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American Masterpieces Tour
Sundays, 1-2 p.m.

Free with Museum Admission
This one-hour tour surveys three centuries of NBMAA’s masterpieces and provides a lively overview of the permanent collection from the Colonial period through today. Selections from special exhibitions may be included on the tour.


Take 20@12
Tuesdays, noon-12:20 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission

Join a NBMAA docent for a 20-minute smart experience and discover something new about works in the permanent collections and special exhibitions.


Wednesdays@1 | Art & Literature | Day of Learning | NBMAA Exclusives


WED@1

July 9
Lecture with Glass Artist Josh Simpson

Josh Simpson is more than just an ordinary glass artist. He is the man behind the world’s largest glass paperweight, which he warmly refers to as Megaplanet. Displayed at the Corning Museum in New York, Simpson’s Megaplanet is a 100-pound orb of glass with blue, green, and aqua swirls that are then speckled with shimmery dots of fiery red and orange. At this educational lecture, Simpson will not only discuss his experiences and career as a glass artist, but will also explain the creation of his Megaplanet, from the challenges it posed to the triumphs it rewarded him. Looking at his work it is inarguable to say that Simpson has redefined the limits of glass art.

July 11
The Studio Glass Movement: Past, Present, and Future with Laurence Sibrack

Laurence Sibrack, Member of the Board of Directors for the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, will present a two-part lecture on Friday, July 11 at 1 p.m. focusing on the masters and movers of The Studio Glass Movement. Sibrack will take you into the world of mid-career and emerging glass artists and provide an overview of the glassmaking process as a conceptual and narrative approach to sculpture. This will provide perspective into the broader categories of sculpture that glass fits into such as minimalism, geometric abstraction, figurative, and color field abstraction.

The lecture will be followed by an in-depth tour of the exhibition Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations. Sibrack will emphasize how many of the artists in the exhibition have made a profound impact on The Studio Glass Movement. He will also explain the unique technical and conceptual approaches the artists made when creating these works.

Laurence Sibrack, along with his wife Rita, has collected contemporary glass for the last 20 years. He has been involved with a variety of museums including Artis-Naples, the Baker Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design. He has traveled extensively with glass collectors and galleries often making studio visits. He has met many of the artists represented in this exhibition.

July 16
Color, Light, Technology and Glass Art come together in a conversation with Sidney Hutter

Sidney Hutter, glass sculptor, owner and president of Sidney Hutter Glass and Light Inc, in Newton, MA will share insights into his career, spanning 35 years, of making glass art. Hutter’s glass sculptures are exhibited in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Renwick Gallery at The National Museum of Art (Smithsonian Institution), Washington D.C.; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA; and many other prestigious museums, as well as interior design project collaborations internationally.

Hutter’s talk will show the evolution of his sculptural work from his beginnings as a glassblower to his current work using plate glass, ultraviolet adhesives and special effect pigments. He is recognized as an early pioneer of cold glass working and laminating in the studio glass movement because of his unique ability to bring art, technology and craft together to form beautifully designed pieces of fine art. His entertaining talk will cover his many and varied constructions of non functional glass vases, his use of color pigments as well as stories of the history of the studio glass movement.

July 30
Lecture with Cary Smith guest curator of
This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion
Upon stepping into the stark white gallery space that houses Cary Smith’s colorful and diverse exhibit, This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion, spectators are immediately bombarded with a wave of juicy colors. A collection of paintings and drawings by over 30 contemporary artists, the salon-style exhibit displays works that all seek to abstract reality and, as exhibit curator, Cary Smith argues, recalls the globally-connected world we encounter in our everyday routines. Journey into Smith’s world as he explains the inspiration behind his unique exhibit and the ways in which he believes it mirrors today’s global community and climate.

Aug. 6
Lightpaintings presented by artist Stephen Knapp

Join Artist Stephen Knapp as he delivers a lecture on his work. Knapp will reveal the history and development of his lightpaintings, how he installs in collectors’ homes, and the process of installing in large public places. Knapp’s lightpainting Done for the Night, 2008 is on view in Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations.

Sept. 17
Gallery Talk with NEW/NOW artist Bob Gregson

A conceptual artist from New Jersey, Bob Gregson is known for his unconventional yet thoughtful and intellectual work. Whether it is an environment, a celebration, a large-scale urban event, a media piece, or a simple drawing, his work always tests the definition of art. Though his work may seem playful at first glance, it always includes thoughtful paradoxes, contradictions, and incongruities. In his exhibit titled Space to Maneuver, Gregson provokes his spectators to think in a way they have never thought before and to examine their surroundings with a fresh eye. A unique and bold artist on practically every level, Gregson defies tradition and custom in every way possible, as is evident in his Gallery Talk and Exhibit!

