The Will to Change: Gathering as Praxis

June 18 – August 12, 2022 The sixth annual exhibition of Nasty Women Connecticut, The Will to Change, Gathering as Praxis, hosted at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s Near::New series, is dedicated to the life and work of writer and social activist bell hooks (1952–2021). Nasty Women Connecticut looks to hooks’ writing to make sense […]

RE/Building Community

Annual Exhibit of Nathan Hale Arts Elementary School Student Work April 23 – May 22, 2022 Since 2013, the Lyman Allyn has partnered with Nathan Hale to present student artwork produced over the past academic year. For this year, it was decided to present one large installation piece instead of individual works of art. This […]

Picturing Mystic: Views of the Connecticut Shoreline, 1890-1950

May 21 – September 4, 2022 The historic waterfronts and picturesque landscapes of Mystic, Connecticut have long made it a destination for artists and visitors. Painter Charles H. Davis settled in Mystic in 1891 and was soon followed by other artists, forming a Mystic art colony in the early 20th century. This exhibition focuses on […]

Locations: Recent Work by Marian Bingham

February 5 – April 10, 2022 Hills of St. Felix, 2015, oil on canvas, diptych, 24 x 48 inches each. Artist Marian (“Bing”) Bingham explores place, temporality, memory, and meaning in her work. Shifting between materials and techniques, Bing’s practice concerns formal artistic exploration grounded in observation, narrative, and allegory. Drawn to the natural world, […]

Unbeatable Women: Power and Innovation in the Work of Women Photographers

February 26 – June 19, 2022 Extended through June 26 Examining women’s rich contributions to modern and contemporary photography, this exhibition presents compelling photographs that address female innovation, power, and identity. Curated in partnership with Connecticut College students, the exhibition showcases the Lyman Allyn’s growing photography collection, augmented by select loans. The title “Unbeatable Women” […]

Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions

January 29 – April 24, 2022 An innovative artist and designer, Norman Ives (American, 1923-1978) pioneered the use of type and letterforms as primary subjects for his designs. A student of Josef Albers, Ives taught at the Yale University School of Art from 1952 until his death in 1978, finding success in a multi-faceted career […]

Rattan River Installation

Installed Fall 2021 Michael Harvey’s Rattan River was first installed in Oxford, England, as part of the Land Art movement of the late 1960s. Artists embraced nature as the site and material of their art, advocating for a more responsible stewardship of the natural world. As recreated on the grounds of the Museum, this flowing river […]

Ken Friedman: 92 Events

November 13, 2021 – January 16, 2022 92 Events presents works spanning six decades by New London-born American-Swedish artist Ken Friedman. Friedman produces conceptual, action-oriented, language-based works that challenge the idea of an artwork as a unique object. Throughout the exhibition, instructional texts navigate a fine line between sculptural proposition, absurdist action, and concrete poetry. […]

The Way Sisters: Miniaturists of the Early Republic

October 30, 2021 – January 23, 2022 Telling a story of struggle, innovation, and accomplishment, The Way Sisters explores the art of portrait miniatures and the role of portraiture in the years following the American Revolution, focusing on two remarkable, understudied women artists and their sitters. Mary Way (1769–1833) and Elizabeth (Betsey) Way Champlain (1771–1825), pioneering sisters […]

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

October 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022 Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have not only been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways, but also in film, top forty hits, and in painting. With the emergence of photorealism in the 1960’s motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in […]

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