museums

New Haven
2:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Lecture Gives Voice to Remarkable African American Women From Connecticut

Anna Louise James at the soda fountain where she was pharmacist and owner, Old Saybrook, c. 1909-1911.
Credit Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute / Harvard University

The lives of African American women throughout Connecticut history will be discussed at a lecture titled, "The Struggle for Full Rights as Citizens: The Voice of African Americans at the New Haven Museum," Thursday night at the New Haven Museum.

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Outstanding Institutions
3:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Connecticut Museums and Libraries Among National Medal Finalists

The Hartford Public Library sits on Main Street in downtown Hartford
Hartford Public Library

Each year, the federal agency that supports libraries and museums recognizes 30 outstanding institutions for service to the community. This year, four finalists are in Connecticut. 

They include the Otis Library in Norwich, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic.

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Honoring the Coast Guard
10:06 am
Thu February 20, 2014

New London Signs Agreement for Coast Guard Museum

An artists rendering of the planned museum in downtown New London
Credit National Coast Guard Museum Association

The City of New London's ambition to host the nation's first Coast Guard Museum took a big step forward Wednesday as officials from the city, the State of Connecticut and the Coast Guard signed a memorandum of agreement.

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Celebrating Coasties
2:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Fundraising Efforts Pick Up for National Coast Guard Museum

Credit National Coast Guard Museum Association

Like many cities, New London has plans to revitalize its downtown. One project local leaders hope will bring in  tourist dollars is the construction of a National Coast Guard Museum on the city’s waterfront.

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Photography
6:34 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Wadsworth Atheneum Highlights "An Artificial Wilderness"

Edward Burtynsky's "Oxford Tire Pile #1," taken in Westley, Calif. in 1999, is one of the centerpieces of "An Artificial Wilderness," which runs through Feb. 23 at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
Edward Burtynsky / Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

It might seem odd for a museum boasting one of the nation's largest collections of the Hudson River School, a 19th-century art movement celebrating the beauty of America's outdoors, to document parking lots and discarded rubber tires. 

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Headed To Space
6:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Last-Minute Negotiations Lead to Sale of Bridgeport Statue

The roughly four-ton statue sold for $300,000 to a man in Houston. The money will be used to fund the launch of a nanosatellite aboard a NASA rocket.
Credit Heritage Auctions

Bridgeport's Discovery Museum and Planetarium is set to launch a nanosatellite after selling a massive four-ton bronze statue. A previous sale price of $325,000 failed to attract a buyer, but last-minute negotiations on Friday afternoon changed all that.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:59 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Will the Real Norman Rockwell Please Stand Up?

Norman Rockwell.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Norman Rockwell. It's the day before Thanksgiving. Who else are we gonna talk about? Deborah Solomon (the same one who invented the "Questions for" format in the New York Times magazine) will spend the whole show talking about her new comprehensive biography of Rockwell.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:15 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Museums: The New Entertainment Scene

Credit Jason Persse/flickr creative commons

Looking for weekend entertainment? This time on our Museum Hop series, Faith goes to The Hudson Valley's top museums: Dia:Beacon, showing modern artists from the 1960s to the present, and Olana, the stunning personal home of Hudson Valley School artist Frederick Church.

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Dinosaurs
4:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Peabody Museum's Great Hall of Dinosaurs to Undergo $30 Million Facelift

Peabody's Great Hall of Dinosaurs
Amy the Nurse Creative Commons

When the Peabody's Great Hall of Dinosaurs opened in 1931, it was a state of the art exhibit, reflecting years of meticulously mounted fossils, and information for visitors based on the most current research on dinosaurs. Derek Briggs, director of the Peabody Museum, said that in the 80 years since its opening, scientists know a lot more about dinosaurs. "For example," he said, "the giant Saurapod, known as Apatosaurus, is depicted in a very static way [in the exhibit]. The notion at the time was it perhaps couldn't even hold up its weight. We now know this was a very active animal that lived in groups, and could move like a modern elephant."

