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.
OPEN NOW & REOPENING SOON
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 hours, advance ticket purchase and guidelines as you plan your visit.
Fairfield County, Connecticut
· The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT – now open
· Avon Theatre Film Centre, Stamford, CT – now open
· Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT – now open
· Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT – now open
· The Glass House, New Canaan, CT – now open
· Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT – now open
· MoCA Westport, Westport, CT – now open
· The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT – now open
· Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT – now open
· Weir Farm National Historic Park, Wilton, CT – now open
Westchester County, New York
· Armour-Stiner Octagon House, Irvington, NY – now open
· Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY – now open
· Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown and Irvington, NY – now open
· Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY – now open
· Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY – now open
· Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY – grounds open
· Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, NY – now open
New York City
· The Jewish Museum – now open
· The Met Cloisters Museum and Gardens – now open
· The Met Fifth Avenue – now open
· The Morgan Library & Museum – now open
· Museum of Arts and Design – now open
· Museum of Modern Art – now open
· Museum of the City of New York – now open
· New York Botanical Garden – now open
· New York Historical Society – now open
· Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – now open
· Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center – now open
· Whitney Museum of American Art – now open
· Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, NY – now open
· Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY – now open
· Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Nyack, NY – now open
· Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, Cold Spring, NY – now open
· Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY – now open
· New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT – now open
· Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY – now open
· Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT – now open
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
At Katonah Museum of Art – Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics and ROTHKO
At Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY – Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics – October 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021: 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).
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
7th Biennial FOOTPRINT International Exhibition at Center for Contemporary Printmaking
Through November 22, 2021 at Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s 7th Biennial FOOTPRINT International Exhibition is now open and available for visitors by appointment. This exhibition is an opportunity for the presentation of current trends and innovations in contemporary printmaking within the bounds of the one square foot (12” x 12”) configuration. This year’s juror, Jane Kinsman, Distinguished Adjunct Curator, previously Senior Curator of International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books, National Gallery of Australia, reviewed 319 print submissions from 180 artists representing eighteen countries. Kinsman selected 95 works from 91 artists representing 21 states and 13 countries. Anyone wishing to see the show, please call or email CCP at (203) 899-7999 or firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability. To see the prints in the exhibition and for more information, visit contemprints.org.
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
Nassau County Museum of Art: In-person viewing and Virtual Tour of “Blue”
Through November 1, 2020 at Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY. Explore Blue in person (or a virtual tour by Museum Director Charles Riley, on their website). Blue includes works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Odilon Redon, Paul Klee, David Hockney, Jeffrey Gibson, Helen Frankenthaler, Hiroshige, Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Deborah Turbeville and much more. For more about this exhibition and others, as well as their related online offerings, visit their website at nassaumuseum.org.
Pictured: Exhibition installation in Gallery 2 of “Blue”: Artists (left to right): Helen Frankenthaler, Jeffrey Gibson, Sean Scully, Susan Vecsey, Callum Innes. Photo Credit: NCMA Staff, image courtesy Nassau County Museum of Art
Women to the Fore at Hudson River Museum
September 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021 at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. This exhibition—drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as loans from regional artists, galleries, and collectors—focuses on the rich diversity and range of expression in a group of artists working in paintings and drawings, prints and photographs, collage and sculpture. While some artists are internationally recognized, others are overdue to be better known; still others are now emerging. The installation will gather and compare works from different eras and media and will include interpretation that stems from the artists’ own words.
Pictured, left to right: Seongmin Ahn (South Korean, b. 1971), “Aphrodisiac 30”. 2019. Ink, pigments, and wash on mulberry paper. Courtesy of the artist. Ebony Bolt (American, b. 1991), “Botanical Dreams in the Concrete Jungle”, 2017. Mixed media. Collection of the Hudson River Museum Museum Purchase, 2018 (2018.06). 3. Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986), “Banana Blossom”, 1934. Charcoal on paper, Collection of the Hudson River Museum Bequest of Carl E. Hiller, 1992 (92.1.1). Images courtesy Hudson River Museum
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 (COVID conditions permitting) – “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.
Historic Hudson Valley’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Daily, September 18 – October 31 and Weekends in November through 11/21/20 at Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns— all designed and hand-carved on site by Historic Hudson Valley’s team of artisans. New for 2020, a fire truck—making a special rescue—and witches stirring up a spell. Tour the Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you’ve never seen. You’ll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac. Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed! Advance ticket purchase required, for tickets visit hudsonvalley.org.
Pictured: The Museum of Pumpkin Art at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Photo by Tom Nycz for Historic Hudson Valley.
