This is a curated listing of recommended in-person and online art exhibitions, musical performances, film screenings, lectures, programs and special events in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and beyond.
Explore the Arts In Person and Online
During this temporary time of closure due to the COVID-19 health crisis, most cultural organizations have created new content to explore online – for their websites, YouTube channels and social media platforms. This list includes both online/virtual events as well as in-person events, as our public health safety situation evolves.
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Katonah Museum of Art presents “Forgotten Stories: Bisa Butler’s Photographic Inspirations”
Forgotten Stories: Bisa Butler’s Photographic Inspirations – Sunday, June 7, 1:00 – 2:00 pm – From documentary black and white photographs taken during the Great Depression to family snapshots, Bisa Butler draws inspiration from photographic images to create her colorful, multi-layered quilts. Using vintage photos as a starting point, Butler transforms African American history and cultural identities into works of social statement. Her work raises questions about the social documentary role of the photograph and offers alternative ways of seeing and understanding the societal fabric that shapes the world in which we live. Join KMA Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Programs Emily Handlin for a virtual tour that explores the history behind the photographs and their relationship to Butler’s work. To register for this virtual event, visit katonahmuseum.org.
Pictured: Photographic Negative, Russell Lee ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF34-038825-D]. Image courtesy Katonah Museum of Art.
Neuberger Museum of Art presents Art Sandwiched-In: Curator Talk on Pier Paolo Pasolini Exhibition
Friday, June 5, 12:30 – 1:00 pm – Enjoy lunch while listening to Patrice Giasson, Alex Gordon Curator of Art of the Americas, speak about a selection of works in Pier Paolo Pasolini: Subversive Prophet. Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian, 1922–1975), was one of 20th century Europe’s leading intellectuals, known for his prolific work as a poet, writer, and film director. Pasolini railed against government corruption, materialism, consumerism, and political and social repression. With Pasolini, nothing was off the table. He also understood and railed against the way Italy and the rest of the Western world were heading – into a uniform, universal, standardized society – even before the idea of globalization took hold. My hope is that through this exhibition, visitors will connect with the voice of a true humanist, who dedicated his life to making this world a better place in which to live.” Pier Paolo Pasolini: Subversive Prophet includes an introduction to the artist’s most important films and a selection of original film costumes designed in Italy by the internationally-acclaimed costume house Farani. Try to spot the costumes as you stream Pasolini’s films on YouTube or Amazon Prime. See gallery views here from the opening of the exhibition on February 12, 2020. To register for the webinar, click here.
Pictured: A selection of costumes created for various films by Pier Paolo Pasolini by internationally-acclaimed costume house Farani, the first time they’ve been on view in the United States. Installation photograph taken by Ed Cody at the exhibition opening on February 12, 2020. Image courtesy Neuberger Museum of Art.
Now available through Bedford Playhouse – STAGE: The Culinary Internship
STAGE: The Culinary Internship follows a group of aspiring chefs during a nine-month apprenticeship at one of the best restaurants in the world: Mugaritz, nestled in the hills outside San Sebastian. While the twice Michelin starred restaurant’s notorious avant-garde cuisine elevates these young hopefuls to think outside the confines of a kitchen, can they handle the heat of its intense creative environment? Featuring Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz (judge on Netflix’s Final Table). Directed by Abby Ainsworth. Film rental is for a 72-hour period. For link to purchase film, visit bedfordplayhouse.org.
Pictured: Still image from trailer for “STAGE: The Culinary Internship”
Caramoor Announces Flexible In-Person and Streaming Programming for Summer 20/2.0
July 2 – August 6 at Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY – Caramoor has long been a place of inspiration. With more than 80 acres of woodlands, gardens, sound art and outdoor performance space, the Westchester cultural arts destination is in a unique position to pivot from its traditional summer season and find new ways of inspiring audiences safely, just when they need it most. While unable to present the full summer season as planned, Caramoor is pleased to announce Summer 20/2.0, positioning itself to participate responsibly in New York’s re-opening process. A new, three-part plan with the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of potential circumstances, Summer 20/2.0 comprises livestreamed on-site performances, live performances for low-density audiences on Friends Field, and opening up the gardens and sound art for limited tours. Each part can be implemented independently and phased with different options depending on the circumstances at the time. All activities will be subject to current government health and safety guidelines, as well as re-confirmation in the days before. For more, and event information visit caramoor.org.
