3/20/2009 - Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center :: Special Upcoming Events through April 26th :: Viewing of Master Works Rarely Available for Public Viewing

144 West Main Street
Waterbury, Connecticut 06702

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ben Ortiz Gallery Talk 
Upcoming Events
A Message From Catherine  
Imagine looking over the shoulder of an expert in art history as she explains the development of printmaking techniques using master works rarely available for public view!  That's exactly what you'll be able to do on the museum's next Insiders' Tour, Connoisseurship and the Graphic Arts.  Curator Cynthia Roznoy has planned a spectacular day at the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts.  You'll see prints normally in protective storage, learn the history of printmaking, and see a print being made.  AND, as if that's not enough, see 2 exhibitions of photographs and find out what the new generation of artists is producing!  This is a trip art lovers won't want to miss! 
203-753-0381 ext.11

Insiders' Tour: Wesleyan University Center for the Arts

Ben Ortiz Gallery Talk
Join museum curator Cynthia Roznoy, Ph.D. in a behind-the-scenes tour and printmaking demonstration at the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts. The trip includes guided tours of all 3 of the center's galleries, a connoisseurship class, and a printmaking lecture and demonstration.  
Spend the morning with artist Kate TenEyck, visiting assistant professor of printmaking, who provides an insiders' view of the Wesleyan studio, explaining various printmaking techniques and demonstrating how prints are made. Next it's off to Middletown's Luce Restaurant, featuring lunch with a Tuscan flair in a beautiful sunlight atrium.
The highlight of the afternoon is a Connoisseurship Class led by Davison Art Center curator Clare Rogan, Ph.D. Dr. Rogan will use master works usually in protective storage to explain the development of printmaking from the Renaissance to the present day, and provide a rare opportunity to view, appreciate, and learn from the prints of Durer, Whistler, and others.
Explore the Mansfield Freeman Gallery and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Dedicated to the art and culture of East Asia, the Mansfield Freeman Gallery's new exhibition, China - Balancing the Changes: Photographs by Sharon Crain is presented to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. The afternoon concludes at the Davison Art Center for a viewing of Judith Joy Ross: Photographs - portraits of ordinary people that reveal both vulnerability and strength.
Admission is $84 for museum members and $99 for non-members, and includes lunch and roundtrip bus transportation. Register by calling 203-753-0381 ext. 10. Advance registration is required.  
Where & When

Friday, April 3, 2009
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bus leaves from the Chase Parkway Commuter Lot, Waterbury. 
Clare Rogan, curator of the Davison Art Center, looks over "Self-Portrait in Profile," a lithograph by German artist Kathe Kollwitz in 1927.

Family Scrapbooking Adventure

Jean DeSalleTurn family keepsakes into delightful scrapbook pages that capture your memories - an ideal family project! Get creative tips and unique ideas from our scrapbooking expert, Jean DeSalle. The workshop includes the craft supplies needed but you must bring your keepsakes - 5-6 photos or small keepsakes to commemorate an event or special family day. 
Jean is a portrait and mural artist whose work appears in private residences throughout Connecticut.  She has enjoyed 10 years as a scrapbooking hobbyist, and has taught scrapbooking at the Windham Textile and History Museum. 
Admission is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Please register in advance by calling 203-753-0381 ext 10. 
Where & When

Saturday, March 28, 2009 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Munger Room
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center

Slavery in Connecticut Lecture Series and Walking Tour

Fortune, BenderSlavery in Connecticut (Session 1)
University of CT - Waterbury
March 31, 2009 6:00 - 7:30
Connecticut became wealthy in the various "triangular trade routes." Colonial laws and regulations highlight racial views through the first centuries and the later economic developments of the 19th century. Learn about the origins and nature of slavery in Connecticut, the slave trade, and the economics of slavery. Presented by Karl Valois, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History, University of Connecticut-Torrington.
Fortune's Bones (Session 2) 
April 14, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center 
Fortune's life experiences were written in his bones and are revealed through forensic anthropology. Learn from an anthropologist how Fortune's bones were examined and provided evidence about his early years, age, height, the kinds of work he did, and the injuries he suffered. Presented by Warren Perry, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University.
Fortune's World Walking Tour (Session 3)
April 25, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center 
Walk back to the 1700s when the Green was a swampy pasture surrounded by homes and churches. Visit the sites of Fortune's world, including Preserved Porter's farm, Fortune's house, the church Fortune was baptized in, the site where his skeleton was found, and the ancient Burying Ground. Hear the stories of Fortune and other early African American residents, as they achieve freedom or suffer through a life of slavery. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Presented by Raechel Guest, Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut-Waterbury.
Registration and Admission
Register in advance by calling the museum at 203-753-0381 ext 10.
Admission for museum and Osher Lifelong Learning Members is $25 for the 3-session course.
Admission for the general public is $10 per session.

An Evening of African History and Culture

Kojo Obey
Experience the music of Africa as Sounds of Afrika, a local African drum and dance troupe, present an Evening of African History and Culture. The program begins with a Drum Circle led by troupe director Kojo Bey. Kojo will share the history of the instruments, demonstrate proper playing technique, teach traditional African rhythms, and incorporate cultural lessons. Then view SALAGA, a traveling exhibit of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Route. The exhibit uses panel photos, artifacts and replicas to take the participants on a journey from the capture of Africans and the enslavement process to the long arduous journey on the slave route to the dungeons of the coast. Admission is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members. All proceeds from the program benefit the orphaned and needy children supported by OBey YouthCare in Ghana, West Africa. 
Where & When

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 6:30 pm
Performing Arts Center
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center 

Women's Political Institute Lecture Series Begins with Senator Joan Hartley

Senator Hartley
Join Senator Joan Hartley as she kicks off The Women's Political Institute with a presentation about her role and experiences in the Connecticut legislature. Senator Hartley has 25 years of experience in the Connecticut legislature and represents the 15th state Senate District comprised of Waterbury, Naugatuck and Prospect. 
The Institute, a series of quarterly lectures and conferences, is sponsored by the Connecticut Sojourner Network of Democratic Women to further its mission of increasing the number of women elected to public office by illuminating the tremendous vitality of women leaders in Connecticut. The program is chaired by Waterbury Alderwoman Joyce Petteway.
Where & When
Thursday, March 26, 2009 6:30 pm
Performing Arts Center
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center 
No admission charge
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