A Face Like Mine Topic of Exhibit at the Matt

The Mattatuck Museum will host a new installation of work by artist Jeanne Silverthorne from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2 on the Green at 144 West Main St.  Shown is Purple Fluorescent, 2013 by Jeanne Silverthorne, platinum silicone rubber, fluorescent pigment and wire.

WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum invites the public to preview A Face Like Mine, a major exhibition organized in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a new installation of work by artist Jeanne Silverthorne from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2 on the Green at 144 West Main St. Remarks by Director Bob Burns and Museum Curator Dr. Cynthia Roznoy will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. for those who cannot attend in person.

Filmmaker Mya Saree’ Gray will be screening an excerpt of her original documentary, A Face Like Mine from 1 to 3 p.m. and teaching artists will be on site to preview summer workshops @ The MATT for both adults and kids. There is a fee for non-members of the museum.

A Face Like Mine presents a century of Black figurative art in the United States, from 1921 to 2021, a time of radical change for Black people in America. By featuring portraits of Black people by Black artists, this exhibition celebrates Black identity and cultural heritage and argues for the inclusion of these works in the global art historical canon.

The fifty artists of A Face Like Mine have represented themselves and their community through various media—including sculpture, photography, painting, works on paper, and assemblage. Artists included are Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Kerry James Marshall, Lorna Simpson, James VanDer Zee and Kehinde Wiley among others.

The exhibit, A Face Like Mine, on view from May 2 through September 12, is the second in a three-part exhibition series developed in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The MFA Boston is the lead museum from Northeast cohort of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation initiative. The initiative, wholly funded by Art Bridges, supports multi-year exhibition partnerships with the mission of expanding access to American art across the US. 

A Secret Heliotropism: The Art of Jeanne Silverthorne, on view from May 2 to June 27 presents an array of cast-rubber sculptures that explore art historical traditions in still life, the use of space, and shifts in scale. 

Ms. Silverthorne’s modern still lifes explore the ephemeral and ever-changing aspects of life and art; her use of a mutable medium that adapts to any shape or size underscores the mutability of organic and manmade worlds. She creates cast-rubber sculptures of the natural world: dandelions, weeds, garden flowers including roses and sunflowers, and insects. 

While on view, both exhibitions will be accompanied by programs, workshop, and activities for adults, children and families.

For more information on all of the Museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit their website at mattmuseum.org or call 203-753-0381.

Over the past two years, the Mattatuck has undergone a $9 million renovation project to reimagine the museum while continuing to be a welcoming, inclusive, stimulating and enriching community anchor. 

The Museum is open for timed admission, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Admission tickets can be purchased online at mattmuseum.org.

A limited number of tickets are available each hour for walk-in visitors.

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