American Perspectives is Lyman Allyn’s newly reinstalled permanent collection of American Art. With paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century, the renovated galleries offer a fresh approach to new and familiar treasures. American Perspectives presents American art through an often regional lens, using chronology and thematic groupings to celebrate the strengths of the collection, which include 18th century furniture, New London’s maritime and whaling history, Hudson River School paintings, and Connecticut Impressionism, along with modern and contemporary art.
American Perspectives features never-before-seen objects, new research insights, and dynamic and accessible interpretation. Thematic groupings emphasize the social and historical contexts in which objects were created, in addition to celebrating their aesthetic beauty. Amaze Design of Boston has redesigned the gallery layout, altering walls to better fit groupings within the installation. The space features state-of-the-art LED lighting, new wall colors, a resurfaced floor, custom cases and platforms, and a cohesive system of graphic panels and labels enhanced by an interactive phone app.