This is a select listing of recommended area art exhibitions, musical performances, film events, lectures, programs and special events in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and beyond. The list is updated regularly, so please check back for new events and exhibitions. Please note: Some events are weather-dependent or subject to change. Please check with the venue when making plans.
Special Events and Programs
Sunday, January 26, 3 pm – Stephen Wilkes “Day to Night” Lecture and Book Signing at Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT. Stephen Wilkes was the juror for the Carriage Barn’s 40th Annual Photography Show (Jan. 11-Feb. 13) and images from this epic series are featured in the show. Can a photograph inspire and create change? For photographer Stephen Wilkes, his five-year photographic study of Ellis Island’s long abandoned medical wards helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. His work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change. In this presentation, he’ll take audiences behind the scenes of his most defining project, Day to Night. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of the lens over a full day. Wilkes will discuss the months-long process of turning 1,500 photographs into a single image. Admission: $10 Members, $15 Non-members. For more and to register: carriagebarn.org.
Wednesday, January 22 – 7- 8 pm – Program: “Architecture of Churches and Synagogues” with Wes Haynes at Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Historic preservationist Wes Haynes will take the audience on a virtual tour of the best and most typical local modern expressions of faith, including works by nationally renowned architects Wallace K. Harrison and Victor Lundy, and by talented regional architects Gustave E. Steinback, Philip Ives, Willis Mills, Joseph Salerno, and Victor Christ-Janer. Haynes has researched extensively Fairfield County’s historic architecture. While preparing a National Historic Landmark designation for Stamford’s First Presbyterian (“The Fish”) Church, his research revealed the sudden and remarkable transition of local sacred spaces from traditional to modern forms of expression in the decades following World War II. For more and to register: greenwichlibrary.org.
January 25, 26, 31 – February 2 – Art Show: Bedford Exhibition and Sale at St. Matthew’s Fellowship Hall, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, NY. Art Show: Bedford is an annual exhibition highlighting local and NYC artists. Over forty artists will participate in this year’s show, selling paintings, photographs and sculpture, as well as hand-made jewelry, glass items and pottery at all price points. Guest Curator is Christopher Brescia, Director of The CB Gallery in Katonah, NY. Judges are Kim Henrikson, Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Cybele Maylone, Executive Director of Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and Peter McGill. Founded in 1973 by the Women of St. Matthew’s Church, all proceeds from the exhibition and sale are donated to local community charities. Preview Party tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door, Preview Party Angel tickets are $400 and Benefactor tickets are $200. “Collectors’ Evening” and “Coffee and Conversation” are free admission. Admission is free on all show days. For more information, show times and Preview Party tickets: artshowbedford.org.
Sunday, February 2, 2:00 pm – RiverArts presents Artist Conversation: Maxine Sherman in Conversation with Bennett Rink at Hastings Public Library, Orr Room, 7 Maple Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Maxine Sherman, former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Dance Company, will discuss her career highlights with Bennett Rink, Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In addition to working with two of the most important choreographers of the 20th century, Ms. Sherman has danced alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolph Nureyev, and has performed in multiple opera houses around the world. Attendees will watch video footage of some of her most famous performances. Memorabilia will also be on display. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly encouraged, as seating is limited. For more and to register: riverarts.org.
January 11, January 25, February 8 and February 22, 12:00 noon – Lecture Series: Frick Perspectives at The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY. For nearly two decades, the Frick’s Curatorial Fellows program has trained the next generation of museum professionals, many of whom have gone on to hold positions at some of the world’s leading institutions. In this series, four former Frick Fellows discuss works from the permanent collection and share how their understanding of these works has changed over time. Lessons from the Dutch “Golden Age” — January 11, 12:00 noon; The Glint of Gold: Early Italian Pictures — January 25, 12:00 noon; Impressed by Degas, Monet, Renoir — February 8, 12:00 noon; Northern Lights — February 22, 12:00 noon. Tickets to the four-part series are $100 ($90 for members); individual lecture tickets are $30 ($25 for members). Ticket prices include museum admission. For more: frick.org.
