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An image from John O'Donnell's Psychedelic Pantry.


New Media: John O'Donnell
Sept. 6, 2014–Feb. 8, 2015
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Artist Remarks at 2:30 p.m.
8-11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
@ Museum After Dark

Psychedelic Pantry, a new media installation created by John O’Donnell, points to moments of everyday life while highlighting the bazaar and mysterious moments we often overlook while shuffling to the toaster or coffee maker in the morning.

Appearing as a simple representation of a kitchen area or pantry, further inspection reveals there is more happening than food storage. Psychedelic Pantry is a New Media installation that reveals moments of constructed metaphysical awareness to reveal hallucinatory or surreal sensation, playing on ideas of peripheral vision and imagined movement. The aesthetic is informed by the combination of rather mundane objects typically found in a kitchen and psychedelic imagery. This installation intends to move past the typical category of drug induced awareness and speak about the potential of common items and commercial packaging to inform a heightened experience. Inspired by the brightly colored packaging of cereal boxes and other common snacks, this installation calls our attention to the hypnotic, and often times annoying, design of food items packaging. This is also a reference to the growing number of artificial additives that are found in a large portion of the food for sale in a grocery store and ultimately brought home for temporary storage before consumption.

O’Donnell, who lives and works in Connecticut, is a multidisciplinary artist and has created performance pieces for the Museum of New Art in Detroit, Proof Gallery in Boston, Flux Space in Philadelphia, and SOHO20 Gallery in New York City.

Artist Bob Gregson demonstrates how Spin Cycle works. Bob Gregson, Spin Cycle, 2014, Acrylic on Trupan, 55 x 55 in., Courtesy of the artist

NEW/NOW: Bob Gregson
July 26–Oct. 26, 2014
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014
Artist Remarks at 2:30 p.m.

In our world of Twitter, iPhones, Facebook, and other forms of social media, many people live removed from the physical world. Bob Gregson’s work counteracts this lack of intimate involvement and creates situations that constantly shift the rules and allow for new encounters.

There is a reason why Bob Gregson’s work is fun. His exhibition Space to Maneuver harnesses humor to gently draw people into the work and provide
opportunities for participation: rolling on your back, turning panels or rearranging objects, alone or with others who may be total strangers.

Space to Maneuver is at once a playful and thought-provoking exhibition that questions the relationship between the viewer and the art object. As Gregson explains, “The basic message may be that art is serious but not sacred…I also enjoy the idea that the work is never actually completed but continually reinterpreted and refreshed through those who encounter it.” His work adds a new twist to a long line of art movements that have challenged the definition of art, including Dada, Fluxus, Happenings, Conceptual art as well as Minimalism.

Bob Gregson received a BFA from Hartford Art School and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.
He has been the artistic director for hundreds of public events, which he calls “situations”—mixing community
participation with large scale inflatable sculptures, scaffolding, mazes, and theatrical lighting. He has taught art classes at numerous museums and universities. He has authored and illustrated many books about art and participation and lectures widely on the subject. He is a Silvermine Guild Artist and is the creative director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

Available Video:
Bob Gregson "New Britain Exhibition"

The NEW/NOW Series is made possible by the generous support of Marzena and Greg Silpe.

Lino Tagliapietra, Angel Tear, ca. 2011, Blown glass, 33 3/4 x 22 x 5 1/2 in., Collection of Henry and Sharon Martin

Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations
June 21–Sept. 21, 2014
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2014

A sequel to the NBMAA’s popular 2008 glass exhibition, Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations, celebrates glass as a material for contemporary art—sculpture, installation, video and even painting and printmaking.

This group exhibition, curated by Assistant Curator Anna Rogulina, brings together over 80 works by 66 artists united by their ability to manipulate the properties and potentialities of the medium. Three themes—Nature & Landscape; Form & Color; and Narrative & Symbol—serve as loose connective tissue between the sheer diversity of techniques, aesthetics and conceptual goals achieved by each of the exhibiting artists.

We invite you to take advantage of the many exciting programs happening in conjunction with this exhibition. Please consult our website, calendar and program listings in this newsletter for more information about lectures, trips, and studio classes offered this summer!

Special funding has been provided by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, the Bailey Family Fund for Special Exhibitions, and the Kathryn Cox Endowment Fund for Special Exhibitions with additional support from the Connecticut Department of Economics and Community Development Office of the Arts through the New Britain Commission on the Arts.

Participating Artists

Giles Bettison, Mary Beth Bliss and Peter Vanderlaan, Martin Blank, Peter Bremers, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Nancy Callan, Sydney Cash, José Chardiet, Nicole Chesney, Dale Chihuly, Daniel Clayman, Amber Cowan, Dan Dailey, Steffen Dam, Andrew Erdos, Josepha Gasch-Muche, Peter Greenwood, Mundy Hepburn, Eric Hilton, Richard Hornby, David Huchthausen, Sidney Hutter, Anja Isphording, Luke Jerram, Richard Jolley, John Kiley, Vladimira Klumpar, Stephen Knapp, Jon Kuhn, Thérèse Lahaie, Karen LaMonte, Shayna Leib, K. William LeQuier, Beth Lipman, Marvin Lipofsky, Carmen Lozar, Linda MacNeil, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Benjamin Moore, Debora Moore, Sibylle Peretti, Stephen Rolfe Powell, James Randolph, Mark Reigelman II, Jill Reynolds, Christopher Ries, Martin Rosol, Richard Royal, Brian Russell, Toland Sand, Judith Schaechter, Thomas Scoon, Josh Simpson, Raven Skyriver, Carmen Spera, Dan Spitzer, Ivana Šrámková, Ethan Stern, Preston Singletary, Lino Tagliapietra, Bertil Vallien, Norwood Viviano, David Walters, Steven Weinberg, and Toots Zynsky

