Benton’s new exhibit showcases new focus
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 01:09
One of Benton’s three current exhibits, “From Old Masters to Revolutionaries: Five Centuries of Benton’s Best,” features art work from the museum’s vast collection and will remain on display throughout the school year.
Though this exhibit, which has settled in the first gallery of the museum, will be altered slightly throughout the year, the other two exhibits will frequently be changed and updated.
Executive Director and museum curator Nancy Stula explained how the gallery will be open and accessible to students year-round. Even if it undergoes renovation, the other two exhibits will be open. The purpose is to always have an exhibit to showcase to students and faculty.
“I think UConn students should make use of the exhibits,” Stula said, describing the new system she enacted on July 1, when she was named head director and curator.
The ultimate goal, she says, is to make the changing exhibits relate to courses offered at UConn. By collaborating with the different departments at UConn, Stula hopes to put together numerous exhibits that unite the campus. The Benton is starting small with the project, having only contacted the art, art history, and history departments.
Stula and her colleagues, including Kathryn Meyers, professor of painting at UConn, have put together an exhibit named Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora. This exhibit, on display in late October, was coordinated with the Office of Arts in the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Excited about the upcoming year, Stula encourages any department interested in displaying all kinds of work that represent their student body to collaborate with her and the Benton.
With two galleries available year round, there are plenty of opportunities to orchestrate an exhibit that instills pride for students in different departments and majors, and strengthens the sense of community at UConn through expression.
Of the 6,000 pieces in the Benton’s permanent collection, only a couple dozen are displayed in “From Old Masters to Revolutionaries.” These pieces span from 16th-century paintings to 21st-century photographs from artists of all backgrounds and mediums.
Even works within the same time period and location carry distinct differences in style and subject. These include Dutch Golden Age painters WIllen Cornelisz Duyster, whose focus was primarily on portraits, scenes of cavaliers and ladies, and interior scenes with soldier, and Jan de Bray, who focused on classical tradition with naturalism, and ideas of beauty and antiquity.
The variety doesn’t stop there. From French artists to Spanish artists, 16th-century portraits to 19th-century abstracts, focuses on good and evil to sexuality, this exhibit holds a lot of inspiration and knowledge to encompass.
The Benton will host an opening reception of all three galleries and exhibits on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.