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, New York City and surrounding counties in New York and Connecticut.
NOW OPEN FOR IN-PERSON VISITS
These cultural venues have put in place necessary COVID-19 safety measures and guidelines in order to re-open for public visitation. Please check each website for dates, hours, advance ticket purchase and guidelines as you plan your visit.
Fairfield County, Connecticut
· The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
· Avon Theatre Film Centre, Stamford, CT
· Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
· Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
· Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT
· MoCA Westport, Westport, CT
· The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
· Silvermine Arts Center and Gallery, New Canaan, CT
· Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Westchester County, New York
New York City
· The Jewish Museum
· The Met Cloisters Museum and Gardens
· The Met Fifth Avenue
· The Morgan Library & Museum
· Museum of Arts and Design
· Museum of Modern Art
· Museum of the City of New York
· New York Botanical Garden
· New York Historical Society
· Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
· Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center
· Whitney Museum of American Art
· Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, NY
· Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY
· Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, Cold Spring, NY
· Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
· New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
· Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Photo credits – Fairfield: Photo courtesy Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bruce Museum, Avon Theatre; Stamford Museum & Nature Center photo by Laura Schroeder. Westchester: Katonah Museum of Art photo by Margaret Fox courtesy Katonah Museum of Art, Hudson River Museum and Historic Hudson Valley’s Sunnyside photos by Laura Schroeder; photo courtesy Lyndhurst. New York City: Met Fifth Avenue and MoMA photos by Laura Schroeder, Morgan Library & Museum photos courtesy Morgan Library, Solomon R. Guggenheim photo by David Heald courtesy Guggenheim Museum. Surrounding Counties: Storm King Art Center photo by Jerry L. Thompson courtesy Storm King, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art photo by Laura Schroeder, photo courtesy New Britain Museum of Art and Boscobel
ART EXHIBITIONS & IN-PERSON EVENTS
Heroines of Abstract Expressionism and FEM at Nassau County Museum of Art
Through April 25, 2021 at Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY – Advance timed ticket entry is required.
Great art by women fill the Museum with two simultaneous exhibitions. Beginning with an intimate gallery of masterworks by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Camille Claudel, it moves on to a major private collection featuring the “9th Street Women” and then to some of the leading artists of our own day, including Lynda Benglis and Kara Walker, with works that are fresh out of the studio. The roster of major artists includes Louise Bourgeois, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson and other trailblazers of Abstract Expressionism, the most exciting movement in American art history. These highlights are all from an extraordinary private collection brought together by Richard P. Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield, among the world’s top collectors of Contemporary art. whether or not you’re able to get to the exhibition in person, hear director Charles Riley’s insights into a few of the pieces along with members of the Education team – VIDEO TOUR here. Also: Virtual Brown Bag Lecture LIVE with Riva Ettus: Heroines of Abstract Expressionism & FEM – Thursday, January 14th, 1 pm, Online. Grab your lunch and join Museum Docent Riva Ettus in her popular “Brown Bag Lecture” for a LIVE via ZOOM experience of Nassau County Museum of Art’s exhibitions, Heriones of Abstract Expressionism & FEM. Members Free, $10 Adults & Seniors, $5 Students. Member discount applied at check out. For advance tickets and more information, visit nassaumuseum.org.
Fun / No Fun: Children’s Book Art by James Stevenson at Bruce Museum
TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION: Through April 18, 2021 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT, timed ticketing required – The Bruce Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition of children’s book illustrations from the archives of artist, illustrator, and author James Stevenson (American, 1929-2017): Fun / No Fun: Children’s Book Art by James Stevenson. Adults know Stevenson as the witty and prolific New Yorker cartoonist—there was hardly a magazine issue in five decades that did not include a Stevenson gag. Kids know him as the author and illustrator of hundreds of children’s books that induce fits of giggles with silliness voiced with a simple honesty. Kids know him as the author and illustrator of hundreds of children’s books that induce fits of giggles with silliness voiced with a simple honesty. Deftly drawn with an assured line and colored with soft watercolor washes, Stevenson’s whimsical sketches evoke a sense of memory and nostalgia. For advance ticket reservations and more, visit brucemuseum.org.
Pictured: James Stevenson (American, 1929-2017), “A Village Full of Valentines”. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1995, pages 38-39. Courtesy of the Estate of James Stevenson. Photo credit: Paul Mutino, image courtesy Bruce Museum.
