At the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, there are currently four shows on view: something for those interested in contemporary painting and sculpture by women, a view of our world from the perspectives of artists who work on a smaller scale, black and white photography by Brett Weston, and early dinosaurs and local geological discoveries.
Her Crowd: New Art by Women from our Neighbors’ Private Collections
– on view through December 31, 2016
This is an exhibition of art created by women in a variety of different mediums, all of which come from private collections in the Fairfield and Westchester Counties in Connecticut and New York. Themes include motherhood, sexuality, beauty and its discontents, femininity and feminism and how gender and race intersect. There are a total of almost 30 artists represented, including Yayoi Kusama, Kiki Smith, Betye Saar, Annie Lapin, Margaret Lee, Carol Bove, Dana Schutz, Jessica Stockholder, Jenny Saville, Tara Donovan and others.
Small Scales: Lands of Enchantment
– on view through January 29, 2017
Using our world and a myriad of depictions of small scale natural environments, the artists in this exhibition find ways to draw in the viewer for a different kind of viewing experience. Not simply something to take in and fully appreciate at first glance, these small works encourage observation and more in-depth discovery, as there is usually a personal story and message behind and within each work.
Towards Abstraction: 1940 – 1985: Brett Weston Photographs from the Bruce Museum Collection
– on view through February 12. 2017
Throughout his nearly seventy-year career, Brett Weston (1911-1993) used a long telephoto lens that diminished the depth of field, thus flattening his images, lending to abstraction. He used a medium or large-format camera and contact printed on high-gloss paper directly from the negative, both selecting his subjects carefully and composing in the viewfinder rather than using extensive cropping and manipulating of images. A collection of photos both from both natural and urban surroundings, this is a beautiful collection, crisp with detail and rich in tone, with striking compositions.
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Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of Dinosaurs
– on view through July 16, 2017
This exhibition, organized by the Bruce Museum and curated by paleontologist and Bruce Museum Curator Dr. Daniel Ksepka with assistance from Paul Griswold Howes Fellow Kate Dzikiewicz, highlights local discoveries that place the Connecticut Valley at the epicenter of one of the most dramatic eras of prehistory. Two hundred million years ago, early dinosaurs lived alongside bizarre reptiles on the supercontinent Pangea, which would come to a violent end. As the Triassic Period gave way to the Jurassic Period, the Earth itself split open along a seam that ran through the center of Connecticut, unleashing a massive flood of lava that triggered extinctions throughout the globe.
Family Gallery Tours are available on Sundays from 11:30 – 12:15 pm and docent tours are available on Tuesdays and Fridays. For a complete listing, please check the Bruce’s Calendar page on their website.
Film Screening. Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck – Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 10:30am – 11:45am
Small Scales: Artist Lecture – Blane De St. Croix – Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 6:00pm – 7:45pm
Science Lecture. Fire and Ice: Dinosaurs and the Comparative Anatomy of Mass Extinctions – Tuesday, December 6, 2016 — 6:30pm – 8:00pm
For a full listing of the Bruce’s exhibition programs, please visit their website at brucemuseum.org.