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
Maker Dates, Friday evenings at Clay Art Center
Friday Nights, 7- 9pm through December 18 at Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY – 20% off this Fall with code FALL4CLAY20! Maker Date (formerly Cladies Night) for adults (18+), Winner Best of Westchester 2020 “Best Artsy Night Out”. For a fun Friday night out with friends or a date sign up for Maker Date: Grab your “plus one” to unplug with mud for a creative night out! Have fun and get messy as the instructors at Clay Art Center 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 picked up arranged at a later date. Bring a change of clothes or wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. Beginners Welcome – no experience necessary. For more and to register, visit clayartcenter.org.
At Bruce Museum – Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e
September 1 – November 1, 2020 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT – Now open in the Bruce Museum’s recently renovated art gallery, Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e examines historical perspectives on women and their depiction in art in Edo Period Japan (1615 – 1858). Featuring more than 40 woodblock prints on loan from the permanent collection of the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania, this exhibition highlights female characters in literature, kabuki theatre, and poetry; the courtesans and geisha of the Yoshiwara district; and wives and mothers from different social classes performing the duties of their station, in order to gain some insight into the lives of women in pre-modern Japan. Admission to the Museum is currently by advance reservation for timed ticketed entry; visit brucemuseum.org.
Pictured: Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797 – 1858), “Village by the Tamagawa River”, 1858, ink on paper, 8 ¾ x 13 ½ inches, Museum Purchase, 1979.584.1C. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. Image courtesy Bruce Museum
Wave Hill and American Society of Botanical Artists Partner to Present 23rd Annual International of Botanical Art
September 5–December 6, 2020 at Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center, 4900 Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY – Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery reopens to the public with the 23rd Annual International in collaboration with the American Society for Botanical Artists. The artworks on view collectively speak to nature’s resiliency and celebrate botanical art amidst the rich diversity of plants in Wave Hill’s gardens. The jurors, Ken Druse, garden lecturer, author and photographer; Karen Kluglein, botanical artist and instructor, and Eileen Jeng Lynch, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, have selected an outstanding group that includes a mix of seasoned artists. More than half are participating in their first ASBA Annual International. There are 46 artists in the exhibition, 25 of whom are showing at Wave Hill for the first time. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit wavehill.org.
Pictured: Gaye Grossman, “Morning Glory Frieze”, 2019. Watercolor on paper 19 x 38. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill
Jacob Burns Film Center presents Wednesdays with Wiseman – “Ballet”
Pictured: Ballet – available 10/21 – 11/5/20. The Jacob Burns Film Center is pleased to work with Zipporah Films and mTuckman media to offer three selections from filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s catalog via their Virtual Screening Room in the weeks leading up to the release of his next film, City Hall. Each film in the series will be accompanied by its own pre-recorded conversation with Wiseman and a rotating cast of documentary filmmakers. Every title in Wednesdays with Wiseman will be available for two weeks from their set start date. About Ballet: 1995. 170 m. Frederick Wiseman. Zipporah Films. US. English. NR. Ballet is a film about the American Ballet Theatre that follows choreographers, ballet masters, and mistresses working with principle dancers, soloists, and the corps de ballet, as well as the administrative and fundraising aspects of the Company. Accompanied by a pre-recorded conversation with Wiseman and filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Meru, Free Solo). For more and tickets, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Fairfield University Art Museum presents Online Lecture Series: “How to Look at an Abstract Painting,” “Peggy Guggenheim: Visionary Woman Collector” and “The Psychology of Art”
Online Lecture Series: “How to Look at an Abstract Painting” – Thursday, October 22, 5:00 pm – Danielle Ogden, Adjunct Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Fairfield University, will give a virtual lecture titled “How to Look at an Abstract Painting”. Danielle Ogden will be looking at works from the museum’s exhibition Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight. Register on Eventbrite. “Peggy Guggenheim: Visionary Woman Collector” – Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm – British art historian and “Live from London” BBC broadcast personality Jacky Klein covers British museum collections and co-authored ‘What is Contemporary Art?’ for New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Join Jacky Klein as she discusses the history and success of the art collector Peggy Guggenheim. Register on Eventbrite. “The Psychology of Art” – Thursday, October 29, 5:00 pm – Jennifer Drake, Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College, will give a virtual lecture titled, “The Psychology of Art” on Thursday, October 29th at 5 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with the Departments of Psychology and Visual Performing Arts. Register on Eventbrite. For more information about these and other online programs, visit fairfield.edu.
