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{MOVE: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients} The Gallery at Constitution Plaza
1 Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

The Gallery at Constitution Plaza is dedicated to promoting cultural enrichment and visual understanding of the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and its constituent organizations. The gallery features changing exhibitions that directly relate to programs administered by COA and the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Free - sign in at the security desk and take the elevator to the second floor.

  Free - park in the Constitution Plaza South Garage (entrances on State Street and Kinsley Streets). Take the garage elevator to Level 4. Turn left and cross the garage to enter the One Constitution Plaza lobby. Sign in at the security desk and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Have your parking stub validated when you leave.

Questions about the Gallery:
Contact Tamara Dimitri at or Michelle Parrish at Exhibitions are designed to promote COA/DECD programming and grantees, therefore we do not accept solicitations.

Currently on Exhibit:

{By and by}

By and by ... at home with Sam and Livy
December 2, 2015 - March 4, 2016
Opening Reception: 4:30-6:30pm, December 2

Artspace New Haven curators Sarah Fritchey and Rashmi Talpade remake the rules of a game played by American author, Samuel Clemens, in his Hartford home, bringing it into the white cube setting. The exhibit features works on paper by 13 artists who share Clemens' aptitude for storytelling, humor, and symbolism. The work was selected from Artspace's Flatfile Collection.

The rules of the game were simple. After dinner, Sam and Livy Clemens would gather family and guests in their library, where Sam would stand in front of their great oak mantelpiece and tell a series of stories. The challenge was to incorporate the same set of objects into each story, while remaking the narrative. The more colorful the twists in Sam's stories, the more he amused his crowd with his wit. Today, the Mark Twain House & Museum displays 13 objects on the mantelpiece, including a conch shell, gold plate, white marble statue, painted portrait of a lady, miniature harp, sculptural relief of Sam, 2 alabaster blue vases, and a frivolous painting of a cat with a lace collar.

Visitors to the exhibit will find a replica mantelpiece featuring 13 contemporary objects provided by the 13 artists in the show: Lani Asuncion, Joy Bush, Jeremy Chandler, David Coon, Joan Fitzsimmons, Clymenza Hawkins, Ellen Hoverkamp, Eben Kling, Sabrina Marques, Chris Mir, Christopher O'Flaherty, Scott Schuldt, and Jessica Smolinski Schwinn. The curators asked each artist to identify one object that relates to their selected body of work. The artists were allowed to interpret this prompt as they wished, with one simple restriction - the object had to be small enough to fit on the mantelpiece. Visitors are invited to handle these objects and rearrange them to activate a new imagined story. Should they wish, visitors may curl up in the reading chair placed in front of what would be the fireplace, to record a one-page version of their story.
This homage to the historic Mark Twain House celebrates the basic practices of collecting, presenting, conserving, and interpreting objects. The show is organized as a part of Artspace's 30th Anniversary program series, Three Decades of Change, which is dedicated to experimenting with playful ways of reawakening and performing the archive. The Clemens' practice of traveling, importing, and collecting objects recalls the origins of museums, which started in the homes of nobles. Sam's game points to the fundamental aspects of curating, realizing how the methods by which we assemble, encounter, and describe an object dictates its historic interpretation. Here, storytelling preserves a space for imagining new life into old objects.

Artspace is grateful to receive support for the Flafile from the Institute for Museum & Library Services, the Maximillian E. and Marion O. & Hoffman Foundation and Nancy Grover and the late Robinson Grover.