Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm
and prior to most events
Dante & Robert Panichi
From September 2 to October 18, 1987 the Benton Museum at the University of Connecticut displayed the works of painter Roberto Panichi (1937) inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. The exhibition came about thanks to the interest of UConn Italian professor, author translator and poet Glauco Cambon (1921–1988), who passed away prematurely the following year. It is also because of Glauco Cambon that the Italian program was established her at UConn. In 1986 Cambon became Acquainted and captivated with Panichi’s works shown at the Palazzo Corsini, Florence, and the painting’s interpretations of The Divine Comedy. From there began an extensive correspondence between the professor and painter which eventually let to the Benton’s acquisition of thirty-four works, illustrating the greatest masterpiece of Dante Alighieri, as well as a thirty-fifth, a portrait of the poet himself.
Today, in remembrance of professor Glauco Cambon, we are brining to light once again a significant selection of these paintings through which we would like to recall a small part of our Italian Program’s history at UConn as well as demonstrate the importance and richness which stems from the connection linking the different arts.
May 15 - July 27, 2015
Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm
Garments and personal items from the UCONN Historical Costume and Textile Collection provide a glimpse into the life of the extraordinary Beatrice Fox Auerbach, one of the most famous women in Connecticut history. An avid world traveler, Beatrice Fox Auerbach (1887 – 1968) was an influential philanthropist and the owner and CEO of Hartford’s most famous store; G. Fox & Company from 1938 to the 1965. Beatrice Fox Auerbach was an innovative pioneer in labor relations. She established the 5-day work week, employee medical and retirement plans, interest free employee loans, and was one of the first to hire blacks in positions with an opportunity to advance. She also provided advancement opportunities for women.
As a land-grant university, the University of Connecticut has a long history of acquiring and preserving garments, accessories and textiles pertinent to the history of the State of Connecticut and New England. Since 1898, when the Home Economics Department was created, many talented professors and students have worked endlessly to amass over 8000 items, 3500 of which are garments. This is the largest study collection of historical garments and textiles in New England, and Beatrice Fox Auerbach has donated nearly 500 items that are relevant to her life and Connecticut’s history. Through her wardrobe and personal accessories, we get a special look into the history of a powerful woman of our time on the cusp of the feminist movement.