Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora
Guest curator Kathryn Myers, UConn Professor of Art, brings together in this exhibition fifteen contemporary artists who, through diverse creative approaches, explore issues of identity and the continued power of place in our global World. The artists represented are Ravi Agarwal, Sanarth Banerjee, Siona Benjamin, Neil Chowdhury, Sunil Gupta, Hanuman R. Kambli, Bari Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Sachin Naik, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Madhvi Parekh, Sujith SN, Anupam Sud, Avinash Veeraraghavan, and Waswo X. Waswo.
Kathryn Myers, Professor of Painting at the University of Connecticut, curated this exhibition with support from the University of Connecticut Research Foundation, Office of the Arts in the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Fulbright-Nehru Foundation.
Oct 22 Dec 15, 2013
Framing Photography: New Additions to the Benton Collection in Context
Combining artworks in a variety of media with a recent gift of 44 distinguished photographs from the Samuel and Ann Charters Collection of Classic American Photographs, this exhibition places the achievements of such noted American photographers as Timothy O'Sullivan, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Reenie Barrow, and Elaine ONeil within the broader context of twentieth-century American art, politics, and culture. The Charters gift spans more than 100 years.
An ongoing exhibition of works from the permanent collection
From Old Masters to Revolutionaries: Five Centuries of the Benton's Best
The Benton is pleased to present a changing selection of its most prized possessions that span five centuries. We begin with a sixteenth-century double portrait by the Spanish court painter Alonso Snchez Coello, whose unidentified subjects are a well-dressed noblewoman and child. Also featured is another image of maternal affection in the work Woman and Child by the American impressionist Mary Cassatt. The fragile pastel is a favorite in the collection, but can only be displayed occasionally for conservation reasons. Kthe Kollwitz, German printmaker and champion of oppressed, especially poor, urban women, brings a very different interpretation of the theme in her melancholy drawing of a woman with her child awaiting her drunken husband at the door of a café.
In addition to portraiture, the exhibition includes examples of landscape painting, religious imagery, and genre scenes. Of particular note are two etchings by the sixteenth-century Italian Annibale Carracci and more recent contributions in oil by the twentieth-century American symbolist painter Arthur Bowen Davies and his contemporary and fellow member of The Eight, George Benjamin Luks. No exhibition of the Benton's best would be complete without the work of Reginald Marsh, an American painter, printmaker, and illustrator who graduated from Yale with his good friend William Benton. A large-scale oil painting and watercolor by Marsh are featured in this exhibition.