Pictured: Caramoor Center Walk: photo by Gabe Palacio, courtesy Caramoor
Bruce Presents – Architecture 20/20: New Visions for Public Spaces in the Age of COVID-19
Thursday, June 4, 2020 — 7:00pm – 8:30pm Bruce Presents, the Bruce Museum’s program series featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science, returns on Thursday, June 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (EDT), with a Zoom virtual panel discussion: Architecture 20/20: New Visions for Public Spaces in the Age of COVID-19. How will the global coronavirus pandemic change how public spaces are designed or modified, from classrooms to auditoriums, public restrooms to restaurants, hallways to elevators? How will the need for adequate social distancing impact how public spaces are used in a post-lockdown environment? Providing expert insight into these new and pressing issues surrounding the design and use of public spaces after COVID-19 are four distinguished architects whose practices focus on the design of public buildings and spaces: Steve Dumez, Principal and Director of Design at EskewDumezRipple; Craig Dykers, Founding Partner at Snøhetta; Maitland Jones, Principal at Deborah Berke Partners and Paul Schulhof, Principal at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. For more and to register, visit brucemuseum.org.
Pictured, top: Steve Dumez; bottom, left to right: Paul Schulhof, Maitland Jones, Craig Dykers. Image courtesy Bruce Museum
Music @ NCL: New Canaan Library presents Pianist Andrew Armstrong and Friends
Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm via Zoom – New Canaan Library is pleased to present a unique musical experience: internationally renowned pianist Andrew Armstrong performs live via Zoom. Joining him in this performance will be several of his musical colleagues, all well-respected in their own right: James Ehnes, violin, Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin, Edward Arron, cello, Jeewon Park, piano and Steve Moretti, percussion.
Pictured: Andrew Armstrong, piano. Image courtesy New Canaan Library
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.
New Britain Museum of American Art presents Meditations on Paintings and other Digital Offerings
A virtual garden of new experiences await at nbmaa.org, including art activities, mindfulness tours, digital events, and an in-depth look at special exhibition In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut. New on their website is Meditations on Paintings – Guided by Maura O’Shea, Manager of Education Programs, slow down and take a closer, meditative look at select works from their permanent collection. In the first episode, they examine Alice Baber’s Path of Jaguar, and are guided through the composition with the artist’s rhythmic use of color and shape. Anni Albers: Experiments is a pre-recorded lecture and will be available on their website in full on Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. In this collaborative lecture, Fritz Horstman, exhibition curator and Education Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and Karis Medina, Associate Curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, examine the theory and practice of Anni Albers. Curatorial Chat | Faith Ringold: In their fifth weekly Curatorial Chat, Associate Curator Lisa Williams highlights the power and joy in human expression as seen in Mama Can Sing by artist Faith Ringgold. Part of her “Jazz Series” stories, this bold and colorful work depicts the image of a liberated black woman, her powerful voice represented with vibrations of blue and gold. For more, visit nbmaa.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.
VSVN x Wave Hill Collaboration
From May 10 – 19, 10 artists from Wave Hill’s 2020 Winter Workspace program will be sharing their studio practice on Virtual Studio Visit Network’s (VSVN) Instagram Live every day at 2PM. Wave Hill’s Eileen Jeng Lynch and Jesse Firestone kicked off the program on Saturday May 9, with a conversation about studio visits and the VSVN x Wave Hill collaboration. Audio/visual recordings of these visits will be archived on their website after the final presentation. Artists Featured: Andrea Haenggi, Stephanie Alvarado, Kymia Nawabi, LoVid Hinkis-Lapidus, Beatrice Modisett, Linda Lauro-Lazin, Ezra Benus, Elizabeth Velazquez, Maya Ciarrocchi , May 19 – Samanta Batra Mehta. Visit instagram.com/virtualstudiovisitnetwork for each presentation and for more, visit wavehill.org.
Virtual Tour of Weather Report at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum with Curator Richard Klein
Take in a Virtual Tour of Weather Report on The Aldrich Contemporay Art Museum’s website. The exhibition reveals the sky as a site where the aesthetic, the romantic, the political, the social, and the scientific co-exist and inform one another. The depiction of weather phenomena in the visual arts is traditionally linked with either landscape painting or photography, but in the last two decades artists have increasingly turned to other media to explore weather and, by extension, the larger subject of the Earth’s atmosphere. Featuring the work of Bigert & Bergström, Barbara Bloom, Sara Bouchard, Josh Callaghan, Nick Cave, Violet Dennison, Bryan Nash Gill, Andy Goldsworthy, Nancy Graves, Ellen Harvey, Ayumi Ishii, Jitish Kallat, Kim Keever, Byron Kim, Damian Loeb, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Colin McMullan, Hitoshi Nomura, Pat Pickett, Sean Salstrom, and Jennifer Steinkamp, and an installation by researchers Amanda Bunce, Joel Salisbury, and Michael Vertefeuille. For virtual tour and more, visit aldrichart.org.
