be produced by charcoal or a tarry substance but are in fact, oil on linen. The painter is also a digital photographer and photography informs the subject matter without affecting the stylistic development of the image - that is, the images are not photo-realistic.

Lauren Seiden
August 14 – October 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Graphite, the same stuff in your number 2 pencil, is the medium of choice for Lauren Seiden. Trained as a painter, Seiden received her BA from Bennington College. But, she says, she hasn’t used paint for years.

Working on paper and on Mylar, Seiden used graphite in various forms to make a topographic creation. She will use a combination of lead - different softness (including liquid), with different points, to create layers upon layers of medium. In this way she explores texture, mark-making and surface. Seiden works spontaneously, there are no preliminary drawings. She identifies her method as loose, a deliberate but free-form manipulation of material that is determined/limited by the size of the paper.

In these works that explore the relationship between light, line and dark , she (in her words) “tests the conventions of drawing by breaking down the surface and transforming the paper into a physical metallic form.”

This exhibition will feature 3 or 4 of Seiden’s works installed on the Lobby wall.

The Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show
at Pomperaug Woods
October 5 – November 2, 2014

View the work of talented Connecticut artists – all of whom are 70+ years of age – at the seventh annual Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show. Themed “The Art of Experience,” the show will feature art work all created after the artists’ 70th birthday. This is the first and only art show of its type in Connecticut. Categories in this year's show are Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Photography.

Palace Theater Anniversary Exhibition
November 22, 2014 – February 1, 2015

This exhibition will highlight the 10-year anniversary of the theater’s reopening after restoration and include a timeline of historic milestones dating from the theater’s 1922 opening. The exhibit will include photographs, documents, ephemera, historical objects, excerpts from oral history interviews and personal stories.

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