The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America
May 9-July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society.
This exhibition features 61 of the most important American marine paintings and artifacts from the New-York Historical Society’s impressive maritime art collection. The works range in date from 1750 to 1904, by eminent marine artists like Thomas Birch, John Frederick Kensett and Charlton T. Chapman. Highlights include large format canvasses of famous sea battles, ships at work, and portraits of heroic sea captains and pioneering merchants, like the aptly named “Preserved Fish of New York.”
There are also maritime themed objects such as an engraved whale’s tooth from the mid-19th century, an octant from 1840, and a silver presentation urn commemorating acts of bravery from the War of 1812.
Features of this exhibit include paintings of major trading posts in and around the Pearl River Delta, including Hong Kong. Some of these paintings were by a group of Chinese artists working in the European style specifically for the export market. There are views of the Hudson River and the great Port of New York, as well as Gilded Age nostalgia for the great age of sail, with its clipper ships and majestic wind-jammers.
Image: Junius Brutus Stearns (1810-85), Fishing in a Catboat in Great South Bay, 1871, oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of C. Otto von Kienbusch, 1964.21
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, n.d. Collection of the Mattatuck Museum
Fred Otnes: Collage Paintings
May 31 - July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 31 2:00 p.m.
Using appropriated images from Renaissance and Old Master works, eighteenth-century engravings, and found objects Otnes creates collaged 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
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