Along with our Cultural Pursuit member events, this is a select listing of additional recommended area art exhibitions, musical performances, film events, lectures, programs and special events in both Fairfield and Westchester Counties. The list is updated regularly, so please check back for new events and exhibitions. Please note: Some events are weather-dependent or subject to change. Please check with the venue when making plans.
Special Events, Programs and Lectures
Sunday, July 28, 2:00pm – Family Day: Meet the Illustrators Jerry Pinkney and Marisabina Russo at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. Acclaimed illustrators Jerry Pinkney and Marisabina Russo join will be present at the Museum for a conversation about the art of animal characters. See them demonstrate their illustration style and talk about their process. Kids are invited to draw along with the artists and ask questions. Stay for illustration and bookmaking activities around the KMA. Free to members, non-members free with Museum admission. For more: katonahmuseum.org.
Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – Jazz in the Garden at Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY. Sit back, relax and immerse yourself into the world of jazz at Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center for their 39th season of Jazz in the Garden. The official beginning of Jazz in the Garden was July 11 and the dates to follow are July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8 and the final night on August 15. Tickets are a $5 donation to Edward Hopper House and all events will take place from 7:30-9:30 pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase prior to the show and during the intermission. Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chair or blanket. The performers for these events are, in chronological order, Scott Reeves “Music of the Memphis Jazz Masters”, Mayra Caseles & Cocomamas, Don Falzone Quartet, Adam Kolker & Scott Wendholt Quartet, Judi Silvano & The Zephyr Band and they will end off their season with A Celebration of Dick Voigt. In the case of inclement weather, check their website to keep updated with any changes. For more: edwardhopperhouse.org.
Thursday, July 25, 6:30 pm – Bourbon Street on the Hudson at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. Listen to the Joey Berkley Band during this “bourbon and barware” tasting event celebrating Can I Get a Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer. The HRM is thrilled to partner with Nahmias et Fils Distillery, Cocktail Kingdom, and The Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music in a soulful pairing of bourbon, the signature American libation, with jazz, the quintessential American music. Take home a special Sazerac cocktail recipe in your own signature jigger! Tickets include tasting and souvenir barware. Cash bar for 21+. For more and tickets: hrm.org.
Thursday, July 25, 6 – 10 pm – Block Arty at Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY. Get the best of summer nights with the Peekskill Film Festival at an evening of art and film. Relax at an outdoor screening of avant garde short films and choose from a selection of food trucks, surrounded by sculpture on view for one night only. $8 for members and $10 for non-members. For more and tickets: hudsonvalleymoca.org.
August 5, 2019, 10 – 11:30am – “The Gesture of Color: Abstract Paintings at Kykuit” at The Pocantico Center, 200 Lake Road, Tarrytown, NY. Rebecca Allan, a painter and the collections assistant at Kykuit, will discuss the creative experimentation and artistic innovation of abstract art, as exemplified by several works in the collection. Tickets go on sale July 16, 10 a.m. About: The Pocantico Center shares the 100-year history of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home, with the public, and also offers programs that reflect the values of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Public programs make use of the estate’s buildings, grounds, and gardens to nurture learning and artistic experiences. A variety of other learning experiences are presented through classes and workshops conducted by scholars and experts. Participants of all ages are offered a variety of educational opportunities including gardens, fine arts, decorative arts, and history. For more information, tickets and a full list of events: rbf.org.
June 26 – August 22 – Summer Evenings at Wave Hill, Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, 675 W 252 Street, Bronx, NY. This season, open your calendar to unforgettable evenings of stellar events, with extended hours on Sunset Wednesdays and Twilight in the Garden on Thursdays. Think bat walks, full-moon walks, stargazing, outdoor concerts by nationally recognized acts and cutting-edge contemporary art in Glyndor Gallery. And it all happens as the sun sets over the majestic Hudson River. Find yourself at their version of a summer lawn party on Sunset Wednesdays, June 26 through August 7. Overlooking the Hudson River with expansive views of the Palisades, concert-goers picnic on the grounds and bask in the sounds of live music. Performing Arts Curator Ginger Dolden brings a lively lineup, focusing on evocative groups using neo-traditional styles and forms. This summer’s series connects genres and spans generations while exploring sounds from around the world—enjoy an inspiring mix of jazz, world, folk, Latin and Caribbean artists in this highly anticipated summer series. The perfect complement to Sunset Wednesdays’ lively vibe, Twilight in the Garden on Thursdays, August 1 through 22, provides opportunities to explore the grounds through customized nature programs and ambient soundscapes. A new Sonic Experience series invites listeners to engage with outdoor music at Wave Hill in unexpected locations on the grounds. Paired with nature walks and stargazing that take place at dusk, Twilight in the Garden introduces creative ways to unwind at Wave Hill. For more: wavehill.org.
