Medieval to Monet: French Paintings in the Wadsworth Atheneum
October 19, 2012 – January 27, 2013
Medieval to Modern: French Drawings and Pastels
September 29, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Ahmed Alsoudani / MATRIX 165
September 6, 2012 – January 6, 2013
James Nares STREET
June 2 – November 15, 2012
The Museum Collects
June 30 – September 9, 2012
Jan Tichy / MATRIX 164
April 5 – August 5, 2012
Andrew Wyeth: Looking Beyond
March 24 – July 22, 2012
James Welling: “Wyeth”
March 24 – July 22, 2012
Profoundly affected by the work of Andrew Wyeth as a budding artist, Los Angeles-based contemporary art photographer and Hartford-area native James Welling reconnected to the influence of Wyeth in his work. In a series of photographs, Welling explored some of the subjects of Wyeth’s paintings made in Cushing, Maine and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. A companion exhibition to Andrew Wyeth: Looking Beyond, James Welling: “Wyeth” included photographs that corresponded to Wyeth’s most iconic paintings as well as the works in the concurrent Wyeth exhibition. Learn more about James Welling here or download the brochure for James Welling: “Wyeth” here.
Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, May 5-27, 2012
The 39th annual Hartford Youth Art Renaissance celebrated the artistic excellence of Hartford youth in an exhibition that featured more than 80 works of art created by Hartford Public School students in seventh through twelfth grade. Artworks from children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade were displayed at the Hartford Public Library. An online gallery of HYAR 2012 artwork can be viewed here.
Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered, November 16, 2011 – May 6, 2012
Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered was presented to honor the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. The exhibition captured intimate reactions by the American public to pivotal political and military events. Costumed vignettes, paintings, sculpture, Colt firearms and decorative arts from the collection narrated stories of the anti-slavery movement, war-time volunteerism, mourning and reconciliation.
Claire Beckett / MATRIX 163, November 3, 2011 – March 4, 2012
Claire Beckett’s large-scale, color photographic series “Simulating Iraq” investigates the American military training sites where soldiers participate in role-playing exercises in preparation for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In makeshift simulations of Middle Eastern villages, military personnel and hired civilians assume the various “parts”—from Iraqi villagers and medical workers to Taliban fighters—dressed in approximations of traditional clothing, including head scarves, tunics, and robes. Although the military activities are intended to familiarize troops with a foreign culture and unknown terrain, Beckett’s “documentary” photographs present the viewer with a fascinating and false alternate reality―through a straightforward but problematic account of cultural simulation charged with genuine humanity.
The year 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. MATRIX 163 offers a contemporary counterpoint to the concurrent Civil War-focused Colts & Quilts exhibition. Learn more about Claire Beckett’s work on her website or from the MATRIX 163 artist sheet.
Three Histories: The Wadsworth According to MATRIX, December 24, 2011- March 4, 2012
The three video works featured in this exhibition address the Wadsworth Atheneum’s history from distinct points of view. The videos were commissioned from artists Andrea Fraser, Christian Jankowski, and Catherine Sullivan for their MATRIX projects, a series of changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Learn more about each individual MATRIX project featured in Three Histories here.
Since its first exhibition in January 1975, MATRIX has shown more than one thousand works of art by more than 160 artists. From its inception, MATRIX has been a forum for art that is challenging, current and sometimes controversial.
Patti Smith: Camera Solo, October 21, 2011 – February 19, 2012
The pioneering artist, musician, and poet, Patti Smith has made her mark on the American cultural landscape throughout her 40-year career, from her earliest explorations of artistic expression with friend and vanguard photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1960s and 70s to her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s. Patti Smith: Camera Solo was the first exhibition of her photography in the United States. The exhibition included seventy photographs, one multi-media installation and one video work.
Learn more about this exhibition and view an image gallery on the exhibition microsite. Listen to Patti Smith discuss selected works in our online audio tour. Support for the exhibition was provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., The Calvin Klein Family Foundation, Mark Bertolini, Liam & Lori McGee and The Larsen Photography Fund.
Shaun Gladwell / MATRIX 162, June 2 – September 18, 2011
Physically challenging feats in skateboarding, surfing, and car stunts were the focus of MATRIX 162 artist Shaun Gladwell’s mesmerizing videos. From the streets of Yokohama to the waters off Sydney’s Bondi Beach, the artist’s riveting performance works merge elements of art history, popular culture, extreme sports, and his native Australia. Learn more about Shaun Gladwell in the MATRIX 162 artist sheet or in our video interview with Gladwell.
Monet’s Water Lilies: An Artist’s Obsession, February 17 – June 12, 2011
Monet’s Water Lilies featured paintings lent by public and private collections from around America and provided a meaningful overview of Monet’s development during these final productive years and revealed the range of approaches he adopted. In addition to the paintings, the exhibition and accompanying publication featured a selection of period photographs of Monet and his water lily garden as well as photographs of the gardens as they look today.