Pictured: Still image from Video: Virtual Tour of “Weather Report” with Curator Richard Klein
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents Tent Talks Online
Wednesday, June 10, HVSF Alum Zack Fine, 3:00 pm – Join Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival every other Wednesday afternoon for conversations about HVSF and what makes Shakespeare so essential. Familiar faces will share memories from their time under the tent and insights about their ongoing work. HVSF Alum Zack Fine and HVSF Director of Education, Sean McNall, will chat about keeping your imagination alive and active during a pandemic. The pair have acted together at HVSF in 2016’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE and have collaborated on a number of shows.
Clay Art Center presents “Connections – A Response to COVID-19: Through Clay and Words”
Virtual Exhibition, Connections – A Response to COVID-19: Through Clay and Words – Clay Art Center presents responses from ceramic artists, nationwide, to the current situation we all find ourselves in, brought about by the health concerns of COVID 19. Their Virtual Connections Exhibition features works that are made from various media, and submitted as digital photos only. A message from the participant accompanies the selected shown works. The digital entries are showcased here on our website, with ongoing submissions being accepted until July 15. This is part one of a two-part exhibition process. Part two of Connections will be a collection Ceramic Postcards, realized from the original digital entries, exhibited in the gallery at Clay Art Center at a later date. To offset the challenges of access to studios, kilns and workspaces, they are presenting the ceramic artistic process in its entirety – from sketch to firing. For more, visit clayartcenter.org.
Inside the NEU: The Making of Leslie Dill’s “Rush”
Online beginning Tuesday, May 19 – INSIDE THE NEU | The Making of Lesley Dill’s Rush: This will be a recording e-blast distributed to the Neuberger Museum’s mailing list and posted on their website and Facebook, with an introduction by Chief Curator Helaine Posner. In 2021, the Neuberger Museum of Art will present Lesley Dill’s Rush, a large, dramatic, site-responsive work that premiered at the Museum in 2007 and then acquired for its permanent collection. In honor of the reinstallation of Rush, join the online program with the museum’s Chief Curator Helaine Posner for a screening of “We Are Animals of Language,” a documentary by Ed Robbins about making all the work that was included in “Lesley Dill: Tremendous World” at the Neuberger in 2007. Dill uses a wide range of media and methods to explore themes of language, the body, and what it means to be transformed by an experience. Her work explores the role of language and image to take us towards enlightenment. In Rush, a small, seated figure of a male in meditation, reminiscent of Rodin’s “The Thinker,” begins the journey. Billowing from his head is his train of thought, a veritable thought cloud, represented here in a collage of hundreds of interconnected metallic animal and human figures. For more, visit purchase.edu/neuberger-museum-of-art.
Pictured: Lesley Dill, “Rush,” 2006-07, silver foil, organza, wire. Collection Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ruth and Seymour Klein Foundation and the Neuberger Museum of Art Collectors’ Colloquium
Music From Copland House presents Coping… with Copland House
Music from Copland House’s online offering, Coping … with Copland House is a periodic feature inspired by Aaron Copland’s often-stated belief that music is an affirmation of life … particularly relevant during these challenging weeks. Enjoy favorite video recordings they’ve collected from their travels across America’s musical landscape. 3/24 – Simple Gifts; 4/6 – Spellbound; 4/17 – Sounds and Sweet Airs that Give Delight; 4/22 – Needing a Friend?; 4/29 – Raising the Roof!; 5/2 – Making the Crossing. Sign up on their email list to receive mailings announcing new features. For more, visit coplandhouse.org.
