Sub Urbanisms

SUB URBANISMS: Casino Company-town, China-town

On view February 8th – May 12, 2014

SUB URBANISMS is an exhibition exploring the controversial conversion of single family homes into multifamily communities by immigrant Chinese casino workers in southeastern Connecticut. By transplanting cultural values to their new country, these recent emigrants unconsciously challenge the norms underlying the most ubiquitous American housing type: the suburban single-family detached home. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the norms and cultural values that determine how we live, and to consider how cultural expectations for building design might further change in response to ecological, financial and societal pressures. A daylong forum event will be held on March 29th.

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Curated by designer Stephen Fan with Shane Keaney.

Bus Trip to the Met & The Bard Graduate Center Gallery

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The front steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday June 4th, 2014
7:30 am – 6:45 pm
$80 members / $90 non-members
(includes bus travel, admissions and guided tours)

Join us for this exciting day trip to New York City!  Our day begins with a self-guided experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; explore the extensive permanent collections or view one of the special exhibitions, including: Goya and the Altamira Family; The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design; Charles James: Beyond Fashion; and Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia.  Lunch is on your own at one of the four restaurants in the museum or in the city. The day continues at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery (just a five minute drive from the Met), with a guided tour of their new exhibition entitled: Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Columbian Visual and Material Culture. This exhibit highlights the intricate ways in which culture and nature can intertwine across disciplines. The bus departs at 3:45pm for CT.

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Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture

Reservations are required: Please choose from the options below 

-Contact the Education Department at 860-443-2545 x110,
-email clarke@lymanallyn.org
-or fill out the registration form and return to specified address

*Bus departs from and returns to the parking lot of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum to Salute Admiral and Mrs. Robert J. Papp, Jr.

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2014
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact:  James Eckerle, Interim Director
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Lyman Allyn Art Museum to Salute Admiral and Mrs. Robert J. Papp, Jr.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce the honorees for their 2014 Spring Gala will be Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. and his wife, Linda.  Admiral Papp, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and his wife, are both natives of Connecticut.  In recent years, Admiral Papp has been working to bring the vision of a national Coast Guard museum to reality and the current plan is to build the museum in New London, home of the Coast Guard Academy.

Admiral Papp is retiring from active duty on May 30 of this year.  “The Lyman Allyn is pleased to honor Admiral Papp and his wife Linda in recognition of their life of service to their country – and to their local community” said Polly Merrill, Lyman Allyn Art Museum Board President.  She added, “The Coast Guard Museum will have a significant impact on New London and area cultural attractions, and we look forward to working together in the future.”

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Lyman Allyn Announces D. Samuel Quigley as New Director

For Immediate Release

February 25, 2014
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact:  James Eckerle, Interim Director
860.443.2545 x113

LYMAN ALLYN ART MUSEUM APPOINTS D. SAMUEL QUIGLEY AS DIRECTOR

Lyman Allyn enters new era of ‘value to the community’ with naming of experienced Director.

NEW LONDON – Polly Merrill, President of the Board of Trustees of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, announced today that D. Samuel Quigley has been named director of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Quigley comes to the Lyman Allyn after serving as vice president for collections management and chief information officer at the Art Institute of Chicago. He will assume his new position with the Lyman Allyn on May 5, 2014.

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Lyman Allyn presents SubUrbanisms: Casino Company Town/China Town

For Immediate Release

Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents SubUrbanisms: Casino Company Town/ China Town.

January 24, 2014
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Jane LeGrow
860.443.2545 x126

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, in collaboration with Connecticut College, announces a new exhibition with a local focus and a global reach. SUB URBANISMS (February 8 – May 12, 2014) explores the controversial conversion of single family homes into multifamily communities by immigrant Chinese casino workers in southeastern Connecticut. By transplanting cultural values to their new country, these recent emigrants unconsciously challenge the norms underlying the most ubiquitous American housing type: the suburban single-family detached house. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the values, practices and public policies that determine how we live, and to consider how cultural expectations for building design might further change in response to growing ecological, financial and societal pressures.

Combining photography, interviews and architectural representations, this exhibit probes the limits of inclusivity in a multicultural democracy when cultural practices conflict. With creative implications for the future of housing design and habitation, SUB URBANISMS offers a powerful inquiry into the ways in which culture shapes our lives and our homes.

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Lost at Sea: Shipwrecks of the Ancient World

On view July 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015

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Driven by the desire to explore, trade, and conquer new lands, mariners of the ancient world sailed the waters of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas, spreading their cultures and their wares, laying the groundwork of Western civilization.  Celebrated in verse, these daring mariners ventured from their homeland and often-time didn’t make it to their destination – their ships the victim of storms, piracy or warfare.  They remained lost at sea until modern day explorer Robert Ballard, and his team of researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus using state-of-the art robotic technology, located them in deep waters, far from their original ports.

This exhibit explores the ancient Roman trade route from Carthage to Ostia; Black Sea trade routes from Sinop to Cheresonesis; Aegean trade routes from Constantinpole to Athens and Rhodes .  The exhibit shows beautifully preserved artifacts recovered from the depths of these seas – glassware, tools, and amphora that carried wine, olive oil, and a popular fish paste called garum which was traded for weaponry, household items, clothing, and gold and silver.  These artifacts, along with stunning underwater video of their discovery, will be the highlight of the exhibit.

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