November 4, 2015
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New London's Lyman Allyn Art
Museum Ushers in the Near::New
By Kate Hartman
A New London institution since 1932, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum has long educated and delighted the public with its dense collection of more than 15,000 objects, some of which date back to ancient times. Beginning on Nov. 14 with the opening of Cued by Color..Paintings and Mixed Media works by Michael DesRosiers, the museum will get a contemporary infusion, bringing it further into the present-day art scene.
It’s all the doing of Sam Quigley, who came aboard as museum director a year-and-a-half ago with a pedigreed past, including stints at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harvard University Art Museums and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. The series Near::New will aim to feature contemporary artists making waves, many nearby here in New England.
“It’s been on my mind since I interviewed for the job,” Quigley says of the contemporary art series, which will occupy the Glassenberg Gallery. “It was patently obvious that we needed to show the new work in the community, however that’s defined.
48 x 48 x 5½ inches
Polymer Paint on Cradled MDF
2012 Lyman Allyn Museum
Unbleached Titanium Migration 48 x 48 x 5½ inches
Polymer Paint on Cradled MDF 2013