Photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron to Speak at the Mattatuck Museum

The Mattatuck Museum is pleased to host renowned photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for an insider’s look at the exhibition Love, Andy: Highlights from the Andy Warhol Museum followed by a presentation about a selection of iconic portrait photographs Montgomery Barron took in the early 1980s of New York artists, gallerists, art dealers and critics, and other personalities. This program is free with admission.

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The presentation also includes an introduction to some of the major photography projects she has been involved with in recent years. Immediately following the talk, Jeannette will be available for a signing of her recent book, Scene, a compilation of her iconic photographs of New York artists, including Jean Michel-Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol. For more information about Jeannette please visit www.jeannettemontgomerybarron.com.

Jeannette Montgomery Barron was born in 1956 in Atlanta, Georgia and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. She is known for her portraits of the New York art world in the 1980s, which were published in 1989 by Edition Bischofberger, Zurich in Jeannette Montgomery Barron. A collection of her still life photographs entitled Photographs and Poems, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jorie Graham was published by Scalo in 1998. In 2004, Mirrors was published by Holzwarth Editions and includes a text by the celebrated author Edmund White. In 2006, Holzwarth Editions also published her book, Session with Keith Haring, twenty photographs taken by Montgomery Barron in Haring’s studio one afternoon in 1985.

In My Mother’s Clothes, Montgomery Barron created a poignant and enduring portrait of her late mother through still life images of her cherished clothing, shoes, and personal possessions. As her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s progressed, robbing her of any remembered past, Montgomery Barron began this unique visual album as a way of both sparking her mother’s memories, and coping with her own sense of loss. Her works are in numerous public and corporate collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Kunsthaus, Zurich and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. She has shown internationally at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Scalo, New York and Zurich, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, ClampArt, New York and Magazzino D’Arte Moderna, Rome.

Located in the heart of downtown Waterbury’s architectural district, the Mattatuck Museum is a vibrant destination known locally and regionally as a community-centered institution of American art and history. The Mattatuck Museum hosts numerous changing exhibitions each year as well as a permanent collection, which features 300 years of work by American artists. Explore the region’s history through interactive displays in the history exhibit and examine the intriguing Button Gallery featuring 10,000 buttons from all over the world.

For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at mattatuckmuseum.org or call (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 18 world-class museums and historic sites (arttrail.org). Located on the green in Waterbury, CT at 144 West Main Street, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum in the lots on Park Place.

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