Pictured: still video image from John Harbison: What a Friend We Have in Jesus, from Songs America Loves to Sing (2004) Music from Copland House: Linda Chesis, flute; Derek Bermel, clarinet; Curtis Macomber, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano Live from Louisville Chamber Music Society
Bruce Museum 2020 Annual Crafts Festival Virtual Tour
The Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Crafts Festival, held annually one week before Memorial Day weekend, was established in 1986 to compliment the Museum’s Arts Festival which was started in 1982. From modest beginnings, the outdoor festival has grown into a beloved annual Bruce event drawing artists from across the country. Artists undergo a rigorous jury process to ensure that the festival is fresh, varied and balanced between categories. The 2020 festival dates were set for May 16 and 17, but in light of the development of the COVID-19 pandemic the Bruce had to cancel this year’s show. Instead, they invite all to take a virtual stroll through the 2020 crafts festival. You will also find links to the artists’ websites to view more work and to shop. For more, visit brucecraftsfest20.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.
Nassau County Museum of Art: Virtual Tour of “Blue” & More
Explore the virtual offerings of the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Now available on their website is a Virtual Tour by Museum Director Charles Riley of the exhibition Blue, which 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. The exhibition is scheduled to be on view through July 5, 2020, so sign up on their mailing list, follow them on social media and plan a visit when they re-open. 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
Available through Avon Theatre and Jacob Burns Film Center “Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint”
Available starting April 24. One ticket is good for a five-day pass to see Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint. Run Time: 94 | Rating: Not Rated | Language: In Swedish and English with subtitles. Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value. For ticket purchase visit the websites: avontheatre.org or burnsfilmcenter.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.
Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University presents Quick Sessions
Quick Sessions offers virtual connections and performances with world-renowned artists, musicians, and educators, available free of charge from the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. Programs offered include: Gershwin with Orin Grossman, Opera and Performance with Nora Chipaumire, Pilobolus Dance Company, #UNLOAD: Ending Gun Violence, Behind the scenes with Carey Weber, the Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum, “Theatre in the Time of Crisis” with Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) LIVE, Marti Talks Theatre, Movers & Shakers in South African Theatre, Aria Exploration With Erik Novoa and HAPPY HOUR: Art Café goes GLOBAL with Helen Klisser During. For schedule and more information visit quickcenter.fairfield.edu.
Branching Out with Wave Hill
Working from their homes, Wave Hill’s staff has been creatively collaborating to transform the types of programs that you would enjoy at Wave Hill into activities that you can see and do from home. Some of their instructors—Gabriel Willow, Sara Hart, Wennie Huang and Benjamin Swett—have embraced the chance to connect with with the public in this new way. Also participating are some of the organizations that regularly partner with Wave Hill, such as the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, who has enthusiastically agreed to be part of this initiative. Branching Out, a new page on their website, uses their new and improved website, as well as all social media platforms, to reach you. Here is a sampling of what you can expect from them this spring: Neighborhood Naturalist, Depth in Distance, Adult Workshops, Watch & Listen, Visual Arts, Caregivers as Educators Learning Series, Wellness and Nature Activities for Home. Be sure to sign up for their emails and Be sure to follow them on social media—Instagram, Facebook and Twitter—to hear about new things to do and see each week. For more, visit wavehill.org.
Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo, courtesy Wave Hill
“Gerhard Richter: Painting After All” at Met Breuer – Online Exhibition Tour and Film
Devoted to one of the greatest artists of our time, Gerhard Richter: Painting After All considers Richter’s six-decade-long preoccupation with the dual means of representation and abstraction to explore the material, conceptual and historical implications of painting. Spanning the entirety of Richter’s prolific and innovative career, the exhibition presents over one hundred works that focus on his specific commitment to the medium, as well as his related interests in photography, digital reproduction, and sculpture. Tour the exhibition online and see images from the exhibition.
Presented in conjunction with The Met Breuer exhibition, the documentary film Gerhard Richter Painting is available for viewing via The Met’s website and will remain available to stream through early July. Much of this documentary is set in Richter’s studio in Cologne, where the filmmaker quietly observed the artist’s painting process, and in particular how he creates his large abstract series. The film follows Richter through mesmeric cycles of painting, viewing, and judging. Interspersed throughout are shorter sequences from historical interviews and footage of other aspects of Richter at work, including his interactions with curators, assistants, and family. Filmed principally in 2009, the documentary concludes with the artist completing a large series of mostly white abstract paintings. For this and more, visit metmuseum.org.
