This year marks the 20th anniversary of the time Hartford became the center of art-world controversy with the Robert Mapplethorpe photo exhibit “The Perfect Moment” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Two decades later, a new generation of photographers has been inspired to work in the same arenas — the perfection of the male form, the scourge of AIDS, the occasional shock of its undress — without the hubbub of controversy that swirled around the New York photographer who died in 1989.
That work is among the wealth of other works in “The Christopher Hyland Collection of Photography, By Way of These Eyes: The Sublime, Exotic and Familiar” opening Saturday at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain.
More than 150 works are in the show from the collection of New York textile importer Hyland, who, yes, is the brother of museum director Douglas Hyland.
“It was interesting working with two Hylands,” says assistant curator Abbie Runyan.
The idea for the exhibit, though, didn’t come from the museum director, but from…
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