Fall Exhibit Offerings Include Cats, Steampunk Fairies

Cats are art? Well, why not? An event at Real Art Ways, "Connecticats," which combines art event with cat adoption, is one of the interesting gallery events taking place this season. Benton Museum has an exhibit of alternative photography methods - photogs printing their images on leaves, etc. – Florence Griswold plans a little steampunk fairy village on the outdoor grounds, and the Wadsworth Atheneum's newest MATRIX artist, Frohawk Twofeathers, turns history upside down and creates his own version. Those are just a few of this fall's offerings.

Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St. in Hartford, presents its latest MATRIX artist, Frohawk Two Feathers, from Oct. 2 to Jan. 4. His show "On Errythang (On everything)," reimagines history, beginning in 1791. "Masterworks from the Permanent Collection" ranging from the 15th to 20th centuries will open Nov. 1. "American Impressionism" opens Sept. 24, with rarely seen works by Mary Cassatt and new Arts and Crafts furniture and pottery from the recently donated Stephen Gray Collection. The 41st Annual Festival of Trees and Traditions fundraiser will run from Dec. 5 to 14. www.thewadsworth.org.

Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. in Hartford, presents "Tanya Wolski: New World of Deliciousness," which focuses on American pop-culture iconography, from Sept. 18 to Dec. 9. "Joy McKinney: The Guardian," a photographic exploration of physical contact, will be up from Nov. 6 to Jan. 18. "Fawn Kreiger: Moodboards" will be up from Oct. 16 to Dec. 16, and "Connecticats" is up from Nov. 1 to Dec. 9. That one is described as a "part performance piece, part social sculpture, part design solution" cats-in-residence program, at which cats can be adopted. www.realartways.org.

New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., presents "Nelson Augustus Moore: Connecticut Water, Hills, and Sky" from Sept. 20 to Jan. 11. Moore lived in Kensington, and the paintings on exhibit have been loaned by Todd and Marenda Stitzer of Kensington. www.nbmaa.org.

Mattatuck Museum, 114 West Main St. in Waterbury, presents "Steven Rockefeller: Chill Zone," an exhibit of long-exposure high definition video "pictures" of the Virgin Islands, Norway, the Hudson River and Shanghai, from Oct. 19 to Dec. 7. "Nathaniel Donnett: Recent Works," a show of mixed media drawings, collages, sculptures, installations and video by the Texas-based artist. from Oct. 19 to Dec. 7. From Nov. 22 to Jan. 25 the show is "Celebrity: bleacher and everard photography," an exhibit of commercial photography by Katie Bleacher and Dean Everard. www.mattatuckmuseum.org.

At Yale University in New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., presents "The Young Velázquez: Yale's 'Education of the Virgin' Restored," an exhibit of that work and two related works, from Oct. 15 to Jan. 15. "Vida y Drama de México: Prints from the Monroe E. Price and Aimée Brown Price Collection," from Oct. 17 to Feb. 1, exhibits about 50 Mexican prints and posters. artgallery.yale.edu. "Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain" will be at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., from Oct. 2 to Dec. 14. The show focuses on the relationship between the slave trade and portraiture," "Picture Talking: James Northcote and the Fables," a look at the historical painter, also will run from Oct. 2 to Dec. 14. Britishart.yale.edu.

On other campuses: The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University in Middletown presents "A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair" from Sept. 16 to Dec. 5 and "Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight: Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker" from Sept. 23 to Oct. 10. http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa. The Williiam Benton Museum of Art at University of Connecticut in Storrs presents "Chem 101: The Science of Photography," featuring photographers who experiment with traditional processes, and "Land Grant Landscapes: Pre-1950 American Landscapes from the Benton Collection," both from from Oct. 23 to Dec. 14. www.thebenton.org. At Bellarmine Museum at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, "Rick Shaefer: Rendering Nature," will be on view from Sept. 18 to Dec. 19. Shaefer works in charcoal on vellum creating images of the natural world. www.fairfield.edu/museum.

"Life Stories: Three American Women Artists in Connecticut" runs from Oct. 3 to Jan. 25 at the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. in Old Lyme, focusing on the work of Mary Rogers Williams, Mary Knollenberg and Kari Russell-Pool. The museum also will present "Wee Faerie Village in a Steampunk'd Wonderland," a return of its annual Wee Faerie Village event with a steampunk theme, featuring the work of dozens of locak artists, from Oct. 3 to Nov. 2. www.flogris.org.

Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive in Greenwich, presents "Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from: Liechtenstein: The Princely Collections, Vienna," from Sept. 20 to April 12. The show is largely made up of Dutch and Flemish 17th-century paintings. From Oct. 28 to Feb. 1, "Antarctic Photography: Selections from Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land" will exhibit Diane Tuft's photos studying the visual effects of ultraviolet and infrared light on the landscape. www.brucemuseum.org.

At Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St. in New London, "Catch the Butterflies" by Brian Keith Stephens presents a dense forest of hanging butterfly scrolls to create a fantasy immersion in a natural and yet unnatural world, from Nov. 28 to Jan. 4.; www.lymanallyn.org

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St. in Ridgefield, from Oct. 19 to April 5 will present "Standing in the Shadows of Love: The Aldrich Collection 1964–1974, Part II: Richard Artschwager, Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra"; as well as exhibits by individual artists, "Mary Beth Edelson: Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972–2014)"; "Kate Gilmore: A Roll in the Way"; "Ernesto Neto: The Body That Gravitates on Me"; "David Scanavino: Imperial Texture"; "Cary Smith: Your Eyes They Turn Me"; and "Jackie Winsor: With and Within." www.aldrichart.org.

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