Clay Arts Center Winter Term Classes: Registration Now Open
January 11 – April 25, Online and Clay Arts Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY. Whether you are new to clay or an experienced potter, they have handbuilding, wheel throwing and special topic classes designed just for you. Class sizes are reduced to allow for social distancing along with strict studio protocols to ensure everyone’s safety. Their 5 week introductory classes are designed for new students to explore all clay has to offer. Classes include Intro to Handbuilding, Intro to Wheel Throwing and Pottery for Beginners. These classes are offered nights and weekends. No experience necessary. Their intermediate and advanced classes will allow students to explore new techniques and forms. For a fun Friday night out with friends or a date sign up for Maker Date. Get messy as they walk you through the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Create a unique piece of pottery, then choose a glaze from their studio selection. Pieces will be fired and available for pick up at a later date. First Maker Date is Friday, January 15th. Special Valentine’s Day Maker Dates will take place on February 12th & 13. For more and to register, visit clayartcenter.org.
Abstractions: Shadows & Runes, photographs by Joy Bush at The Gallery at Still River Editions
January 11 through March 26, 2021 both virtually and in-person at Gallery at Still River Editions, 128 East Liberty Street, Danbury, CT. The photographs in Abstractions: Shadows & Runes are the result of Bush’s observation of everyday life. Sometimes signs and portents form on pavement, on walls. The cracks, shadows, and stains converge, and through the artist’s lens, make people look at old surfaces with new eyes. Bush says of the series in her artist’s statement “Each image is a meditation, a time to pay attention to things that speak to me as well as to make a connection with my surroundings.” Gallery Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday; closed Presidents’ Day. 1-2 people from the same household are allowed in the gallery at one time. Please see website for current guidelines and information, stillrivereditions.com.
Pictured: “Rune No. 15” © Joy Bush, courtesy The Gallery at Still River Editions
At Center for Contemporary Printmaking – Days to Remember: Members’ Exhibition 2020
December 13 – February 21, 2021 at Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Days to Remember includes prints by CCP’s member artists reflecting on our past, as this year the CCP recognizes their 25th anniversary. CCP’s members were invited to share work reflecting their history, development as an artist, or reflecting on the world today. Cybele Maylone, Executive Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will select awards from the submissions.
ALSO ON VIEW: William Evertson: Mythologies in the Lithography Gallery, CCP’s 2019 Annual Members’ Exhibition Best in Show Award. CCP is pleased to recognize the work of member William Evertson, having received the award for Best in Show from the 2019 Annual Members Exhibition. William’s woodcut prints carry with them narratives of love, greed, hubris and the fatally flawed cross cultures and time. These stories inform the mythology and folklore that inspire his work—by recognizing repetitive patterns from the past and reinterpreting it in art with an aim to give new voice to familiar tales. For more, visit contemprints.org.
At Bruce Museum: “She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms”: Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason
TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION – November 22, 2020 – March 21, 2021 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Advance reservations required. This exhibition takes its title from the opening line of a beloved poem by one of her favorite writers—Emily Dickinson. Characterized by brilliant hues laid down in thin layers of varying transparency, often superimposed in surprising color combinations, Emily Mason’s work is the result of a rare alliance between spontaneity and premeditation. The Bruce Museum exhibition showcases her earliest experiments in oil on paper and in printmaking. In the decade from 1958 to 1968, she searched for ways to manipulate oil paint in order to produce a variety of effects and gain mastery of her medium, while searching for her unique artistic voice. The result was what she called ‘printed painting,’ i.e. prints that translated the layered, intuitive, and spontaneous aesthetic of her oils into the print medium. She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms: Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason focuses on two intensely experimental bodies of work as she wrestled, in each case, to master a new medium. Mason’s early paintings in oil on paper and early prints illuminate a lifetime devoted to creative spontaneity and richly demonstrate the subtle, complex, and beautiful esthetic that was distinctly Mason’s own. For more, visit brucemuseum.org.
