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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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Gallery Talk: Coney Island Revealed
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Marie Roberts, A Congress of Curious Peoples, 2005, acrylic on unstretched canvas, Collection of Liz and Marc Hartzman

Marie Roberts, A Congress of Curious Peoples, 2005, Acrylic on unstretched canvas, Collection of Liz and Marc Hartzman

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, professional carousel carver and band organ restorer Bob Yorburg gives a behind-the-scenes look at the real Coney Island, exploring why Freud, Thomas Edison, and many others found it to be one of the most fascinating places on earth.

Yorburg’s work is highly influenced by the whimsical designs we see in 19th-century amusement arts from Coney Island. He is also a professional magician who helps curate Coney Island History Project‘s Coney Island History Day.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

Apr
17
Fri
Gallery Talk: MATRIX 171
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Michael C. McMillen / MATRIX 171: SIDESHOW, Jan. 31 - May 3, 2015, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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

Curator Patricia Hickson discusses the work of Michael C. McMillen in MATRIX 171: SIDESHOW, on view through May 3, 2015.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

 

 

Gallery Talk: Edward Hopper’s ‘Captain Strout’s House, Portland Head’
Apr 17 @ 6:30 pm
Edward Hopper, Captain Strout's House, Portland Head, 1927, watercolor, graphite, woven paper, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1928.3

Edward Hopper, Captain Strout’s House, Portland Head, 1927, watercolor, graphite, woven paper, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1928.3

Before the Judy Dworin Performance Project’s performance of Lighthouse, join curator Erin Monroe for a discussion on Edward Hopper’s Captain Strout’s House, Portland Head.

This gallery talk is offered as part of the Judy Dworin Performance Project’s performance of Lighthouse; tickets to the performance are required to attend. Get tickets.

 

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.

 

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.

 

May
7
Thu
Gallery Talk: Coney Island: A Photographic History
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Homer Page, Coney Island (Couple on Beach), c. 1949, gelatin silver print, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2112. Photo: John Lamberton; © Homer Page

Homer Page, Coney Island (Couple on Beach), c. 1949, gelatin silver print, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2112. Photo: John Lamberton; © Homer Page

Coney Island’s diverse crowds, imaginative architecture, and dazzling attractions have captured the lenses of countless photographers. From Walker Evans to Weegee to Harvey Stein, curator Erin Monroe discusses how the photographic views of “America’s Playground” have changed over time using examples from Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

 

May
17
Sun
Gallery Talk: America’s Playground
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Milton Avery, The Steeplechase, Coney Island, 1929, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Sally M. Avery, 1984 (1984.527). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, New York; © 2013 Milton Avery Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Milton Avery, The Steeplechase, Coney Island, 1929, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Sally M. Avery, 1984 (1984.527). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, New York; © 2013 Milton Avery Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Join Robin Jaffee Frank, Chief Curator and Exhibition Curator of Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, to find out how America’s playground inspired an extraordinary array of artists for generations.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

 

May
21
Thu
Talk & Book Signing with Hayden Herrera
May 21 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for a talk by Hayden Herrera, author of Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, an authoritative biography of one of the 20th century’s most important sculptors.

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

Free and open to the public.