This is a select listing of area art exhibitions, musical performances, film events, lectures, programs and special events that we recommend in both Fairfield and Westchester Counties. The list is updated regularly, so please check back for new events and exhibitions.
Please note: During the winter months, please check with the venue about weather-related changes.
Special Events and Fundraisers
Sunday, January 28, 11 – 12:30 pm, Clay Art Center’s Empty Bowls 2018 at Rye Presbyterian Church, 882 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY. Clay Art Center is raising awareness about food insecurity and hunger in Westchester during their bi-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. For the past 18 years Clay Art Center has mobilized hundreds of community members and artists to create thousands of handmade ceramic bowls in partnership with the Rye Presbyterian Church. This is an opportunity to purchase beautifully crafted bowls made by more than 50 Clay Art Center artists. Take home a unique bowl and enjoy warm and comforting soup & bread donated by Cornerstone Catering and Kneaded Bread, free with your purchase of a bowl. Together, with Rye Presbyterian Church and a host of volunteers, they have raised over $75,000 in the fight to end hunger in Westchester County.
Monday, January 22, 7:00pm – Eat, Drink, Man, Woman + Q&A with Executive Chef and Restaurateur Mogan Anthony at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. Ang Lee’s award-winning 1994 Taiwanese classic takes viewers on a sumptuous journey into the world of the widowed Master Chef Chu and his three unmarried daughters, who reside together under their father’s watchful eye. Driven by an exceptional ensemble cast, this charming, unexpected comedy looks at universally complex family dynamics and generational conflicts with nuance and subtlety, and features an unforgettable depiction of food as a source of uncompromising pleasure and spiritual nourishment. Followed by Q&A with Executive Chef and Restaurateur Mogan Anthony of Pleasantville’s Pub Street and Village Social Restaurants in Westchester. Special Tasting Package: Following the screening and Q&A, there will be a specially ticketed reception in JBFC’s Jane Peck Gallery where Pub Street’s Executive Chef Mogan Anthony will share a custom-crafted food sampling which highlights the Mura Ramen pop-up concept along with other tastes from the Far East. Tickets: $45 (member), $50 (nonmember).
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 current listings, visit avontheatre.org.
New Releases 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. Current film series include: The Meditative Life, Senior Afternoon Cinema, Film to Table, Retro Revival, Global Watch 2018, Remix: The Black Experience in Film, Media and Art and World Stage on Screen. For information about current films and programming, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Dance and Performance
Friday, January 26, 8:00 pm – Paul Taylor Dance Company at Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. Considered by many to be America’s greatest living choreographer, Paul Taylor is a founder and towering icon of America’s indigenous art form of modern dance. Taylor was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, recognized as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, and won an Emmy award for his achievements in choreography. The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to the Quick with a program that features a roster of classic works and audience favorites. Whether you’re a fan of ballet or modern dance, or just curious to dip your toe into the world of dance, this is one company everyone should experience at least once. This evening of incredible dance will include Roses (1985), Continuum (choreographed by Lila York, 2017), and Piazzolla Caldera (1997) featuring music by Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky. Photo by James Houston, courtesy Paul Taylor Dance Company and Quick Center for the Arts.
Friday, February 2, 7:30 – 9 pm – Work-in-Process Presentation: Meredith Monk’s Cellular Songs at Grace Farms Foundation, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan, CT. This work-in-process presentation of Cellular Songs, is the newest in a series of music theater pieces by Meredith Monk that explore our interdependent relationship with nature while seeking to evoke the ineffable. Performing with the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble (Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin, and Jo Stewart), Monk combines some of her most adventurous and daring vocal music to date with movement, light, instrumental music and film. The presentation will be the culmination of an 8-day workshop at Grace Farms where Monk and the ensemble will continue the piece’s development. Cellular Songs will premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from March 14-18 2018. Photo by Julieta Cervantes, courtesy of Grace Farms Foundation.
