CT Historical Society and TheaterWorks to Debut Satellite Installation of Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford

February 12, 2015 · Press Releases

A Brief History on February 19, 2015
Opening reception from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in TheaterWorks lobby


Continuing its efforts to bring the resources of its museum out into the community, the Connecticut Historical Society is partnering with TheaterWorks to present a satellite exhibit that visually explores the presence of arts and culture organizations in downtown Hartford with an emphasis on how they were affected by urban renewal projects beginning in the 1950s.

An opening reception for Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford: A Brief History will be held February 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford. The event is free to the public; RSVPs are requested at rsvp@chs.org.

The exhibit at TheaterWorks is one of four satellite exhibits throughout the city that ties to (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling, the exhibit on view at the Connecticut Historical Society that explores the changing cityscape of Hartford as depicted by Connecticut artist Richard Welling. Acting as both works of art and documentary snapshots, these drawings reveal the additions and subtractions to and from the city’s architectural skyline in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In this exhibit, CHS explores how and why Hartford changed and how it affects us today. The other satellite exhibits have been featured at the Hartford Public Library, Firebox at Billings Forge and the Old State House.

The opening reception, which precedes that evening’s TheaterWorks performance of Dancing Lessons, will feature a brief talk by local artist and Connecticut Office of Tourism Creative Director Robert Gregson, who was active in the late 1970’s performance art movement in Hartford.

What: Opening Reception for Connecticut Historical Society satellite exhibit: “Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford: A Brief History”

Where: TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., Hartford

When: Thursday, February 19th, 6:00-7:30 pm before the evening performance of Dancing Lessons

Cost: Free, but RSVPs requested at rsvp@chs.org

About the Connecticut Historical Society

Established in Hartford in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the official state historical society of Connecticut and one of the oldest historical societies in the nation.

Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CHS houses a nonprofit museum, library, archive and education center that is open to the public. The CHS campus houses a research center containing over 3.5 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials.

CHS programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities and make informed decisions based on our past and present.

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