This is a curated listing of recommended in-person and online art exhibitions, musical performances, film screenings, lectures, programs and special events in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and surrounding counties in New York and Connecticut.
For a comprehensive list and interactive map of museums, theaters, film centers and performance venues throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties and beyond, visit our Cultural Destinations page.
The Artistry of Jacques Pépin at Stamford Museum
November 19, 2021 — January 30, 2022 at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is pleased to present The Artistry of Jacques Pépin, a retrospective of the celebrated chef and James Beard award winner’s artwork. The exhibition will feature over seventy works of art from the past five decades. Jacques Pépin, known primarily for his pioneering French cooking, began painting over fifty years ago. Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, Pépin has lived in Connecticut since 1975. His artistic journey began with hand-illustrated menus he created to celebrate mealtime gatherings with family and friends. He eventually expanded his practice into a creative exploration of animals, farm scenes, still-lifes, and rural landscapes. Inspired by the world around him, Pépin’s subject matter is especially personal. Jacques Pépin’s colorful, spirited paintings are intrinsically tied to his identity as a chef. For more, visit stamfordmuseum.org.
Jacques Pépin photo courtesy Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Norwalk Symphony presents Amahl and the Night Visitors
Sunday, December 5 at The Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Offering an afternoon (1:00 pm) and an early evening performance (5:00 pm), the Norwalk Symphony and friends will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s beloved opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. “We are really excited to be doing this,” commented Music Director, Jonathan Yates. “I always loved Amahl and the story of how Menotti received a commission to write a Christmas opera for TV, how he struggled for a theme, and how, at the last minute, found inspiration the walls of the Metropolitan Museum; The Adoration of the Maji, by Hieronymus Bosch. The painting brought back memories of his childhood in Italy, where it was the Three Kings (and not Santa) who brought children their gifts. That the opera was a true labor of love can be found in the fact that so much of the music and dialogue resonates in peoples’ heads without them even knowing it.” Adult tickets are $50 and students and children up to age 18 are free and can be purchased online at the Symphony’s website www.norwalksymphony.org or by calling the NSO office at 203 956-6771.
Clay Holiday Market
November 16 – December 24 – Online and in-person at Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY. Shop Local and give hand-made at Clay Art Center’s highly coveted Annual Clay Holiday Market for the best in functional pottery and ceramic sculpture featuring ceramic ornaments, menorahs, dinnerware, mugs, serving pieces and more for all your special occasions by national and regional artists. It is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind ceramic art & objects for holiday gift-giving as well as for one’s own use. Your purchase directly supports the artist and helps fund Clay Art Center. Direct shipping or curbside pick-up available after online purchase. For more, visit clayartcenter.org.
Pictured: Ceramic Trees by Jess Palmer, image courtesy Clay Art Center
Boscobel Holiday House Tours
Saturdays through December 18 at Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY. Explore the beauty and historical significance of Boscobel’s Historic House Museum, with an expert guide or at your own pace. Boscobel’s interiors display a celebrated collection of New York furniture from the Federal period, including rare documented examples by America’s most celebrated cabinetmaker, Duncan Phyfe. Polished mahogany, gilt bronze, and cut glass sparkle with always-changing natural light. Pastoral landscapes appear on paintings, prints, ceramics, and even furniture. Through December 18, the house and grounds will be decorated for 19th-century holidays, with guides highlighting holiday traditions from centuries past. All house tour tickets include admission to 68 acres of their grounds, including lush gardens and a woodland trail. Overlooking Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Boscobel’s landscape showcases dramatic views of the Hudson River. For more and tickets, visit boscobel.org.
Photo by Deborah DeGraffenreid, courtesy Boscobel House & Gardens
Songs Without Words: The Art of Music at Nassau County Museum of Art
November 20, 2021 – March 6, 2022 at Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY. There is something for everybody in this chorus of sight and sound. Rare and important instruments like the Les Paul guitar that Keith Richards played on the Ed Sullivan show and a Gibson Flying V or Paganini’s infamous “Cannon” violin are surrounded by manuscripts and memorabilia featuring Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Bernie Taupin, Frank Zappa and an unforgettable portrait of Lady Gaga by Robert Wilson. Masterworks by Matisse, Degas, Vuillard, Feininger, Juan Gris, Bearden, Johns and Hockney join important new works by Idris Khan, Hassan Hajjaj, Tim Rollins and KOS, Christine Sun Kim and many others. The enchantment of a walk-in gamelan along with a veritable orchestra of wind, string and percussion instruments from Africa, Asia and the Middle East takes you beyond borders of time and geography into the deeply human creative space where art and music perform their timeless duet. For more, visit nassaumuseum.org.
