This year’s special exhibition for the Season of Wonderment, A Colorful Dream, Photography by Adrien Broom, is an experience not to be missed! In addition to marveling at large scale photographs in every color of the rainbow on the wall, your children can enter into this magical world for a real photo-op! The artist has constructed in the gallery one of the sets for which she is so famous and, unlike most exhibits where a “no touch” rule prevails, you can take home a photo of your kids standing in the middle of this remarkable scene. Yours, too, will surely be one to treasure and share on Facebook.
Speaking of spectacular photography, time to view Joe Standart’s New London Project 10thAnniversary Portraits show is getting short, so you should schedule a visit before it closes on January 22nd. Dramatically displayed, the images of friends and neighbors which were shot both recently and 10 years ago are truly riveting. Each one tells a story and together the pictures in this exhibition write a whole new book about New Londoners and our times.
As many of you know, American Perspectives, the new installation of the highlights of our permanent collection is now open and has received an excellent reception. The old exhibition, American Stories has been replaced and the Palmer Galleries have been renovated from top to bottom! If you would like to see some before and after images, follow this link.
We’ve made the exhibit not only beautiful but also more educational and accessible by providing lots of wall labels and a free printed gallery guide in both English and Spanish. There’s also free Wi-Fi and a free app for your smartphone (iOS and Android) which provides more behind-the-scenes information. To all who made it possible, from the foundation who supported it, to each member of the implementation team, we are deeply grateful.
Less visible, but extremely important to long-term care of the collection, the modernization of the Museum’s climate control system will be completed by the end of the month. We are very thankful to the State of Connecticut for the $1.5 million bond funding which enabled us to switch from oil to natural gas, replace the boilers and chillers as well as all the other air handling equipment, install energy-efficient LED lighting, and many other improvements. With the new installations and properly-controlled environment, the Lyman Allyn is now geared up for the 21st century!
It has been quite a busy and productive fall here, to be sure. As we begin the last month of the year we again turn to those who care most about the Lyman Allyn to help keep this great work going. There are two easy things you can do right now: click here to make a donation of any size to support the daily activities of the Museum and follow this link to sign up at smile.amazon.com to benefit the Lyman Allyn every time you shop there. Now and all through the year we appreciate your giving as generously as you can.
Many Thanks and Happy Holidays,