Along with our Cultural Pursuit member events, this is a select listing of additional recommended area art exhibitions, musical performances, film events, lectures, programs and special events in both Fairfield and Westchester Counties. The list is updated regularly, so please check back for new events and exhibitions. Please note: Some events are weather-dependent or subject to change. Please check with the individual venue when making plans.
Special Events, Programs and Lectures
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 pm – The Making of Monsters with Ron Hutchinson & Brian Dennehy at Bedford Playhouse and Clive Davis Arts Center, 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY. Based on his memoir, Emmy-winning screenwriter Ron Hutchinson offers an insider’s look at the ways of Hollywood — detailed accounts about what actually happens on a location and the real job of the “actor”. In this live theatrical performance, on stage with Mr. Hutchinson to sort through the wreckage of what could have been a career-ending disaster will be actor Kevin O’Brien and a special appearance by Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy as Marlon Brando. Guests will hear the inside story on what is often regarded as one of the most hyped but worst movies of all time – the $60 million “train wreck” The Island of Dr. Moreau with a cast of characters including Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis and John Frankenheimer. The show features a Q&A after the performance and Mr. Hutchinson’s book ‘Clinging To The Iceberg – Writing For A Living On The Stage And Hollywood’ will be available for signing and purchase. For more: bedfordplayhouse.org.
Sunday, February 24, 7:00 pm – The Avon Oscar Party at Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT – Walk the Red Carpet at 7:00pm when the festivities kick-off with the Avon’s new Wine & Beer Bar and hors d’oeuvres. Watch the LIVE telecast from Hollywood of the Red Carpet arrivals at 7:00pm on the Avon’s big screen. The 91st Annual Oscar® telecast premieres at 8:00pm. A sampling of delicious Oscar Party treats will be served right after the Best Supporting Actor Award is announced. Prizes will be awarded for “Most Glamorous Red Carpet Attire” and “Best Movie Star Costume” for both men and women! Tickets – $45 Avon Members / $60 Non-Members. Free Admission – Gala 2019 Patrons. For tickets and more information: avontheatre.org.
Sunday, February 24, 7:00 pm – 2019 RIFF (Ridgefield Independent Film Festival) Oscar Screening Gala at Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. With special celebrity co-hosts Lisa Lamanelli & Jane Green, RIFF’s Fabulous Academy Awards Screening Gala will be bigger & better than ever before. After an amazing event last year, they’re changing things up a bit and moving to a new partner venue, the stately Lounsbury House, for what will be a spectacularly retro classic Hollywood vibe, celebrating the best of 2018 cinema. For tickets and more: riffct.org.
Wednesday, February 27, 10 – 11 am – Coffee with the Curator at Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT. Tour the new museum galleries with Curator of Museum Collections Karen Frederick, learn about the artists of the Cos Cob art colony whose works are on display in the Permanent Collections Gallery; and see the fascinating and interactive History Is… exhibition. Drawing on objects and images from the Historical Society’s collections, History Is… encourages visitors to reflect on the role history plays at different stages in their lives and explores the ways individuals look at, define and interpret history. The exhibit embodies the Historical Society’s mission to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future. For more: greenwichhistory.org.
Thursday, February 28, 5:30 – 7pm – The Extraordinary Havemeyer Collection: “From the Occident to the Orient and from Clouet to Cézanne”, a lecture sponsored by Greenwich Art Society at Greenwich Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. The Greenwich Art Society will present a lecture by Laura Dickey Corey of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, highlighting the extraordinary Havemeyer collection, “From the Occident to the Orient and from Clouet to Cézanne”. Ms. Corey, Research Associate in European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss the legacy and impact of the Havemeyer bequests on American museums. When the bequest of the Havemeyer collection to The Met was announced in 1929, then-director Edward Robinson hailed it as “one of the most magnificent gifts of works of art ever to be made to a museum by a single individual”. The Museum now houses over 4,000 objects once owned by Louisine and Henry Osborne Havemeyer and their descendants in nearly every curatorial department. This talk will illuminate how the family was inspired to become such prolific and generous collectors and how their legacy has left an indelible imprint on American museums. For more: greenwichartsociety.org.
