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Mar
9
Mon
Lecture Series: Art After 1945: Modern, Postmodern, Contemporary
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

contemporary1In conjunction with the recent opening of our new Post-War and Contemporary Art galleries, we are pleased to offer a series of lectures exclusively to members.

The lectures take place on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23 (snow date March 30).

Using works from the museum’s permanent collection as examples, the lectures will introduce major themes in the development of art since 1945, examining the shifts from modern art to postmodern to contemporary. The first two lectures will focus on Modernism and Its Discontents, followed by Postmodernism, and concluding with What is Contemporary?

Frazer Ward is associate professor of art history at Smith College, where he teaches classes on the history and theory of contemporary art. He is the author of No Innocent Bystanders: Performance Art and Audience (Dartmouth University Press/University Press of New England, 2012), and his essays appear widely in collections, journals, and catalogs. Professor Ward earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Registration required. Call 860-838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Fee includes all four lectures, partial enrollment is not available.

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Mar
12
Thu
Gallery Talk: DAZE
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Daze, Coney Island Pier, 1995, Collection of the artist

Daze, Coney Island Pier, 1995, Collection of the artist

Artist Daze (Chris Daze Ellis) talks about his works on view in Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

Mar
15
Sun
Gallery Talk: Behind the Scenes in MATRIX
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Sol LeWitt, MATRIX poster [detail], 1974. Color lithograph, paper. Commissioned through MATRIX with funds granted by the National Endowment for the arts, a federal agency.

Gallery Talk: Behind the Scenes in MATRIX: Andrea Miller-Keller, former Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, shares insights on our acclaimed MATRIX exhibition series, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

Sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation

Film: Eve and the Fire Horse
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Eve and the Fire Horse is a charming film about spirituality that explores the lives of a multi-generational Chinese family residing in Canada. 2005. Canada. 92 min. Not Rated. Directed by Julia Kwan.

After the film stay for a discussion with Alison Zhou Alison (YuHui), a Chinese Buddhist who has worked with the Connecticut State Department of Education for over 20 years, and Jen Lin (Lin Lao Shi), a Chinese Catholic born and raised in Taiwan who currently teaches Mandarin at Glastonbury High School.

Interfaith Film Series
Join us for 2nd Annual Interfaith Film Series and view three films that provoke interreligious discussions. A guest speaker will talk before each screening and will lead a post-movie Q&A.

Presented with the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc.

 

Mar
16
Mon
Lecture Series: Art After 1945: Modern, Postmodern, Contemporary
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

contemporary1In conjunction with the recent opening of our new Post-War and Contemporary Art galleries, we are pleased to offer a series of lectures exclusively to members.

The lectures take place on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23 (snow date March 30).

Using works from the museum’s permanent collection as examples, the lectures will introduce major themes in the development of art since 1945, examining the shifts from modern art to postmodern to contemporary. The first two lectures will focus on Modernism and Its Discontents, followed by Postmodernism, and concluding with What is Contemporary?

Frazer Ward is associate professor of art history at Smith College, where he teaches classes on the history and theory of contemporary art. He is the author of No Innocent Bystanders: Performance Art and Audience (Dartmouth University Press/University Press of New England, 2012), and his essays appear widely in collections, journals, and catalogs. Professor Ward earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Registration required. Call 860-838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Fee includes all four lectures, partial enrollment is not available.

Not a member? Join now!

 

Mar
23
Mon
Lecture Series: Art After 1945: Modern, Postmodern, Contemporary
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

contemporary1In conjunction with the recent opening of our new Post-War and Contemporary Art galleries, we are pleased to offer a series of lectures exclusively to members.

The lectures take place on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23 (snow date March 30).

Using works from the museum’s permanent collection as examples, the lectures will introduce major themes in the development of art since 1945, examining the shifts from modern art to postmodern to contemporary. The first two lectures will focus on Modernism and Its Discontents, followed by Postmodernism, and concluding with What is Contemporary?

Frazer Ward is associate professor of art history at Smith College, where he teaches classes on the history and theory of contemporary art. He is the author of No Innocent Bystanders: Performance Art and Audience (Dartmouth University Press/University Press of New England, 2012), and his essays appear widely in collections, journals, and catalogs. Professor Ward earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Registration required. Call 860-838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Fee includes all four lectures, partial enrollment is not available.

Not a member? Join now!

 

Mar
27
Fri
Talk: Flying Horses: The History of the Carousel
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
: Charles Carmel, Carousel Horse with Raised Head, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1914, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Laura Harding, 1978.18.2

Charles Carmel, Carousel Horse with Raised Head, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1914, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Laura Harding, 1978.18.2

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, Andrew Miller of the New England Carousel Museum discusses Europe’s first carousels – which were used to train knights – and shares how they evolved into the world’s most popular ride.

Meet by the Museum Shop.

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

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, 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

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.