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Painting in the Museum By American abstract painter Joan Thorne

Joan Thorne: Light, Layers, Insight

February 1, 2020 - January 3, 2021

The Barry Art Museum is presenting its first temporary exhibition, featuring the complex chromatic work of American abstract painter Joan Thorne. This retrospective, organized by Museum staff, consists of 30 large-scale oil paintings on canvas spanning the artist’s career from the early 1970s to 2018.

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Orchids: Attraction and Deception

February 4, 2021 - August 1, 2021

The work included in this exhibition ranges widely, mirroring its inspiration – one of the largest and most diverse plant groups on the planet.  From pure botanical fascination to climate change, from historical model-making to the history of collecting and colonization, the ten contemporary artists represented approach the orchid from very different angles. Working in printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, paper, and varied hybrid media, their work is thoughtful, insightful, challenging, and beautiful.