January 2 – March 1, 2019 – Open for Entries – Your Place Squared: A Community Art Project at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. The Bruce Museum is organizing an exhibition of small artworks created entirely by the public for the public. They invite art lovers of all ages, interests, and abilities to submit a depiction of “your place” as part of this new community art project. Based on the popular 2012 exhibition of self-portraits, Your Face Squared, the Bruce now asks participants to turn to the landscape for creative inspiration and to be a part of Your Place Squared: A Community Art Project. The subjects of Your Place Squared can be a favorite scene or setting — your home, a room, or any space that you treasure as your own. The artworks can be created in any medium, including writing, drawing, painting, photography, and collage. The Museum will accept artworks from January 2 through March 1, 2019, with submitted artwork on view in the Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery from March 9 through June 2, 2019. For more: brucemuseum.org.
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 pm (Wine and Cheese Reception 6:30 pm) – The Black Lens: Through a Lens Darkly, Post-film Q&A with director Thomas Allen Harris, moderated by Harriette Cole, curator of The Black Lens Film Series at Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT. The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals. Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action. For more: avontheatre.org.
February 5 – March 7 – The Meditative Life 2019: Consciousness, Meaning and Connection at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. Jacob Burns Film Center’s annual series explores not only meditation and mindfulness, but also the many ways in which we investigate the different realms of the human experience. This year’s programs draw us close to spiritual leaders and practitioners, steep us in music and art, and bring us into the worlds of kirtan, monastic life, and yoga. They encourage us to grapple with the end of life, the nature of reality, provocative treatments for trauma—and how to really listen. Includes: Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring; On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace; Exit Music; From Shock to Awe and more. For more: burnsfilmcenter.org.
New Releases and Film Series at Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT. The Avon Theatre features the best of independent, world and documentary films, foreign and Hollywood classics and educational programming that enhances the cultural richness of the downtown Stamford community. Itself a 1939 historic landmark, provides a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting. Series include: French Cinematheque, Documentary Night, Discover Indian Cinema, Cult Classics, and other special events and film series for members and the public. For more information: avontheatre.org.
New Releases, Holiday Offerings and Film Series at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. One of the most successful suburban art houses in the country, they celebrate film as a vehicle for entertainment, education, and inspiration. With their films, events, community screenings, visiting artists, and special guests, they strive to further their nonprofit mission, spark dialogue and encourage an acceptance of a diversity of perspectives among their theatergoers and the community—something they started when they opened their doors in 2001. For more: burnsfilmcenter.org.
The Bedford Playhouse & Clive Davis Arts Center, 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY. After over three years of fundraising, planning, and construction, Bedford Playhouse opened its doors to its 167-seat Main Theater, the largest of its three theaters, in May. Home of the Clive Davis Arts Center, the new Playhouse will be a vibrant cultural and social destination featuring outstanding films, arts-related programming and educational offerings — as well as a fun, welcoming place to socialize. It will be a special place where culture and community come together every day. For more: bedfordplayhouse.org.
Theater and Performing Arts
October 10, 2018 – May 26, 2019 – Long Wharf Theatre’s 2018-19 Season, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT. Embark on a journey of 6 plays that will take you outside yourself, moving you to laugh, cry, smile, and wonder as you are introduced to people and places you’ve never known. Their season opens with The Roommate, October 10 – November 4, followed by Paradise Blue, November 21 – December 16; Miller, Mississippi, January 9 – February 3; Tiny Beautiful Things, February 13 – March 10; An Iliad, March 20 – April 14; A Doll’s House, Part 2, May 1 – 26, 2019. For more: longwharf.org.
Beginning Tuesday, February 19 – Caramoor Summer Season tickets on sale to the public – Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. Caramoor’s 74th Summer Season brings seven weeks of top-notch music, from cutting-edge compositions, to the finest in early music, and from orchestral and chambermasterpieces to jazz, American roots, and world music. Featuring a spotlight on Caroline Shaw, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Messiaen, Daniil Trifonov in recital, Alisa Weilerstein, The Milk Carton Kids, Laura Benanti, Eddie Palmieri, and more! New this year! Buy more and save 15% with their Summer Series. For more information and tickets: caramoor.org.
Saturday, February 23, 8:00 – 10:00 pm – West Side Story Symphonic Version with Norwalk Symphony and New Paradigm Theatre, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. ABOUT: Tony, Maria, Bernardo, Anita, Jets vs. Sharks, and Officer Krupke! And the songs: Maria, Somewhere, and Tonight from Leonard Bernstein’s ground-breaking classic, with full orchestra, chorus and outstanding featured vocalists. Presented in collaboration with New Paradigm Theatre, Kristin Huffman, Producing Partner and Shakespeare on the Sound’s Claire Kelly, Stage Director. Come and be amazed and enchanted all over again! For more: norwalksymphony.org.