Pictured: Emily Mason (American, 1932-2019). “Ask the East”, 1968. Oil on paper. © 2020 Emily Mason Studio / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Image courtesy Bruce Museum
At Flinn Gallery: Heidi Johnson, Animal Attraction
Extended: Through January 21, 2021 at Flinn Gallery, 2nd Floor Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT – Now on view at Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut, this exhibition focuses on the work of Heidi Johnson. The animal species and objects of her surreal worlds inhabits large, vivid canvases. Her playful oil paintings layer ideas, flatten dimensions, and compress time. Johnson entertains the viewer by painting domesticated pets alongside exotic animal species while contrasting 17th-century Dutch Still Life flowers with modern artists’ abstract works. To view images from the exhibition, experience a Virtual Tour and Artist Talk and learn more about visitation guidelines by appointment, visit flinngallery.com.
Pictured: Installation view from “Heidi Johnson, Animal Attraction,” image courtesy Flinn Gallery
At Katonah Museum of Art – Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics and ROTHKO
October 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021 at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY – Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics – : Organized by the Lowe Art Museum from the collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics includes important works by some of Japan’s most notable artists. The KMA’s exhibition marks the first time that the Horvitz’s renowned collection will be exhibited in New York. While Hands & Earth focuses on contemporary ceramics, the 41 works on display also provide a comprehensive survey of Japan’s ceramic tradition over the past 80 years, from the Mingei Folk Craft Movement of the 1930s to contemporary ceramic sculpture. In The Spot Gallery: works by Liz Alpert Fay and Sung Won Un of the Katonah Museum Artists Association (KMAA).
October 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021 also at the KMA: ROTHKO – October 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021: Experience a masterpiece in a room designed for individual reflection. Untitled (1951) will be the first in an ongoing series of works by Mark Rothko presented by the KMA. Painted in 1951–the same year that the 9th St. Show brought abstract expressionism to the fore of the avant garde–Untitled exemplifies Rothko’s most important work.
All visitors are required to purchase timed-entry tickets and make reservations in advance. For more and admission ticket purchase, visit katonahmuseum.org.
Image credits: Installation view of “Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics”, photo by Laura Schroeder.
Mark Rothko, “Untitled”, 1951, Oil on canvas, 67 ⅝ x 44 ⅝ inches, 5164.54, CR#462, Collection of Christopher Rothko, Copyright ©1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. Reproduction, including downloading of Rothko artworks, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express permission of the copyright holder. Requests for reproduction should be directed to Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.
Made in Connecticut: Celebrating 25 Years of the CT Art Trail at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
October 15, 2020 – February 7, 2021 at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT. The Connecticut Art Trail—one of the first tourism trails in the state—has been guiding art aficionados across Connecticut on a journey that includes 22 world-class museums and historic sites for 25 years. In celebration of this milestone anniversary Made in Connecticut brings together works of art and objects from the collections of each of the Art Trail member institutions. Curated by James Prosek, American artist, writer, naturalist, and current Artist-in-Residence at the Yale University Art Gallery, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints and other works of art, alongside a number of decorative and industrial art objects including a rubber desk, an early typewriter, and a selection of historic buttons. PUBLIC PROGRAMS: October 16 | Virtual Gallery Talk: James Prosek and October 21 | An Evening with Mark Dion. For more, visit thewadsworth.org.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: 1. Thomas Cole, “View of Monte Video, the Seat of Daniel Wadsworth, Esq”, 1828. Oil on wood. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Bequest of Daniel Wadsworth 2. James Prosek, “Connecticut Composition No. 1”, 2020. Oil and acrylic on panel. Courtesy of the artist 3. Elsie Rowland Chase, “Chase Rolling Mill”, c. 1895. Oil on masonite board. Mattatuck Museum, Gift of Fredericka Chase 4. Frank Vincent Dumond, “Grassy Hill”, 1920. Oil on canvas. Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of Elisabeth DuMond Perry 5. Garett Price, “Cover for the New Yorker, Mystic River Draw Bridge”, 1954. Lyman Allyn Museum 6. J. Alden Weir, “Early Moonrise”, 1891. Oil on canvas. National Park Service, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, CT, The Friends of Weir Farm NHS, The Weir Farm Art Alliance, and the Weir Farm Donation Account 7. John G. Matilus, “New Britain Seen From Newington”, 1942. Tempera on panel. New Britain Museum of American Art, Gift of David Matulis 8. Guy C. Wiggins, “Mantle of Winter”, 1924. Oil on canvas. William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut. Images courtesy CT Art Trail
Biophilia: A Dialogue with Art, Nature and Science at Stamford Museum & Nature Center
October 1 – January 21, 2021 at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. Biophilia: A Dialogue with Art, Nature and Science is an extensive art and multimedia sensory experience that unravels man’s intimate relationship with the natural world. Artist, naturalist and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Marley reveals the sometimes obscure beauty in nature through his three-dimensional work with animal, mineral and plant specimens. “Biophilia” meaning “love of life” is simultaneously explained and experienced in Marley’s immersive exhibit where the ancient connection between art, nature and science is explored. Tapping the natural world as his medium, Marley’s revolutionary work features rare elements of nature in the precise, geometric compositions that have become his signature. All of the organisms used in Marley’s work are either reclaimed (in the case of vertebrates and blooms) or sustainably culled (in the case of insects and oceanic invertebrates). For more, visit stamfordmuseum.org.