Ann Gardner: Expanding the Perception of Light at Heather Gaudio Fine Art
November 20, 2021 – January 8, 2022 at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. Ann Gardner’s artistic practice stems from a life-long exploration of light, color, pattern, and volume. Using one of the most ancient man-made materials, glass, her sculptures are presented in a range of formats, shapes, and scales. Gardner hand-cuts colored glass into tiny mosaic pieces and reassembles them onto steel armature structures. These come in a variety of forms, such as curved geometric shapes, tubular ovals, waved panels, star bursts or round compositions created in a series. Their volumes protrude into space and recede into themselves, thereby allowing for additional flickering of light, color, and reflection to take place. Some of the sculptures are mounted onto walls while others are free-standing or suspended from the ceiling. Gardner is also known for creating large-scale, site-specific installations that not only bring attention to the works themselves but also to the environments they occupy. These can be presented in the form of sculptures or mosaic murals. For more, visit heathergaudiofineart.com.
Pictured: Ann Gardner, Untitled, 2021, glass, steel, 44 x 88 x 2 ½ inches. Image courtesy Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Deck the Walls Exhibit and Fundraiser at Carriage Barn Arts Center
November 28 – December 11 at Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT. Tuesdays through Sundays 11am – 4pm. Wreath Auction & Sale and Small Works Exhibit – Shop and bid online! Opening Artists Sunday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Shop at the Carriage Barn Arts Center from 1-5pm and give the gift of art this holiday season, all works $250 or less. Artist demonstrations and activities, Scout & Cellar wine tasting & more. Deck the Walls Holiday Party on Thursday, December 2 from 7 – 10 pm: Live Music by Bad Dog Buddy Band with cocktails, champagne & craft beer bar.
The Octagon House: Victorian Christmas Tour
November 12 – December 30 at The Armour-Stiner Octagon House, Irvington, NY. Celebrate the holiday season in Victorian splendor at The Armour-Stiner Octagon House – a lyrical, eight-sided home surrounded by the sights of Christmas in 1872. The restored National Landmark will be filled with elaborate holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of ornaments on a grand Christmas Tree inside the salon. Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark’s shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape. The Armour-Stiner Octagon House retains its magnificent ornamentation and furnishings and includes the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture. For more and to purchase tickets, visit armourstiner.com
Photo courtesy The Armour-Stiner Octagon House
The Schoolhouse Theater Zoom Matinees with The Pandemic Players
Live streaming via Zoom on Saturdays at 3:00 pm: November 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18, January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5. This play reading series by The Schoolhouse Theater featuring The Pandemic Players is offered free of charge. To learn more about The Pandemic Players and the actors in these performances, click here. Donations are encouraged and appreciated.
“A Doll’s House Part 2”
by Lucas Hnath
Saturday, Nov 13th – 3:00pm
“The Gin Game”
by D.L Coburn
Saturday, Nov 20th – 3:00pm
“You Can’t Take It
by Kaufman & Hart
Saturday, Nov 27th – 3:00pm
“Sweet Bird of Youth”
by Tennessee Williams
Saturday, Dec 4th – 3:00pm
by William Nicholson
Saturday, Dec 11th – 3:00pm
“Dancing at Lughnasa”
by Brian Friel
Saturday, Dec 18th – 3:00pm
“The Madwoman of Chaillôt”
by Jean Giradoux
Saturday, Jan 8th – 3:00pm
“God of Carnage”
by Yasmina Reza
Saturday, Jan 15th – 3:00pm
“Jeeves & Wooster”
in Perfect Nonsense
by the Goodale Brothers
Saturday, Jan 22nd – 3:00pm
by David Hirson
Saturday, Jan 29th – 3:00pm
“The Philadelphia Story”
by Phillip Barry
Saturday, Feb 5th – 3:00pm
Stamford Symphony Announces 2021-2022 Season at The Palace Theatre
November 14, 2021 – May 8, 2022 at The Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT. Stamford Symphony is pleased to announce the calendar of performances of its 2021-2022 season, welcoming the Fairfield County community back to their home stage at the Palace Theatre. Featuring many great works by Florence Price, Beethoven, Dvorak, and concluding the season with the largest work the Symphony has ever performed, Pictures at an Exhibition, this will surely be a season not to be missed. The season is one of the most diverse ever presented with works spanning 250 years and recognizing tumultuous times in our history form the slavery era to the 1918-1920 pandemic which ushered in the Roaring Twenties. Alongside the great masters, works by four living composers are programmed. Season subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now.