Center for Contemporary Printmaking Weekly Outreach Series
CCP (@contemprints) has announced their social outreach series, a schedule of social media broadcast highlighting the very best in printmaking. Join them throughout the week on Instagram and Facebook for demonstrations, discussions, artist spotlights, and much more. Their weekly lineup is as follows – MEMBER MONDAYS: CCP Member artists disclose their processes, showcase their work, and share their printmaking experiences in the current moment. DISCUSSION TUESDAYS: Using prints as the lynchpin, CCP staff members pose a question for you to consider. WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS: CCP instructors bring demonstrations and tutorials administered by staff and their colleagues from the community. Meet a new instructor or watch them try a new process at home! CCP PROGRAM THURSDAYS: Chris Shore and Kimberly Henrikson dig deep through the real-life community support the CCP has fostered, including CCP’s Artist-in-Residence Program, the GRSM Scholarship Program for high-school students, off-site demonstrations, and hands-on learning for the public. COMMUNITY FRIDAYS: Some casual conversation to end an enriching week. Reflect, relax, and look forward to the weekend ahead. See their social media accounts at @contemprints or visit their website to learn more: contemprints.org.
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
YoFiFest Friday Flicks
Yonkers Film Festival (YoFiFest) has developed an online screening series called Friday Flicks, where they curate an evening of independent film that includes a screening and talk back with the filmmaker. All ticket proceeds from these evenings are split between YoFiFest and the filmmaker. Although each screening may be a bit different, generally the way it works is this: 1. Buy one ticket per connection (i.e. a whole family can watch from the same screen). 2. They’ll send you a link to the film(s) on Thursday. 3. You can screen the film(s) at your convenience. 4. Meet on ZOOM Friday evening, where YoFi will moderate a post-screening talkback with the filmmakers and you’ll have the chance to ask questions. For more information and film offerings, visit yofidmac.com.
Magazzino Da Casa
Magazzino Italian Art Foundation presents Magazzino da Casa, a new series of digital programs dedicated to providing insightful new encounters with postwar and contemporary Italian art and artists through exclusive content on the museum’s website and social media platforms. Developed to counter current feelings of isolation and dislocation through fostering a sense of community around Italian art and creativity, Magazzino da Casa expands the museum’s public programming into the digital sphere, with live-streamed Q&As with artists including Marinella Senatore, the presentation of unreleased films relating to recent museum projects, the digitization of past exhibition catalogues, Instagram Live lectures by leading scholars from around the world, music playlists contributed by community members on Spotify, and more. A current schedule of Magazzino da Casa programs, which will air each Saturday at 3:00 p.m. EST on Instagram Live, along with related video content accessible on Magazzino’s website, follows below. Live stream content will be available on Magazzino’s Instagram for 24 hours after the event. For more information visit magazzino.art.
Hudson River Museum launches Museum From Home
HRM’s Museum From Home – The Hudson River Museum has launched an exciting new digital initiative, Museum From Home, for its audiences to virtually experience all the HRM has to offer. Joining other museums across the United States and abroad, the Museum will be featuring new content including engaging videos, hands-on art and science activities, lesson plans for parents and teachers, and new ways to participate and explore their exhibitions and collection. These virtual experiences will be available on the Museum’s website and shared through its social media channels using the hashtag #MuseumFromHome. There will be a variety of recorded programs and workshops available, including live-streamed programs including virtual tours with curators, workshops with artists, conversations and Q&A with experts on timely topics, and community-curated exhibitions and playlists. The HRM Collections & Exhibitions section offers new ways to dive in and discover the Museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions, past and present. Current offerings include Derrick Adams: Buoyant, Frances Hynes: Constellations, and Self in the City. Other highlights include a variety of online exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture; a special SC Hudson River Museum app, which allows users to experience ten works from the collection using super high-resolution zoom and unique storytelling features, and other social media initiatives like #HRMStaffFavorites and #ShowUsYourSketches. For more, visit hrm.org.
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.
Kathleen Kucka: Slow Burn online at Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Extended through June 20, 2020 – Kathleen Kucka: Slow Burn – As with the rest of the art world, Heather Gaudio Fine Art is adapting to the circumstances, and is exhibiting their current show, Kathleen Kucka: Slow Burn online. The exhibition showcases new eye-catching paintings and prints Kucka has spent the past year creating. Her multi-step process is an activation of the picture plane employing unconventional, if but contradictory methods. Using different tools, such as coal fire starters, torches, irons, or hot plates, Kucka carefully burns the surface of the canvas, negating pictorial conventions and the medium of the paint itself. Some markings form calculated straight, concentric or radial patterns, while others take on more random, fluid arrangements. She paints or leaves the canvas bare, intentionally leaving traces of the scored and smoked areas as evidence of the physical engagement with the material. At times, the pigment humorously emulates animated flames across the surface. Please find here the video with artist interview, links to the works and installation views and information about the artist and exhibition. They will be extending the show past the April 25th date, to be determined. For more information, visit heathergaudiofineart.com.
