Modernization at Your Museum continues apace and the results are already very promising! WiFi, is now freely available throughout the building, and with it, the Lyman Allyn is poised to enhance our visitors’ experiences in new and exciting ways. Thanks to the cutting-edge 21st century digital infrastructure, courtesy of Atlantic Broadband, and a mobile app developed for the American Perspectives installation in the Palmer Galleries, we can all look forward to rich interactive encounters with our exhibitions and public programs. The Lyman Allyn is no longer an island out in the digital sea!
Somewhat less apparent, but of great importance, work has also begun to modernize the climate control machinery that maintains a stable, museum-quality environment for the care and preservation of the art collection. When completed by the end of this calendar year, we will have switched over to natural gas, replaced the boilers, chillers and air handlers, and installed energy-efficient LED lighting in the Palmer Galleries. The good news is that most of this will be happening in non-public spaces and there will be no significant disruption of our exhibitions or other schedules.
We will all have to be patient a few weeks longer before we can view the new installation of highlights of the permanent collection, our American Perspectivesexhibition. This modernization of our core permanent installation – the first since about 1996 – will be well worth waiting for, however. Including old favorites and newly discovered treasures, the narrative of American Art, seen through a local lens where possible, will be presented thematically with a fresh voice and multiple layers of interpretive materials. In addition to the gallery text panels, visitors young and old can learn from individual object chat labels, a printed gallery guide in English as well as Spanish, and for those so inclined, a mobile app with many opportunities for a deep dive into a number of topics.
Beyond these innovative initiatives, we have a full house of great shows now on view, including Joe Standart’s New London Project 10th Anniversary Portraits, Chris Cappoziello’s The Distance Between Us, and a new show, co-curated with a Connecticut College seminar class featuring contemporary American works on paper, entitled Reading the Image.
There’s a lot going on at Your Museum, so I hope to see you here in the coming weeks!