New ex­hi­bi­tions open­ing Feb. 14, 18

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - YOUR WEEKEND - ByEmi­lyOl­son eol­son@reg­is­ter­ci­t­i­zen.com on Twit­ter

WATER­BURY>> TheMat­tatuck Mu­seum, 144 West Main St., Water­bury, is open­ing two new ex­hi­bi­tions this month. For more in­for­ma­tion on all of the mu­seum’s pro­grams, events, and ex­hibits vis­it­mat­tatuck­mu­seum.org or call 203-753-0381.

The Mat­tatuck Mu­seum cel­e­brates the open­ing of What! NotWhite? The Vic­to­rian Bride, on view from Valen­tine’s Day to May 29. The ex­hibit opens with a re­cep­tion on Sun­day, Feb. 14, from 2-4 p.m.

The tra­di­tion of wear­ing a white wed­ding dress did not be­gin un­til Queen Vic­to­ria’s wed­ding in 1840. Be­fore that, blue, brown, black or gray out­fits were far more com­mon. This re­cep­tion will be a beau­ti­ful way to re­flect on the past while you dream about your fu­ture. Toast to your own hap­pily ever af­ter with a lit­tle bub­bly, straw­ber­ries and choco­late.

The re­cep­tion is free, and the ex­hi­bi­tion is drawn from theMat­tatuck­Mu­seum’s cos­tume col­lec­tion with loans from the Gunn Me­mo­rial Li­brary& Mu­se­u­mand the Tor­ring­ton His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

A new ex­hibit, Vic­tor Vasarely: The Ab­so­lute Eye @ The Matt, opens with a re­cep­tion on Thurs­day, Feb. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Vic­tor Vasarely: The Ab­so­lute Eye, has more than 60 seri­graphs Bridal fash­ions of yes­ter­year are fea­tured in a new ex­hibit at the Mat­tatuck Mu­seum in Water­bury. and ob­jects on loan from the Her­ak­lei­don Mu­seum of Art in Athens, Greece.

Thiswill be the first time a se­lec­tion from the mu­seum’s ex­ten­sive Vasarely col­lec­tion — the largest in the world— will be on view in the United States. Vic­tor Vasarely is the world-renowned Father of the Op Art move­ment, and this ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­ines the op­ti­cal and geo­met­ric ground­ing of his il­lu­sion­is­tic art of­mul­ti­di­men­sional, poly­chrome spa­ces. It will be on view at theMat­tatuck­Mu­seum from Fe­bru­ary 18 through April 10, 2016. This ex­hi­bi­tion is spon­sored in part by the Sav­ings Bank of Dan­bury.

Vasarely’s un­prece­dented use of per­cep­tual ab­strac­tion and his early an­tic­i­pa­tion of the shift in hu­man op­tic­s­make hi­mone of the­most im­por­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury. In his works, a flat static im­age ac­quires il­lu­sion of­move­ment and vol­ume; fig­u­ra­tive im­age turns into ab­stract pat­tern, and vice versa. He played with back­ground and color, com­bined geo­met­ric el­e­ments in a spe­cial way an­d­ex­per­i­ment­ed­with­ma­te­ri­als. His in­no­va­tions in us­ing op­ti­cal il­lu­sions be­came ex­tremely pop­u­lar in the 1960s and 70s. His use of op­ti­cal art in de­sign, ad­ver­tise­ment and ar­chi­tec­ture led to the pop­u­lar­iza­tion of the style and opt art be­came a part of ev­ery­day life. His work went on to in­flu­ence a gen­er­a­tionof young artists and had a last­ing im­pact of print, poster, and fab­ric de­sign.

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The Mat­tatuck Mu­seum will host an open­ing cel­e­bra­tion Feb. 18for the ac­claimed ex­hi­bi­tion Vic­tor Vasarely: The Ab­so­lute Eye. The ex­hi­bi­tion of over 60 seri­graphs and ob­jects is on loan from the Her­ak­lei­don Mu­seum of Art in Athens, Greece.

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