September 29, 2017
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Associate
860.443.2545 x2112 / [email protected]

What’s New? Modern and Contemporary Art at the Lyman Allyn

New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to announce the opening of What’s New? Modern and Contemporary Art at the Lyman Allyn. Focusing on paintings, sculptures, prints drawings and photographs, this exhibition highlights key recent acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will be on view October 7, 2017 through April 1, 2018.

Eclectic and varied, the 30 works of art on view will offer a cross-section of some of the subjects, styles and concerns of artists working from the second half of the 20th century to the present. Established and renowned artists are represented in the exhibition, including Romare Bearden, Nan Goldin, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bruce Nauman, as well as emerging, lesser-known artists who reflect the energy and diversity of the contemporary market. Together, these objects offer a lens for considering issues of identity, race, gender, and politics, as well as exploring formal matters of line, color, process, and material.

Most of these recent acquisitions were gifts to the Museum from generous donors and supporters. These gifts greatly expanded the Lyman Allyn’s holdings in modern and contemporary art, adding 201 works to the Museum’s collection since late 2015 and early 2016. “We are grateful to the individuals who have contributed their art, shifting it from a domestic setting to a public one, thereby allowing these objects to be seen and appreciated anew by a broad range of visitors,” said Sam Quigley, Director of the Lyman Allyn.

This exhibition affirms the Museum’s commitment to modern and contemporary art and follows on the heels of the late 2016 reinstallation of American art in the Palmer Galleries, which expanded the permanent collection display to include the second half of the 20th century.

The opening reception will be on Friday, October 6th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Museum members are free and non-members are $10.  Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext. 2129.

Check the museum website at and the Museum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page for updates and additional programming.

Tours of the exhibition are available for groups. To schedule tours, call Director of Education, Caitlin Healy at 860.443.2545 ext. 2110 or e-mail [email protected].

For more information or to request images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545, ext. 2112 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 17,000 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. 2129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at:

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