Old Saybrook glass artist Mundy Hepburn creates fanciful large-scale blown glass sculptures that he fills with gas mixtures including xenon, argon, neon, and krypton. He then activates the sculptures with high frequency static electricity. The resulting light sculptures seem to come “alive” with changing colors. And yes, for those who are wondering about his famous last name, Mundy Hepburn is the nephew of the late Katharine Hepburn.
This thought-provoking exhibition of Caribbean and Latin American art, so rarely on view, is co-curated by art historian Gustavo Valdes and features paintings, photographs, sculpture, and drawings from Ortiz’s private collection. Artists represented include both emerging artists and internationally-known masters from the Caribbean islands, Central America, and South America. The works on view are part of a collection that spans over three decades. Benjamin Ortiz acquired his first work of art at the age of twelve at a Connecticut consignment shop. The little oil painting he felt so passionate about turned out to be a wonderful example of the work of one of Puerto Rico’s most illustrious landscape artists, Don Miguel Pou (1880-1968). This 75 cent-purchase marked the beginning of Ortiz’s ever-growing involvement with the arts. This exhibition and related programming is sponsored in part by Centro de la Comunidad.
Portrait of the Artist
This exhibition features works by significant women artists who demonstrate an interest in pushing the limits of their medium, whether it is photography, drawing, or painting, as well as those who challenge traditional expectations of women’s subject matter. The show features works from the Big Daddy series by May Stevens, Nancy Graves’ lunar map prints, works by Barbara Kruger, Miriam Schapiro, Nancy Spero, Mary Frank, Sally Mann, Louise Nevelson, and Irene Rice Pereira. In addition there will be an installation of new work by contemporary lens-based artist Ellen Carey. Carey’s work explores the photographic process using large-format Polaroid cameras. Her large-scale images are abstract—they do not record images seen through a camera lens—but rather the chemical process of photography.
- September 28, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.; Artist’s Talk by Ellen Carey
- October 26, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.; Lecture by Sherry Buckberrough
- November 2, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.; Lecture by Ann Hoy
- December 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.; Lecture by Susan Fillin-Yeh.
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