Saturdays, June 29, July 13, August 10, September 14 and Thursdays, July 25, August 1, August 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – KMA Summer Block Party Series at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. Summer is served at the KMA Block Party! Mark your calendars for a series of cool evenings complete with drinks, gourmet food trucks and great music celebrating what makes the KMA the place to be. Enjoy a curated selection of bands and performers across many genres. JUN 29: The Shaves, Hit Covers; JUL 13: Will Moloney, Old Table & Friends, Indie Rock; JUL 25: Mark Morganelli & The Jazz All-Stars, Brazilian Jazz; AUG 1: Sami Stevens Trio, R&B; AUG 10: Peter & The Four26, Fan Favorites; AUG 22: Foxanne, Indie Singer Songwriter; SEP 14: Mark Morganelli & The Jazz All-Stars, American Popular Songbook. $20 members, $25 non-members. Tickets include complimentary soft drinks, craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Children under 18 are free. Bands subject to change. Rain or shine. Light refreshments served. For tickets: katonahmuseum.org.
July 24 – 28 – The 2019 Peekskill Film Festival at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, NY. The Peekskill Film Festival (PFF) screens a first-rate mix of features, shorts, animation, and documentaries. Workshops with Emmy-Award winning artists and filmmakers, parties, panel discussions, and an entire day dedicated to student film are all part of the festival! Located in the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, a beautifully restored 1,100 seat, 1930’s jewel centrally located in the heart of downtown Peekskill, the PFF is a dream destination for film fans and filmmakers alike! For schedule and tickets: peekskillfilmfestival.org.
Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25 at 8:30 pm – Westchester Italian Cultural Center of New York (WICCNY) presents Cinema Sotto Le Stelle Outdoor Summer Film Festival at One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. Join WICCNY for their annual outdoor film festival, Cinema Sotto Le Stelle. All films will begin promptly at 8:30pm and will be in Italian with English subtitles. Please bring your own chair. Rain or shine! SCHEDULE: Thursday, July 11 – Life is Beautiful; Thursday, July 18 – Mia Madre; Thursday, July 25 – Cinema Paradiso. For more: wiccny.com.
July 10 – November 2 – Art Films from Exhibition on Screen™ at The Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT. Exhibition on Screen™ is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema. Created in collaboration with top international museums and galleries, these films offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the world’s leading historians and arts critics. Featuring Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing – July 10 and 13, Rembrandt – August 14 and 17, Young Picasso – September 25 and 28 and Leonardo: The Works – October 30 and November 2. For more: avontheatre.org.
July 2 – August 21 – Sounds of Summer 2019: Music Films, Old and New at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. Jacob Burns Film Center’s annual look at the best new films about musicians both familiar and new, as well as a fresh look at some old favorites. From ’60s and ’70s rock to gospel, from R&B to Arvo Pärt, and from bluegrass to our annual screening of the great Stop Making Sense, there’s definitely something here for everyone. And it all starts off with an unforgettably rich portrait of David Crosby. For more and tickets: burnsfilmcenter.org.
June 10, July 15, August 19, September 26 – Bedford Playhouse Presents London Performing Arts: Classic Series at Bedford Playhouse Home of Clive Davis Arts Center, 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY. June 10: The Royal Opera’s production of Faust. July 15: This screening of The Royal Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet tells the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers who encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece. August 19: In this screening of The Royal Opera’s La Traviata, Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices it all for love. September 26: In this screening of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism is turned on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. For more and tickets: bedfordplayhouse.org.
