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September Director’s Message

Dear Friends,
With summer coming to a close we continue to find exciting opportunities in sculpture at the Wadsworth. One week ago we installed a recent work by world renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in our Main Street entrance, Gray Court. On loan from a private collection, Grapes (2015) is a signature Ai work. It’s made out of 26 traditional Chinese stools, the kind one used to find in every home before the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. Hand joined without glue or nails, the stools in this sculpture invite us to consider the relationship between past and present, the role of the individual and the collective, and China’s complicated modernity.
A strikingly different take on how we live with beautiful objects is the subject of an upcoming show drawn on our amazing design collection. Bed Furnishings in Early America, An Intimate Look (opens September 26) celebrates the bed chamber and its role in daily life cycles–from pilgrim times through the civil war and beyond. Issues of status, intimacy, privacy, and comfort all played a role in the evolution of the design and function of the bed. These exceptional, hand-wrought masterpieces of design will change your assumptions about house and home.
And at the end of the month (the 29th) is Splendor 2018 our benefit gala and auction. Our great thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening special and to the many whose philanthropy makes our museum a real and present resource for all. Come out and support the Wadsworth if you can. Tickets can be purchased online.
Thomas J. Loughman
Director and CEO