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Apr
1
Wed
Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm

Harvey Stein, Coney Island 40 Years“Coney Island is a fantasy land of the past with an irrepressible optimism about its future.” -Harvey Stein

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book, Coney Island 40 Years, a meditation on time, history, persistence and longevity, fate, and public social behavior. Photographed in black and white to reveal Coney Island in its more moody and evocative moments, Stein’s images capture the amusement park from 1970 to 2010.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries, and attend a public reception and book signing.

This program is free and open to the public.

About Harvey Stein
Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and is Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport. Stein is the recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist-in-residency grants. He has published six books, including Coney Island 40 Years, 2011 (Schiffer Publishing).

Stein’s photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Glamour, Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers, Connoisseur, Art News, American Artist, New York, People, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Hopkins Review (cover) and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine (cover), International Street Photographer (cover), Shutterbug, Popular Photography, American Photo, Camera, Afterimage, PDN, Zoom, Rangefinder, Photo Metro, fotoMagazine (Germany), photo technique and View Camera.

 

Apr
10
Fri
Member Morning: New Acquisitions & New Pairings
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Pepón Osorio, En la barbería, no se llora (No crying allowed in the barber shop), 1994, mixed media, Purchased through a gift from Southern New England Telephone in recognition of the vitality of Connecticut's Puerto Rican community, and through the Alexander A. Goldfarb Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund, 1994.37.1

Pepón Osorio, En la barbería, no se llora (No crying allowed in the barber shop), 1994, Mixed media, 1994.37.1

Join us for a continental breakfast in the Museum Cafe, followed by a tour of new acquisitions and rarely viewed works in our renovated Contemporary Art galleries with curatorial fellow Eileen Doyle.

Museum members only; reservations required at (860) 838-4171. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.

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Apr
11
Sat
Second Saturdays: City Silhouettes
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Michael C. McMillen, Lighthouse (Hotel New Empire), 2010, Mixed media with digital motion picture, 97 x 132 x 144 in., Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver, Venice, CA

Michael C. McMillen, Lighthouse (Hotel New Empire), 2010, Mixed media with digital motion picture, 97 x 132 x 144 in., Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver, Venice, CA

Get inspired by MATRIX 171 artist Michael C. McMillen, then use parchment paper to construct your own imaginary cities…and light them up!

Free admission 10 am to 1 pm.

Free Family Tours

  • 10:30 – 11 am, ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
  • 11 am – noon, Ask About Art
  • 11:30 am – noon, Eyes on Art Family Tour

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Second Saturdays for Families
Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Apr
12
Sun
Film: Annie Hall
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Annie Hall, 1977

Annie Hall: Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. Romantic Comedy. 1977. USA. 97 min. Rated PG. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Diane Keaton, Woody Allen.

Joshua Glick, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Hendrix College, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.

This film is screened in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

 

Film: Sophie’s Choice
Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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Sophie’s Choice, 1982

Sophie’s Choice: In 1947, narrator Stingo, a young writer from the American South, travels to post-WWII Brooklyn. He is befriended by Sophie, a beautiful Polish immigrant, and her lover, Nathan. Based on the bestselling novel by William Styron. 1982. USA. 150 min. Rated R. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol.

This film is screened in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

 

Apr
16
Thu
Talk, Sideshow & Film: Freaks
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Henry Koerner, The Barker’s Booth, 1948–49, oil on Masonite, Collection of Alice A. Grossman

Henry Koerner, The Barker’s Booth, 1948–49, oil on Masonite, Collection of Alice A. Grossman

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, listen to an onstage conversation between Rachel Adams, Columbia University Professor of English and American Studies and author of Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination, and Jennifer Miller, Professor of Performance at Pratt Institute, Coney Island Circus Sideshow’s Bearded Lady, and Director of Circus Amok. After a knife juggling performance, Adams and Miller will introduce the 1932 film Freaks.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries and attend a reception in Loctite Lobby.

This program is free and open to the public.

 

Apr
19
Sun
Film: Enemies: A Love Story
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Enemies: A Love Story, 1989

Enemies: A Love Story: Set in 1949 New York City, a Holocaust survivor who makes a living as a ghostwriter for a Jewish rabbi finds himself involved with three women. 1989. USA. 119 min. Rated R. Directed by Paul Mazursky. Starring Angelica Huston, Ron Silver, Lena Olin.

