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During the recent winter break, Bennington Museum undertook a major project, the construction of a gallery devoted to Works on Paper. Envisioned in 2014, this gallery allows the museum to feature drawings, prints such as engravings and lithographs, paintings on paper, and photographs by contemporary and historic artists, and to share more of its collection, as well as bring in loans that tell the rich history of creativity in Vermont and the larger region.




Works on Paper

Laurence Jackson Hyman: The Bennington Years 
Photographs 1962-1970
On view through May 10

Visit with the artist February 14, 3:00 to 4:30 pm


 

Laurence Jackson Hyman (b. 1942)
George Finckel on Whalebone Furniture Playing Cello, 1968 (detail)
Courtesy of the Artist


"Though I have been involved with photography for most of my life, I think my best black-and-white work was done in the sixties at Bennington, both as a student and as a teacher."    Laurence Jackson Hyman

This exhibition is the first of three scheduled for 2015. All of the installations in the Works on Paper Gallery draw on the works by innovators who lived, worked or studied in the Bennington College community. It is the importance of this art community that is celebrated. Prints by Dan Shapiro will be on view May 16 through August 9, and an exhibition including photographs from the collection held by Bennington College and curated by the students at the college will follow later this year.



Regional Artist Gallery

Jonathan Gitelson: In the World   
On view through May 3
Visit with the artist February 14, 3:00 to 4:30 pm 

  Jonathan Gitelson (b. 1975)

Blue (detail) 

Courtesy of the Artist


Kicking off the Regional Artist Exhibitions are works by Brattleboro artist and Keene State College Assistant Professor of Art Jonathan Gitelson. "My work is about every day experience. It's about humor. It's about exploring the commonplace minutiae of daily life and attempting to find order in the disorderly chaos of the modern world. My projects utilize a variety of mediums ranging from photography to artist books, video, installation, public art and web-based projects." states the artist. This exhibition draws works from three of Gitelson's recent projects - The Sweet Spot, The Last Snow in Brattleboro, and Man in Nature.  The works on view look at "place" in three very diverse ways.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Parmalee  and Limric Galleries

Alcohol in Vermont: Creation to Consumption,
Tolerance to Temperance


This exhibit examines the significant role of alcohol in the Vermont history.  Taverns were once the center of community life and alcohol was consumed in quantities unimaginable today. Reformers in the 1800s fought the evils of addiction and drunkenness and politicians intensely debated the regulation of alcohol in some of the most notorious elections in state history. Even after the repeal of national prohibition, many Vermont communities used Local Option laws to limit the use of alcohol.  It wasn’t until the craft beer movement in the 1990s that Vermonters again celebrated alcoholic beverages.  Highlights of this exhibit include Ethan Allen’s bar tab, beautiful historic glassware for high class drinking, records and banners from local temperance societies, and a flask used
by a local flapper.

 

The Bennington Museum was founded as the Bennington Historical Association in 1852 to celebrate Bennington's Colonial past and, more specifically, to commemorate the historic Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington in 1777. Over the years our mission has expanded to preserve and interpret the rich heritage of southern Vermont and neighboring regions as well as providing a venue for visual and performing arts that enriches our community and our world.

Over time the museum acquired paintings and sculpture by Vermont artists, children's toys, maps, books, and military artifacts. We are proud of our extensive collection including vintage portraits of early settlers by Ammi Phillips; our unique Ralph Earl townscape; a Windsor writing-arm chair owned by Ira Allen, a founder of Vermont and author of the State's constitution; and the world's largest collection of Bennington pottery. Read more...