January 4 – March 29 – Public Sewing Days for Metropolitan Sunrise by Amanda Browder at ArtsWestchester– As the official County-designated arts council, ArtsWestchester is commissioning New York State textile artist Amanda Browder to create a monumental work of participatory public art. Browder will design and fabricate a colorful, quilt-like textile sculpture with help from local residents. The sculpture will be draped from the top of ArtsWestchester’s historic 9-story historic building in downtown White Plains and will be on display for six weeks, beginning May 2020. Browder’s installations bring communities together at every level of their making. Fabric is donated by local residents and constructed and sewn by individuals, families, and community groups from the area. The resulting work is a celebration of locality, community, and sustainability. Be a part of a public sewing day to help create this work of art! No sewing experience is needed. There’s a task for everyone! Sewing days are select dates between January 4 and March 29 at locations including ArtsWestchester, Rye Arts Center, India Center of Westchester, Greenburgh Public Library, Pelham Art Center, Westchester Children’s Museum, Blue Door Arts Center, Alliance Française of Westchester, and Katonah Museum of Art. For dates, locations and more: artswestchester.org.
January 21 – May 12 – “Caramoor at The Burns” Film Series at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. “We tend to think that film is essentially visual, but often music is the beating heart, the invisible place where the emotional life of a film happens. And movies are now at the very center of the musical world, the place where the some of the most interesting and innovative music finds home. This made us wonder: What movies do musicians love because of their music, and why? And so we’re thrilled to partner with our fellow Westchester institution, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. They have asked some extraordinary performers to choose a favorite film to showcase here, and we couldn’t be happier with their selections! We welcome members of the Caramoor community to join us for these screenings, which will take place once a month starting in September.” — Brian Ackerman, programming director. Films include: From Mao to Mozart – January 21; A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries – February 18; Koyaanisqatsi – March 17, Amadeus – April 21, West Side Story – May 12. For show times and more information: burnsfilmcenter.org.
Coming Soon – CUNNINGHAM at Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT. CUNNINGHAM traces legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. For more: avontheatre.org.
New Releases and Film Series at Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT. The Avon Theatre features the best of independent, world and documentary films, foreign and Hollywood classics and educational programming that enhances the cultural richness of the downtown Stamford community. Itself a 1939 historic landmark, provides a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting. Series include: French Cinematheque, Documentary Night, Discover Indian Cinema, The Black Lens, Cult Classics, and other special events and film series for members and the public. For more information: avontheatre.org.
New Releases and Film Series at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. One of the most successful suburban art houses in the country, they celebrate film as a vehicle for entertainment, education, and inspiration. With their films, events, community screenings, visiting artists, and special guests, they strive to further their nonprofit mission, spark dialogue and encourage an acceptance of a diversity of perspectives among their theatergoers and the community—something they started when they opened their doors in 2001. For more: burnsfilmcenter.org.
Bedford Playhouse Home of Clive Davis Arts Center, 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY. After over three years of fundraising, planning, and construction, Bedford Playhouse opened its doors to its 167-seat Main Theater, the largest of its three theaters, in May of 2018. Home of the Clive Davis Arts Center, the new Playhouse is a vibrant cultural and social destination featuring outstanding films, arts-related programming and educational offerings — as well as a fun, welcoming place to socialize. It’s a special place where culture and community come together every day. For more: bedfordplayhouse.org.
Theater and Performing Arts
Thursday, January 30, 8:00 pm – Limón Dance Company at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American dance from its inception in 1946, bringing the immediacy of our common experience onto the stage, exuberantly and intensely, with musical and fully lived dancing. The classic Limón works, like Shakespeare’s, are as perceptive today as when they were made. They speak, urgently and joyfully, of our lives now: our individual struggles and triumphs, how we face the world and how we sense that world around us, how we can be with others, how we can destroy the bonds between us, and how we can ultimately create community. PROGRAM: Chaconne – José Limón, music by Johann Sebastian Bach; The Unsung – José Limón; Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities – Francesca Harper, music by Nona Hendryx composed for the dance; Excerpt from Psalm – José Limón, music by Jon Magnussen composed for the dance. For more and tickets: artscenter.org.
October 20, 2019 – May 5, 2020 – The Performing Arts Center 2019-2020 Season at SUNY Purchase, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. The Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Season, which continues “to disrupt the widespread notion that modern society does not want to leave the living room, by making The PAC itself a living room for the entire community,” states director Seth Soloway. “What happens in a living room? Shared experience, and critical conversation. At The Performing Arts Center we continue to provide experiences that spark conversations and make connections; in so doing, we further enhance our reputation as a welcoming community hub for an increasingly diverse audience base.” This year’s unique experiences welcome old friends and new to The PAC’s stages, and include expanded offerings in dance, featuring notable artists such as alumni Kyle Abraham and the fabulous Paul Taylor Dance Company and four brand-new works commissioned by The PAC, two of which will be World Premieres. Of note is the new work from Purchase College faculty member and alum Doug Varone, which will feature dancers from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. For more and tickets: artscenter.org.
