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    Tuesday, December 05, 2023

    Lyman Allyn installs temporary additions to American Perspectives gallery


    The Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London has announced that two large-scale portraits by Barkley L. Hendricks, recently on view in the museum’s exhibition “Barkley L. Hendricks in New London,” have been reinstalled in the museum’s American Perspectives gallery, where they will remain on exhibition until May 2024.

    “Brenda P.,” 1974, and “North Philly Niggah (William Corbett),” 1975, both oil on canvas, were featured in the show that celebrated Hendricks’ artistic legacy, focusing on issues of place, teaching, and community in his career. Hendricks taught studio art at Connecticut College from 1972 until 2010 and lived in New London until his death in 2017. In that time, Hendricks rose to national and international artistic prominence, best known for his large-scale painted portraits such as these. “Brenda P.” portrays former New London resident Brenda Perry, whose family was friends with the artist.

    Both portraits on view are on extended loan from the Art Bridges Foundation. Alice Walton, of the Walton Family Foundation, created Art Bridges in 2017, which is dedicated to expanding access to American art through many innovative initiatives, including loans from their important collection and supporting educational programs in collaboration with museums across America.

    Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Sun. For more information, call (860) 443-2545, ext. 2129, or visit www.lymanallyn.org.

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