Pictured: Kathleen Kucka, “For Your Eyes Only”, 2017. Image courtesy Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Spring has arrived at Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY – Grounds open + Virtual Tours on Lyndhurst website – As always, nature provides a lovely distraction! With the onset of spring, Lyndhurst is awash with flowering trees and bulbs. Lyndhurst encourages the public to visit the landscape and take notice of the early spring flowers that have appeared in the past couple of days. Their offices and all buildings are currently closed but their property is available for passive recreation and enjoyment. They ask that you maintain social distancing protocols or take solitary walks when visiting. The property is easily accessed via the Old Croton Aqueduct State Park trail and the Westchester Riverwalk. All property rules apply. Don’t forget to tag them with your flower finds and other photography on Instagram and Facebook! Also: for a Virtual Tour of the mansion, visit their website. For more, visit lyndhurst.org.
Photo by Emma Gencarelli, courtesy Lyndhurst
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.
The Glass House Online
Philip Johnson Glass House, Glass House Online – While the Glass House cannot be visited in person at this time, they are currently developing additional innovative and exciting ways to connect the public with Philip Johnson’s masterpiece through their website. Follow them on social media via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily updates. Videos they have created over the years are available, including an interview with Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger, as well as access to a 360 tour of the Glass House. For more, visit theglasshouse.org.
Glass House photo by Lane Coder, courtesy of The Philip Johnson Glass House
New Britain Museum of American Art: Curator Tour: Anni Albers in Connecticut
Online Curator Exhibition Tour – While the Museum remains closed through these coming weeks, the New Britain Museum of Art in New Britain, Connecticut is pleased to present new ways to access their galleries, special exhibitions, and permanent collection. Enjoy a video walkthrough of In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut, led by Fritz Horstman, Director of Education of the Josef Anni Albers Foundation and curator of the show, to get a sneak peek of the exhibition before they re-open to the public! NBMAA eMuseum: Enjoy virtual tours available through eMuseum, including collection-based Special Exhibitions such as Art and Artists of Monhegan Island: Selections from the Charles J. and Irene Hamm Collection of Coastal Art and Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War. Revisit your favorite works, and browse by genre, from Regionalism and Realism, American Impressionism, to early Modernism. For more information about the exhibition, visit nbmaa.org.
New York Botanical Garden: NYBG at Home
NYBG At Home – During these challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration more than ever. While the New York Botanical Garden’s gates may be temporarily closed, their virtual gates are wide open. They are inviting the NYBG community near and far to stay connected through their collections’ vast digital resources, creative educational programs, and many other online offerings. As spring unfolds, we will bring you the brightness and color of the season, a reminder of how the natural world brings us joy. For more information visit nybg.org.
Bruce Museum Goes Digital
Bruce Museum Goes Digital – While Bruce Museum’s physical doors are closed, stay connected and engaged with Bruce Museum at Home. All three exhibitions now offer Virtual Tours – On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK—the National Gallery of Denmark, Under the Skin, and House on the Hill: The Changing Face of the Bruce Museum. These new online programs will offer the same commitment to promoting the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science as all of the Museum’s regular programs and events. Some of the features now available online include – Bruce at Home Family Activities, Collection Favorites and Exhibition Favorites. There are links to access highlights of the Bruce Museum permanent collection, blogs from their Science Department connecting their exhibitions to recent discoveries and insights from the field in Storage Room No. 2. Also, Audio Tours: plenty of art and science exhibitions from the Bruce Museum at your fingertips. First, re-visit a past popular exhibition, Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, and you can also visit the public sculptures and nature surrounding Bruce Park through this NEW mobile website. Along with all this, pre-recorded lectures are available on YouTube and Vimeo. For more, visit brucemuseum.org.