March 17-18, 2019 – Greenwich Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra present “Spring Strings” – Each takes place in Greenwich, CT – Sunday Concerts: 4:00 p.m., Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road and Monday Concerts: 7:30 p.m., Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Avenue. The program features a string quartet, quintet and sextets in works that contrast tradition and contemporary styles: Haydn – String Quartet in D, Op. 17, No. 6; Strauss – Sextet from Capriccio; Bailen – Finale from Saratoga Sextet; Bruckner – Adagio from String Quintet and Chen – Six for String Sextet. The audience is invited to a wine and cheese reception with the musicians after the concert on Sunday and during intermission on Monday. The next and final performance of the season will be April 28-29, 2019: “Uncommon Voices”, highlighting instruments not always in the chamber music limelight – the bassoon, double bass, and viola. For more: chamberplayersofthegso.org.
Fall-Spring 2018-19 Season at Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. A perennially beloved summer destination, Caramoor remains a hub for musical and artistic exploration all year round. The 2018-19 fall-spring season offers a wealth of the diverse and imaginative programming with which the Westchester estate has long been synonymous, with presentations spanning the musical spectrum from jazz, American roots, and cabaret to chamber and vocal recitals, a period-instrument orchestral concert, and a musical lecture. Some performers featured this season: The English Concert, Alexandre Tharaud, and Quatuor Ébène are among the A-list acts making Caramoor debuts, while stellar returning artists include Julia Bullock, New York Polyphony, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Acoustic Hot Tuna, and Christine Ebersole. Fall and spring concerts are held indoors amid the authentic Renaissance furniture, paintings dating from the 16th century, and terra cotta reliefs of the Rosen House Music Room. For more: caramoor.org.
Jazz Forum Club, 1 Dixon Lane, Tarrytown, NY. On June 9th, 2017 Mark Morganelli and his wife, Ellen Prior opened the Jazz Forum as the only dedicated Jazz club in Westchester County, New York. This 90-seat weekend-only live music venue is an intimate listening room with a warm and welcoming mood, affordable ticket prices and clear sightlines from all seats. It has been presenting internationally renowned and master musicians. The club presents headliner Jazz artists on Friday and Saturday nights, Brazilian groups on Sundays afternoons, top-notch Jazz groups on Sunday nights, and monthly jam sessions. With a Steinway grand piano, hand-crafted walnut bar, informal dinner and full bar menu, separate lounge and pool room, and contemporary art gallery, the club has been an astonishing success. It is now the affordable alternative to NYC clubs for music lovers from New Jersey, Rockland County, Connecticut as well as across Westchester as a “wonderful new addition to the New York area Jazz scene.” For more: jazzforumarts.org.
February 22 – May 27, 2019 – Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The Guitar celebrates the artistic development of the guitar. Developed by The National Guitar Museum in New York, New York, it features 40 objects, ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative. The exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past four hundred years to modern efforts to reinvent the guitar with different materials, shapes, and approaches to design. Spanning centuries of design and craftsmanship, the exhibition takes visitors through the history of an object that is one of the most recognizable items on the planet. There will be a public opening reception on Thursday, February 21 from 5 – 7pm, RSVP here. Following the reception, there will be a Third Thursday Program: Flamenco Guitar Performance and Group Flamenco Dance Lesson from 7 – 9pm. For more: stamfordmuseum.org.
February 17 – March 23, 2019 – Rick Shaefer, Three Trees: Life-Size Drawings at Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT. Rick Shaefer was Best in Show in Silvermine’s Art of the Northeast, and this solo exhibition is a result of that honor. He draws with charcoal—using a language of mark-making that is defined, gestural, and rhythmic—to create life-sized images on vellum paper. The richness of detail, reminiscent of Rembrandt’s etchings or Durer’s woodcuts, imbues the work with a resonant stillness and dignity. The three trees in this exhibition give full rein to Shaefer’s fascination with the majesty and the ponderous bulk of these fallen Oaks and the exquisite complexity of the underside of the pulled-up Sycamore stump: views that we might pass by without notice if they were not pulled from their surroundings and placed directly before us. Beyond their stylistic bravura, Shaefer’s drawings interrogate the ties that bind the natural and human worlds. Opening Reception: Sunday, February 17, 2 – 4 pm. For more: silvermineart.org.
