Happy New Year! Even slightly belated, I sincerely hope you and your loved ones enjoyed the holiday season and are refreshed and ready to move onward into the new year. That’s certainly the situation for us here at the Lyman Allyn! As you know from recent notes on these pages, we have renewed and revitalized Your Museum quite substantially and are eager to share it with you.
You only have a few more days to see Adrien Broom’s magical photographic exhibition, A Colorful Dream, before it closes this Sunday (January 8th). Joe Standart’s amazing New London Project 10th Anniversary Portraits installation is also soon to close (January 22nd), so you should definitely plan a visit very soon to experience these fascinating shows. We are very proud to have hosted these and other recent exhibitions focused on artists in our region, such as Brian Keith Stephens, Michael Des Rosiers, Michael Peery, Chris Capozziello, and those participating in the Artist WithIN show.
Peter Daitch’s exhibition, Landscapes, Abstracts and Urban Scenes, which opens January 21st will be another astonishing eye-opener in our Near :: New contemporary series. Showing an array of possibilities for making brilliant art with a camera, this exhibition of large and lusciously printed images, accompanied by a full-color gallery guide, invites us to view the familiar world with new appreciation. Be sure to make a note on your calendar and join us at the opening on Saturday, January 21st.
Almost as if counterpoint to these contemporary, Connecticut-centric shows, the Lyman Allyn will be featured in this year’s Master Drawings New York, an annual international art world event. From January 20th to 28th a carefully selected group of about a dozen drawings from our collection will be proudly exhibited at the magnificent Academy Mansion in Manhattan. The Lyman Allyn’s show, curated by Tanya Pohrt, will be the only museum exhibition on view, complementing twenty-four commercial shows up and down the Upper East Side. We are very pleased to have been invited to share these works which, because of their delicate and light sensitive nature – not to mention the generally American focus of our exhibitions here at the Museum – have not been publicly displayed in recent years. After their grand showing in New York we will soon display this same grouping here for the pleasure and study of our members and visitors.
There are many other shows and events to attend here at Your Museum, as you will see from the rest of this Newsletter. Please plan your visit soon.
I hope to see you!