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Magic Hour: Art between Waking and Dreams


May 5, 2023 @ 11:00 am
June 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Linden Frederick, Keeper, 2019, oil on canvas, 16 x 26 inches; courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York

This year, MMoA illuminates the theme of “Art in Common,” how art bridges differences of language, culture, time, and place. Magic Hour: Art between Waking and Dreams presents art that bridges our own, innermost unconscious to our waking selves. Featuring 22 works by Linden Frederick, complemented by founders of the Old Lyme and Mystic art colonies, this exhibition examines the boundary between thought and feeling, day and night, action and repose. Therein lies a liminal world of profound interest, both to the artists who paint and draw it, and to the writer who collects their work.

Linden Frederick, Highwayman, 2006, oil on linen, 35 x 35 inches; courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York

On loan from the collection of New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice, these 38 breathtaking works of art depict the surreal atmosphere that gives rise to creativity and inspiration, and overcome the barrier of communication within ourselves.

Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916), Sunset over the Connecticut, 1903, oil on canvas. Collection of Luanne Rice.

On display in MMoA’s historic Davis Gallery from May 5 through June 4, 2023, this exhibition features work by:

George Henry Boughton (1833-1905)
Matilda Brown (1860-1947)
Emil Carlsen (1853-1932)
Lewis Cohen (1857-1915)
Bruce Crane (1857-1937)
Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933)
Linden Frederick (b. 1953)
Wilson Henry Irvine (1869-1936)
James Knox (1866-1942)
Robert Hogg Nisbet (1879-1961)
Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916)
Allen Butler Talcott (1867-1908)

George Henry Boughton (1833-1905), Deserted, c. 1858, oil and paper laid on board. Collection of Luanne Rice.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, from 5:30 – 7 PM.

MMoA would like to extend profound thanks to both Luanne Rice and Forum Gallery in New York City

Featured Image credit: Linden Frederick, Highwayman (detail), 2006, oil on linen, 35 x 35 inches; courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York

Support for this exhibition was provided by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

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