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625 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320
860.443.2545, ext. 129
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Exhibitions

James B Murphy Abstracts

Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times


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James B Murphy Abstracts
January 25 – March 24, 2019

This exhibition presents the pathway James B Murphy took from the representational to more suggestive but still identifiable images and then beyond the suggestive to the pure abstract.

“What interests me is the virtue of an image. Why do I find one image exciting and a similar one dull? While the answer may relate to composition, color, rhythm, incompleteness, suggestion, and other variables, I believe the source of an abstract painting’s strength must be uncertain.”

Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies
December 1, 2018 - March 24, 2019

Emil Carlsen (1848-1932) is counted among an important group of American painters who flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Carlsen’s lush and painterly approach took French Impressionism and later Tonalists’ work a step further in the direction of serenity and quiet sensory beauty. His work reflects the American tendency to appreciate concrete form and clear meaning in subject matter. Carlsen, a master colorist, possessed a sophisticated sense of design and an ability to find subtle beauty in the everyday subject.

The exhibition Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies will open with an evening reception at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum on November 30, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The exhibition was organized by the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana, and has also traveled to the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia. Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies will be on view at the Lyman Allyn from December 1, 2018 through March 24, 2019.

As a young man, Carlsen emigrated from Denmark, and he brought European academic training to his new life in the U.S. He taught for decades in Chicago and on both coasts, and he experienced the common plight of artists who struggled to sell their work in an American market that valued European work more highly than homegrown. Carlsen’s livelihood depended much on teaching, with benefits to American art history that he may never have set out to attain. This exhibition will emphasize the critical importance of artists such as Carlsen, who influenced generations of artists not only through their own work, but through their effective teaching philosophies and methods.

Carlsen is known within the history of American art for his masterful still-life paintings, but this exhibition will be the first since the 1970s to focus on Carlsen’s equally compelling landscapes and seascapes. The exhibition’s curator Robyn G. Peterson notes, “All of these exquisite works reveal a technical facility and assured composition that deeply impress the viewer. Carlsen is remembered for his still-lifes, yet the landscapes and seascapes—a majority of them executed during the prime of his artistic life— are a true joy to experience.”

Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies is accompanied by a catalog with essays by noted art historian William Gerdts and Emil Carlsen specialist William Indursky, as well as an introduction by former Yellowstone Art Museum Executive Director Robyn G. Peterson. The exhibition includes 40 paintings and works on paper from 21 museums private collectors in the U.S. and Canada. Both exhibition and catalog have been supported in part by grants from the BNSF Railway Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas; the scan | design foundation, Seattle, Washington; the American-Scandinavian Foundation, New York; and numerous private sponsors.

The opening reception will be on Friday, November 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Museum members are free and non-members are $10. Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext.2129.

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
November 2, 2018 through February 24, 2019.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to present an exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory. American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times features iconic photographs as well as rarely seen images, covering

Kennedy’s first run for Congress, his 1953 marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier, the process of running for President in 1960, life in the White House and the major political issues of his Presidency, to his 1963 assassination in Dallas. The exhibition will be on view from November 2, 2018 through February 24, 2019.

John F. Kennedy’s presidency marked a pivotal period in American history.

Kennedy rose to political prominence following World War II as Americans were enjoying the first fruits of a consumer culture. Manufacturing muscle, fueled by the war, was turned to making cars and appliances, while battle-weary correspondents and photographers offered their talents to Madison Avenue and mass media publishing empires. Magazines brimming with glossy photographs flew off of newsstands, while televisions beamed news and images directly into American homes.

This exhibition, one of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, depicts a golden age of photojournalism in America---and no single politician was photographed more than JFK. Photographers and news-reel cameramen used images of Kennedy and his young family to convey a vision of a new America---a sophisticated world power engaged in building a bright future for its citizens. Kennedy, in turn, understood the power of pictures to convey his message to voters and was a willing partner in crafting his public persona to help build support for the space program, the Peace Corps, legislation on Civil Rights and immigration, equal pay for women, federal health insurance for the elderly—initiatives that would ensure a more diverse and egalitarian America.

The dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life is evident in these photographs that capture public and private moments from his life. Documentary photographers such as Ed Clark, Lisl Steiner, Ralph Crane, Philippe Halsman, Ted Spiegel, Jacques Lowe, Lawrence Schiller, Steve Schapiro, and Sam Vestal captured the optimism and challenges of the early 1960s in some of the finest and most vivid images of the period.

Highlights of American Visionary include images from Kennedy’s private life—such as a 1953 photo booth snapshot of the Kennedy newlyweds, possibly taken on their honeymoon, and a 1960 photograph by Jacques Lowe of Kennedy boarding the Caroline, his private plane named for his daughter. Images of Kennedy the politician include a 1957 portrait when he served as a Massachusetts senator by Philippe Halsman; and a 1962 photograph of Kennedy giving a televised announcement confirming the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Also featured are unforgettable images such as Jacques Lowe’s 1961 photograph of Kennedy standing hunched over his desk in the Oval Office, in an effort to alleviate the pain from his problem back, and a haunting photograph of the shattered First Lady departing the White House on the day of Kennedy’s state funeral in 1963, captured by I.C. Rapoport as a brief glimpse through the crowd.

“John F. Kennedy is still seen as a symbol around the world, representing and espousing the best and most universal elements of the American character,” said Stephen Kennedy Smith, Kennedy’s nephew and co-editor of JFK: A Vision for America. “It is our hope that the compelling images of President Kennedy’s life and work on view in this exhibition will remind visitors not only of the values that defined his presidency, but also will introduce him to new audiences and future leaders.”

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