Pictured: Christopher Marley, “Limited Cerulean Genesis”. Image courtesy Stamford Museum & Nature Center
The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony live performances
Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT. The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony present their concert series at Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich. Due to COVID-19, seating will be limited. Advance reservations are required, please call (203) 542-5274 or (203) 637-4725 or order tickets on their website. Face masks and social-distancing will also be required.
November 15 & 16, 2020 (Canceled due to Covid) – “Intimacy and Grandeur” with music by W.A. Mozart, Rebecca Clarke and Johannes Brahms. March 7 & 8, 2021 – “Sonic Kaleidoscope” music by G. F. Handel, Bohuslav Martinû, Francis Poulenc, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Anton Arensky. April 18 & 19, 2021 – “Strings Attached” with guitarist Oren Fader presenting music by Nino Rota, Niccolò Paganini, Fanny Mendelssohn, as well as solo works for guitar. For more information and tickets visit their website, chamberplayersofthegso.org.
Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey at The Aldrich
September 21, 2020 – May 9, 2021 at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Among the myriad of forms that have appeared in Frank Stella’s (b. 1936) work, the star is the most singular, standing out as a stable and immediately identifiable shape amidst the tangle of abstract, invented forms that the artist has utilized over his long career. The historical arc of Stella’s use of the star travels from the minimal to the maximal, with the recent star sculptures frequently exhibiting a corruption of the form as well as a wild diversity of materials and fabrication techniques. Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey will be presented both in the galleries and the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Programs include two Member’s Tours: with Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart on October 1 and with Exhibitions Director Richard Klein on October 22. For more, visit aldrichart.org.
Pictured: “Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey”, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, September 21, 2020 to May 9, 2021 (installation view, left, “Jasper’s Split Star”, 2017; right, “Wooden Star I”, 2014), Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen © 2020 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Christopher E. Manning
Museum Town Virtual Screening via Jacob Burns Film Center
Now Available Online – Today, MASS MoCA is the largest museum for contemporary art in the world…but just three decades ago, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a shuttered factory. This documentary tells how such a wildly improbable transformation came to be. Museum Town also looks at the artistic process itself—not only how museums work but also how artists create—tracking celebrated artist Nick Cave as he builds the monumental installation “Until,” a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream. In addition to Nick Cave, the documentary features appearances by artists James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, and David Byrne, with original music and soundtrack by John Stirratt of Wilco and songs by Talking Heads, Sharon Jones, Big Thief, Wilco, and Moses Sumney, among others. You can order a virtual screening of Museum Town for just $12, after which you’ll have five days to watch the film, all in an online screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC. For more and to purchase tickets, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Art Show: Bedford – Online
Through January 31, 2021, Online – Art Show: Bedford is opening their 48th annual show a little earlier than normal to facilitate online sales in time for the holidays. As always, all profit goes to support local charities who are working harder than ever to support our neighbors in need. Over 45 artists will participate in this year’s show, selling paintings, photographs and sculpture, as well as hand-made jewelry, and pottery at all price points. Founded in 1973 by the Women of St. Matthew’s Church, all proceeds from the exhibition and sale are donated to local community charities: Abbott House, A-Home, Boys and Girls Club, Community Center of Northern Westchester, Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Hope’s Door, Hour Children, Midnight Run, Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, Neighbors Link, POTS (Part of the Solution), Rehabilitation Through the Arts, The Westchester School, Hospice Care In Westchester and Putnam VNA. For links to these organizations, click here. To view artists’ works in the show and learn more, visit artshowbedford.org.