February 17 – March 10, 2019 – Reflections: Collected Moments from CCP’s Flat Files at Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. This exhibition showcases an extraordinary collection of prints previously housed in the flat files at Center for Contemporary Printmaking. The artworks included in this exhibition have been selected from CCP’s expansive collection of fine art prints and spotlight work produced at the Center over the course of many years as part of its diverse programming. Featuring delicate monoprints on rice paper, deeply textured etchings, and other unique works. To complement this exhibition, CCP will host an evening gallery talk on Tuesday, March 5th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM where visitors will hear directly from CCP’s Staff Master Printer, Chris Shore, about the contents of the exhibition. This program is free to the public. For more: contemprints.org.
February 16 – March 23, 2019 – ReFRAMING Aging: Health, Happiness and the Arts at Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT. This exhibition will feature artists who are making the some of strongest works of their careers. Their visually compelling art in a variety of media addresses socially relevant humanities ideas—engaging visitors of every age. ReFRAMING Aging will debunk myths about aging, deepen visitors’ understanding of why lifelong creativity matters, and inspire intergenerational bonds—illuminating what it means to age creatively in our youth-oriented society when people are living longer. Saturday, February 16, 2 – 4 pm: Opening Reception and Keynote Lecture The Science Behind the Art: How Everyone Can be Creative, and Why it Matters with James Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and a leading scholar on creativity. For more: silvermineart.org.
February 8 – May 12, 2019 – The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. The moon—its face, color, and enduring myth—threads through the tapestry of American landscape painting, holding timeless allure for artists everywhere. The exhibition features more than 60 works of art, highlighting key painters who depicted the moon, including Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Frederic Church, Susie M. Barstow, George Inness, Edward Bannister, Ralph Blakelock, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Arthur Dove, Edward Steichen, Oscar Bluemner, Marguerite Zorach, Joseph Cornell, and Jamie Wyeth. All of the works in the exhibition underscore how the Romantic idea of the moon held an inexorable pull for artists, and was central to its depiction of landscape, a subject of ongoing engagement at the Museum. There will be Curator Tours on Saturday, February 9 with Laura Vookles and Sunday, March 3 with Bart Bland at 1:30 pm, as well as other related programming. For more: hrm.org.
February 9 – June 2, 2019 – Buried Treasures of the Silk Road at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Buried Treasures of the Silk Road showcases the extraordinary collection of Chinese tomb sculpture in the Fred and Jane Brooks Collection of the Bruce Museum. Featuring dozens of rare and delicate terra cotta figurines, painted and glazed ceramics, and other antiquities. To complement this exhibition, the Bruce will present a series of docent tours and related programs: on Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Kirsten Reinhardt will give a Curator’s Talk on the Fred and Jane Brooks Collection of Chinese tomb art, as well as objects and antiquities from the permanent collection featured in the exhibition. On Monday, March 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Virginia Bower, Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will discuss “Of Camels and Kings: The Silk Road and Tang Dynasty Tomb Sculpture.” On Thursday, April 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, David Ake Sensabaugh, former Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, will present “Providing for the Afterlife in Han Dynasty China”. For more: brucemuseum.org.
February 2 – March 30, 2019 – The Great Race at Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY. Clay Art Center will be using its exhibition space to understand and celebrate cultural heritage; they will be telling the story of the Great Race – a short story narrating the travels of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals to the Jade Emperor to solidify their place in the calendar. Each artist has chosen one animal of the zodiac to represent in clay – their own unique history shapes their contemporary interpretation. While the story of the Great Race will be outlined throughout the gallery, each artist will provide information as to why they chose each animal and how it is relevant to contemporary culture. Participating Artists: Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Ayumi Horie, Sin-Ying Ho, Adam Chau, Patti Warishina, Steven Lee, Hatsumi Suyama, Kenjiro Kitade, Vipoo Srivilasa, Sunkoo Yuh, Kyungmin Park, Kensuke Yamada, and Adriel Tong. Opening Reception, Saturday, Feb 2, 6-8pm. For more: clayartcenter.org.