Photo courtesy Stamford Symphony
For Justice and Peace
Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm
Rhapsody in Blue with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
From Struggle to Victory
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
Zukerman Plays Bruch
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022
Pictures at an Exhibition
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Date: Sunday, May 8, 2022
New York Polyphony in Caramoor’s Music Room
Saturday, December 11, 5:00pm or 7:00 pm at Caramoor’s Music Room, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. New York Polyphony a cappella vocal quartet brings their exquisitely blended voices back to the Music Room in Sing Thee Nowell, a program of sacred Christmas music spanning seven centuries. The Rosen House, splendidly decorated for the holidays, will be open for viewing one hour prior to each performance. Ring in the holidays with New York Polyphony’s “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (NPR). For more and tickets, visit caramoor.org.
Pictured: New York Polyphony during their performance in the Caramoor Music Room in 2018. Photo by Gabe Palacio, courtesy Caramoor
Bedford Playhouse Holiday Offerings
Classic Tuesdays: Holiday Inn on November 30
Christmas Vacation and Ugly Sweater contest on December 4
A Day in the Life with Mrs. Claus: Meet & Greet and Sing-Along on December 11
It’s A Wonderful Life on December 21
Explore their website to learn more about these programs, as well as newly-released films, author talks, filmmaker talks, and other special events. For more and to purchase tickets, visit bedfordplayhouse.org.
African American Art in the 20th Century at Hudson River Museum
October 15, 2021–January 16, 2022 at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. Drawn from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, these works range in style from modern abstraction to stained color to the postmodern assemblage of found objects, and their subjects are diverse. Benny Andrews, Ellis Wilson, and William H. Johnson speak to the dignity and resilience of people who work the land. Jacob Lawrence and Thornton Dial, Sr. acknowledge the struggle for economic and civil rights. Sargent Johnson, Loïs Mailou Jones, and Melvin Edwards address the heritage of Africa, and images by Romare Bearden celebrate jazz musicians. Sam Gilliam and Felrath Hines conduct innovative experiments with color and form. This will be the only New York venue for the exhibition. The featured artworks were created at significant social and political moments in America. Words of Howard University philosophy professor Alain Locke, novelist James Baldwin, Civil Rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and their contemporaries provided insight and inspiration. In response, these artists created an image of America that recognizes individuals and community and acknowledges the role of art in celebrating the complex and diverse nature of American society. For more information on the exhibition and related programming, visit hrm.org.
Pictured: Beauford Delaney, Can Fire in the Park, 1946, oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum, museum purchase. Image courtesy Hudson River Museum
Bedford Chamber Concerts Return with Live Performances
October 20, 2021 – May 18, 2022 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, NY. After a difficult year, Bedford Chamber Concerts is offering a full season of chamber concerts: live performances for in-person attendance. All tickets are sold on a will call basis. To protect the health of the audience and musicians, proof of vaccination against COVID must be presented at the door, and masks must be worn during the concerts. Health requirements will be adjusted as necessary in accordance with New York State mandates.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Bach & Newman
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Holiday Concert – Handel for Organ and Voice
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Happy 337th Birthday Bach!
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Wednesday May 18, 2022
Happy 189th Birthday Brahms!
New Choral Society presents 2021-22 Season
October 23, 2021 – April 24, 2022 at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, 6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale, NY. With John T. King, Conductor. New Choral Society’s mission is to promote a greater interest in classical choral works within the immediate Westchester area, to include standard classical repertoire, as well as innovative and unique offerings. New this year – if you are unable to attend in person, you may purchase a virtual ticket to view the performance beginning the following Wednesday.Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic all performances are subject to change or may be presented virtually.
