The Gaze Returned: Portrait Studio

June 26, 2015 – January 10, 2016

1988.2 Rodvogin
Harris Rodvogin, Self Portrait, Thinking of Van Gogh, 1980, oil on panel. Gift of the artist, 1988.2.

A follow up exhibition to our very popular 2014 show Still Life Studio, The Gaze Returned seeks once again to engage visitors by encouraging them to see with an artist’s eye. Featuring more than two dozen portraits from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibit also invites visitors to try their hand at drawing, sketching either a companion’s portrait or a self-portrait with the aid of a mirror. Works in the exhibit will range from 16th century Italian and Flemish paintings to modern American photographic portraits and will include paintings by 18th and 19th century southeastern Connecticut portraitists Mary Way and Isaac Sheffield.

The Artist’s Journey

The Artist’s Journey, organized by the Griffis Art Center, is a three part international art exhibition. In celebrating 25 years of hosting international artists in New London, the Griffis Art Center invites you to share in the intimate world of these artists who worked, taught, lived and socialized in the New London community during their nine month residencies. The Artist’s Journey will be on view through September 27, 2015 in the Lyman Allyn’s Glassenberg Gallery.

Tenzin Wangchuk
Tenzin Wangchuk – Tibet – Dharamsala India – Inner Circle of Compassion Buddha

Concerning the Diamond Sutra
June 16 – July 19, 2015
The first exhibition in the series is inspired by a painting by Adão Odacyr Pinheiro from the Federative Republic of Brazil. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media pieces by artists from the Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, Islamic Republic of Iran, State of Eritrea, Ukraine, North and South Vietnam, Australia, Canada, United States of America, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Senegal, State of Israel, India, Federative Republic of Brazil and the People’s Republic of China.

Rafikkovich Madkhiddin - Sharon's Garden
Rafikkovich Madkhiddin – Sharon’s Garden

This is a Garden of Arts
July 22 – August 23, 2015
The second exhibition in the series is inspired by a gift of calligraphy by Zhang Zhibang, in the Winter of 1992, “Year of the Monkey” while visiting his son Christopher Z.Y. Zhang who is from Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. Artworks selected for this exhibition represent a diversity of artists that painted and worked in New London and the surrounding areas – many in a realistic or impressionistic style of painting.

ZHANG Christopher Zhong Yuan - The Widow (72)
ZHANG Christopher Zhong Yuan – The Widow

Life is Life and Blue is Blue 
August 26 – September 27, 2015
The third exhibition in the series is inspired by the title of a painting by Mathias Marrum who was born in the Federal Republic of Germany (former West Germany) but arrived to the Griffis Art Center from Mojacar, Almeria, and Kingdom of Spain. Color and emotion were the foremost influences in the selection of artwork for this exhibition: with a choice of work by artists from over forty-five countries with almost as many different artistic styles and beliefs.

Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill Since 1964

June 26, 2015- January 3, 2016

Edith 2014
Launchpad of the American Theater. CREDIT A.V. SCARANO

Since its founding, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has shaped the course of American and world theater, launching the careers of some of the most talented artists and most recognizable plays and musicals. The exhibition celebrates five decades of the O’Neill, charting its journey from past to present to future with drawings, interviews, videos, photographs, original scripts, and sound.

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