January 31 – March 13, 2019 – Fluid Terrain at Flinn Gallery, 2nd Floor Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Fluid Terrain features works by three women artists whose inspiration virtually flows from nature. Although their artwork is abstract, suggestions of land, sky, and seascapes are inevitable. Laura Fayer, Amy Genser, and Suzan Shutan use paper and paint to present interpretations of the natural world. Opening Reception is Thursday, January 31, 6 – 8 pm, and there will be a few exhibition-related events, including two Artist Talks: one with Laura Fayer and Amy Genser on Sunday, February 3 at 2 pm, the second with Suzan Shutan on Sunday, February 24 at 2 pm. For more: flinngallery.com.
January 27 – May 27, 2019 – How Art Changed the Prison: The Work of CPA’s Prison Arts Program at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of visual art made in Connecticut’s correctional institutions over the past three decades, borrowed from current and former inmates, private collections, including that of the curator, and from the permanent collection of the Prison Arts Program, which is part of Community Partners in Action (CPA), a non-profit that focuses on behavioral change of both current and past inmates of Connecticut’s prison system, in addition to advocating for criminal justice reform. Organized by Jeffrey Greene, who has been with the program for twenty-seven years, the exhibition will include the work of approximately twenty-eight artists. The program is unique due to Greene’s radical approach that rejects art as an activity pursued through academic exercises, but rather an expansive and integrative pursuit that focuses on giving voice to inner worlds and personal histories, and the belief that learning and growth are primarily achieved by the making of art, not by learning technique. For more: aldrichart.org.
January 26 – April 20, 2019 – Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art will showcase more than 100 original works celebrating the history of this unique art form in America. Among the many items on display will be an early editorial cartoon by Thomas Nast, a spectacular Prince Valiant Sunday page by Hal Foster, and a witty New Yorker gag by Peter Arno, as well as classic Peanuts, Doonesbury, and Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. Treasures from this rich and varied repository represent all of the cartoon genres, including comic strips, newspaper panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, magazine cartoons, caricature, illustration and animation. For more: brucemuseum.org.
January 25 – March 29, 2019 – A French Affair: Drawings and Paintings from The Horvitz Collection at Fairfield University Museum of Art, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. History, mythology, poetry, and portraiture provided a vast range of subject matter for French artists of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Drawn from the peerless holdings of The Horvitz Collection—one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of early modern French art—this exhibition features paintings and drawings in all these genres by such celebrated artists as Charles Le Brun, Nicolas de Largillière, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Oudry and Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy Trioson. The impressive selection of over 50 drawings, some exhibited with related prints, focuses on a particular category—designs for book illustration—thereby highlighting not only the creative inventiveness of the artists who formulated lavish visual imagery from the written word, but also the rich literary traditions of France and the vibrant book publishing industry they spawned. For more information about the exhibition and programs: fairfield.edu.
January 23 – June 16, 2019 – Miniaturizing Modernism: Richard Pettibone Paints the Neuberger’s Rickey Collection at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Important works by well-known artists donated to the Neuberger Museum by George and Edith Rickey are displayed alongside miniature “copies” that the Rickeys commissioned artist Richard Pettibone to create as “mementos” of the donated works. This is the only collection, public or private, in which Pettibone’s commissioned works are preserved together with their corresponding originals. For more: neuberger.org.
January 19 – March 31, 2019 – High Design: Art Fueled by Function and Taddeo Zucaro and the Act of Drawing at Gallarus Arts Space, 215 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY. About High Design: From a pair of Florentine Sgabelli chairs made in 1500’s to a Ducati Motorcycle from 2002, a selection of objects that were created to be handled and yet which transcend their usefulness. About Taddeo Zucaro: The painter Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-1566) was called “Raphael Reborn” in mid 1500’s Rome and was praised by Michelangelo and Vasari and though he died young like Raphael at age 37 he rose to be one of the most accomplished draughtsman of the late Renaissance. His development will be surveyed through a collection of original drawings by him and his studio showing his innovation and influence as a graphic artist. For more: gallarusarts.com.
January 11 – March 2, 2019 – Fractured: Spencer Platt at Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT. Curated by world-renowned art critic Kenneth Baker, this first solo exhibition of award-winning photographer and Westport native Spencer Platt, presents the photojournalist’s work in a fine art space and context, allowing the viewer to question meaning, place and situation. This exhibition conducts an experiment: subjecting the work of photo-journalist, Spencer Platt to the pressures of presentation in a fine arts venue. News photos fulfill their purposes, frequently beyond the camera worker’s intentions or expectations, serving some editorial agenda to inform or illustrate, provoke response, or embed events in civic memory. Yet the photographic acts — reflexes responding to immediate circumstances, perhaps steered by an assignment — also have their own particular content and personal register. This selection of Platt’s work cross-sections all these dimensions. For more: westportartscenter.org.
