ON VIEW through MARCH 17, 2013

Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of The Great Gatsby is  presented in conjunction with the book selected for the second annual UConn Reads program, The Great Gatsby.  In keeping with The Roaring Twenties theme, characterized by lavish living, widespread urbanization, and dizzying modernity, this exhibition features early 20th-century works that give form to the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Featured works include paintings by Reginald Marsh and Everett Shinn, photographs by Paul Strand, and prints by Peggy Bacon and Edward Hopper.

“These Groves Were Once the Home of Fauns and Nymphs”: People and Places from the Classical World” features paintings, drawings, and prints that depict Classical gods, goddesses, and heroes but also the settings of Classical myths and epic poetry. Reginald Marsh, Pietro Testa, Angelica Kauffman, and Frederick Garrison Hall are some of the artists whose works are included. This exhibition is being mounted on the occasion of the Classical Association of New England Annual Meeting being held at UConn in March.

Director’s Cut reflects how The Benton collection has grown over the past 30 years under the curatorship and direction of Thomas Bruhn, Ph.D. By the mid-1990s, the museum had expanded its interest from the predominantly European and American emphasis to include Asian, Latin American, and African art.  Works by such well-known artists as Rembrandt, Durer, Homer and Boucher, and lesser-known artists including Nanteuil, Vernet, Roth, and Zingg comprise a collection that spans from the 15th century to today.

NEW EXHIBITION — Garth Evans: Selections from the Studio 
FEBRUARY 2–APRIL 28, 2013              
Reception: February 1, 4:30–6:30 pm / Artist talk at 5:30 pm

Garth Evans: Selections from the Studio highlights the Connecticut-based artist’s sculptures from the 1990s to the present day. Following the completion of his studies at Slade School of Fine Art, Evans began his career in 1960 as a sculptor and instructor in London. Though he works primarily in clay, Evans is also known for his watercolors, which carry forth a sculptural exploration of line and shape in a two-dimensional picture plane.

 

EXHIBITION-RELATED PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Gallery Talk
January 30, 12:15 / Free admission
Subject: “These Groves Were Once the Home of Fauns and Nymphs”: People and Places from the Classical World

Speaker: Carla Galfano, Assistant Curator

Opening Reception for Garth Evans: Selections from the Studio
February 1, 4:30–6:30 / Garth Evans Talk at 5:30

New Acquisitions Lunchtime Talk
February 7, 12:15 pm / Free admission
Subject: Alfred Steiglitz, The Hand of Man, 1902, photogravure

Speaker: Ally Walton, Assistant Curator

February Family Fest: Calling All Kids!
February 16, 2-4 pm
Inspired by the sculptures of Garth Evans, we’ll be exploring and inventing our own 3D creations to take home. The mythological themes in These Groves Were Once the Home of Fauns and Nymphs will provide the ideal setting for storyteller Tom Lee. Docents will be on hand to answer questions, along with surprising guests in the galleries.

Wednesday Gallery Talk
February 21, 12:15 pm / Free admission
Subject: Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of “The Great Gatsby”

Speaker: Carla Galfano, Assistant Curator

February 27, 12:15
Wednesday Gallery Talk / Free admission
Subject: Edward Hopper’s Night Shadows and a cartoon drawing from The Daily Worker

Guest Speaker: Pamela Bedore, Assistant Professor and Writing Coordinator, UConn, Avery Point campus

ABOUT THE MUSEUM
THE WILLIAM BENTON MUSEUM OF ART, Connecticut’s State Art Museum located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs, presents exhibitions of 15th–21st century art drawn from its own collection of more than 6,000 works, as well as traveling exhibitions and exhibitions of art by School of Fine Arts faculty artists and Master of Fine Arts degree candidates. Special events include gallery talks, campus art walks, films and musical performances.

The Benton galleries are open Tuesday–Friday noon–4:30, Saturday and Sunday 1–4:30. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

The Store at The Benton and The Beanery coffee shop are open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 am–4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1–4 pm. Administration office hours are 8:30 am–4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

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