Visual Arts

Reborn Ely House Stages “A Funeral”

by Allan Appel | Apr 20, 2017 12:01 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo Onnie Chan’s father was a very well-known business and media personality when he died in Hong Kong more than two decades ago.

Chan, only ten years old at the time, was rushed from one public funeral to another with paparazzi trailing her. For further protection, she and her mother left the home she knew for good and Chan became something of a world traveler. She never really connected to what had happened at that turning point in her life.

Until she came to New Haven.

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A Trenchant World War One Exhibit at K of C Museum

by Allan Appel | Apr 20, 2017 7:48 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo Jack Ryon’s great-great-grandfather earned a silver star taking out a German machine gun nest during World War I. The 11-year-old had known about machine guns and some other things about the war that was to have ended all wars.

Yet he had no idea about how narrow, dark, and scary were the trenches in which his great-great-grandfather had served until he entered one, right here in New Haven.

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“Modern Art From The Middle East” Cuts Through The Noise

by Andrew Koenig | Apr 19, 2017 7:42 am

Yale University Art Gallery Photo The sprawling canvas of Marwan Kassab Bachi’s “The Three Palestinian Boys,” featured in the “Modern Art from the Middle East” exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery until July 16, shows three young boys who seem palpably scarred by the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. They look almost like burn victims, whose taut, pink skin has been grafted on. Their eyes have shrunk down to small black holes. One of the boys’ faces is cut out of the frame entirely. These children do not look like children: They appear in their baggy clothes to be at once oversized and emaciated.

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Photographer Shoots For Tranquility

by Allan Appel | Apr 10, 2017 7:38 am

Allan Appel Photo When he returned from a reception for his Neighborhood Walks exhibition back in 2015, photographer Tom Peterson experienced strange heart rhythms.

They turned out to be atrial fibrillation, which then led, shortly afterward, to a triple heart bypass.

Then in 2016, he had to deal with a carotid artery that wasn’t behaving.

It’s no wonder his new show — all white, calming minimalist photographs — is called “Solace.”

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Arts Organizations Push Back on NEA Cuts

by David Sepulveda | Apr 7, 2017 7:29 am

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTO A roundtable meeting of the Arts Industry Coalition — a group of area arts organizations, arts leaders, and stakeholders organized by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven and hosted by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in its offices on Audubon Street — discussed what can be done to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and what might be done if they are dissolved, as a current budget proposal from the Trump administration suggests they could be.

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Weavers Tie Past To Present At Exhibition

by Brian Slattery | Apr 5, 2017 8:00 am

Brian Slattery Photo Weavers Donna Batsford and Ann Graham stood behind a long wooden table in the River Street Gallery at Fairhaven Furniture on Blatchley Avenue, surrounded by dozens of textiles of dozens shimmering textures and colors, along with the dozens of weavers who made them. She thanked Fairhaven Furniture for allowing the exhibition to happen, but most of all, she said, “it takes a guild” to put on a textile exhibition of this size. And by “guild” she meant the Handweavers’ Guild of Connecticut.

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