Pequot Library exhibitions feature a variety of theme-based curated selections from our Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Some displays include contemporary books and artwork that highlight and complement each subject’s relevance to modern life and culture. Pequot Library is unique thanks to its Special Collections of over 30,000 rare books, manuscripts, and archives, which offer a vibrant portrait of the culture and history of the United States, nature, science, literature, and the arts.
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September 6 – October 7, 2018
Paradise [Lost] features a collection of photographs by Árpád Krizsán, Best in Show winner of Pequot Library’s 2017 Art Show. Explore with Krizsán as he scratches past the superficial “to look at the other side or what others wouldn’t see, yet finding beauty in all of it.” Krizsán’s passion for photography was inspired by his father, who taught him to “walk and see.” He has studied in Vienna, Washington, D.C., and New York City and participated in shows in Austria, New York City, and Connecticut for which he received numerous awards.
Where I grew up in Graz, Austria, artists from around the world participated in the Steirische Herbst (autumn) festival, providing a glimpse into an unpolished world beyond the picture-perfect façade. This prompted me to explore Hungarian masters such as Brassaï, Kertész, Capa, and Munkácsi and ultimately to travel to and settle in a new world. Eventually, my father gave me my first camera with the instructions “to look.” Those incredible artists and the camera opened up a new world to me and provided me with the ability to uncover the realities behind façades. Later, while in Vienna, I became a photo journalist documenting the crumbling of another, but very real, façade erected by the communist regimes all over Central and Eastern Europe. These events shaped my style of photography — the chance to capture the moment, the unstaged reactions and expressions. I strive to look beyond what might otherwise seem like undisturbed beauty, to see what is lurking just around the corner or behind closed doors. This is what drives my work: an attempt to scratch the surface, to look at the other side or what others wouldn’t see, yet finding beauty in all of it.