Press Coverage

June 28, 2009
Republican-American
A Collectors' Captivating Photographs
New Britain Show has the Familiar and Unexpected
By Tracey O’Shaughnessy

As the director of his eponymous fabric design company, Christopher Hyland is renowned for his sumptuous textiles, classical designs and a look that might delicately be described as baronial. So it should surprise no one that Hyland, an amateur photographer himself, collects photographs that hew reliably close to his designs. Read Article
 

June 20, 2009
The Herald
Juneteenth Observance Recalls, Celebrates
By Jennifer Abel

More than 120 people went to New Britain’s Museum of American Art Friday night for the museum’s ninth annual celebration of Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day in 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally got word of the Emancipation Proclamation that had been signed into law two and a half years before. Read Article


June 19, 2009
The Hartford Courant
NBMAA Exhibits Docent's 30-Piece Art Collection
By Roger Catlin

Rita Heimann started collecting art in the 1950s. Her 30-piece collection is on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Read Article


June 17, 2009
The Herald
Museum of American Art Prepares Juneteenth Gala
By Jennifer Abel

“Juneteenth, in the later part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, has become a community celebration all through the U.S. and even Europe,” said Paulette Fox, chairperson of the African-American Advisory Committee at the New Britain Museum of American Art. She’s also the one who first encouraged the museum to start holding annual Juneteenth celebrations. “I was the founder of Juneteenth!” she laughed. “That came from me.” Read Article

June 5, 2009
The Herald
Photo Exhibit at Museum Explores Layers in Images
By Jennifer Abel

Photography has arguably made the world of visual arts more democratic than it used to be.

“Not everyone can pick up a paintbrush, but anybody can pick up a camera,” said Abigail Runyan of the New Britain Museum of American Art, as she gave a tour of the museum’s newest exhibit, “The Christopher Hyland Collection of Photography, By Way of These Eyes: The Sublime, Exotic and Familiar,” slated to open Saturday. Read Article

June 4, 2009
The Hartford Courant
Christopher Hyland Photos At New Britain Museum Of American Art
By Roger Catlin

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the time Hartford became the center of art-world controversy with the Robert Mapplethorpe photo exhibit "The Perfect Moment" at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Two decades later, a new generation of photographers has been inspired to work in the same arenas — the perfection of the male form, the scourge of AIDS, the occasional shock of its undress — without the hubbub of controversy that swirled around the New York photographer who died in 1989.

That work is among the wealth of other works in "The Christopher Hyland Collection of Photography, By Way of These Eyes: The Sublime, Exotic and Familiar" opening Saturday at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain. Read Article

May 10, 2009
The H.H. Express
Happy Mother's Day

H.H. Express Photo Blog from New Britain Herald Staff Photographer Chris Richie features tours at the New Britain Museum of American Art. See Photos

May 7, 2009
The Herald
Prolific Collector Shares Works with New Britain Museum
By Jennifer Abel

"The new exhibit opening today in the New Britain Museum of American Art contains several pieces that even the most avid art historians might never have seen before. They’re all on loan from the private collection of one woman: Manchester art collector Rita Heimann." Read Article

May 6, 2009
The Herald
Brooklyn Artists Exhibits Haunting Works at Museum
By Jennifer Abel

"Disturbingly beautiful, beautifully disturbing, just plain bizarre ... any of those phrases could describe the half-dozen graphite, ink and watercolor paintings of Fay Ku, whose self-titled exhibit is the latest showing in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s NEW/NOW series, which focuses on upcoming artists." Read Article

May 2, 2009
The Herald

Museum Shares Work with Hartford Gallery
By Jennifer Abel

"Even if you’re a regular visitor to the New Britain Museum of American Art, you haven’t seen all the artworks in its collection. You can’t — the collection is so large the museum simply doesn’t have room to display them all.

That’s why the museum has a satellite gallery, the Gallery of American Art, in downtown Hartford. The gallery operates in conjunction with Hartford’s TheaterWorks, and is located in the ornate old City Arts on Pearl building." Read Article


April 18, 2009
The Herald

Students Share Art Surrounded by Inspiration
By Jennifer Abel

"There are two misnomers in the phrase “CCSU Night at the Museum”: it took place during the afternoon rather than night, and lasted two days rather than one. But on Wednesday and Thursday, Central Connecticut State University joined up with the New Britain Museum of American Art as part of the “UMC” (University, Museum, Community) Collaborative. " Read Article

April 6, 2009
The Herald
Museum Opens Doors for Birthday Celebration
By Jackie Majerus

"In honor of its third anniversary in an expanded new building, the New Britain Museum of American Art opened its doors and welcomed visitors with free admission all day Saturday." Read Article

March 25, 2009
The New York Times
The Eight, Divided by 8
By Benjamin Genocchio

“Although much has been written about the Eight and their successful exhibition (their one and only collective endeavor), comparatively little scholarly attention has been paid to their later stylistic individuality, the subject of a beautiful exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. About 85 works are on view, including pieces by each of the eight artists created from 1908 until the end of their careers. There is also a useful exhibition catalog with essays and illustrations of most of the works.” Read Article

March 19, 2009
The Hartford Courant
Ballet Costumes At Atheneum; Hudson River School Art In New Britain
By Roger Catlin

“Now, with the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art closed for refurbishing, the New Britain Museum of American Art is showing seven works by Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, George Inness and John Frederick Kensett. There is also a painting from Winslow Homer to go along with American works in its Henry and Sharon Martin Gallery.” Read Article

