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    Friday, May 24, 2024

    Barkley Hendricks: home again

    Detail from “Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved Any Black People – Bobby Seale),” by Barkley L. Hendricks (Courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)

    For decades, the artist Barkley Hendricks lived in New London, quietly painting brilliant works of, among other things, visionary Black portraiture. He was also a respected photographer, particularly his images of jazz musician, and he taught at Connecticut College. Only relatively late in life did his art and reputation blossom beyond a sort of niche critical awareness and fan base to global respect and admiration.

    On Friday, a new exhibition, “Barkley L. Hendricks in New London,” opens in the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and runs through Sept. 3. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the museum.

    The exhibition features 35 works that thematically represent Hendricks’ local roots and experiences including 10 newly archived photographs uncovered and printed after his death in 2017.

    “Barkley L. Hendricks in New London,” Friday through Sept. 3, Lyman Allyn Museum of Art, 625 Williams St., New London, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.; $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 active military, $5 students, free to New London residents; (860) 443-2545, lymanallyn.org.

    Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. today, Lyman Allyn Museum of Art; free to members. $10 non-members, RSVP required; (860) 443-2545, lymanallyn.org.

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