January 5, 2016
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Associate
860.443.2545 x112 / [email protected]


New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to announce the continuation of its lifelong learning program, Art History For All… This Winter/Spring course, beginning February 4th, is entitled, “The Advent of Modernism in Connecticut.”

Barbara Zabel, professor emeritus of Art History at Connecticut College and curatorial consultant at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, will lead this 10-week class at the Lyman Allyn. “The Advent of Modernism in Connecticut” will offer a stimulating perspective on European modernism from Fauvism through Surrealism (approx.1905 to 1940). Professor Zabel will focus on artists based in Europe, including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Ernst Barlach, and Salvador Dali, as well as artists like Marcel Duchamp, who came to America to “sound out the future,” and others, such as André Masson, who fled Fascism and World War II.

Central to the course will be an exploration of how European modernists stimulated modern art in the USA through their very presence, and through the corollary collecting interests of museum directors and collectors here in Connecticut. These include A. Everett ‘Chick’ Austin, director at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Katherine Dreier of the Société Anonyme (whose collection is now at Yale), and Winslow Ames, the first director of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The course will include a field trip to the extraordinary collection of modern art at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford.

Weekly classes will be held in the auditorium of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Advanced reservations are required. Please contact the Education Department at 860.443.2545 x110 or email [email protected].

Class Information Classes: Ten Thursdays: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7 (10:00am – 12:00 noon)
Fee: $200 members / $250 non- members

For more information or images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545 x112 or at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 11 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 16,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at:

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