Barkley Hendricks, a professor of studio art at Connecticut College and Yale alumnus who won a 2010 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture & Tourism, heads to Jamaica every winter when the cold gets to be too much to bear. But he hardly hangs around sipping mojitos (although he may do that as well): he paints, furiously, finishing each work in a few hours out in the sunshine for days on end until it’s time to hit the airport. Some of Hendricks’ fair-weather work will appear at the Benton Museum as part of Some Like It Hot, an exhibit of Caribbean landscapes and West African figurative paintings and photographs, including a suite of works depicting the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti (pictured), whom Hendricks documented when he visited Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana in the late ‘70s. Don’t wait until, say, late November to pay a visit, or you might find yourself fighting throngs of frosty art enthusiasts.
Barkley L. Hendricks: Some Like it Hot, Oct. 25-Dec. 18, William Benton Museum of Art, 245 Glenbrook Road, U-2140, Storrs, (860) 486-4520, thebenton.org.
Freetime: Barkley Hendricks Showcases Caribbean Landscapes at the William Benton Museum
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