Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen
April 11, 2014 – September 13, 2014
With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katharine Hepburn is an American icon. Born and raised in Connecticut, Hepburn’s career in stage, film and television reflected the changing role of women in the broader society. Challenging the norms of the day, she took control of her image and identity by establishing a unique sense of style which influenced countless women, fashion designers, and the informal, elegant approach to American style that continues to resonate today. This limited-time exhibition features stage costumes from The Philadelphia Story and Coco; screen costumes from films like Adam’s Rib and Stage Door; an ensemble of her signature tailored beige trousers and linen jackets; as well as vintage posters, playbills, photos, and other Hepburn-related artifacts. For its only New England appearance, stories about Hepburn’s life in Connecticut, as well as items from CHS’s collection, will be added to the display.
To find out how you can help support the exhibit and see a list of exhibit-related programs, visit chs.org/Hepburn.
Lent by Kent State University Museum.
Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano
October 2014 - January 2015
Pablo Delano's contemporary documentary photographs of Hartford portray the city's public and private buildings, street scenes, and storefronts. This installation will reveal the history and growth of the city by showing the range and diversity of its built environment; from richly decorated businesses to historic structures to derelict factories. The photographs convey today’s economic and social realities as well as the city’s past and present triumphs as evidenced through the ingenuity and motivation of its people. Pablo Delano is a Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College in Hartford. His work, including some examples of the images in the Hartford collection, can be found at pablodelano.com.
October 2014 - January 2015
Connecticut artist Richard Welling is known for chronicling the ever-changing Hartford landscape through his expansive and highly detailed ink drawings of the city. Acting as both works of art and documentary snapshots, these drawings help reveal the additions and subtractions of the city's architectural skyline throughout the 1970s. Welling also traveled the East Coast to draw other locations, including New York City. He also taught drawing classes throughout Hartford County and published guidebooks on the techniques of drawing buildings. Welling's prints, studies, and drawing instruments were donated to CHS in 2012.
Maps from the CHS Collection
August 2015 - January 2016
Maps communicate and condense information graphically and help us understand where we came from, how we got here, where people live and why, and how and why change happened. Maps support learning and scholarship in practical ways, as evidence of commerce, migration, urbanization, transportation and in theoretical or philosophical ways, as evidence of nation building and state identity, art and imagery, and ownership. This exhibit will feature a range of wonderfully detailed maps from the CHS collection.