Past Exhibitions
Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic

November 15, 2009 – February 15, 2010

Walter Wick’s photographs and models escape the book to assume a larger than life presence that magically draws both children and adults into a world of make believe. The exhibition, organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art, includes enlarged photographs and models used for Walter Wick’s popular I Spy and Can You See What I See? children’s books.

O Frabjous Mirrors! © Walter Wick 1984
from Games Magazine
Moving Frontiers: Early Transportation in the Mohawk Valley

August 20, 2009 – November 4, 2009

This exhibition of images, objects and revealing quotes provides a glimpse back to a time when people and supplies traveled only by river, road, canal and train. Photographs, paintings, trade signs, a boat model and a sleigh manufactured in the 19th century will be on display next to the words of European visitors who traveled through the Mohawk Valley in the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition was developed in conjunction with the symposium Moving Frontiers: Early Transportation in the Mohawk Valley (October 17-18, 2009).

Exhibition funded, in part, by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Maitland Armstrong (1836 - 1918)
Grocery Store on the Erie Canal, c. 1881
Arkell Museum Collection
Then & Now: Contemporary Artists Revisit the Past

May 15, 2009 – August 5, 2009

The exhibition juxtaposes the work of contemporary artists with 19th and early 20th century painters that may have influenced, inspired or led them in an opposite direction. Contemporary artists in this exhibition include April Gornik, Stephen Hannock, Stanley Lewis, Jane Lund, Dennis Pinette and Devorah Sperber. The 19th century paintings in Then & Now were created by notable artists such as George Inness, Ralph Blakelock and Thomas Eakins. Museum visitors will have the unique opportunity to compare the subjects, themes, materials, and painting techniques found in works by American artists of today to earlier masters of landscape and portrait painting.

Exhibition funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

Stephen Hannock
The Oxbow, After Church, After Cole, Flooded, 1979-1994


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