Carl Orff – Carmina Burana
Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 PM
G.F. Händel – Messiah, Part I
Friday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 PM
An Evening of Chamber Music
Saturday, January 22 at 8:00 PM
Joseph Haydn: Theresienmesse in B-flat Major, Hob. XXII:12
Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 PM
John Rutter – Sprig of Thyme
Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 PM
Pictured: Mozart Grand Mass in C minor on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Photo by Lawrence Tsuyuki
When Caged Birds Sing at MoCA Westport
October 29, 2021 – January 8, 2022 at MoCA Westport, 19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport, CT. When Caged Birds Sing is a Human Rights Teaching exhibition created by esteemed Westport, CT-based artist Ann Weiner, a long-time resident who has had a tremendous impact on the artistic community through her works of art, writings, teaching and philanthropy. The exhibition features eight life-size sculptures representing current women’s rights activists who suffered and survived abuse because of their gender, and who continue to advocate for the rights of others at risk. The title of the exhibition is based on the Maya Angelou poem, Caged Bird, which includes the refrain, “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.” When Caged Birds Sing includes two well-known women, Malala Yousafzai, a survivor of Talibanization who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Laverne Cox, a survivor of transphobia who was the breakout star of the TV series “Orange is the New Black,” and is now a transgender advocate. For more information about the exhibition, visit mocawestport.org.
Pictured: Left: Artist Ann Weiner, photo by Stacy Bass Photography. Right: Weiner’s representation of Malala Yousafzai, photo by Stacy Bass Photography. Images courtesy MOCA Westport
Caramoor’s 2021–22 Fall-Spring Season
October 1, 2021 – May 22, 2022 at Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah NY – From Caramoor’s Blog: With expanding audiences and a lineup that continues to go from strength to strength each summer, Caramoor also remains a hub for musical and artistic exploration all year round. The 2021–22 Fall-Spring season, presented indoors amid the paintings dating from the 16th century, terra cotta reliefs, and authentic Renaissance furniture of the historical Rosen House Music Room, is highlighted by three outstanding pianists: distinguished British classical virtuoso Stephen Hough (Nov 14), “exquisite” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Florence Price champion Michelle Cann (March 20), and influential jazz pianist and composer Brad Mehldau (April 14). Celebrated period-instrument ensemble The English Concert performs an all-Vivaldi program, led from the harpsichord by Artistic Director Harry Bicket (Nov 19). The Grammy-nominated and consistently critically acclaimed Danish String Quartet performs in the spring (April 22), and the Callisto Quartet, serving as Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence for another fall and spring to compensate for missed opportunities during the pandemic, gives two performances that include world premieres commissioned by the quartet from rising young composers (Nov 7 & April 3)… For more, visit caramoor.org.
Pictured: Pianists Stephen Hough, Michelle Cann, and Brad Mehldau; Baroque Music from English Concert; Two World Premieres; and Roots, Jazz, Broadway and More Highlight Caramoor’s 2021-22 Fall-Spring Season (Oct 1–May 22). Image courtesy Caramoor
ARRIVALS at Katonah Museum of Art: New Exhibition Explores American Origin Stories Through Five Centuries of Art
October 3, 2021, to January 23, 2022 at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY – Organized around a select series of arrival moments—from Columbus in 1492 to the present day—ARRIVALS is a conversation about the stories we have told ourselves and those we have kept silent. Through five centuries of art, the exhibition explores how artists have reckoned with the myths and origin stories that have shaped American identity. In the process, the artists on view chart distinctive aesthetic paths to define ideas of heritage and belonging, navigate their own arrival stories, and hold space for a more capacious understanding for all of us of what it means to be American. More than fifty artists are featured, including vanessa german, Titus Kaphar, Dorothea Lange, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Ben Shahn, Roger Shimomura, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Kara Walker, among others. ARRIVALS will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by Dr. Christina Knight, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies and Director of the Visual Studies Program at Haverford College, Dr. Erika Lee, Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies and Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and ARRIVALS curator Heather Ewing. Ewing is Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs at New York Studio School and a research associate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more and advance tickets, visit katonahmuseum.org.
Pictured, left: Dorothea Lange, “I Am An American”, 1942. Photograph, printed 2020, 34 x 44 inches (86.4 x 111.8 cm). Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, National Archives Identifier 210-G-A35. Restoration courtesy of Anchor Editions. Right: Titus Kaphar, “Columbus Day Painting”, 2014. Oil and mixed media on canvas, 67 3/4 x 90 3/4 x 4 inches (172.1 x 230.5 x 10.2 cm) The Heiskell Family Collection ©Titus Kaphar. Images courtesy Katonah Museum of Art
The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony 50th Anniversary Season
October 10, 2021 – April 24, 2022 at Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, and Christ Church, Greenwich, CT. The Chamber Players look forward to a year of musical celebration! They will present four new and exciting concert programs, selected from the increasingly diverse chamber music repertoire.