New Releases and Film Series at Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT. The Avon Theatre features the best of independent, world and documentary films, foreign and Hollywood classics and educational programming that enhances the cultural richness of the downtown Stamford community. Itself a 1939 historic landmark, provides a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting. Series include: French Cinematheque, Documentary Night, Discover Indian Cinema, Cult Classics, and other special events and film series for members and the public. For more information: avontheatre.org.
New Releases, Holiday Offerings 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. For more: burnsfilmcenter.org.
Bedford Playhouse Home of Clive Davis Arts Center, 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY. After over three years of fundraising, planning, and construction, Bedford Playhouse opened its doors to its 167-seat Main Theater, the largest of its three theaters, in May of 2018. Home of the Clive Davis Arts Center, the new Playhouse is a vibrant cultural and social destination featuring outstanding films, arts-related programming and educational offerings — as well as a fun, welcoming place to socialize. It’s a special place where culture and community come together every day. For more: bedfordplayhouse.org.
Theater and Performing Arts
July 5 – August 16 – 2019 Summer Amphitheater Series at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. The Hudson River Museum is pleased to announce the 2019 Centennial Summer Amphitheater Series, featuring a dynamic mix of performances on Friday and Saturday evenings from July 5–August 16. Now in its seventh year, the season kicks off with FJK Dance (July 5) and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar (July 6). All performances are FREE and begin at 8pm, with doors open at 7pm. The 400-seat outdoor Amphitheater boasts a stunning view of the Hudson River and the Palisades. The Museum will also offer free admission Friday and Saturdays from 5 – 8pm and free Planetarium shows at 7pm, from July 5 through August 31. Free parking is available. New This Year: Happy Hour! This summer, the HRM is pleased to announce two Happy Hours on Saturday, July 13 and Friday, August 16, from 6-8pm. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy-hour priced wine, beer and snacks in our Courtyard oasis, and explore the Museum’s exhibitions during our free evening hours. For more: hrm.org.
June 23 – August 25 – Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts 2019 Summer Season, Levitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road, Westport CT. The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport, Connecticut presents a diverse and dynamic spectrum of artists from around the county, the country and the globe. Their signature: “50+ Free Nights under the Stars” features a vibrant range of performing arts, featuring music, dance, theatre and more. For a full schedule of dates, times and offerings: levittpavilion.com.
April 23 – November 23 – Westport Country Playhouse 2019 Season, 25 Powers Court, Westport, Ct. The Playhouse’s 2019 Season, from April 23 through November 23, features five-plays including two musicals, two dramas, and a comedy. The season will begin with “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, from April 23 through May 19. Following this will be “Skeleton Crew,” June 4 – 22; “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” July 16 – August 3; “Mlima’s Tale,” October 1 – 19 and “Don Juan,” November 5 – 23. For tickets and more: westportplayhouse.org.
June 9 – September 6: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, 2019 Summer Season at Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route NY-9D, Garrison, NY. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Davis McCallum, Artistic Director; Kate Liberman, Managing Director) is proud to announce complete casting for the 2019 Summer Season. The previously announced season will include Shakespeare’s boisterous Much Ado About Nothing and adventure-filled Cymbeline, alongside the New York premiere of Cyrano, a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac written by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers, in a co-production with Two River Theater (Red Bank, NJ). HVSF will also produce its first-ever musical, the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine classic, Into the Woods. The season will also feature free matinees and touring performances of HVSF’s remounted spring 2019 regional school tour of Julius Caesar. For more and tickets: hvshakespeare.org.
June 19 – August 29 – Jazz Forum Arts presents 2019 Free Jazz Summer Concerts at Waterfront Park (Dobbs Ferry, June 19 – August 21), at Lyndhurst (Tarrytown, July 11 – August 29)and Pierson Park (Tarrytown, July 5 – August 23), Henry Gourdine Park (Ossining, July 1 – August 12) and Horan’s Landing (Sleepy Hollow, August 6 – 27), NY. Jazz Forum Arts presents three dozen concerts each summer as part of their Free Summer Concerts Series, which features concerts held outdoors in several Westchester County, New York towns and villages. This summer marks their eighteenth consecutive year of two dozen or significantly more free concerts in Westchester County. Visit Jazz Forum Arts’ website to learn more about dates, performers, and locations: jazzforumarts.org. For additional information on Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst (July 11 – August 29): lyndhurst.org.
