Current Exhibitions
May 23 - August 10, 2014 Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage

The Benton is pleased to join in the celebration of Hartford Stage Company’s 50th anniversary season with this extraordinary presentation of an exemplary selection of costumes and props from such productions as Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, Seascape, and Hedda Gabler. As the final stop on a statewide tour, the museum is showing additional costumes surrounded by scenic elements along with an exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring Mike Stotts, managing director of the theatre company, and major players from their most loved productions.

Guest Curator: Jessica Palmer with the Benton Curatorial Department.

Jennifer Regan, Adam Green, and Michael Spencer Davis in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2013), photo by T. Charles Erickson


March 28–August 10, 2014 Ronnie Wood: Art and Music

Best known as a musician with The Rolling Stones and formerly with The Faces, Ronnie Wood is also an accomplished artist who works in a variety of media and exhibits regularly in galleries and museums. This exhibition features an exciting selection of paintings, lithographs, and pen-and-ink drawings by Wood as well as photographs and an exclusive message from him whilst touring with The Stones on their “14 on Fire” tour of Australia and Asia.

Exhibition catalogs are available for purchase at $10 including tax. To order, please call 860-486-4520.

This exhibition is made possible by Pratt Contemporary, UK and Washington Green Gallery, UK.

Ronnie Wood, Electric Horses, 2013, canvas, courtesy of Washington Green Fine Art, UK


An ongoing exhibition of works from the permanent collection
From Old Masters to Revolutionaries: Five Centuries of the Benton's Best

The Benton is pleased to present a changing selection of its most prized possessions that span five centuries. We begin with a sixteenth-century double portrait by the Spanish court painter Alonso Snchez Coello, whose unidentified subjects are a well-dressed noblewoman and child. Also featured is another image of maternal affection in the work Woman and Child by the American impressionist Mary Cassatt. The fragile pastel is a favorite in the collection, but can only be displayed occasionally for conservation reasons. Käthe Kollwitz, German printmaker and champion of oppressed, especially poor, urban women, brings a very different interpretation of the theme in her melancholy drawing of a woman with her child awaiting her drunken husband at the door of a café.

In addition to portraiture, the exhibition includes examples of landscape painting, religious imagery, and genre scenes. Of particular note are two etchings by the sixteenth-century Italian Annibale Carracci and more recent contributions in oil by the twentieth-century American symbolist painter Arthur Bowen Davies and his contemporary and fellow member of The Eight, George Benjamin Luks. No exhibition of the Benton's best would be complete without the work of Reginald Marsh, an American painter, printmaker, and illustrator who graduated from Yale with his good friend William Benton. A large-scale oil painting and watercolor by Marsh are featured in this exhibition.

Mary Cassatt (American, 1855-1926), Woman with her Child, 1889/1890. Pastel on beige paper. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.Gabriele Mnter (German, 1877-1962), Fabrik (Factory), 1908. Oil on academy board. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963), Job, 1911. Etching and drypoint on laid paper. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund. Willem Cornelisz Duyster (Dutch, ca. 1598-1635), Soldiers and Hostages, after 1630. Oil on panel. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.