Dreams and Memories


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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371, United States Map

The pandemic that transformed the world beginning in 2020 has prompted consideration of our communal future—as we look ahead, what are our dreams and aspirations, what memories and hopes guide our present and shape what comes next?

Dreams and Memories both manifest and generate ideas, perhaps no more powerfully than in art. This exhibition combines historic and contemporary art from the Florence Griswold Museum’s permanent collection to explore the themes of dreams and memories as multidimensional drivers of artistic creativity and expressions of powerful forces in American society.

Biologically, dreams and memories are linked—dreams are part of the process through which our experiences are translated into memories that encode and preserve the past. Dreams may soothe and restore, or can reflect our uncertainties and fears. Beyond the unconscious dream, by day people cultivate their ambitions by dreaming, and “dream up” future goals and desires.

Through works by such artists as Arthur Crisp, James Daugherty, Edmund Greacen, Mary Knollenberg, Willard Metcalf, Charles Ethan Porter, Winfred Rembert, and Bessie Potter Vonnoh, the exhibition will explore these ideas through themes such as reverie, surrealism, identity formation, religion, social action, historical memory, and the American dream.

Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Museum

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