Online Interactive
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Details of paintings (from upper left): Joanne Greenbaum, Untitled, 2012; Lisa Beck, Channel, 2013; Andrew Masullo, 5358, 2011–12; Keith Mayerson, Iconscape 4, 2012; Adam Henry, #5, 2012; Joshua Abelow, Running Man, 2013

This One's Optimistic: Pincushion
Curated by Cary Smith
June 7-Sept. 14, 2014
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014
Curator Remarks at 3 p.m.

This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion is a densely hung, salon style exhibition that includes paintings and drawings by 38 contemporary artists, all of whom are known for their excellence in making work that leans heavily towards abstraction. Their styles are vastly different and will, in close proximity, create a wide-ranging visual experience, which can be seen as a current reflection of a slice of what is going on within the art community. A unifying theme among all the artwork is that of an intuitive, positive, human force—one that is authentic, smart, original, and inventive—and always with a warm beating heart.

Smith believes there is a heightened collective awareness that we share due to the immediate exchange of digital information among us. As Smith finds himself often sitting in front of his computer looking, watching, listening—and posting images of his own work along with the work of other artists he admires—he finds that in short bits of time he can view art from all over the globe. This exhibition is a snippet of that world for all to view in real time, in real space where the heart of the artist is ever present.

Participating artists

John Phillip Abbott, Joshua Abelow, Lisa Beck, Trudy Benson, Timothy Bergstrom, Michael Berryhill, Ross Bleckner, Todd Chilton, Steve DiBenedetto, Amy Feldman, Michelle Grabner, Joanne Greenbaum, Clare Grill, Adam Henry, Daniel Hesidence, Xylor Jane, Bill Komoski, Joshua Marsh, Chris Martin, Andrew Masullo, Keith Mayerson, Douglas Melini, Tom Nozkowski, Carl Ostendarp, Ann Pibal, Josh Podoll, Lisa Sanditz, James Siena, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Alexander Ross, Julie Ryan, Jackie Saccoccio, Russell Tyler, Dan Walsh, Chuck Webster, Garth Weiser, Stanley Whitney, Michael Williams, B. Wurtz, Tamara Zahaykevich

Cary Smith is an artist who lives in Farmington, CT.
More information about him can be found at:

Beth Lipman, Aspects of (American) Life
(illustration 2)

Special Opening Reception
Beth Lipman, Aspects of (American) Life
Wednesday, May 14, 2:30 p.m.

Canceled due to severe storm weather/flight delay. The installation is still scheduled to be completed by May 16.

Join us to celebrate the unveiling of Beth Lipman's Aspects of (American) Life. The latest addition to the Museum's Appropriation & Inspiration series, this installation relates directly to Thomas Hart Benton's epic murals The Art of Life in America. Borrowing objects depicted in the murals, Lipman creates a monumental three-dimensional still-life sculpture from clear glass as a meditation on the good fortunes of wealth and prosperity as well as the misfortunes that ensue from their abuse.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet this world-renowned glass artist and learn about one of her largest projects to date.

Soo Sunny Park Concept

Soo Sunny Park
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014

The Museum is delighted to announce plans to unveil the third site-specific installation for February 2014 to animate the LeWitt Family Staircase where undulating, effervescent abstract forms seemingly float above the staircase landing. The artist, Soo Sunny Park, is known for creating otherworldly, immersive installations that transform their environments into seas of dancing light, reflection and shadow. Her proposal for the LeWitt Family Staircase is no exception.

As the artist explains, “The space will be filled with sinuous, large, sprawling structures on two opposing walls (units composed of weaving of metal grid and clear, iridescent, “edge glowing” Plexi glass), which transmit, reflect, and refract light while the painted dark walls of the gallery are enclosed with images that echo the shadows and reflections of the gleaming sculpture. The images are articulated with charcoal and graphite.” Changing light conditions will reveal different facets of the sculpture, so that during different times of day it will be transformed from translucent and clear to colorful and prismatic. The installation will harness daylight and artificial light as mediums with which to create, blurring the line between the physical drawing and the light drawing.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Soo Sunny Park received her BFA in painting and sculpture from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio and a MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Park is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant; Grand Prize winner of the 19th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition; The Helen Foster Barnett Prize, National Academy Museum, New York; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture residency, Skowhegan, Maine; Cité Internationale des Arts studio residency, Paris, France, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts Residency, Bellagio, Italy.

Her most recent installations are Capturing Resonance (2011–12), created with composer Spencer Topel for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Unwoven Light (2013) for Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas. Park lives and works in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she is Associate Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College.