Nut Lady on the porch of the Nut Museum.

Nuts in the Limelight - 2004 exhibition of Nut Lady Elizabeth Tashjian

Elizabeth Tashjian is back in the public eye with an exhibit that recreates part of her Nut Museum, which many feared lost forever when the museum closed in 2002 and property sold in 2003. The Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut, will host the retrospective for four months.

The exhibit features the art of Elizabeth Tashjian, "from her early academic paintings at the National Academy of Design to her daring 'outsider' paintings, sculptures and masks from the 1970s and 1980s. Included in the show is a period room that reconstructs the Nut Museum's main parlor, and a media room that will screen the Nut Lady's many talk-show appearances beginning with her debut on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."

It's organized and curated by Nut Lady booster Dr. Christopher Steiner, from Connecticut College, who photographically documented the Nut Museum before its demise. At Elizabeth's request, he also salvaged as much as he could (with the help of student volunteers), including furniture, display cases -- even a few rugs.

Elizabeth will present a gallery talk at the exhibit's opening reception, 5-7 pm, Feb. 13, 2004. On March 11, Dr. S. will give a lecture: "Performing the Nut Museum: Elizabeth Tashjian and the Art of the Double Entendre."


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