Storrs, CT — The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut has announced two new exhibitions: Framing Photography: New Additions to the Benton Collection in Context and Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora, opening October 22 and remaining on view through December 15, 2013.
The public is invited to a reception on Sunday, October 27, 3–5 pm.
Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora
Guest curator Kathryn Myers, UConn Professor of Art, brings together fifteen contemporary artists who, through diverse creative approaches, explore issues of identity and the continued power of place in our global world. The artists represented are Ravi Agarwal, Sanarth Banerjee, Siona Benjamin, Neil Chowdhury, Sunil Gupta, Hanuman R. Kambli, Bari Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Sachin Naik, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Madhvi Parekh, Sujith SN, Anupam Sud, Avinash Veeraraghavan, and Waswo X. Waswo.
Kathryn Myers, Professor of Painting at the University of Connecticut, curated this exhibition with support from the University of Connecticut Research Foundation, Office of the Arts in the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Fulbright-Nehru Foundation.
Framing Photography: New Additions to the Benton Collection in Context
Combining artworks in a variety of media with a recent gift of 44 photographs from Ann and Samuel Charters, this exhibition places the achievements of such noted American photographers as Timothy O'Sullivan, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Reenie Barrow, and Elaine O’Neil within the broader context of twentieth-century American art, politics, and culture. The gift to the Benton from the Samuel and Ann Charters Collection of Classic American Photographs spans more than 100 years.
October 29, Laurel Hall, Room 102, 7 pm*
Film Screening of The Namesake
Hosted in partnership with the UConn Alumni Association
Oct 31, 12:15 pm
Campus Art Walk: Explore examples of public art on campus with a museum docent.
Nov 6, 12:15 pm
Gallery Talk: “Creating Convergence” with Kathryn Myers, Guest Curator and Professor of Art, UConn
Nov 8, 5–7 pm
The Salon at The Benton: Art and Conversation — "Creativity and Civility"
English professor Veronica Makowsky will moderate a panel discussion on the creative power of art and the path to civility. Artwork from the Benton collection will serve as jumping-off points for conversation with Susan Herbst, President, University of Connecticut; Lewis Gordon, Professor, Philosophy and Institute for African American Studies; and Bandana Purkayastha, Professor, Sociology and Asian American Studies.
Nov 12, 2:15 pm
Spotlight Talk: "Perspectival Prints and Photojournalism before the Camera" with Carla Galfano, Assistant Curator
November 14, 3:30 pm, Oak Hall, Room 101*
The Radha Devi Joshi Lecture: “The Urban Transformation of India” with Miloon Kothari, Visiting Scholar, MIT. A reception will follow at The Benton.
This program is sponsored by the Indian Studies Program, UConn.
Nov 19, 5 pm, Konover Auditorium*
“Convergence: A Discussion of Diasporic Indian Art and Literature” with UConn faculty and special guests: Susan Bean, Curator Emeritus, The Peabody Essex Museum; Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, University of Rhode Island; Sunanda Sanyal, Lesley University; and Geetanjali Chanda, Yale University. Professor Kathryn Myers will conduct a gallery tour of Convergence at 4 pm at the Benton.
Program support is provided by the UConn Alumni Association; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Asian American Cultural Center; Asian American Studies Institute; Office of Global Affairs; Institute for African American Studies; El Instituto; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; India Studies; the Departments of Art and Art History in the School of Fine Arts.
Nov 26, 2:15 pm
Spotlight Talk: “Alfred Stieglitz, Camera Work, and American Photography” withAlly Walton, Assistant Curator
* Asterisks denote campus locations other than the Benton.
Dates and times are subject to change. Check www.benton.uconn.edu
THE WILLIAM BENTON MUSEUM OF ART
School of Fine Arts
University of Connecticut
245 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3140
Storrs, CT 06269-3140
(860) 486-4520 / www.benton.uconn.edu
ADMISSION is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Tues – Fri 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sat – Sun 1 – 4:30 pm
The Store and The Beanery: Tues – Fri 8:30 am – 4 pm, Sat – Sun 1 – 4 pm
The Museum will be closed Nov 28 – Dec 2 and Dec 16 – Jan 20, 2014.
The museum closely follows the University calendar for holiday and weather-related closings.
For updates, check www.benton.uconn.edu
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ABOUT THE BENTON
The William Benton Museum of Art is the State art museum, located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs.
The Benton traces its beginnings to Charles Lewis Beach, College President from 1908–1928, who bequeathed his impressive holdings of American art to the University. It opened officially as UConn’s art museum in 1967 and was named in honor of the prominent Connecticut Senator and University trustee.
Today, the Museum collection is comprised of more than 6,000 objects, with strengths in works on paper and twentieth-century American modernism. Among the highlights are works by Albrecht Dürer, Angelica Kauffman, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Benjamin West, Georges Braque, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri and the Ashcan School, Maurice Prendergast, and significant holdings by Käthe Kollwitz and Reginald Marsh.
The museum presents lectures, gallery talks, forum discussions, campus art walks, family events, and musical performances. For details, visit www.benton.uconn.edu or www.facebook.com/benton.museum.
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