October 9, 2019 – May 31, 2020 – Long Wharf Theatre 2019 – 2020 Season, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT. From their blog: Long Wharf Theatre Reinvents Itself: This season at Long Wharf Theater will transcend both time and place with stories which speak to our shared humanity and demonstrate our shared connections. The 2019-2020 season will introduce important voices that speak to our collective past, present and future to New Haven audiences. The season opens with the world premiere of Ricardo Pérez González’s beautiful love story, On the Grounds of Belonging (October 9 – February 3). Also featured is Pride and Prejudice (November 27 – December 22); the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play of survival against great odds, Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife (February 5 – March 1); Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap (May 6 – 31, 2020) tells the story of a scrappy basketball hot-shot playing in high stakes game across the Pacific , and Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady (March 18 – April 12) is the powerful and mesmerizing tale of America’s first female Chinese immigrant. For more and tickets: longwharftheatre.org.
Friday and Saturday, January 24 & 25 – Joey Alexander Trio at Jazz Forum Club, 1 Dixon Lane, Tarrytown, NY. On the eve of his first major label album release (Warna on Verve Records), 16-year-old piano genius Joey Alexander comes to Tarrytown to wow the audience as he’s been doing for seven years. The youngest ever jazz Grammy nominee, Joey has been profiled on 60 Minutes, the NY Times front page, won readers’ polls in Downbeat and Jazz Times and recently headlined at Carnegie Hall. Come see why. For more and tickets: jazzforumarts.org.
Sundays: January 12, February 9, March 15, April 5, May 3 – 2020 Armor Hall Concert Season at Wave Hill New York Public Garden and Cultural Center, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY. Wave Hill is pleased to announce the 2020 lineup of their popular Armor Hall Concert Series with five concerts curated by Ginger Dolden: a series that invites artists who are not only living experts in their fields but also pioneers in their genres. The artists featured in this series reimagine the traditional structures of the American, Classical and World Music genres and use their platform to connect to today’s audience: Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (Jan 12), Queen Esther (Feb 9), PUBLIQuartet (Mar 15), Sinfonietta of Riverdale (Apr 5), The Rhythm Method (May 3). Concerts begin at 2PM (except April 5, 12:30 – 2pm) and last approximately one hour without intermission. For tickets and more: wavehill.org.
February 1, March 5, April 16 – Announcing the All New Emelin Jazz Circle at Emelin Theatre: Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Eddie Henderson at Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY. In announcing its new Jazz Circle, the Emelin renews its commitment to presenting the very best in jazz. The inaugural season presents some of the most respected and acclaimed musicians in the genre performing today, including Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano and two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas (February 1), the three time Grammy award winner and principal innovator of jazz guitar John Scofield (March 5) and jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Dr. Eddie Henderson (April 16). Doors open at 7:30pm for complimentary tastings prior to first two shows – Saturday, February 1: Taconic Distillery, Thursday, March 5: Catskill Distilling Company. For more and tickets: emelin.org.
Friday, February 7, 8 pm – Cyrille Aimée at Emelin Theatre, 56 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY. Critically acclaimed touring and recording artist, French/Dominican vocalist Cyrille Aimée, brings her winsome charm, supple voice and stylistic diversity to perform jazz, swing, pop, Sondheim and more. Improvisation is not just a technique for vocalist Cyrille Aimée. It’s a way of life, one that has not only allowed her to share her engaging voice and sparkling creativity with the world, but has led her on an unexpected journey. For more and tickets: emelin.org.
