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The William Benton Museum of Art 

“The William Benton Museum of Art is Connecticut’s State art museum, located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs. Drawing largely from its collection of over 6,500 works of art, the Museum presents exhibitions of art dating from the 15th through the 21st centuries. The museum also creates special exhibitions drawn from outside sources as well as loaned exhibitions.  Special events include gallery talks, campus art walks, academic and non-academic discussions, musical performances, and family programs.”

Molas, Textile Designs of the Kuna Indians of Panama

        “This collection is a gift to the William Benton Museum of Art by Theodore Hans in the memory of his wife Elisabeth Hans. The web presentation of this collection is made possible by a “Museum for the Millennium” grant, a Connecticut League of History Organizations initiative funded by SBC/SNET. The images are for educational purposes only and represent a sample of the collection.” (https://benton.uconn.edu/molas-textile-designs-of-the-kuna-indians-of-panama/)

Arpilleras: Sewing for Resistance

        Folk art? Messages of protest? Historical records? Chilean arpilleras (are-pea-air-uhs, burlap in Spanish) are all of these. The brightly-colored patchwork pictures stitched onto sacking are chronicles of the life of the poor and oppressed in Chile in the 1970s and 1980s during the totalitarian military regime of General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. (https://benton.uconn.edu/arpillera/

The Lure of Cuba: Reginald Marsh’s Tropical Watercolors, 1924-1930: Catalog

      American Scene painter Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) is well known for chronicling popular culture during the 1930s in his vibrant paintings of New York City and Coney Island. Marsh began his artistic career as a cartoonist for The New Yorker, where he covered movies, theater, leisure, and other cultural trends. During the 1920s, he made several trips to Havana, which he captured in illustrations for the magazine and in brightly colored watercolor paintings of the city’s architecture, tropical vegetation, and beaches. With the introduction of direct steamship service from Miami to Havana and the opening of the luxurious Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana was becoming a fashionable travel destination for celebrities, socialites, and upper class Americans escaping prohibition. In contrast to his frequently gritty representations of American urban life, Marsh depicted the Cuban landscape from the idyllic point of view of the artist-traveler. This exhibition brings together his rare Cuban watercolor series with postcards and printed material that document Cuba’s appeal as a tourist destination during this period.

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