The Mattatuck Museum begins its three part Spring Lunch & Learn series with a lecture on the Male Nude in 20th c. American Art with museum Curator Dr. Cynthia Roznoy on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This lecture has been developed in conjunction with the current exhibition, American Master Prints from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly on display in the museum’s Whittemore Gallery through May 19, 2013.

Turn-of-the-century artistic interest in the contemporary male nude coincided with the rise of cultural interest in issues of masculinity and athleticism. Join Dr. Roznoy in a discussion of male beauty in works by George Bellows, Reginald Marsh and Charles Demuth, among others.

American Master Prints examines the work of six artists who rejected genteel and fashionable subject matter for scenes that reflected modern life including George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Martin Lewis, Reginald Marsh, and John Sloan. Cultural history comes alive in their visual first-hand accounts of topics as far-ranging as boxing, church-going, storms and floods, subways and country fairs. Important historical figures in art, literature, politics and sports are portrayed and states of mind, emotions and records of urban alienation are evidenced.

Among the 110 works in the exhibition are iconic images such as George Bellows, Stag at Sharkey’s (1909), Edward Hopper’s Night Shadows (1921), and Reginald Marsh’s Bread Line (1929). As first-hand accounts of popular culture, these prints bring history alive.

After the lecture you are invited to stay for lunch and enjoy the many exhibits at the museum. Lunches are only available on a pre-order basis by Friday, March 22, 2013.

Admission to each the lectures in the Spring Lunch and Learn series is $5 for museum and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members and $10 for non-members. Join the museum to immediately qualify for member benefits. Please register in advance at or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10.

Visit or call (203) 753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, CT Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 16 world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is located behind the building on Park Place.