Image of Peggy Guggenheim courtesy Fairfield University Museum of Art
Clay Art Center presents “Concepts in Clay: Artists of Color” Virtual Exhibit
Online, October 26 – December 31, 2020 – Concepts in Clay, co-curated by artist Paul Briggs, features the work of Black artists and brings together a collective voice that speaks about a variety of themes and processes as part of the continuum of artists of color working in clay in the US today. Featured artists include: Adero Willard, Kyle and Kelly Phelps, Morel Doucet, Paul Wandless, Syd Carpenter, Donte Hayes, Lydia C. Thompson, Nathan Murray, Paul Briggs, and more to be announced. The artists selected make clay works that are wide ranging in the treatments of surfaces, processes, forms, materials and subject matter. This collection also investigates a variety of themes unique to the Black experience in America, from human relationships and interactions, identity and image of self, social justice and activism, to the outward expression of inner experiences. Co-Curator Paul Briggs is originally from New York and is presently an Associate Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA and Director of the historic Saturday Studios Program. For more and to view the exhibition, visit clayartcenter.org.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: Paul Wandless, “The Birth of Jemmah” Low fire clay, underglaze, underglaze pencil, glaze, 18 x 12 x 12 in., 2014; Paul Briggs, “Anemone (tentacle-double cuttle)”, 12 x 9.50 x 10.50 in., 2014; Adero Willard, “Entangle 3”, 24 in. h x 17 in. w x 7 in. d.; Donté Hayes, “Double Consciousness”, Stoneware (black clay body), 16.5 x 13 x 9 in., 2019. Images courtesy Clay Art Center
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
Caramoor’s Fall Livestream performance tickets now on sale
September 25, 2020 – December 12, 2020 – Enjoy another season of outstanding music with Caramoor, livestreamed right to your home. Tune into recitals from recent Avery Fisher Career Grant winner clarinetist Anthony McGill, Roomful of Teeth’s bass-baritone Dashon Burton, pianist Jeremy Denk, as well as a jazz trio led by Aaron Diehl, the beginning of the Callisto Quartet’s complete Bartók quartet project, and a Christmas celebration with TENET Vocal Artists. New this season! Watch more and save with the Fall Livestream Subscription granting you access to seven of this season’s concerts for $50. Caramoor Members receive complimentary access to these seven livestreams. Ticket reservation required. For more and tickets, visit caramoor.org.
Pictured: musical artists from Caramoor’s Fall 2020 Season. Image courtesy Caramoor.
Weir and Young Studio Video Tours Premiering September 24 and October 1
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
Now available via Jacob Burns Film Center: Driven to Abstraction
Order a virtual screening of Driven to Abstraction from Jacob Burns Film Center! About the film: 2019. 84 m. Daria Price. Grasshopper Films. US. English. Driven to Abstraction unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud—the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was the gallery’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist who showed up with an endless treasure trove of previously unseen abstract expressionist masterpieces? Or did she eventually suspect they were fakes, yet continue to sell them for millions of dollars over fifteen years? Whatever the truth may be, two women from very different worlds crossed paths in what would become the greatest hoax ever in Modern American Art. For more, visit burnsfilmcenter.org
Material World: Jennifer Davies, Leeah Joo, Stephanie Serpick at Flinn Gallery
Sep 10 – October 28, 2020 at Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT – Material World features three artists: two painters, Leeah Joo of Middlebury, CT and Stephanie Serpick of Brooklyn, NY and a fiber artist, Jennifer Davies of Branford, CT. All three artists bring the nuances and richness of materials, such as drapery, sheets, and paper to life through color, composition, and texture. Behind the physical appearance of folds, layers, and creases, there are hidden narratives based on what is visible, what is concealed, and what is imagined.
The exhibition has been installed, but due to COVID-19 limitations, the gallery, which is on the second floor of Greenwich Library, is not yet open to the public. They have created a video which will provide a virtual tour of the exhibition and enable you to meet and hear from the curators and the 3 talented artists in the show. Sign up for their emails, and each week throughout the exhibition you will receive information about a particular highlighted image in the show, as well as new videos featuring the artists in their studios. To view the works in the exhibition and the see the virtual tour, visit flinngallery.com.
Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Leeah Joo, “Colossus”; Jennifer Davies, “Icy Moon”; Stephanie Serpick, “A New Fall #9”.
Pictured, home page – clockwise from top left: Leeah Joo, “Pojagi Baroque”; Stephanie Serpick, “A New Fall #32”; Jennifer Davies, “Knocking from the Inside”. All images courtesy Flinn Gallery
Ruby Sky Stiler and Andrew Forge this fall at Fairfield University Art Museum
Two exhibitions planned for Fairfield University Art Museum this fall are Ruby Sky Stiler – Group Relief and Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight. In accordance with Fairfield University’s COVID-19 protocols which prohibit the public from entering campus, the museum will be closed to outside visitors this fall, but they hope that you will take advantage of their extensive virtual programming.