June 15 – July 28, 2019 – Caramoor’s 74th Summer Season – Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. Caramoor’s 74th Summer Season brings seven weeks of top-notch music, from cutting-edge compositions, to the finest in early music, and from orchestral and chamber masterpieces to jazz, American roots, and world music. Featuring a spotlight on Caroline Shaw, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Messiaen, Daniil Trifonov in recital, Alisa Weilerstein, The Milk Carton Kids, Laura Benanti, Eddie Palmieri, and more! New this year! Buy more and save 15% with their Summer Series. For more information and tickets: caramoor.org.
Jazz Forum Club, 1 Dixon Lane, Tarrytown, NY. On June 9th, 2017 Mark Morganelli and his wife, Ellen Prior opened the Jazz Forum as the only dedicated Jazz club in Westchester County, New York. This 90-seat weekend-only live music venue is an intimate listening room with a warm and welcoming mood, affordable ticket prices and clear sightlines from all seats. It has been presenting internationally renowned and master musicians. The club presents headliner Jazz artists on Friday and Saturday nights, Brazilian groups on Sundays afternoons, top-notch Jazz groups on Sunday nights, and monthly jam sessions. With a Steinway grand piano, hand-crafted walnut bar, informal dinner and full bar menu, separate lounge and pool room, and contemporary art gallery, the club has been an astonishing success. It is now the affordable alternative to NYC clubs for music lovers from New Jersey, Rockland County, Connecticut as well as across Westchester as a “wonderful new addition to the New York area Jazz scene.” For more: jazzforumarts.org.
July 21 – December 1, 2019 – Figuring the Floral at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY. A flower’s life cycle of budding, blooming and pollinating, as well as its process of decay, strongly echoes the human condition. The exhibition Figuring the Floral features artists who apply this symbolism to their work—touching on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, aging and other facets of identity. Reflecting on the site-specificity of these works exhibited amid the flourishing gardens of Wave Hill, Curator of Visual Arts Eileen Jeng Lynch notes how the exhibition is enhanced by the visible and tangible connections with flora on the grounds. The work includes collage, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and an outdoor installation amidst the living foliage of the gardens. Exhibiting artists: Derrick Adams, Nicole Awai, Bahar Behbahani, Christian Ruiz Berman, Sanford Biggers, Cecile Chong, Max Colby, Abigail DeVille, Valerie Hegarty, Christopher K. Ho and Kevin Zucker, Diana Lozano, Natalia Nakazawa, Ebony G. Patterson, Bundith Phunsombatlert, Lina Puerta, Simonette Quamina, David Rios Ferreira, Alexandria Smith, Katherine Toukhy, Lina Iris Viktor, William Villalongo and Saya Woolfalk. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, July 21, 2 – 4:30 pm. To learn more about the exhibition and related programs: wave hill.org.
July 18 – August 24 – Wild & Free by artist Jennifer Williams at New Canaan Library’s Curtis Gallery, 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT. From Jennifer Williams’ artist statement: “As a child living near the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, I grew up with wildness: spring flowers full of color and light, changing through the seasons. Later, travelling, I loved the new plants and blooms I found and began at last to paint, en plein air, among them. Today, from my home near Long Island Sound to the Caribbean and Monet’s gardens in Giverny I’m fulfilled, capturing the colors which have been, and certainly still are, such a part of me. I smell the wild scents, hear the rhythms of forests, see the old hues, and the vibrant young colors.” There will be an opening reception on Thursday, July 25 at 6:00 pm. For more: newcanaanlibrary.org.
July 6 – August 21 – Silvermine ‘Summer Salon’ Guild Exhibition at Silvermine Galleries, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT. Silvermine Arts Center will devote its Galleries this summer to the work of more than 130 Guild members from across the country. Paul Efstathiou, an independent art curator who established the popular Highlight Curated exhibition series in New York and Connecticut, served as Juror for the exhibition. The Summer Salon Guild Exhibition runs from July 6 to Aug. 21, and an opening reception will take place on Sat., July 13 from 6 to 8 pm. Many of the Silvermine Guild members in the Summer Salon are from the Northeast region, but the Guild’s membership has expanded geographically over the years, and the exhibition draws from what is now a national roster. The Summer Salon Guild Exhibition gives the artists and the community a chance to view new work from the Guild in a wide range of disciplines and media. For more and a list of participating artists: silvermineart.org.
