Connecticut’s Must-See Fall Art Exhibits

September 5, 2011 9:00 AM

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By Dani Frank

Prepare for a dose of artistic inspiration with Connecticut’s upcoming fall art exhibitions. From Patti Smith and Claire Beckett to Andrea Dezsö, a lineup of female artists get the spotlight in the region’s best art spaces.  Here’s a sampling of some of the spectacular art on view this season.

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Patti Smith: Camera Solo
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-2670
Hours: Wed, Thurs and Fri 11 am – 5 pm; Sat and Sun 10 am – 5 pm
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While Patti Smith is best known as a driving force in the ‘70s and ‘80s New York punk rock scene, she is a consummate artist, with forays into poetry, drawing and writing. For Smith’s upcoming exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum, she has returned to one of her first loves, photography, in the exhibit Camera Solo. Armed with her vintage Polaroid camera, Smith captured images of tightly cropped, isolated objects. Smith’s presentation of 60 photos and two multimedia exhibits spanning 2002 to the present connects two of her accomplished mediums, photography and the written word.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo is on view from October 21, 2011 to February 19, 2012.

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Andrea Dezsö: Haunted Ridgefield
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438-4519
Hours: Tues to Sun 12 pm to 5 pm

Despite the fact that the opening of Andrea Dezsö’s “Haunted Ridgefield” exhibit will coincide with that all important holiday celebrating spooking, tricking and treating, Dezsö’s transformations of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s windows should not be discounted as mere decorations. The Romanian-born artist’s tale of Ridgefield’s haunted mansions is interweaved with deeply personal tones, including family members, living and dead, and Romanian folklore told to her by her mother. Travel through Dezsö’s multi-layered, pop-up book styled exhibit for a winding road through her own rich narrative, as well as Ridgefield’s.

The exhibit runs October 31 to December 31, 2011.

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Nancy McTague- Stock: Fragments of the Aquatic
Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
Hours:  Wed to Sat 12pm-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

Nancy McTague-Stock’s unique, upcoming exhibit, “Fragments of the Aquatic” connects the natural with the analytical in her mixed-media presentation of natural water. In her latest exhibit for the Silvermine Art Center’s gallery, the ever-abundant element is McTague-Stock’s entry point into the sociology and ecology found in the constant rhythm of nature. To experience the exhibit as McTague created it, take a single glance at her aquatic creations and look for the first emotion that comes to mind. Pay a visit to McTague-Stock’s experimentation and take part in the intimate environment she has created with just fragments of still water.

The exhibit runs from September 25 to November 4, 2011.

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NEW/NOW:  Sarah Lamb
New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052-1412
Hours: Tues to Fri 11 am – 5 pm; Thurs 11 am – 8 pm; Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 12 pm – 5 pm
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Young American artist Sarah Lamb’s paintings explode with life and motion, with a depth that is typically indicative of a photograph. Lamb’s upcoming exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New/Now, will display 15 to 20 paintings, in the form of landscapes, still life and a self portrait. An admitted disciple of the art of trompe l’oeil, Lamb strives to reproduce her subjects with the energy they emit off of the canvas. With an intense attention paid to lighting, color and texture, Lamb recreates her subjects with an air of authenticity that will captivate visitors.

The exhibit is on view through October 30, 2011.

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Claire Beckett: MATRIX 163: Simulating Iraq
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-2670
Hours: Wed, Thurs and Fri 11 am – 5 pm; Sat and Sun 10 am – 5 pm
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The latest artist to score a MATRIX show at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Claire Beckett is certainly in line with the project’s goal of presenting challenging, current and occasionally controversial art. Enter Beckett’s , “Simulating Iraq” a collection of photographs replicating the training of military personnel to prepare for integration into the Iraqi culture. Beckett’s fabrications present a false, yet believable reality of a culture that is entirely simulated via helpful props and actors. Beckett’s photographed lesson in authenticity will leave viewers questioning the ends gained via an invasion of another country’s cultural identity.

The exhibit runs from November 3, 2011 to March 4, 2012.

Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton, Connecticut. Peruse her professional work and opinions at

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