The de Menil Gallery

The de Menil Gallery at Groton School, a public gallery that opened in October 2001, is a cultural resource to the Town of Groton and the region. Designed by Perry Dean Rogers/Partners of Boston, this state-of-the-art gallery has approximately 900 square feet of exhibition space.

During each academic year, the de Menil Gallery hosts three exhibitions; they showcase a variety of media, including photographs, paintings, prints, and decorative arts.
The de Menil Gallery is located at the Dillon Art Center at Groton School, a mile and half south of Groton Center on Route 111. Enter at the first gate to the right. Parking is available either behind the Art Center (a silver-roofed building) or at the Groton School Athletic Center, a short walk away.

Gallery hours: The de Menil Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays (except Wednesdays) and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends (except school holidays). The de Menil Gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information please call 978-448-7ART or Groton School at 978-448-3363.
Winter Exhibit


by Jordan Kessler
January 10–February 26, 2019
Large-scale digital prints and video

In Jordan Kessler’s "Battery" series, the artist uses the detritus of our lives as a starting point for structure and meaning. Using ignored everyday—batteries—Kessler creates duo-toned symbols from copper and tin. The very things that keep our lives going, which have no life outside of their service, are repurposed as elegant materials for artistic expression.

In the process, patterns of quiet beauty emerge. Linear and stark, Kessler's work echoes pixel patterns on a computer, or the rods and cones in a retina. In the slick and shiny surfaces, they are like messages from a dying culture, or alien code hiding in plain view.

In a world where our waste threatens to choke out our very environment, the simple act of using our discarded wares to relay meaning and beauty is not only inventive, but a statement of symbolic importance.
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