January 27 – May 20 – Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. The Bruce Museum’s provocative new exhibition Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance during a turbulent period marked by the ever-escalating competition for nuclear supremacy and the space race. Produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance during a turbulent period marked by the ever-escalating competition for nuclear supremacy and the space race. Creative interpretations of these key historical events and their repercussions are presented here through nearly 40 works by 17 artists from the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia. Image: Laika Cigarette Box, Bruce Museum Collection. Photo by Paul Mutino
January 20 – February 18 – 38th Annual Photography Show at Carriage Barn Arts Center, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT. The community is invited to view and celebrate the work of several local photographers at the 38thAnnual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park, New Canaan, Connecticut. The show was juried by Allison Brant, director of The Brant Foundation Art Study Centerin Greenwich, and Carl Fuldner, photography department fellow at the Yale University Art Galleryin New Haven. Both will be at the opening reception and present an award for their “Best In Show” selections. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 4-6pm.
January 20 – 28 – Art Show: Bedford at Bedford Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Road, Bedford Village, NY. Art Show: Bedford celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and will be on view at Bedford Historical Hall from January 20 – 28. Show Judges are Darsie Alexander, of the Katonah Museum of Art and Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGill Gallery. Art Show: Bedford is an outreach project of the Women of St. Matthew’s Church, benefitting local charities and is hosted by the Bedford Historical Society. There will be a Preview Party on Friday, January 19 from 6:30 – 9pm, and the show will be open to the public on the following days: January 20-21, 10-5pm, January 26, 1-5pm, January 27, 1-5pm and January 28, 1-4pm.
Extended through February 20 – 11th Biennial Miniature Print Exhibition at the Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT. The International Miniature Print Exhibition is a collaboration between the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, and the Greenwich Arts Council. It is a biennial project which receives entries from all across the world. The concept is to invite artists to submit original prints for exhibition consideration which measure no more than 4 inches square. Any hand printmaking is acceptable, and often artists use a combination of methods to produce compelling works. Since its inception in 1997, the Miniature Print Exhibition has showcased the works of artists worldwide with renowned print curators and collectors serving as jurors. This year’s juror was Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spira selected 190 works by 91 artists representing 23 countries and 16 states. Also on view: ONE BY ONE, An Exhibition from the Collection of Aid For AIDS, including paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs – on view through February 21, 2018.
January 7 – February 4 – Silvermine Galleries New Member Show, Silvermine Art Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT. Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, Connecticut presents the New Member Show, the first exhibition in the gallery for the following new Guild Artist members: Lexi Axon, Rita Baunok, Paul Baylock, Bruce Campbell, Andrew Graham, Elizabeth Higgins, Myke Karlowski, Ethan Newman, Jesse Nusbaum, Laurie Peek, Claudia Renfro, Robert Sachs, Sebastian Smith, Rashmi Talpade, Meg Tweedy, Susan Wilson and Matthew Yanchuk. Also on view through February 4 are Judith Steinberg: Memories and Desire and Dan and Jill Burkholder: Two of a Kind.
December 14 – January 24, 2018 – Venus Fly at Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, 2nd Floor, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Venus Fly, an exhibit exploring colorful new abstract work by female artists, features the work of Becca Lowry, Lauren Mabry, and Alyse Rosner. Venus Fly highlights exuberant color and an attention to detail by three artists, each working in different media: large-scale paintings, mixed media wood carvings, and ceramics. There will also be an Artist Talk featuring all three artists on Saturday, January 6th at 2 pm. Visit the Flinn Gallery’s website for more information about the exhibition and related programs. Pictured: Becca Lowry, “While we’re still willing” (detail), 2017, mixed media wood carving.
December 2 – March 1, 2018 – American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided new avenues for creative and technical exchanges between artists. Many of the artists included in the Bruce Museum’s exhibition, American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s, pushed the printmaking media in new and exciting directions. From vibrant biomorphic forms and primitive marks to lively calligraphic gestures and bold color-field patterning, the works in American Abstraction highlight the evolution of abstract art in printmaking during two exciting decades. Pictured: Stanley W. Hayter (English, 1901-1988), Window ,1970. Colored etching, 29 3/4 x 22 1/8 in. Gift of Judith and Stephen Wertheimer, Courtesy Bruce Museum.
