From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Duration: All Day

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From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

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