Prints in the Benton’s exhibition DEMOKRACJA GRAFIKA propelled lecture attendees back to the days of the Cold War Wednesday night. Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz, an assistant professor in the Graphic Art Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, discussed the prints’ cultural and political backstory and how Cold War communism shaped this art.
The Benton is the cultural crown jewel of the University of Connecticut, and it only strengthened its case last night with the opening of “DEMOKRACJA GRAFIKA: The Democracy of Print.” The exhibit showcased UConn Professor Emeritus of Printmaking Gus Mazzocca’s collection of Polish prints, all handcrafted by Cold War-era artists.
On Friday, the Benton sought to strengthen the UConn communities’ art appreciation by hosting “Critical Looking: A Gallery Dialogue,” where I and a number of other Benton attendees spent a half-hour looking at a single artwork. The event was led by Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator and Academic Liaison of the Benton.
This month’s First Thursday at the Benton was practically a party, with great music, snacks and fun activities to take part in. As always, First Thursday featured a live WHUS DJ who played a selection of rap and hip hop songs which helped make the museum resemble a high-end club. This worked to get rid of the usual quiet art museum vibe that tends to make people a little less comfortable and more likely to whisper in the Benton.
Christopher Steiner took his audience in and out of Africa during his discussion Friday evening in the Wilbur Cross Building’s North Reading Room. Steiner, a professor of art history and anthropology at Connecticut College, guest-curated the Benton Museum’s exhibit “Souvenirs D’Afrique: Arts of Africa from the Collection of Janine and Josef Gugler.”
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.