Speaker: Robin Jaffee Frank, Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture.

This film is screened in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

 

Apr
23
Thu
Contemporary Art Series: MATRIX Artists in Conversation: Michael McMillen & Betye Saar
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm
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(L): Michael C. McMillen; (R): Betye Saar, 2010, photo by Jacob Wheeler

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of MATRIX and join us for a conversation with MATRIX 171 artist Michael C. McMillen and MATRIX 22 artist Betye Saar.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the newly reinstalled Contemporary Art galleries and attend a pre-lecture reception.

Free and open to the public.

About Michael C. McMillen
Los Angeles native Michael C. McMillen started his career in the 1970s and 80s building movie props. He received a BA from San Fernando Valley State College and a MA and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an artist, his work includes sculptures, art installations, and short films.

McMillen’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Oakland Museum of California, the Laguna Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, as well as the Australian National Gallery in Canberra and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has also exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University.

About Betye Saar
A native Californian, Betye Saar grew up in Pasadena during the Great Depression. After high school, she took art classes at Pasadena City College, earned a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1949, and pursued graduate studies at California State University at Long Beach, the University of Southern California, and California State University at Northridge. While the hometowns of many artists are often just points of departure, Los Angeles has been a constant presence in Saar’s life and an important source of inspiration. In fact, art historian Jessica Dallow has attributed Saar’s unique blend of interests and approaches to the importance of LA in the 1960s and early 1970s as “a site of geographic convergence of feminism, assemblage art, and black consciousness.”

Saar voices her political, racial, religious, and gender concerns in her art so that she may “reach across the barriers of art and life, to bridge cultural diversities, and forge new understandings.” Other works have sought to reveal marginalized and hidden histories, ones that are both personal and public. She has examined Asian and African diasporic religions in relation to personal spirituality, the construction of racial hierarchies based on skin tone within black communities, and the ways that objects retain the memories and histories of their owners. A recent series, centered on the theme of mental, physical, and cultural imprisonment, was shown in the 2010 exhibition Betye Saar: CAGE at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.

Saar has received numerous awards of distinction, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1974, 1984), a J. Paul Getty Fund for the Visual Arts Fellowship (1990), a Flintridge Foundation Visual Artists Award (1998) and most recently, in 2013, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, presented her with the Distinguished Women in the Arts Award. In 1994, she and artist John Outterbridge represented the United States at the 22nd São Paulo Biennial in Brazil. In 2005, the University of Michigan Museum of Art organized the traveling exhibition Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment, which examined the use of photographic fragments in her work. A role model for generations of women, Saar has raised three daughters, including two accomplished artists (Alison and Lezley). In 2005, the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina presented work by all three Saar artists in the traveling exhibition Family Legacies: The Art of Betye, Alison and Lezley Saar.

The work of Betye Saar is represented in numerous museum collections including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.  Her work was prominently featured in eight of the shows that comprised Pacific Standard Time—a suite of twenty-six exhibitions funded by the Getty Foundation that were shown concurrently in museums throughout California in 2011 and 2012. Presently, her work is included in the Brooklyn Museum of Art traveling exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC has represented Betye Saar since 1996.

The Contemporary Art Series is generously sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

 

Apr
26
Sun
Film: Imitation of Life
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
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Imitation of Life, 1959

Imitation of Life: An aspiring actress meets a homeless black woman at Coney Island and soon they share a tiny apartment. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood. 1959. USA. 125 min. Not Rated. Directed by Douglas Sirk. Starring Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, John Gavin.

Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Professor; Vice Provost for Diversity, University of Connecticut, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.

This film is screened in conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

 

May
6
Wed
Contemporary Art Series: Artist Talk: Hank Willis Thomas: History Doesn’t Laugh
May 6 @ 6:00 pm
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Hank Willis Thomas

One of the most provocative and innovative conceptual artists of today, Hank Willis Thomas discusses the impact of photography on his work and explores how the concepts of spectacle and display connect to notions of African American identity and commodification.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the reinstalled Contemporary Art galleries and attend a pre-lecture reception.

Free and open to the public.

About Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris, Annarumma 404 in Milan, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, among others.

Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1

Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1

Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the High Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport; the Birmingham International Airport; the Oakland Museum of California; and the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent notable exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strange Fruit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Picture Windows: Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Sanford Biggers at the International Center for Photography, and the Istanbul Biennial. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

The Contemporary Art Series is generously sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.