Tarrytown Music Hall presents Night In with the Music Hall: Livestream performances
Ongoing – Night-In With The Music Hall is a curated, livestream concert series on Wednesdays at 6pm. The program features an eclectic mix of extraordinary musicians in the acoustic, blues, folk, jazz, rock, and singer-songwriter musical genres. The series relies on donations as a way to help both The Music Hall and the Artists who bring us together and enrich our lives with song. To recorded versions of these and other livestream performances, visit Tarrytown Music Hall’s YouTube channel. To see the Music Hall’s full schedule of events, visit tarrytownmusichall.org.
Katonah Museum of Art Virtual Director’s Series: The Future of the Museum
Online, three Thursdays, 7 – 8pm: October 22, 2020, January 14 and March 25, 2021. Join Michael Gitlitz, KMA Executive Director, along with cultural leaders in the arts, for virtual salon-style conversations.October 22, 2020 – Stephanie Wiles, Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and most recently the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, will speak about the Yale University Art Gallery and the driving forces in today’s museums. January 14, 2021 – Courtney J. Martin, Director of the Yale Center for British Art, previously Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Dia Art Foundation and esteemed scholar of historical and contemporary art, will discuss her experience at Dia and Yale and her thoughts about the future of the museum. March 25, 2021 – Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and KMA Advisory Board Member, formerly Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art when he founded Prep for Prep/Sotheby’s Summer Art Academy to give students of color an early window into the art world, will examine his experience at MFA Boston and his perspective of the changing landscape of museums. Individual tickets: $75 each, series of all three sessions: $200. For more and tickets, visit katonahmuseum.org.
Pictured, left to right: Stephanie Wiles, Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, Courtney J. Martin, Director of the Yale Center for British Art and Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Images courtesy Katonah Museum of Art
Weir and Young Studio Video Tours
Explore the wildly artistic Weir and Young Studios by taking a virtual tour! Weir Farm NHS Park Rangers and Volunteers have created mini-tours of the historic art studios so ‘visitors’ from around the world can enjoy them from home and learn about the artistic legacy of Weir Farm. Both videos will be uploaded to the park website at www.nps.gov/wefa and on their Facebook page. Make sure to tune in to see where Weir Farm artists created their masterpieces, take a look at some favorite pieces and to learn about the rich history of both these spaces! For more, visit nps.gov/wefa and for their live upcoming virtual tour, visit their Facebook page.
Pictured: J. Alden Weir’s studio at Weir Farm, Wilton CT. Photos by Laura Schroeder
Fairfield University Art Museum presents Virtual Exhibition “Howard Skrill: Monumental Follies”
Online exhibition – Howard Skrill: Monumental Follies – Featuring over thirty works by New York artist Howard Skrill (b. 1962), this exhibition explores the impact of public monuments, as well as their removal, and their absence. Howard Skrill is an artist and art professor at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY and Essex College in Newark, New Jersey. He has exhibited extensively throughout New England, and his pictorial essays and other works have appeared in publications worldwide. In his drawings and paintings, Skrill documents figurative public statuary, surveys their destruction or relocation, and explores the fractured nature of personal and public memory, as well as the contemporary reaction to these historical works. Many of Skrill’s works were painted en plein air, or in the open air, recording not just the monuments, but the constant changes of light and color encountered out of doors. Experience the virtual exhibition on the museum’s website at fairfielduniversity.edu.
Image courtesy Fairfield University Art Museum
Westport Country Playhouse presents 2020@Home
Online – Until it is safe for Westport Country Playhouse to open its doors, they invite the Playhouse Community, Fairfield County residents, and fellow artmakers to experiment along with them as they develop new ways to stay together while staying safe with 2020@Home, featuring Coffee Breaks: Conversations with artists, colleagues and artmakers, hosted by Playhouse artistic staff. Thursdays at 4PM on Instagram Live; Getting to Know You: Livestream series hosted by Tony Award®-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and Post-Watch Dialogues: Panels with the artist, scholars and community members discussing films you can stream at home with your friends and family. For more, visit westportplayhouse.org.
