ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Permanent Collection Installation: People and Places in America, 1960s to Today
Mary & George W. Cheney, Jr. Gallery
Featuring bold and visionary works from the 1960s to the 2010s, this installation explores depictions of people and places in America through a range of mediums including sculpture, print, collage, photography, and painting. The works are drawn from the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and include recent purchases and collection highlights.
Coming of age in the mid-1900s during the Civil Rights Movement, groundbreaking artists including Romare Beardon, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith create work that brings awareness to struggle in American life while also celebrating the rich diversity of their cultural heritage. Using collage, assemblage, and abstraction to fragment their compositions, these artists imbue their works–and the people and places depicted–with a sense of tension and transformation.
More recent artists Martine Gutierrez, Rashaad Newsome, and Iké Udé confront ongoing conversations about race, gender, and identity in the U.S. through cross-cultural lenses. Their glossy color-saturated works resemble fashion photography or advertisements. While rooted in contemporary visual culture, their images also pay homage to the legacy of one’s ancestors and cultural origins.
Collectively, these important works challenge and inspire ideas about what it means to be an American today.