November 10, 2019 – May 10, 2020 – The Sanctuary Series 2019/2020 Season at South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. Mary Jane and Anthony Newman kick-off the 2019-2020 Season of The Sanctuary Series on Sunday, November 10, 4:00 pm with “Newman and Newman play Bach” a recital featuring the great preludes and fugues of J.S, Bach arranged for two pianos, plus one pieces performed on the pipe organ by Mr. Newman who is internationally renowned on the instrument. Now entering its seventh season, The Sanctuary Series remains committed to presenting “extraordinary keyboard recitals in the pastoral setting of northern Westchester’s historic South Salem Hamlet.” The six-concert series will also feature pianists Jeffrey Biegel in a special Holiday concert on December 15, Michael Brown (March 1, 2020), Simone Dinnerstein (March 29), Dominic Cheli (April 19) and Fei-Fei (May 10). For more and tickets: thesanctuaryseries.org.
November 3, December 8, March 8, April 26, June 14 – 2019-2020 Season of Music from Copland House, at venues including John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY and Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY. America’s musical past and future meet in a truly historic setting this season, when the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble (MCH) moves its 2019-2020 mainstage concert series to the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY. Four of the five performances in the series (November 3, March 8, April 26, June 14) will take place on Sunday afternoons at 3pm at the John Jay Homestead’s elegant, acoustically outstanding Ballroom. MCH’s December 8th concert takes place at another important historic site in Westchester: the majestic Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown. Each program will last an hour, without intermission, and will be followed by a meet-the-artists reception. As Copland House’s Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin explained, “while the site of our mainstage concerts for the past 10 years, Westchester County’s Merestead estate, is closed for first-stage renovations, we sought an architectural and historical counterpart to our focus on American music past and present … The John Jay Homestead and Copland House are both National Historic Landmarks, steeped in American heritage and identified with commanding, influential, and revered historical figures.” For schedule and tickets: coplandhouse.org.
October 16, 2019 – May 13, 2020 – 2019-2020 Season of the Bedford Chamber Concerts, Fellowship Room of Parish House of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, NY. The 2019-2020 season features a variety of musical offerings, from solo and chamber works to orchestral masterpieces. Returning audience favorites include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, performed in their Gala Holiday Concert in December, Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Piano Concerto in April, and Handel’s festive Fireworks Music in May. In November they provide for the first time a concert featuring the harp, paired with the flute in music by Mozart and Debussy. April’s concert will present another first; a concert devoted to classical music appearing in films. All concerts begin at 8 PM. Concert dates: October 16, November 20, December 11, March 18, April 15, May 13. For more: bedfordchamberconcerts.org.
October 5, 2019 – May 9, 2020 – 2019-2020 Concert Series at Westport MOCA, 19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport, CT – Purchase a ticket for the entire concert series including performances by Pacifica String Quartet on October 5, Kenny Barron on January 11, Matt Haimowitz on February 29, American String Quartet on April 4 and the Fred Hirsch Trio on May 9. The season begins with Pacifica String Quartet: Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often daring repertory choices, their ‘playing is nothing short of phenomenal.’ -The Daily Telegraph, London. For more: westportartscenter.org.
October 6 – April 27 – The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony 2019-2020 Concert Season. October 6-7, 2019 “From Two Worlds”: These concerts juxtapose string quartets from two hemispheres – Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas, an Andean Walkabout, and Mendelssohn’s final quartet, Opus 80 in F minor. Also heard will be EJ Moeran’s Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings. November 17-18, 2019 “Out of the Salon”: A program of lyrical works for trios in a small setting, featuring flute, piano and strings. Works include Pierné’s Sonata da Camera and Clara Schumann‘s Piano Trio. March 15-16, 2020 “Unabashed Originals”: Celebrating three unique voices and Beethoven’s Bicentennial in a concert of music for clarinet, string quartet and piano. April 26-27, 2020 “Intimacy and Grandeur”: Presenting a Mozart masterpiece: the Violin Sonata in A, K526, as well as Rebecca Clarke’s miniature Lullaby and Grotesque. The Brahms monumental Op. 60 Piano Quartet will be the season finale. Performance locations: Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Arts Council Recital Hall. For more and tickets: chamberplayersofthegso.squarespace.com.