Oct. 10, 11: “Romantic Allusions” with music by Alexander Glazunov, Eleanor Alberga, Hugo Wolf and Robert Schumann
Nov. 14, 15: “Sympathetic Resonance” with music by William Grant Still, Antonin Dvorák and Ludwig v. Beethoven
Mar. 6, 7, 2022: “Blow, Ye Winds” with music by Sofia Gubaidulina, Jean Francaix, Louise Farrenc and Jeff Scott
Apr. 24, 2022: “A Tale Through Time” presenting music by David Baker and a semi-staged production of Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”
Please note: All Chamber Players musicians and volunteers are fully vaccinated. For the protection of audience members and musicians, they will require everyone to wear a face mask and observe social distanced seating. If circumstances change and warrant further measures of protection, they may ask the audience to also show proof of COVID vaccination. For program information, locations and tickets, visit chamberplayersofthegso.com.
Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects at Fairfield University Art Museum’s Walsh Gallery
September 18 – December 18, 2021 at Fairfield University Art Museum’s Walsh Gallery at Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. Carrie Mae Weems is asking probing questions about humanity, about representation, and about power with these photographic and video works. In Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects, Weems focuses on the humanity denied in recent killings of black men, women, and children by police. She directs our attention to the constructed nature of racial identity—specifically, representations that associate black bodies with criminality. Our imaginings have real—often deadly—outcomes. Blocks of color obscure faces just as our assumptions around race obscure individual humanity. Through a formal language of blurred images, color blocks, stated facts, and meditative narration, Weems directs our attention toward the repeated pattern of judicial inaction—the repeated denials and the repeated lack of acknowledgement. For more information, hours and visitor guidelines, visit fairfield.edu/museum.
Pictured: Carrie Mae Weems, “Color Real and Imagined”, 2014, from Blue Notes series, archival pigment print with silkscreened color blocks. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Images courtesy Fairfield University Art Museum
Tim Prentice: After the Mobile Outdoor Installation at The Aldrich
September 19, 2021 – April 24, 2022 at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. After the Mobile is a two-part solo exhibition by artist Tim Prentice (b. 1930), known for his innovative work in the field of motion in sculpture. Prentice has been a resident of Connecticut since 1975, and After the Mobile marks his first solo museum exhibition since 1999. The exhibition will feature twenty indoor works, six outdoor works, and a video portrait of the artist, presented both in the Museum’s galleries and Sculpture Garden, with the indoor exhibition on view from March 29 to October 4, 2021, and the outdoor installation on view from September 19, 2021 to April 24, 2022. For more information, admission information and visitor guidelines, visit thealdrich.org.
Pictured: Tim Prentice, “Long Yellow Zinger”, 2008. Neoprene, aluminum, stainless steel, 96 feet horizontal. Private Collection.Image courtesy the artist and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
At Flinn Gallery: Not By The Book
September 23 – December 8, 2021 at Flinn Gallery, 2nd Floor Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT – “Not By The Book” is certainly an unexpected title for an art show housed in a library’s gallery. This unusual exhibit at the Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library’s ninety-second season features the works of four artists who use books themselves rather than the words written within to express their creative ideas. Shiela Hale builds with books taking her inspiration from nature. Chris Perry regards books as sculptural objects, Andrew Sovjani expands the boundaries of books’ content or physical nature using photography and, engineering to create works that stretch nature’s boundaries, and Erin Walrath transforms recycled books to alter the original print messages into visually expansive new contexts. All rely on different aspects of the physical structure of books as the basis of their artistic endeavors. Pages, covers, bindings and selected contents contribute to the different artists’ expressions in the way words supplied the narratives of the original authors. Curators: Leslee Asch and Kira Albinsky. There will be an opening reception on September 23, 6 – 8pm, and Artist Talks on October 24 and November 14 at 2:00 pm. As per Greenwich Library protocols, masks required. For more and associated programs, visit flinngallery.com.
Pictured: Erin Walrath, “Nothing Is Broken,” book spines, archival glue, bookbinding tape, rope, 17 in. diameter x 10 in. depth, 2018. Image courtesy Flinn Gallery
Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Season Opens with American Trailblazers
September 25, 2021 – May 21, 2022 at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Norwalk Symphony Orchestra’s Season opens with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring Suite, joined by Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, and pieces from two American women composers. Suite of Dances (1951), by Florence Price, the first African-American woman whose work was performed by major symphony orchestras, reintroduces a neglected and important composer and local composer Gwyneth Walker introduces her composition Hints and Tappings from The Light of Three Mornings.