Ruby Sky Stiler – Group Relief – Walsh Gallery, September 11 – December 19, 2020. Featuring new relief paintings and figurative furniture-sculpture by New York artist Ruby Sky Stiler (b. 1979), this exhibition is presented as part of the celebration of 50 years of women at Fairfield University. Stiler, who holds a BFA from RISD and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art, has been investigating images of women inspired by the techniques and language of classical antiquity for over a decade. More at fairfield.edu/museum/rubyskystiler/
Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight – Bellarmine Hall Galleries. September 25 – December 19, 2020 – Organized by scholar and guest curator Karen Wilkin, this exhibition will feature some 20 paintings and works on paper by British artist Andrew Forge (British, 1923-2002). Forge was a painter and art critic, as well as the dean and professor of the Yale University School of Art from 1975-1994. His highly personal abstractions distill his perceptions of place, season, and time of day into subtle orchestrations of pure color. More at fairfield.edu/museum/exhibitions
Pictured: on left – Ruby Sky Stiler, No Title (Gold, Rust, and Swirl Swatches), 2020, acrylic paint, acrylic. On loan from the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Right – Andrew Forge, ”Cloak”, 1985, oil on canvas. Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ‘59. Images courtesy of Fairfield University Art Museum
Housatonic Museum of Art and Connecticut Film Festival present Friday Night Flicks
September 4 – November 6 – Housatonic Museum of Art has partnered with Connecticut Film Festival to bring you the best “edutainment” possible with their Friday Night Flicks, a series of documentaries that take a deep dive into the lives and careers of several artists including sculptor James Grashow and photo-realist Richard Estes. The first screening will be held Friday, September 4 at 7 pm, with The Cardboard Bernini, followed by a Q&A with artist Jimmy Grashow. Other films include (both followed by Q&As with Olympia Stone): September 11: “The Collector” and September 25: “Actually Iconic: Richard Estes.” October 2: “Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King” October 9: “Nothing Changes: Art For Hank’s Sake.” October 23: “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck.” October 30: “The Original” followed by Q&A with director and artist, Richard McMahan, and “Little Fiel,” followed by Q&A with director Irina Patkanian. November 6: ‘With Dad” followed by Q&A with director & photographer Stephen DiRado and the film, “Summer Spent.” For more, visit museum.housatonic.edu.
Jacob Burns Film Center presents “Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly”
Jacob Burns Film Center presents Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly – Purchase a digital screening of Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly for only $10, after which you’ll have 72 hours to watch the film in a virtual screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC. ABOUT THE FILM: 2019. 78 m. Cheryl Haines. English & Mandarin/Arabic with subtitles. NR. Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned. For more and tickets visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
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
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
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
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 live webinars include: Gladiators & Chariots: Entertainment in the Roman Empire – May 26 at 1pm, Camilla Calhoun tells the story of her memoir: The White Moth – May 28 at 7pm, Love That Moves the Sun: The Passionate & Challenging Life of Vittoria Colonna – June 1 at 2pm, Performance LIVE from Italy: Cristiana Pegoraro – June 11 and 20. For more, visit wiccny.org.
ArtsWestchester presents The Lawrence Salley Photography Award 2020 Virtual Exhibition
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
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
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
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
Clay Art Center presents Virtual Clay
Virtual Clay – Have some fun with virtual clay lessons, demos and lectures. Although their doors are closed, they are working hard to bring the love of clay to the public via Zoom starting April 3. Learn from some of the top ceramic artists practicing today as they guide you through demos, studio tours and informative lectures. These adult ceramic sessions will cover a variety of topics to keep your clay interests fulfilled. Additionally, if you’re looking for something creative for your children to do from the comfort of home, sign up for one of our one-hour youth classes for ages 7 and up. Their instructors will guide your child through a fun instructional clay project that they will create from supplies that are available through Amazon or Michael’s curbside pick-up. For more, visit clayartcenter.org.
Bedford Playhouse presents Virtual Playhouse
Virtual Playhouse – If there’s a silver lining on lockdown, it’s that we have an unprecedented amount of time with our families plus the opportunity to explore an exciting amount of art, film and culture online. Bedford Playhouse’s Virtual Playhouse will provide a selection of films from their ‘Laugh Out Loud’ Comedy Film Series, Environmental Film Series, Classic Tuesdays with John Farr series, as well as author events and more. Films can be enjoyed at home with online streaming services and new releases via magnoliapictures.com, then afterwards viewers can join with the community via ZOOM to discuss — just like we normally would at Bedford Playhouse. For their list of current offerings, visit bedfordplayhouse.org.
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
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