Since 1967, the William Benton Museum of Art has amassed a large, diverse collection and created various public exhibitions. UConn President Thomas Katsouleas recently announced one such exhibition slated for the 2023 academic year, as “the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) received a $275,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
The William Benton Museum of Art started off the school year with a bang with the opening of their new West African and Cuban exhibits. Last night, the main exhibition areas of the Benton were bustling with crowds to celebrate “Souvenirs D’Afrique: Arts of Africa from the Collection of Janine and Josef Gugler” and “The Lure of Cuba: Reginald Marsh’s Tropical Watercolors, 1924-1930.” Both exhibitions are on view through Oct. 13.
With the final season of “Game of Thrones” airing in just two weeks, fans are desperate for content. This desperation may have led some students and community members to the William Benton Museum of Art’s reception Thursday night for the opening of their new exhibit entitled “Game of Thrones: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Furniture.” While only loosely related to either the book series or the television show, the exhibit features a number of artistic chairs, exploring the relationship between art and function.
The work was inspired by her African and Puerto Rican heritage and how these roots shaped her identity and by this year’s UConn Reads book selection “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. It also was “aimed at reclaiming her spiritual and cultural heritage,” Arroyo said.