December 1, 2017 – February 3, 2018 – Color Separation at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT will feature the work of three artists: James Nares’ large-scale brushstrokes that swirl and twist across a long surface, Raymond Saá’s cut and collaged drawings – deconstructed elements re-organized into different forms and spatial arrangements, and Peter Monaghan, who uses dowels, wood, plexi and other materials to create intriguing colorful constructions and serial assemblages. Pictured: Raymond Saá, Untitled, 2017, Gouache collage on sewn paper, 28 x 22 inches.
November 11, 2017 – April 1, 2018 – Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Treasures of the Earth will take visitors on a tour of the breathtaking splendor, wonder, and science of minerals. Approximately 100 dazzling specimens from the exceptional Robert R. Wiener Collection will be on display, ranging from enormous interconnected cubes of pyrite to dazzlingly clear crystals of selenite to fiery red hexagons of vanadinite. Truly global in span, it includes minerals from localities in Madagascar, China, Peru, Australia and beyond. Many examples of unusual crystal forms, rare combinations of multiple minerals growing together, and eye-catchingly enormous specimens are all featured. Visitors will learn how minerals gain their key properties such as color, crystal shape, luster, and size, and how they play a critical role in everything from nutrition to smart phone assembly. Photo: Selenite, Robert R. Wiener Collection, photo by Paul Mutino.
October 7 – January 21, 2018 – Walks With Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond at the Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. The Hudson River Museum opens Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond, on October 7. In 40 paintings, prints, and photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition examines the key role artists play in bringing views of nature indoors while inspiring our own outdoor itineraries. These works range from the 19th century—featuring Hudson River School artists Thomas Coleand Asher B. Durand and landscapes by George Innessand Louis Aston Knight—to today, with modern works by Joseph DiGiorgio, Ralph Fasanella, Richard Haas, Ellen Kozak, Alison Moritsugu,and Jack Stuppin, underscoring the centrality of landscape in our thought, then as now. Pictured: Joseph DiGiorgio (American, 1930-2000) Untitled Landscape, from the New York State Series, 1999. Oil on canvas Gift of Helen Di Lello and John Di Lello, 2016 Collection of, courtesy of the Hudson River Museum.
October 1 – April 22, 2017 – Anissa Mack: Junk Kaleidoscope, Alex Schweder & Ward Shelley: Your Turn and Shared Space: A New Era at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Immerse yourself in Anissa Mack‘s imaginative re-envisioning of The Fair, a project first realized in 1996 when she entered all seventy-three craft categories at Connecticut’s Durham Fair; engage in a conversation with Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley while they occupy their twenty-three foot high architectural environment; and view an international collection of photographs made over the past thirty years that considers the world’s social, economic, and political climate since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Take an expert-led exhibition tour and participate in art-making activities for all ages with Family Art-Making Workshops in the Studio. Pictured: From the exhibition Shared Space: A New Era: @Olivo Barbieri, Tibet, Lhasa, 2000. Bank of America Collection. Courtesy of Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
September 15, 2017 – February 3, 2018 – Richard Lytle: A Retrospective at Fairfield University Art Museum, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. Richard Lytle (American, b. 1935) has been exhibiting his work internationally since the mid-1950s. While still in graduate school, he was selected for Dorothy Miller’s seminal 1959 “Sixteen Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was in auspicious company, as this exhibition introduced the museum-going world to Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson and Ellsworth Kelly among others. His connection to Fairfield University dates back to a commission he received for drawings for the exterior bas-relief sculptures for the Barone Campus Center in 1965. Organized as part of the celebration of Fairfield University’s 75th anniversary, this retrospective is a celebration of that long relationship. It includes Lytle’s original drawings for the bas-reliefs – a recent gift to the museum from the artist – early charcoal drawings from the 1960s Nude Figures Series, a selection of Pod Series drawings from the 1970s, as well as watercolors and large oil paintings spanning the breadth of Lytle’s career.