Sept. 24
Albert Bierstadt’s Seal Rock and the Farallon Islands presented by docent Elizabeth Wells

Join docent Elizabeth Wells as she provides a visual analysis of Albert Bierstadt’s, Seal Rock and the Farallon Islands, which dates back to 1872. One of America’s most prolific and admired landscape painters during the 19th-Century, Bierstadt dedicated his career to painting mostly large-scaled and dramatic panoramic views of the American West. His paintings were usually praised for their precise detail and photographic realism, and Seal Rock is no exception. With the treacherous waves and the gentle sea lions perched atop a rock, his painting captures more than simply a natural seascape but conveys the ways in which nature and creatures can live harmoniously side-by-side.


ART & LITERATURE

The Paris Wife written by Paula McLain
Wednesday, Aug. 13
1 p.m.
Discussion led by Heather Whitehouse, Associate Curator of Education and Docent
Free with Museum admission

Join Associate Curator of Education and Docent, Heather Whitehouse for a book discussion on Paula McLain’s historical novel, The Paris Wife. A fictionalized account of writer, Ernest Hemingway’s tumultuous marriage to Hadley Richardson, The Paris Wife focuses on romance, marriage, and divorce and is centralized around the theme of dissolved relationships. Drawing from real-life accounts and writings from both Hemingway and Richardson, McLain delves into the couples’ experiences as they encountered all of life’s obstacles. A New York Times Bestseller, McClain’s novel is food for some great thought!


DAY OF LEARNING - BUS TRIPS

New York City
Heller Gallery, Chelsea
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Departs NBMAA 9 a.m.
Returns 9 p.m.

This summer the NBMAA will be leaving New Britain for a short visit to New York City! Travelers will have the opportunity to attend a guided tour and lunch at the Heller Gallery as well as an Opening Reception for artist, Brett Swenson, in Brooklyn. Travelers will also have the option to visit a private house of a Glass Collector or simply soak in the summer sun and roam the varied art galleries lining the streets of Chelsea or visit the scenic High Line of New York City.

Option 1: $115 per person - includes private house tour of a glass collector (limited availability)
Option 2: $95 per person - free time in Chelsea (gallery hopping, High Line)
Prepaid reservations required, contact Heather Whitehouse (860) 229-0257, ext. 203 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Providence, RI
RISD Museum
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Departs NBMAA 8 a.m.
Returns 5:30 p.m.

Join us on our trip to Providence, RI for a guided tour of the RISD Museum where spectators will be inspired by the paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and illustrations of young, budding artists. In the afternoon, visitors will be able have the opportunity to visit the private studio of glass artists, Nicole Chesney and Dan Clayman. Catered lunch will be included.

$90 per person.
Prepaid reservations required, contact Heather Whitehouse (860) 229-0257, ext. 203 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


NBMAA EXCLUSIVES

The Studio Glass Movement: Past, Present, and Future with Laurence Sibrack
Friday, July 11
1 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
Laurence Sibrack, Member of the Board of Directors for the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, will present a two-part lecture on Friday, July 11 at 1 p.m. focusing on the masters and movers of The Studio Glass Movement. Sibrack will take you into the world of mid-career and emerging glass artists and provide an overview of the glassmaking process as a conceptual and narrative approach to sculpture. This will provide perspective into the broader categories of sculpture that glass fits into such as minimalism, geometric abstraction, figurative, and color field abstraction.

The lecture will be followed by an in-depth tour of the exhibition Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations. Sibrack will emphasize how many of the artists in the exhibition have made a profound impact on The Studio Glass Movement. He will also explain the unique technical and conceptual approaches the artists made when creating these works.

Laurence Sibrack, along with his wife Rita, has collected contemporary glass for the last 20 years. He has been involved with a variety of museums including Artis-Naples, the Baker Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design. He has traveled extensively with glass collectors and galleries often making studio visits. He has met many of the artists represented in this exhibition.

Afternoon Critiques with Terrence Regan
Sundays, July 20, Aug. 17, and Sept. 21
1-3 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
Starting on Sunday, April 20 and continuing on the third Sunday of every month, the NBMAA invites fellow artists and Museum staff for an afternoon critique of some of your recent, and manageable sized artwork. The goal of this critique session is not only to discuss your own artwork and others, but also to learn how to properly engage in the critiquing process.

Please bring a piece of your recent and manageable sized artwork to this session.
If you would like more information about Afternoon Critiques please contact Terrance Regan at (860) 229-0257, ext. 247 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sculpture inSITE with Melanie Carr
11 a.m., Thursdays, July 24, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, and Sept. 25
Free with General Admission
This summer, join artist and staff member Melanie Carr on a tour of the grounds as we look at outdoor sculptures in relationship to site. The New Britain Museum of American Art sits on 3 acres of land adjacent to an 100 acre Frederick Law Olmsted park, Walnut Hill, making the outdoor sculpture garden a must see. Enjoy walking the grounds as we discover the Museum’s outdoor treasures—including the landscape! Hats + umbrellas are strongly encouraged.

Tours occur rain or shine.

David Borawski's Closing Reception
Sunday, August 31
1 p.m.
Free with Museum admission

Join us for a closing reception for New Media artist David Borawski on Sunday, August 31st from 1 – 2 p.m. The artist will be present and remarks will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Contemporary gallery. Light refreshments will be served. Free with general admission.

 

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