June 30 – September 22, 2019 – The Edge Effect at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. The Edge Effect describes an ecological phenomenon in the border area between disparate habitats, such as a meadow and a forest, which results in exponentially greater biodiversity. The Katonah Museum of Art recognizes that a museum creates a similar environment where works from artists with diverse backgrounds and locations are brought together to foster dialogue and spark creativity. Just as a border area is teeming with life, an exhibition can be a fertile place of ideas and images. This exhibition includes works in all media and subject matter submitted by artists from all over the U.S. and 13 countries around the world. 67 works were chosen out of 957 submissions. Juried by Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Awards will be granted to the top three submissions. For more: katonahmuseum.org.
June 28 – September 2, 2019 – Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. Sayaka Ganz utilizes reclaimed plastic household objects like brush strokes which appear visibly unified at a distance though separate at close proximity; she describes her style as “3-D impressionism”. Ganz’s aim is to impart new life to the items by transforming them into wildlife forms in full motion- including horses, birds, swimming polar bears, and “Uta” a humpbacked whale. This exhibition includes installations of animals, which are in rich in color and energy, to create an illusion of form. Ganz said she hopes her creations will provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world. For more: stamfordmuseum.org.
June 27 – August 17, 2019 – Summer Cool Down at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. The artists in this exhibition use film to capture images of water in diverse environments, presenting our symbiotic relationship with it in various forms. British-born, New York-based photographer Jonathan Smith travels the world, from Iceland to southern Patagonia to record streams, glaciers and oceans through his lens. Stillness in a frozen landscape is also a subject matter in Scott Peterman’s works in the show, his reductive palette punctuated with evidence of human presence. Taking formal abstraction to the next level, Bonnie Edelman uses a type of “action photography”, shooting with her lens in continual motion; she takes pictures while on a plane, car, or moves the camera to blur her images. Two other photographers in the show are more representational in their subject matter, depicting the inherent allure water holds over humans. Austrian-born, Josef Hoflehner exemplifies this with his “Jet Airliner” series, featuring dramatic scenes of bathers in a tiny public beach on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Also casting color aside are the compositions of Hawaiian photographer Wayne Levin. He, too, keeps his work figurative in his portrayal of swimmers, surfers, divers and sea-life, yet these are taken below the water’s surface. For more: heathergaudiofineart.com.
June 22 – September 1, 2019 – From Butterflies to Battleships at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. From Butterflies to Battleships draws from the Bruce Museum Photography Collection to present a selection of work by four singular American photographers: Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), Carl Mydans (1906-2004), Brett Weston (1911-1993) and Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017). The exhibition will showcase the tremendous diversity of directions taken in the twentieth century, whether employing the camera in a documentary mode to record details of insect development or to chronicle sweeping historical events, or experimenting with the technology to create abstract or composite images. For more: brucemuseum.org.
June 8 – September 27, 2019 – Imagined Gardens/Terrene Treasures: Photographs by Marcy Juran and Rob Jacobsen at The Gallery at Still River Editions, 128 East Liberty Street, Danbury, CT. “Imagined Gardens / Terrene Treasures” is an exhibition of photographs by Marcy Juran of Westport and Robert Jacobsen of Norwalk. Marcy Juran’s “Imagined Gardens” are layered botanical photo encaustics that emphasize the patterns and shapes of leaves and flowers. In his “Terrene Treasures” Rob Jacobsen explores the world of fungi up close, getting down on their level, and showing the beauty of their forms. For more: stillrivereditions.com.
June 2 – September 1, 2019 – 12th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition at Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. This juried biennial print competition and exhibition is limited to works that are no more than four square inches. Since its inception in 1997, the Miniature Print Exhibition has showcased the works of artists worldwide with renowned print curators and collectors serving as jurors. This year’s juror was Tomas Vu-Daniel, Artistic Director for LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University. This year, CCP received 442 prints from 158 artists with works arriving from 21 countries, including representation by artists in 26 states. Vu-Daniel selected 227 works by 119 artists representing 14 countries and 22 states. For more: contemprints.org.
