Current, Past, Future Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions


FALL 2014


Steven Rockefeller
A Park Bench View
October 23, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Reception: Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Photographer Steven Rockefeller transports viewers to another place and time through the visual environment. The long-exposure high definition video “pictures” present a variety of calming images that immerse the viewer within the scene for extended periods. Images fill a variety of screens that enable participants to escape to the Virgin Islands, explore the landscape of Norway, admire the majestic Hudson River or walk the streets of Shanghai while seated or lying on comforting furniture. The soothing and reassuring experience invites the viewer to release the tensions of the everyday while blissfully focusing on the beauty and serenity of unusual, mysterious and exotic locations.



Nathaniel Donnett
Alone in My Four Cornered Room
October 23, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Reception: Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Houston, Texas artist, Nathaniel Donnett uses a variety of art making methods to address social issues and the human condition. Trained at Texas Southern University, he produces mixed media drawings, collages, sculptures, installations, and video. He has identified that there is no one approach or material in his practice. Rather, he is interested in using multiple methods along with everyday materials in his practice. African American culture, African sculpture, historical and current events and personal experiences, as well as poetry and music are, he says “departure points and influences on his work, ideas and concerns.” His work reflects his attempts to reach into the lives of everyday people.

This exhibition will feature approximately 15 works including paper bag pieces, some floor pieces, small sculptures and a possible video installation. The artist is creating work that will be exhibited for the first time at the Mattatuck exhibit. While the checklist is not yet finalized, one of the works in the exhibition will be Absence (2013) which incorporates plastic bags and canvas.

Other pieces might include works that use black plastic bags and brown paper bags. Donnett uses black plastic bags to construct figures’ hair and facial features, a metaphor for cultural baggage and negativity which also denote multi-dimensionality, the universe’s energy, and aspects of human consciousness such as memory and identity. The brown paper bags that serve as ground for figuration for instance iterate the “paper bag test,” a type of prejudice practiced among people of the same ethnicity. Is your skin light enough to pass the test, was the question.



Outtakes
bleacher and everard photography
November 22, 2014 – January 25, 2015


Reception: November 22, 2014 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Katie Bleacher and Dean Everard are the artists behind Celebrity. This New York City based photography team specializes in celebrity, editorial and commercial corporate assignments. With a wide variety of jobs ranging from covers of magazines to advertising campaigns, Katie and Dean collaborate with some of the top designers and creative directors in the industry.

The photographers work together and bring different perspectives to the project. Each is personable and professional and each develops a special sense with the subject of their shoot. Interestingly, Katie and Dean do not identify which images were shot by the one or other.



Noah and His Ark
November 22, 2014 - February 28, 2015


Toy arks were favorite gifts for parents to give to their children. A popular toy in the 19th century, the ark was considered a suitable plaything because it was based on a Bible story. The exhibit features a 9-foot long relief ark as well as toy arks with animals.



It’s Show Time
Palace Theater’s Staged Reflection, 1922 – 2014
November 22, 2014 – February 1, 2015


Reception: November 22, 2014 5:00-6:30 p.m.

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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