RiverArts #100DaysofStudioTour– Join RiverArts (based in Tarrytown, New York) on Facebook and Instagram for their new #100DaysOfStudioTour for a daily dose of creativity! They will also be posting more content on their YouTube channel including excerpts from past Artist Conversations, and local artists giving tours of their workspaces and their work. For more, visit riverarts.org.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: , Edward Miller, Harriet Tubman, 2019, oil on canvas, 36×60 in.; Stephanie Buck, At the Edge of the Sea, mixed media, 30×36 in.; Gregory Turner Ryder Sculpture, 2016. Powdercoated folded 14-gauge stainless steel, 30x30x16 in.; works by Vicky Youngman, clay and glaze, various dimensions. Images courtesy RiverArts
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents Aldrich at Home
Aldrich at Home – The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut has several new offerings in their new initiative, “Aldrich at Home”. The Aldrich’s Executive Director, Cybele Maylone, gives an update on current Museum news and how to stay engaged while we’re temporarily closed on their YouTube channel. Check their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the most up to date Museum news. For more and to register for programs, visit aldrichart.org.
Exhibition installation view of Weather Report courtesy of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
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.
Katonah Museum of Art: Virtual Offerings
Katonah Museum of Art Virtual Offerings – Following the suspension of all activities, the staff at Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York have been working hard on designing alternative means of delivering events and programs to the community in order to maintain some continuity for the children, adults and families they serve. They have adapted several services to a virtual format, here are some of their new offerings: For Bisa Butler: Portraits, there is a Slideshow and Virtual Tour available from their website. The slideshow includes an overview of the works in artist Bisa Butler’s first solo museum exhibition, as well as the inspiration behind each one. The Virtual Tour is a great way to get a sense of the scale and intricacy of Butler’s monumental yet intimate quilted portraits, and offers a look at the work of David Schwittek in the Spot Gallery and Tijay Mohammed in the Learning Center. Kids Activities: Download projects inspired by the Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition. Join their mailing list and follow them on social media to learn more about additional resources. For more, visit katonahmuseum.org.
Pictured: Installation view of “Bisa Butler: Portraits”, photo by Margaret Fox. Image courtesy Katonah Museum of Art
Avon Theatre Online
AVON ONLINE – Though nothing can ever replace the joy and inspiration that comes from experiencing the best of independent cinema in the beautiful and historic Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut – today’s challenges can’t keep them from sharing wonderful films. With that goal in mind, they are proud and excited to offer AVON ONLINE – their new virtual cinema. Enjoy their first run independent films, provided through the generous partnership with their friends at Magnolia Pictures. Details on their film offerings are on their website, as are the instructions for accessing these films on computers/tablets, etc. Please enjoy, sign up on their mailing list to stay tuned for additional offerings, and follow The Avon on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more, visit avontheatre.org.
Hudson Valley MOCA .EDU Exhibition Images Online
Exhibition Images Online – This exhibition at Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill, New York showcases work by 14 art faculty from eight higher education institutions throughout the Hudson Valley, whose practices offer a critical perspective on the current state of affairs in contemporary art and an indication of what is yet to come. On view is an eclectic mix of two- and three-dimensional pieces, including video and installation, abstraction and representation, ranging in scale from intimate to monumental. For more, visit hudsonvalleymoca.org.
Installation view of “.edu: Art Faculty of the Hudson Valley” by Adam Chau, Museum Manager, courtesy Hudson Valley MOCA
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.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture
Mobile Tour – Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture – Savor explores the details and events behind this transformation. Rare objects, from early cookbooks and gardening manuals to tureens in the forms of cauliflowers and chickens, reveal fascinating histories and stories about advances in horticulture, surprisingly modern philosophies on healthy eating, and a shift to more informal dining. For more: thewadsworth.org.
Carp Tureen and stand, England, Chelsea, c. 1755. Soft-paste porcelain, enamels. Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada. Courtesy of Michele Beiny. Photo by Michele Beiny/Richard Goodbody
Yale University Art Gallery – James Prosek: Art, Artifact Artifice
James Prosek: Art, Artifact and Artifice – This talk about this exhibition, recorded on February 27, 2020, is titled “Human and Animal Art Worlds.” It includes Richard O. Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University and the artist, James Prosek. The program was in conjunction with the exhibition James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, which brings together objects from the collections of the Gallery, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Yale Center for British Art. It places Prosek’s work in dialogue with a wide range of both man-made objects and those produced by billions of years of evolution, or what naturalist Charles Darwin described as “endless forms most beautiful.” For more recorded lectures and programs, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s YouTube channel.
Pictured: James Prosek, “Bird Spectrum” 2009 from the exhibition “Art, Artifact, Artifice” at Yale University Art Gallery. Photo by Laura Schroeder
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