Lyman Allyn Art Museum Presents “Lost at Sea”


Lyman Allyn Art Museum, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Ballard and the Ocean Exploration Trust, presents Lost at Sea: Shipwrecks of the Ancient World (July 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015).

July 15, 2014
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Lost at Sea: Shipwrecks of the Ancient World will be on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum from July 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015. The exhibition explores cultural treasures of the deep seas and features artifacts discovered by underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard and his team.

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. Often these daring mariners never reached their destination, their ships falling victim to storms, pirates, or warfare. These cultural and historical goldmines remained lost at sea until modern day explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, and his team of researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus, located them in deep waters using state-of-the art robotic technology, the same technology his team developed and used to find the RMS Titanic and other sunken vessels. This exhibit presents the fascinating story of ancient shipwrecks, their recent discovery and what we can learn about the people who sailed them. Glassware, tools, pottery and other beautifully preserved artifacts, along with stunning underwater video of their discovery, are among the highlights of the exhibit. Visitors will be able to interact with a live feed of expeditions currently underway and have the opportunity to ask questions of researchers in real time.

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Still Life Studio

Still Life Studio (June 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015)

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Cornelius De Heem. “Still Life”, c. 17th century. Oil on canvas

Still lifes – from the Dutch stilleven (‘inanimate object’) – were for centuries considered lesser works than portraits or allegorical scenes, focusing as they do on common, everyday objects. Yet these simple scenes have captured artists’ attention for centuries. A still life has the ability to capture a passing moment and transcend time, allowing us to connect with the long ago artist and see the common objects of our own surroundings with fresh eyes.

Still Life Studio invites you to consider the unassuming still life genre anew. Compare a selection of artworks from the museum’s collection, ranging in origin from 17th century Holland to present day America, then spend some time sketching a still life of your own, using basic drawing principles and materials provided in the gallery.

Painting Nature: The Intimate Sublime of Jan Beekman

The Annual Murstein Lecture, honoring the Lyman Allyn docents:

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A presentation by Barbara Zabel
Professor Emeritus, Connecticut College

Jan Beekman’s paintings evoke a sense of the Sublime—or awe—as viewers come face to face with renderings of the intricate textures of lichen and the graceful shapes of windblown branches, among other natural phenomena.  This lecture will place Beekman’s paintings in the long tradition of the Sublime in American landscape painting—not the “operatic” Sublime evoked by vast expanses of nature, but an “intimate” Sublime evoked by equally awe-inspiring close-up examinations of nature, a sensibility also found in artists of the Hudson River School.

Reception 5:00 pm
Presentation 6:00 pm

members:$5 / Non-members: $10
No charge for docents

Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School

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May 8 – June 5, 2014
Now open in our community arts gallery!

On view in Glassenberg Gallery- art by students of the Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School. Thanks to a partnership with expressiones and artists Margarita Hernandez & Sebastian Portillo for their Artist-in-Residence program, they’ve contributed to developing the Nathan Hale students to their fullest artistic and academic potential.
Come see the great art work they’ve done! The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is always free to New London residents.

Derby Day Gala: A Great Success!

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The Lyman Allyn Art Museum would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Gallivant such a successful and elegant event! We greatly appreciate the generous contributions of our friends, sponsors, and supporters. We are extremely thankful to the hardworking Board members, staff, and volunteers who organized and helped make this years Gallivant a memorable event. Special thanks to all of the wonderful people who transformed the Lyman Allyn into a Derby delight!