Form and Function: Decorative Arts from the Collection

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August 7 2019 - August 31 2019

114 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510
203-562-4183

PRICE: Adults $4; Seniors $3; Students $2; Under 12 Free

PHONE: 203-562-4183

TIME: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm

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On-going. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.; First Sunday of every month is free and open 1 to 4 p.m. Form and Function: Decorative Arts from the Collection highlights a small selection from the renown collections of historic design and decorative arts at The New Haven Museum. Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, the New Haven Museum has long been a repository for some of Connecticut's decorative arts treasures. If aficionados are familiar with the magnificent colonial furniture, silver, and paintings in the Museum's collection, its important holdings of nineteenth- and twentieth-century objects are less well known. In curating a new installation, guest curator Benjamin Colman wanted to create unexpected dialogues between objects made at different times in different media. Spanning from baroque-furniture to contemporary design, the pieces on view are arranged into four thematic groups: Politics, Childhood, Business, and Eclectic Homes. These objects were made with functional forms to serve a useful purpose. Yet in their exuberant designs and bold style, they also demonstrate the spirit of the individuals who created them, and the generations of people who used them.

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