May 31 – August 18, 2019 – Can I Get A Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. Throughout his long and still-evolving career, Herb Snitzer (American, b. 1932) has captured candid, soul-baring images of people from all walks of life. Internationally renowned for his iconic photographs of jazz musicians, his work over the past sixty years also includes compelling images of the struggle for social justice and equal rights, for which he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in 2005. Snitzer’s photographs have been featured in LIFE, Fortune, and TIME, among many other publications. His work is collected by major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Can I Get a Witness presents Snitzer’s remarkably broad artistic vision in 45 images, ranging from street scenes of 1950s New York, to jazz legend Louis Armstrong on the road in 1960, to activists participating in the 2017 Women’s March. It also showcases selections from the recently shared portfolio, Such Sweet Thunder, focusing on iconic musicians committed to social justice such as Nina Simone, a legendary jazz singer and activist who used her voice for empowerment. For more: hrm.org.
May 11 – September 1, 2019 – Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March] at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March] will feature landscapes, seascapes, beach scenes, and figural compositions—as well as rarely seen travel sketchbooks—the exhibition takes an innovative approach to the superb work produced by the Avery family. The exhibition will be an opportunity to discover not only what Rothko referred to in 1965 as Avery’s “repertoire . . . his wife Sally, his daughter, March, the beaches and mountains where they summered,” but to observe the creative interaction of this exceptional family of artists. Organized by Kenneth E. Silver, Silver Professor of Art History at New York University and Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art, assisted by Stephanie Guyet, Bruce Museum Zvi Grunberg Fellow, 2018-19, the exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, featuring full-color illustrations of all the works in the show. Educational programming will include lectures and an audio guide. For more: brucemuseum.org.
April 18 – September 21, 2019 – Hildreth Meière: The Art of Commerce at Bellarmine Hall Galleries, Fairfield University Art Museum, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. Hildreth Meière was a prolific muralist whose commissioned works adorn the walls and ceilings of public buildings from New York to California. Some of Meière’s best known works are in New York City and include the Dance, Drama, and Song roundels that grace the limestone façade of Radio City Music Hall, the arch and ark mosaics in the Temple Emanu-El, and the red and orange glass mosaics in the Banking Room at One Wall Street. A versatile artist whose commissions were executed in glass and marble mosaic, tile, terra cotta, tapestry, leather, wood and metal, Meière understood that her success was in large part due to the positive collaboration she forged with corporate clients, architects, and the talented craftsmen who executed her works. Hildreth Meière: The Art of Commerce highlights corporate commissions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and includes paintings, wall sculptures, preparatory drawings, cartoons and gouache sketches, as well as photographs of finished commissions. Also included in this exhibition are the full-size cartoons for the mosaic in the lobby of the Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford, CT. There will be several exhibition related programs as well. For more about the exhibition: fairfield.edu.
October 13 – August 2, 2019 – Death is Irrelevant at Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY. Do sculptures created in our image suggest a will to exist? Are they a form of self-preservation, a reflection of their creator’s environment, or a grasp at immortality? Death Is Irrelevant examines these questions through the presentation of figurative sculpture from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection. Featuring works created over a forty-year period (1975–2018) from seventeen different countries, it is a contemporary examination of our timeless inclination to recreate ourselves, explore fragility and mortality, and consider what it means to be alive. Co-curated by Ken Tan, Tim Hawkinson, MARC STRAUS Gallery, in collaboration with the Marc and Livia Straus Family. For more: hudsonvalleymoca.org.
FAIRFIELD WESTCHESTER MUSEUM ALLIANCE: Established in 2009 to help promote the rich and diverse offerings of eight cultural institutions in Fairfield, Westchester, and the Bronx, the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance continues to give local families and visitors the opportunity to enjoy eight great museums for the price of one. Become a member at any of these participating organizations and get free admission at eight neighboring institutions, from the Bronx to Bridgeport. Visitors who are not members of an FWMA organization can request a free same-day pass to all FWMA museums when paying admission at any one of the eight institutions. The eight FWMA member institutions are: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT); Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT); Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT); Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY); Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY); Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY); Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY); and Wave Hill (Bronx, NY).