January 3 – February 23, 2019 –“Jae Ko: 漂流 Drift” at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Jae Ko: 漂流 Drift,” the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. In addition to showcasing recent wall and free-standing sculpture, Ko will create a site-specific installation consisting of 50-60 industrial sized rolls of recycled paper. The public is invited to witness the artist at work beginning January 3rd and view the installation as it takes form. About the artist: Born in Korea, Ko grew up in Tokyo and was formally trained as an artist at Wako University before moving to the United States. She earned her MFA and went on to develop a highly personalized technique to create the sculptural work for which she is today known. Early explorations working with water and paper (submerging utilitarian Kraft paper into ocean-soaked sand) led her to test the physical properties of the material and combine these with traditional paper techniques used in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cultures. Her geometric shapes and concentric circles referenced nature, such as waves, ripples in sand and water rings. For more: heathergaudiofineart.com.
December 1, 2018 – March 3, 2019 – Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pastime or Scientific Pursuit? at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Presented in the Bantle Lecture Gallery, the exhibition Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pastime or Scientific Pursuit? explores the hobby and profession of plant collecting around the turn of the nineteenth century. Starting in the 1820s, botanical collecting became a hugely popular outdoor activity for both amateurs and professionals. Plant collecting was an acceptable activity for women, children, and gentlemen alike. For decades, amateurs and academics respected each other as colleagues, publishing articles in the same journals, exchanging specimens, and considered one another peers. But by 1900, a divide developed between the two camps that fractured the former collaborative spirit. As botanists moved toward academic and scholarly work, local clubs of amateur enthusiasts carried on the tradition of collecting and pressing plants as a hobby. Highlighting amateur collectors in Connecticut from 1885 – 1944, this exhibition presents beautiful and fragile historical herbarium specimens. For more: brucemuseum.org.
November 21, 2018 – February 27, 2019 – A Gathering: Sculpture from the Collection at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. A Gathering: Sculpture from the Collection includes 19 objects spanning a period of fifty-five years (1947-2002), and highlighting the versatility of materials worked by different hands. The artists in the exhibition employ steel, aluminum, wood, and found objects to explore movement, sound, origin, transformation, minimalist form, and the specificity of three-dimensional objects in space. The exhibition includes sculpture that ranges from the figurative to the abstract and from the playful to the profound. Artists included in the exhibition are François Baschet, Harry Bertoia, Chakaia Booker, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Melvin Edwards, Robert Goodnough, Robert Helsmoortel, Donald Judd, Barbara Korman, Heinz Mack, George Rickey, Arthur Simms, Kenneth Snelson, Günther Uecker, Ursula von Rydingsvard. For more: neuberger.org.
September 2018 – March 2019 – Practicing 2018 | Julianne Swartz: Joy, still. at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan, CT. The temporary sound installation Julianne Swartz: Joy, still. is comprised of three new, collaborative, site-responsive works in the River building at Grace Farms. This project is part of the Arts Initiative’s Practicing series, which since 2015 has brought together interdisciplinary cohorts of collaborators to explore empathy, awe, silence, and joy. The multisensory works—Joy, still. in the Sanctuary; Transfer Objects in the Library, and Prelude / Postlude in the corridor that connects the Sanctuary and Library sites—are directly inspired by Foundation’s Practicing Joy workshop, a multifaceted study involving poets, theologians, composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, chefs, and humorists. This practically invisible installation makes use of the SANAA-designed River building’s acoustic character, creating shared and singular sonic spaces where visitors may contemplate joy and appreciate the splendor of the site. For more: gracefarms.org.
FAIRFIELD WESTCHESTER MUSEUM ALLIANCE: Established in 2009 to help promote the rich and diverse offerings of eight cultural institutions in Fairfield, Westchester, and the Bronx, the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance continues to give local families and visitors the opportunity to enjoy eight great museums for the price of one. The eight FWMA member institutions are: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT); Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT); Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT); Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY); Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY); Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY); Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY); and Wave Hill (Bronx, NY). Become a member at any of these participating organizations and get free admission at eight neighboring institutions, from the Bronx to Bridgeport. Visitors who are not members of an FWMA organization can request a free same-day pass to all FWMA museums when paying admission at any one of the eight institutions.