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New NBMAA Lobby Exhibit Opens at Delamar West Hartford

In the Dark and Light of Cry Joy Park, by Jennifer Wen Ma. Courtesy image

The solo exhibition ‘In the Dark and Light of Cry Joy Park,’ by Jennifer Wen Ma, presented by the New Britain Museum of American Art is now on display at the Delamar West Hartford Hotel.


Concurrent to “An Inward Sea,” the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Jennifer Wen Ma at the Delamar West Hartford.

The installation will include a series of special edition prints on silk entitled “In the Dark and Light of Cry Joy Park,” 2019.

Evoking banners or hanging tapestries, the works depict sculptural landscapes that the artist created using her signature laser-cut paper structures, similar to those found in “An Inward Sea.” The installation also highlights a limited-edition series of photographic prints of Ma’s inked-plant works, including “Sprout,” “In Furious Bloom,” and “Germinating Thoughts,” all 2016.

These evocative photographs stem from the artist’s practice of applying Chinese ink – the main medium for expression and communication in East Asia for centuries – to live plants and landscapes. This traversing of art historical language is indicative of the artist’s longstanding interest in placing traditional aesthetic practices into contemporary discourse through her signature visual language.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Delamar West Hartford is located at 1 Memorial Road, West Hartford, CT, 06107. 860-937-2500. delamar.com/west-hartford

About the Artist, Jennifer Wen

Jennifer Wen Ma (b.1973, Beijing, lives and works between New York and Beijing) is a visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media of installation, drawing, video, public art, design, performance, and theatre; often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works.

Projects with international institutions include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; National Art Museum of China, Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing; Vancouver Art Gallery; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston; Seattle Art Museum; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; Qatar Museums, Doha; Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK; Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; among others.

In the DELAMAR West Hartford Gallery, there are permanent private collection pieces including “Lunar Spin” by Amy Genser, “Hello World” by Maziyar Pahlevan, “Fortune Cookie” by Johnny Swing, and “We Are The Small Fish But We Swim Together” by Charles Patrick. The hotel also features rotating exhibits with pieces on loan from New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA).

About the New Britain Museum of American Art:The New Britain Museum of American Art is the first institution dedicated solely to acquiring American art. Spanning four centuries of American history, the Museum’s permanent collection is renowned for its strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, the AshCan School, as well as the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton. The singular focus on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievement, realized through the Museum’s extensive permanent collection, exhibitions, and educational programming, make the New Britain Museum of American Art a significant resource for a broad and diverse public.

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