Texture and Transparency: Visual Tours of Philip Johnson’s Glass House
Online – Architectural photographer and filmmaker Michael Biondo and creative reality capture duo Michael Robison and Dallas Bennett (aka MYND Workshop) have collaborated to create an episodic series of short visual tours of the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This video series seeks to create an ambient and intimate tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House property in New Canaan, CT. These films are unique in the sense that they combine film and the use of point cloud technology to allow for a tectonic and artistic examination of the buildings in order to better understand the architecture and site design. Biondo’s breathtaking video manages to capture those visceral experiences which one may come across when visiting the 49-acre property. These scenes offer the textures and light which define the sensual and emotional nature of Johnson’s work. In contrast, MYND Workshop’s animations speak to the layers and transparencies which Johnson often referred to when speaking about the design of the various buildings on the site, allowing for a design perspective that has never been seen before. For more, visit theglasshouse.org.
Pictured: Still image from video “Texture and Transparency: Visual Tours of Philip Johnson’s Glass House” by Michael Biondo and creative reality capture duo Michael Robison and Dallas Bennett (aka MYND Workshop) on theglasshouse.org.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center of New York’s Live-Streamed and On-Demand Webinars
Online – Westchester Italian Cultural Center of New York (WICCNY) has created a series of low-cost and free live-streamed and on-demand webinars, now available on their website. Upcoming webinars include: “Caravaggio: The Fascinating, Rebellious & Dangerous Artist,” Nov 10 at 7pm; “The Unknown Genius Creative Abilities of Leonardo DaVinci,” Nov 17 at 7pm and “Raphael: Rockstar of the Renaissance,” Nov 24 at 7pm.
ArtsWestchester presents The Lawrence Salley Photography Award 2020 Virtual Exhibition
Online – Established in memory of Lawrence Salley by ArtsWestchester and the African American Men of Westchester, they are proud to present their first-ever virtual exhibition featuring the photographic work of Arnold Kastenbaum, the 2020 Lawrence Salley Award winner and the eight finalists in this year’s competition. From pure abstraction to photojournalism, the nine photographers gathered in this virtual exhibition represent the varied practices of contemporary photography, and the deep talent of the Hudson Valley’s creative community. Exhibiting Artists: Arnold Kastenbaum, Margaret Fox, Howard Goodman, Alan Haywood, Barry Mason, Gina Randazzo, Joseph Squillante, John Verner. For more information visit artswestchester.org.
Pictured: Margaret Fox, “Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse with Kayaker”, 2019. Image courtesy the artist
Performing Arts Center at Purchase College presents The PAC in Your Living Room
Online – Keeping true to their mission to “inspire, engage, and spark critical conversations,” these new offerings from the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College will include a range of live, recorded, and curated events, education, and entertainment. Offerings include: Resources for Teachers & Families – Regular emails full of creative ideas and engaging content for all ages and grade levels, plus a resource page on our website; Coffee Hour Conversations – Virtual gatherings for arts leaders to discuss the most pressing issues of the day; PAC-TV – creating and hosting original content on their You Tube channel: interviews, archived performances, sneak peaks of new work, and other surprises and Behind The Scenes Blog – Regular features include Meet The PAC Staff, Five Questions, Backstage with Christy Havard, Community Partner Stories, plus event photo galleries and more. For more, visit artscenter.org.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site: Digital Content & Outdoor Experiences
Visit Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York in person for a self-guided grounds tour, and online, to explore their digital offerings including their Sunday Salon Video Release: Professor Elizabeth Hutchinson’s talk entitled, “Thomas Cole in Haudenosaunee Country,” and learn about untold stories in the transformation of Mohawk land into American territory. Take the Interactive Tour: learn how Cole became the leader of an informal alliance of landscape artists now known as the Hudson River School. Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic E. Church, Sanford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey, and other painters, along with literary figures such as William Cullen Bryant and James Fenimore Cooper, established a notion of America as “Nature’s Nation,” a concept that still resonates with artists, environmentalists, and landscape enthusiasts to this day. Visit the Virtual Gallery of over 140 images of artworks, and Journey through Cole’s landscapes: locate the places that inspired Thomas Cole and his contemporaries. For all of this and more, visit thomascole.org.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: View from the porch of the 1815 Main House of the Catskill Mountains, Photo credit: Adam T. Deen; 1815 Main House, Photo credit: Rachel Stults; Aerial view of the campus, Photo credit: Devin Pickering. Images courtesy Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Hudson Valley Writers Center Online Classes
Online – Hudson Valley Writers Center is now offering their scheduled intensive classes online using Zoom. Their workshops run as multi-session series or one-day “intensives” and they host writing workshops year-round, weekdays, evenings and weekends. Workshops typically run in four to six week sessions or as one-day intensives. Their instructors are highly-credentialed experienced teachers and published authors. Become a member and save on classes, browse their online bookstore, and subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed about their new classes and events.