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Why Museum Hopping Is the Rage

Virgil Marti, "Cemetry Gates." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.

Museum attendance is up in Connecticut, New York, and nationwide—what are people experiencing that adds to their lives? What makes something art? If you don't understand it, does that make you feel dumb? AND: A look at the groovy new 1960s hippie show at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Time Reborn, Revisited, and Reconsidered

Credit Ben Grantham/flickr creative commons

What is time?

This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Tue July 9, 2013

RJ Julia's Roxanne Coady and the Wadsworth Atheneum's Susan Talbott

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

RJ Julia's Roxanne Coady and the Wadsworth Atheneum's Susan Talbott

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

So You Think You Can Fake a Vermeer?

News
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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Where We Live
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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Creating Revenue
8:49 am
Mon February 11, 2013

New Director for Mark Twain House

Sujata Srinivasan

The Mark Twain House & Museum will soon have a new executive director. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan spoke to Cindy Lovell on her plans to preserve Twain’s legacy, increase revenue, and promote tourism.

 

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Art Collection
8:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

So Much To See, So Little Time!

Diane Orson

Wednesday marks the grand opening of the Yale University Art Gallery, following its 14-year renovation.  

Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds is our guide. Time is short and with more than 200,000 objects in the museum’s collection we’re warned that its going to be a whirlwind tour. 

"You see here a great display of things from Mayan and Aztec cultures."

There’s a figure carved from manatee bone, colorful textiles and ceramics from Mexico and Costa Rica. I could spend all afternoon here, but gotta move on.

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Connecticut Museums
10:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Expanded Yale Art Gallery To Open This Week

Diane Orson

A newly renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens this week.  

"Look around you right now and you can see wonderful work by Sol LeWitt, David Smith.."  Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds stands in the Louis Kahn building on Chapel Street in New Haven.

The 1953 modernist structure has been connected to two adjacent buildings, the Old Yale Gallery and Street Hall.  The 135 million dollar renovation project virtually doubles the size of the museum.

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Where We Live
10:07 am
Fri December 2, 2011

The 21st Century Wadsworth

Chion Wolf

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the nation’s oldest public art museum. It has amassed an impressive permanent collection, and features large, popular exhibitions. But that long history can sometimes be a bit of a curse - as it fights for attention with dozens of art museums and other online entertainment options.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:14 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Stratford's Garbage Museum; Don't Kill The Birthday Girl; In Defense Of

The Garbage Museum

The Garbage Museum in Stratford, Connecticut has a serious mission despite its clever Trash-o-saurus. Its mission, run by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, is to educate us about recycling and the endless amounts of garbage we generate.

Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:12 am
Mon July 25, 2011

On The Road: New Britain Museum Of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:32 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Architecture; Green Cleaning Products; And Bloodsuckers

Garrett Wade

One of America's most talented modernist architects, Deborah Berke, who teaches at Yale, and does homes and commercial buildings across the world. She walks us through the process of designing a home that is also a work of art. Plus, green cleaning products, and the Yale Peabody Museum's latest exhibit: Invasion of the Bloodsuckers.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:06 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Caio Fonseca And The Unveiling Of Our New Home Away From Home

Caio Fonseca

Caio Fonseca's work is collected privately and by museums around the world. Fonseca comes from a family of artists and is an accomplished pianist. He divides his time between New York and his hillside studio in Pietrasanta, Italy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:57 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

On the Road: New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art

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Exhibits
10:19 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Mark Twain Meets Norman Rockwell

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Illustrator Norman Rockwell was 16 years old when Mark Twain died, and while the two artists never met, they do share some fundamental similarities.  Now, the illustrator and writer will share an exhibit at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.  American Storytellers: Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain opens today.  We're joined by Mark Twain House Chief Curator, Patti Philippon.

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