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 7:30pm – American Trailblazers
Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 7:30pm – Mainly Mozart
Sunday, December 5, 2021 – 1:00 and 5:00 pm – Amahl and the Night Visitors
Sunday, March 20, 2022 – 3:00 pm – Carnival of the Animals
Saturday, April 23, 2022 – 8:00 pm – Jazz with the Brubecks
Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 7:30 pm – Verdi Requiem
Greenwich Symphony announces 2021 – 2022 Season
September 25, 2021 – April 10, 2022, Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm at Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road, Greenwich, CT. Greenwich Symphony Orchestra returns to the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center! The first concerts in the series will feature Chee-Yun, violin with Stuart Malina, conductor. Program for September 25-26: Barber, Music for a Scene from Shelley, Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5
Franck, Symphony in D.
For a welcome message from Conductor Stuart Malina, click here.
September 25 & 26, 2021 – Stuart Malina, Conductor
November 20 &21, 2021 – Martin Majkut, Conductor
January 8 & 9, 2022 – Melisse Brunet, Conductor
February 26 & 27, 2022 – David Lockington, Conductor
April 9 & 10, 2022 – Ransom Wilson, Conductor
At The Aldrich: Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth
September 8, 2021 to January 2, 2022 at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth is the first solo museum presentation of Brooklyn-based artist Adrienne Elise Tarver (b. 1985) and the second series in The Aldrich’s newly established Aldrich Projects. Exhibited on the Leir Atrium’s Art Wall, Tarver debuts Manifesting Paradise (2020–ongoing), a suite of twenty-two mixed media works on paper based on the Major Arcana (major mysteries), the foundational card set of the centuries-old tarot deck, alongside Weary As I Can Be (2021). The vibrant colors and tropical settings that saturate these compositions—a fixture of her overall practice—aim to reclaim the perceptions of the exoticized, tropical seductress imparted on Black and brown women by Western civilization. For more information, visit thealdrich.org.
Pictured: Adrienne Elise Tarver, “Weary As I Can Be”, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Richard Haas: Circles in Space at Hudson River Museum
June 25, 2021 – January 9, 2022 at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY – Richard Haas (American, b. 1936) is best known for his illusionistic architectural murals and trompe l’oeil style, painted on and within prominent buildings across the United States in cities including Portland, Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Yonkers, as well as international commissions in cities such as Munich, Germany. During the pandemic and while working from his home in Yonkers, the artist turned to painting on a more intimate scale, moving away from realistic imagery. He was inspired by the circular geometry of the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959), for whom he worked as a teenager. The experience played a formative role in cultivating his fascination with architecture and urban design, which features in a majority of his paintings, drawings, and prints. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, visit hrm.org.
Pictured: Richard Haas (American, b. 1936), “Circles in Space”, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. © 2021 Richard Haas / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Image courtesy Hudson River Museum
Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs at The Aldrich
June 7, 2021 to January 2, 2022 at The Aldrich, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Marginal Costs is the first solo museum exhibition of artist Lucia Hierro (b. 1987). Hierro’s practice, which includes sculpture, digital media, and installation, confronts twenty-first century capitalism through an intersectional lens. Appropriating imagery that ranges from commerce to art history, Hierro’s choices manifest her own multidimensional experience as a Dominican American New Yorker. With a studio methodology steeped in Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and European still life painting, as well as her own biographical circumstance, Hierro’s work surveys power, individuality, and opportunity specific to the communities she orbits. Lifting visual matter off the street and media outlets, she expresses subjective storylines that speak to the elasticity of identity—a symptom of our hyperkinetic present. Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition spans work from three distinctive series: recent and new sculptures from the Mercado (Market) series, 2014–; the debut of the Gates, 2021–; as well as her most ambitious wall mural to date—both specially commissioned by The Aldrich. For more information, visit thealdrich.org.
Pictured: Lucia Hierro, “Casita”, 2021, 39 x 75 x 6 inches. Photo: Lucia Hierro. Courtesy of the artist and LatchKey Gallery, New York and The Aldrich.