March 15, 2009
The Hartford Courant
New Britain Exhibit Spotlights A Rogue Movement That Left A Lasting Impression
By Roger Catlin

“The big overview "The Eight and American Modernisms," which just opened at the New Britain Museum of American Art, marks the 100th anniversary of that Connecticut stop.” Read Article

March 15, 2009
The Herald
Treasures Travel to Museum of American Art
By Jennifer Abel

“Here’s a bit of serendipity: this year marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the river and bay that now bear his name. This is also the year, indeed, the very week, that the New Britain Museum of American Art opens its new exhibit showcasing paintings from the Hudson River school, including several on loan from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Read Article

March 4. 2009
The Herald

Works Once Scandalous Tell Story of Everyday Life from Museum Walls
By Jennifer Abel

“For many people, the phrase “art museum” has a certain refined, genteel connotation that makes it easy to forget how much of today’s classic art was considered shocking or scandalous in its time. The New Britain Museum of American Art will showcase many examples of this in its new exhibit, “The Eight and Famous American Modernisms.” Read Article

March 1, 2009
Art in America
Lisa Hoke: New Britain Museum of American Art and Elizabeth Harris
By Nancy Princenthal

“Pure color and pure joy are seldom as close as they are in Lisa Hoke’s The Gravity of Color, New Britain (2008).” Read Article

February 13, 2009
The New York Times
Tough Times Call for Shrewd Artists
By Dorothy Spears

Douglas Hyland comments on the work of Thomas Hart Benton for The New York Times. Read Article

February 4. 2009
The Herald
Jazz, Tours Highlight First Friday for City’s Black History Month
By Jennifer Abel

“Get “jazzed up” Friday at the New Britain Museum of American Art, which is celebrating Black History Month during its regular First Friday party.” Read Article

January 27, 2009
The Hartford Courant
Pulp on Stage, Habitat Hurrahs
Java: MaryEllen Fillo

“Among those at the TheaterWorks and New Britain Museum of American Art opening of their cooperative venture at City Arts on Pearl in Hartford were museum director Douglas Hyland left, and Robert Lesser, whose collection "Pulp Art" was unveiled Friday.” Read Article

January 18, 2009
The Herald
Museum Honors King with Film Showing
By Scott Whipple

“The New Britain Museum of American Art will hold a special Community Day with free public admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, which is Martin Luther King Day. The museum, normally closed on Mondays, is offering a special community event for the second year in a row in honor of the American hero. In addition to the museum’s collection of three centuries of American art, also on view at the museum are three special exhibitions: “Double Lives: American Painters as Illustrators: 1850 – 1950,” “New/Now The Eye Deceived: The Paintings of Michael Theise” and “Elegance at Hand: The Art of Judith Leiber.” From Jan. 30 through April 26, paintings by an East Hampton artist will be on exhibition. The eerily beautiful and haunting paintings of the young artist are the subject of the next New/Now exhibition: “The Amalgamate Paintings by Nicole Duennebier.” Read Article

December 29, 2008
Hartford Advocate
Double or Nothing
By Alan Bisbort

“New Britain museum showcases the fine art of selling out.” Read Article

December 4, 2008
The Herald
Study: Exhibit Generated $1M for Area Economy
By Scott Whipple

“Close to $1 million in economic growth was generated in the region as the result of a recent exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, according to a study just concluded by Central Connecticut State University students.” Read Article

June 12, 2008
Hartford Advocate - ARTS & LITERATURE
Stairway from Paradise: The Baroque in Paper and Plastic at the NBMAA
By STEPHEN VINCENT KOBASA

An embroidery of color now threads the walls in the main stairway at the New Britain Museum of American Art. But there is a human dimension at the center of the puzzle Lisa Hoke is solving there. The winning proposal in a national competition, Hoke's work "The Gravity of Color, Series #5" has a punning title that belies the lightness of mass granted it by its materials—a palette of variously colored and sized plastic and paper cups which form a miniature quarry on the floor beneath the artist's scaffolding. It is easy to imagine the artist's delight in trundling her shopping cart up and down the aisles of Party World. Read Article

February 24, 2008
The New York Times - ART REVIEW
Rising Above Racism
By BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO

You may have heard of Charles Ethan Porter, but very few people can recall seeing one of his paintings. Mr. Porter was an African-American artist from Rockville, Conn., who, after the Civil War, created humble, poetic paintings — mostly of flowers, insects and fruit, along with occasional landscapes and portraits. He was a dedicated painter who attracted the patronage of Mark Twain and Frederic Edwin Church. Read Article

January 31, 2008
Hartford Advocate - ARTS & LITERATURE
Flowers in the Dark: The Hidden Tragedy of an American Painter
By STEPHEN VINCENT KOBASA

How do you display a history of contempt? And what late, imperfect restitution can be made to an artist who was an object of it? This sense of bleak wonder haunts the exhibition Charles Ethan Porter: African-American Master of Still Life now at the New Britain Museum of American Art through March 6. Read Article

June 17, 2007
The New York Times - ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
From California, With Color
By BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO

“Believe me, there has never been anything quite like this around here before,” said Paula Bender, communications and marketing manager for the New Britain Museum of American Art. She was referring to the museum’s major summer exhibition, “California in Connecticut: The Joanne and William Rees Collection,” on view in its temporary upstairs exhibition galleries. Read Article

May 21, 2006
The New York Times

Big, Gleaming and Ready for Its Close-Up
By BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO

PRACTICALLY the first thing you see in the recently expanded New Britain Museum of American Art is a dour gray-black graphite wall drawing by the conceptual artist and native son Sol LeWitt. Read the Article