This is a select listing of area art exhibitions, musical performances, film events, fundraisers 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.
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 educationa.l 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 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: Focus on Nature (10/5 – 30), Retro Revival, Global Watch, Jonathan Demme’s Rarely Seen Cinema, World Stage on Screen and more. For information about current films and programming, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Programs and Lectures
Through December 3, 2018 – Afternoon and Evening Art Lecture and Film Series at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. In addition to the Bruce Museum’s regularly scheduled adult tours, school programs, and hands-on in-gallery family activities, special public programming to complement the exhibition In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum will include a lecture and film series outlined in full on brucemuseum.org. Pictured: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Study of Y. Guilbert (I) Linger, Longer, Loo, 1894 Ink drawing, 107 x 163 mm © Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece.
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 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec enjoyed the spectacle, the night life, and the tawdry side of Belle Époque Paris. Best known for his art portraying the café-concert and the entertainers who performed there, this exhibition explores how Toulouse-Lautrec used portraiture to comment on the absurdity and excess of Bohemian life in Paris at the turn of the century. The show examines the relationship between portraiture, caricature, and rise of the cult of celebrity in the late 19th century, while focusing on the artist’s portraits of entertainers who became icons of the Parisian nightlife. Featuring 100 drawings, prints, and posters, the exhibition showcases the artist’s satirical portraits of stage personalities like Sarah Bernhardt, Jane Avril, and Arstide Bruant alongside those of his friends and family. Pictured: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901), Jane Avril, 1893. Color lithograph (before letters) 1240 x 915 mm © Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece.
September 23 – November 11, 2017 – REINVENTED: Future Now at the Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY. At the Clay Art Center, Program Manager Adam Chau has curated REINVENTED: Future Now, a twelve person exhibit that features artists who utilize digital technology within a traditional studio practice. This show offers insight to the future of technology and ceramics – a practice that does not polarize the digital and analog, but hybridizes the two. Processes include 3d printing, lasercutting, 3D scanning, CNC routing, and more. Participating artists include: Andy Brayman, Jeremy Brooks, Dr. Katie Bunnell, Brian Caponi, Bryan Czibesz/Shawn Spangler, Sharan Elran, Brett Freund, Chris Gustin, Mia Mulvey, Megumi Naitoh, Paul Scott, and Joey Watson.
September 22 – October 29, 2017 – Illustrations of Imaginative Literature: The Korshak Collection at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. The Stamford Museum’s fall exhibition, Illustrations of Imaginative Literature: The Korshak Collection features works by both American and European artists that span more than a century, with vivid and detailed illustrations that animate totally imagined worlds, creatures, and adventures. The illustrations are from the private collection of Stephen Korshak, who has had a lifelong love of art and literature. His collection reveals the evolution of fantasy illustration and traces the history of science fiction imagery from the pages of dime-store magazines to hardcover, library-quality books. Pictured: detail from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Arthur Rackham. Pen and ink, watercolor, 1907. From The Korshak Collection.
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.
September 15 – November 10, 2017 – Vivian Maier – a Lifetime of Photographs at The Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT. Vivian Maier’s story has been pieced together only from the images she made and from the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. For over five decades while she served as a nanny in Chicago and New York, she shot more than 100,000 images, which she kept hidden from the world. Maier captured both revealing self-portraits and casual, unposed images of people in urban America; she was interested in the fringes of society, and had special interest in the poor and the forgotten. The exhibition features over seventy color and black & white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.
September 14 – November 25, 2017 – Paradigm Shifts at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce “Paradigm Shifts,” a group exhibition featuring paintings by Charles Arnoldi, Ricardo Mazal and Manuel Mérida. The artists in this exhibition explore the potential of painting as a medium, challenging its normative paint application and structure. Whether selecting pigments in their primordial form, applying them with non-traditional tools, or presenting irregular supports, these artists break with convention all-the-while maintaining an aesthetic foothold in modernism. The show opens on September 14th with a reception for the artists from 5-7pm. Pictured: Manuel Mérida, Cercle Orange, 2014, Painted wood, glass, powder pigment, motor, 47 1/4 inches in diameter.
September 10 – December 22, 2017 – Romare Bearden: Abstractions at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Recognized as one of America’s great 20th century artists, Romare Bearden is best known for his uniquely textured collages, evoking the history, culture, richness and tension of the African-American experience. This exhibition focuses on a startling body of work he produced throughout the 1950s and early 1960s comprised of exquisite, fully-abstract watercolors, oil paintings, and mixed media collages. Most of that work is largely unknown; that is about to change. Pictured: (left) Romare Bearden, With Blue, 1962, oil and pencil on linen, 50 x 52 inches, Private Collection, Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, NY © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. (Right) Romare Bearden, Silent Valley of the Sunrise, 1959. Oil and casein on canvas. 58 1/8 x 42 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously, 1960. Photo: Paige Knight. Images courtesy of Neuberger Museum of Art.
July 29 – October 29, 2017 – Nikon Small World at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Nikon Small World showcases the top 20 award-winning photographs in Nikon’s 2016 Photomicrography Competition. The images show the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The super close-up photographs are judged by independent experts on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact. Pictured: “Agate”, 2nd place photo by Douglas L. Moore, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate, Stereomicroscopy 90x.
May 11 – November 30, 2017 – At the Philip Johnson Glass House, 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. See Robert Indiana: ONE through ZERO (5/11 – 11/30) and Lynn Davis: On Ice (8/24 – 11/30/17). Several different types of tours are offered to see the exhibitions on the property and in the Art Gallery, as well as the newly restored Sculpture Gallery. To plan your visit, information is on their website: theglasshouse.org. Pictured: Robert Indiana, ONE through ZERO (c) 2017 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging.
February 4 – December 17, 2017 – Between I & Thou, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY. Between I & Thou includes artists from many different areas of the globe, exploring interconnections between the personal, cultural, religious and national. The works reflect the human need to tell the story of self and society, offering a rich conversation about the sameness and differentness among us. There is an emphasis on the inclusion of senior artists whose works cogently reflect lives lived across significant changes in history. Between I & Thou celebrates diversity.