Westport Country Playhouse All-Virtual 2021 Season
April – December 2021, Online – Westport Country Playhouse announces an all-virtual 2021 Season, featuring two productions—a new comedy and a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama; two archival productions recorded in HD video; and four Script in Hand playreadings. All content will be offered on-demand for patrons’ convenience, and include open captions in Spanish. The all-virtual Season will open in June with a new comedy, “Tiny House”, written by Michael Gotch and directed by Mark Lamos, Jun 29 – Jul 18. Next: “Doubt: A Parable,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner by John Patrick Shanley, Nov 2 – 21. Beginning in April, a series of four Script in Hand playreadings will feature “Rent Control,” April 26 at 7 PM (On-demand April 27 – May 2) written and performed by Evan Zes, and directed by Mark Shanahan, Script in Hand curator. Next: The Savannah Disputation by Evan Smith, June 14 at 7PM (On-demand June 15 – 20). The Script in Hand series will continue in October and December, titles to be announced. For those who participate in the Playhouse’s pre- and post-performance events, including Sunday Symposium, Post-Play Dialogues, Backstage Pass, and LGBT Night Out, plans are in the works to take them online. Free-of-charge events available to the public during the Playhouse’s 2021 Season will include “Cocktails with Mark,” hosted by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, with guest artists and Playhouse friends; “From Concept to Curtain,” featuring behind-the-scenes interviews about past Playhouse productions, including “Mlima’s Tale” by Lynn Nottage, from 2019, and “Flyin’ West” by Pearl Cleage, from 2018; and “Radio Suspense Theater” in partnership with WSHU Public Radio. Dates will be announced. The free-of-charge events will be available on the Playhouse’s website (westportplayhouse.org), Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), and YouTube (WestportPlayhouse). For more information, visit westportplayhouse.org.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s Aldrich Care Box
January 31 – December 31, 2021: Available to loan out to the public from the Museum’s front Desk at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. The Aldrich Care Box is a year-long traveling exhibition unbound to a physical space. A unique collaboration between The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s Curatorial and Education Departments, Director of Education Namulen Bayarsaihan and Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart, have commissioned five artists—Ilana Harris-Babou, Clarity Haynes, Athena LaTocha, Curtis Talwst Santiago, and James Allister Sprang—to create a series of objects that examine themes of care, grief, intimacy, and healing through a diverse range of materials, methods, and approaches. The Aldrich Care Boxes will be available for loan out to the public January 31 to December 31, 2021 from The Museum’s Front Desk. For more information, visit thealdrich.org.
Online Articles: Recommended Virtual Tours, Art Podcasts and More
Join the Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman for virtual walking tours throughout New York City – December 2020 and ongoing by Michael Kimmelman, New York Times
After 150 Years, Looking Back at the Metropolitan Museum’s 10 Most Visited Exhibitions
by Hakim Bishara, April 13, 2020 – Hyperallergic
What the Art World’s Past Tells Us about Its Future beyond COVID-19
by Todd Levin, April 9, 2020 – Artsy.net
12 Distinctive Destinations and Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios to Virtually Explore
by Emma Peters, April 7, 2020 – The National Trust for Historic Preservation: SavingPlaces.org
Take a Virtual Tour of New York’s Museum District
by Michael Kimmelman, April 1, 2020 – The New York Times
12 historic sites you can virtually tour from the couch during the coronavirus outbreak
by Drew Jones, March 18, 2020 – The Washington Post
Quarantine Culture: Talks, Museums and Performances to Enjoy From Home
by Ethan Wolff, March 26, 2020 – ThoughtGallery.org
A Virtual Tour of TV cars, a most unusual ‘Madama Butterfly’: Today’s best arts online
by Matt Cooper, March 25, 2020 – Los Angeles Times
What It’s Like to Visit Virtual Galleries as an Art Critic
by Seph Rodney, March 25, 2020 – Hyperallergic.com
World-Class Museums at Your Finger Tips
by Sotheby’s, March 23, 2020 – Sothebys.com
Top Five New York City Virtual Cultural Experiences
by Roger Sands, March 20, 2020 – Forbes
Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit
by Nadine Daher, March 20, 2020 – Smithsonian Magazine
In the Time of Social Distance, Galleries Go Digital
by Jasmine Weber and Dessane Lopez Cassell, March 20, 2020 – Hyperallergic
Ten Bingeworthy Art Podcasts in the Age of Coronavirus
by Jori Finkel, March 20, 2020 – The New York Times