WELCOME UCONN FRESHMEN10:00am
Friday, August 23rd, 2019
10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Storrs Campus The William Benton Museum of ArtWelcome to UConn Art freshman and welcome back returning students!
Visit the Benton with your student ID and pick up a free T-shirt (limited supply).
Do a scavenger hunt in our galleries with new friends, or create some chalk art on our patio.
WELCOME BACK UCONN STUDENTS!1:00pm
Saturday, August 24th, 2019
01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Storrs Campus The William Benton Museum of ArtWelcome to UConn Freshman and welcome back returning students.
Visit the Benton Museum with your student ID and:
* pick up your free T-shirt (limited supply!)
* do a scavenger hunt in our galleries with friends
* have fun chalk drawing on our patio
WELCOME BACK UCONN STUDENTS1:00pm
Sunday, August 25th, 2019
01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Storrs Campus The William Benton Museum of ArtWelcome back returning students. Visit the Benton with your student ID and pick up a free T-shirt (limited supplies). Do a scavenger hunt in our galleries with friends, or get creative with chalk art on our patio.
Opening Reception for West African and Cuban exhibitions4:30pm
Thursday, September 5th, 2019
04:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Storrs Campus The William Benton Museum of ArtJoin us for an Opening Reception at The Benton Museum for "Souvenirs D'Afrique: Arts of Africa from the Collection of Janine and Josef Gugler", and for "The Lure of Cuba: Reginald Marsh's Tropical Watercolors, 1924-1930".
RSVP appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-486-4520.
FREE. Open to everyone.
Cash Bar; Light hors d'oeuvres
Remarks at 5:30
From 5:00-6:30pm enjoy live music by performers from the musical FELA! playing a variant of Fela’s music. FELA aKUsTIc is a radical reinterpretation of the music of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti. Fela’s 15+ piece orchestra has been stripped down to a 3-piece band featuring: Duain Richmond (who played the role of Fela on Broadway) on vocals, Ricky Quinones (from the Broadway musical) on guitar, and Domenica Fossati, multi-instrumentalist and singer.
Fela Kuti was from Nigeria—where the majority of the collection in the Souvenirs d’Afrique exhibition was compiled in the early 1960s. Fela’s popularity peaked in the 1970s but he started playing in the 60s in the Nigerian Afrobeat and highlife scene in Lagos.
More information about the exhibition at http://benton.uconn.edu.
Image Credit: Igbo Maiden Mask (collected in Ukpo-Ak-pu, Nigeria, 1961 by Janine and Josef Gugler). This mask is unused by was intended for ritual masquerade. Collection of the Benton Museum.
Critical Looking: A Gallery Dialogue12:15pm
Friday, September 13th, 2019
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Storrs Campus The William Benton Museum of ArtTap your powers of observation and learn how to investigate a single work of art through close looking and discussion with Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison.
The focus of this month's subject is a Mende helmet mask in the Arts of Africa exhibition.
Develop your critical thinking skills by learning to look at objects with a critical eye. This skill can be transferred to navigating everyday life, your job or studies.
Contact Information: Karen Sommer x5084More
Free Pollinator Puppet-Building Workshops10:00am
Saturday, September 14th, 2019
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Storrs Campus Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, Downtown StorrsThe Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will once again offer fall community puppet-building workshops to design and build life-size and over-life-size puppets for a new Connecticut Pollinator Pageant to be performed at the Celebrate Mansfield Festival in Downtown Storrs. These free workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. Workshop participants will be invited to perform in the community Connecticut Pollinator Pageant at the 16th annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m.
The theme for this year's Ballard Institute community pageant for the Celebrate Mansfield Festival is—Pollinators! Connecticut pollinators are not simply honeybees and bumblebees. In addition, there are scores of native flies, bees, butterflies, bats, and beetles that make important contributions to our lives by pollinating crops. Working together, workshop participants will create over-life-sized masks and puppets representing their favorite pollinators. These puppets and masks will then be part of The Connecticut Pollinator Pageant, to be performed in Betsy Paterson Square at the Celebrate Mansfield Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m.
No experience is necessary to participate in these free community puppet-building workshops, but registration is requested. Participants can come for one or both days and are not required to stay for the entire time. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. To register for the workshop, or if you require accommodation to participate, contact the Ballard Institute at email@example.com or 860-486-8580.
Contact Information: Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-486-8580More