“A Century of Creativity: Connecticut Art from the New Haven Paint & Clay Club” celebrates the history and continuing legacy of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, one of the oldest active art clubs in New England, established in 1900. This exhibition of paintings, prints, and drawings explores our surroundings — the land, water, people, and places that help shape this region. The exhibition will be on view through May 10, 2020.
From the museum:
As its name indicates, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club’s identity is geographically based. As such, it seems fitting to consider place and regional identity as the organizing theme for this retrospective exhibition. The history and impact of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club extends beyond New Haven, drawing members and exhibitors from across Connecticut, as well as from New York and New England. In the first half of the 20th century, numerous artists connected to the New Haven Paint & Clay Club were also affiliated with the art colonies at Cos Cob, Old Lyme, and Mystic.
Showcasing landscapes of Connecticut and beyond, “A Century of Creativity” includes traditional views of the region’s beautiful coastline, woods, and fields, as well as its cities, towns, roads, boats, and industry. The exhibition also contains art reflecting artists’ travel to distant places and art that explores space and place in different ways, rendering abstract landscapes and imaginative places.
All objects are from artists affiliated with the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. Many pieces come from the Club’s permanent collection, acquired from Club exhibitions dating back to 1931. Works of art from the Lyman Allyn’s collection and several from the New Haven Museum help augment the story, adding material by artists from the Club’s early years.
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