On Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 5 to 8pm, the New Haven Museum will open a ground-breaking new exhibition in collaboration with Artspace that couples material from the Flatfile’s holdings of contemporary art with selections from the New Haven Museum’s historical collections. This is the first time the Flatfile collections have been shown in a museum context, and one of the fledgling projects for expanding the Flatfile’s presence in our community through extra-gallery programming. “Value Systems” is inspired by the dynamic history of New Haven, a 376 year-old New England city that has been at the forefront of trends in politics, invention, innovation, architecture, and commerce.

Inspired by our local infrastructure and connected events that have shaped our community, show curator and New Haven Museum Director of Photo Archives, Jason Bischoff-Wurstle has explored the collections of both institutions to highlight components that collectively inform our civic consciousness.

There will be a special tour as a part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas on June 17 at 1:30pm. The exhibition will run through November 2, 2014.

This exhibition marks the debut of FOLD, a specially-commissioned portable exhibition kiosk designed to showcase works from the Flatfile when they travel from the Artspace gallery. FOLD was designed by Peterson Rich Office. Artspace’s Flatfile is the proud recipient of a 2014-2015 IMLS grant which has made the expansion of our exhibition initiative and FOLD possible. We are also grateful for the generosity of The Maximillian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation and Robinson and Nancy Grover for their support of the Flatfile.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862, is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information visit www.newhavenmuseum.org or facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183. The New Haven Museum is located at 114 Whitney Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 12 – 5pm.