Emelin Theatre Virtual Screening Room
Online – During this time of temporary closure, Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, New York will be offering members, patrons and supporters in the community opportunities to enjoy new film releases and support the Emelin at the same time! Stream the best in independent, international and documentary film for the price of a movie ticket, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Emelin Theatre. The schedule of offerings includes films from distribution partners Kino Lorber, Grasshopper Film, Film Movement, and Magnolia Pictures. For schedule and more information, visit emelin.org.
Virtual Tours: Florence Griswold House
Designed by Samuel Belcher, architect of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, and built for William Noyes in 1817, the Late Georgian-style mansion reflects the affluent, formal style of living during Old Lyme’s maritime era. It was transformed from a wealthy sea captain’s home into a boardinghouse for some of the most noted names in American Impressionism. Over 200 artists such as Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, and Matilda Browne found the lush countryside of Connecticut the perfect location for an American art colony. More than a remarkable building, the Florence Griswold House occupies a unique place in the history of American art. It brings alive the work of American Impressionist artists in the place where they lived and painted. The period rooms rekindle the spirit of another life and time. Virtual Tour of Florence Griswold House and Exhibition – Nothing More American: Immigration, Sanctuary and Community, an exhibition by Matthew Leifheit – with English and Spanish labels and text. Nothing More American brings together depictions of Old Lyme’s renowned First Congregational Church by 19th– and early-20th-century painters such as Childe Hassam with photographs by contemporary artist Matthew Leifheit that contemplate the meetinghouse’s evolving symbolism. For more visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org.
Images courtesy Florence Griswold Museum, Home of American Impressionism
Stamford Symphony Channel
Stamford Symphony Channel – The Stamford Symphony Channel on the Stamford Symphony website is a free virtual hub of classical music and entertainment that was inspired by a desire to connect and serve the community through music during the trying times of the coronavirus crisis. The channel will include previously recorded performances, solo serenades from home, informal practice videos by Stamford Symphony’s musicians as well as articles and vlogs and more. Russell Jones will be hosting talks with orchestra members to learn about their lives, music, hobbies and all the things they do when they are not on stage at the Palace Theatre. This channel will be continuously updated with fresh content, ensuring that there will be no limit to musical entertainment as the COVID-19 situation progresses. For more, visit stamfordsymphony.org.
Pictured, top row: Russell Jones, President and CEO, photo by Bryan Hamilton and Michael Stern, Music Director, photo by David Sussan. Bottom: Stamford Symphony, photo by David Sussan. Images courtesy Stamford Symphony.
Jacob Burns Film Center: JBFC at Home
JBFC AT HOME – Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York has moved swiftly to find alternative ways to engage with the community and share the cinematic stories we all hold so dear. Thanks to the hard work and collaboration of the JBFC staff—all working remotely to observe social distancing guidelines—they are proud to present a plethora of content for their patrons, including new releases and curated film lists that can be streamed from home, hands-on activities perfect for families and kids of all ages, and resources to make working and watching from home more enjoyable. Now available: The JBFC’s Virtual Screening Room, Curated Streaming Suggestions, JBFC Education Activities & Resources, Jacob Burns FilmCast, The JBFC on YouTube, JBFC Mixtapes, Creative Culture and Vimeo Recommend. For more, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Jazz Forum @ Home
Weekly posted performances – The Jazz Forum Club is excited to launch Jazz Forum @ Home, a virtual Jazz Forum experience. Every Thursday while they are closed, they will share Jazz and Brazilian videos, archival photos, interviews and more on their YouTube channel. They also post live-streaming performances on their Facebook page. For more: YouTube.com and Facebook Live page.
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