September 22, 2019 – May 9, 2020 – Caramoor Fall-Spring Season at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. With expanding audiences and a lineup that continues to go from strength to strength in the summer, Caramoor also remains a hub for musical and artistic exploration all year round. The 2019–20 fall–spring season offers a wealth of the diverse and imaginative programming with which the Westchester venue has long been synonymous, all presented indoors amid the authentic Renaissance furniture, paintings dating from the 16th century, and terra cotta reliefs of the historic Rosen House Music Room. Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, whose folk opera Hadestown just won eight Tony Awards, performs on September 27. A trio of outstanding pianists are featured in the month of April: distinguished British classical master Stephen Hough (April 26), jazz great Aaron Diehl with his trio, presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center (April 18), and influential jazz pianist and composer Brad Mehldau (April 4). Early music comes courtesy of Sherezade Panthaki in concert with the Helicon Ensemble (Oct 20), violinist Rachel Podger (Sep 22), and the female vocal trio ModernMedieval (Dec 14). All three of the mentorship programs through which Caramoor serves as an incubator for exceptional young talent are showcased, with two concerts featuring the Evnin Rising Stars (Nov 2 & 3), one presented by the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars (March 15), and two programs with the incoming Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, the Thalea Quartet (Nov 17 & May 3). A Roots music benefit with the legendary John Hiatt (Dec 7) plus Roots music by Della Mae (May 9); the Miró Quartet playing touchstones of the repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert (March 22); Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck in an evening of Gershwin (May 2); and many other artists and events grace the Rosen House stage this fall and spring season. For tickets and more: caramoor.org.
Jazz Forum Club, 1 Dixon Lane, Tarrytown, NY. On June 9th, 2017 Mark Morganelli and his wife, Ellen Prior opened the Jazz Forum as the only dedicated Jazz club in Westchester County, New York. This 90-seat weekend-only live music venue is an intimate listening room with a warm and welcoming mood, affordable ticket prices and clear sightlines from all seats. It has been presenting internationally renowned and master musicians. The club presents headliner Jazz artists on Friday and Saturday nights, Brazilian groups on Sundays afternoons, top-notch Jazz groups on Sunday nights, and monthly jam sessions. With a Steinway grand piano, hand-crafted walnut bar, informal dinner and full bar menu, separate lounge and pool room, and contemporary art gallery, the club has been an astonishing success. It is now the affordable alternative to NYC clubs for music lovers from New Jersey, Rockland County, Connecticut as well as across Westchester as a “wonderful new addition to the New York area Jazz scene.” For more: jazzforumarts.org.
January 24 – May 15, 2020 – Archives of Consciousness: Six Cuban Artists at Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University Art Museum, 1076 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. Featuring works by internationally renowned artists, this exhibit explores the mythologies of liberation and fulfillment promised by modern life, as well as the peculiar challenges they represent for island Cubans who must navigate Cuba’s contradictory system of combining capitalism with Communist rule, since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Through sculpture, painting, photography and mixed media, artists Roberto Diago, Manuel Mendive, Eduardo (“Choco”) Roca, Abel Barroso, Mabel Poblet and Luis Enrique Camejo interrogate the ways that consumerism, migration, patriarchy and the legacies of slavery shape the definitions and differential experiences of freedom that 21st- century technology affords all of us. Yet these works anchor the viewer in deeply Cuban locations of consciousness, revealing how austerity and sacrifice, self-reliance and dependence, fear and valor, joy and anguish reflect central principles of survival in a society where egalitarian dreams have long clashed with scarcity, poverty and painful political realities. There will be an opening night lecture and reception, as well as other programming throughout the exhibition. Registration for each is required. For more: fairfield.edu.
January 24 – March 7, 2020 – SANDRINE KERN: HALF WAY TO REALITY AND A LITTLE BIT LOST at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, 37 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY. Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present this solo exhibition of recent paintings by French artist Sandrine Kern. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with MJFA. The exhibition introduces Sandrine Kern’s uniquely ethereal, other-worldly paintings that integrate aspects of figuration and abstraction. At first glance, the works suggest traditional landscape, but the idea quickly dissolves into notions of abstraction as her indistinguishable, evocative settings are purposefully clouded or hazed to communicate a fading memory or transmit a feeling of a place that is imagined in the artist’s mind. There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and meet the artist. For more: madelynjordonfineart.com.
January 16 – March 7, 2020 – Charles and Natalie Arnoldi: Natural Lineage at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. The public is invited to attend a reception for both artists on January 30th, 5-7pm. Although the visual language of these two Californian artists could not be more different — the brightly colored geometric abstractions by Charles Arnoldi a bold contrast to Natalie’s muted representational evocations of light and atmosphere — the two share common threads in their investigative approach. Both enjoy conveying their creativity in series, encapsulating ideas and delving deep into their enquiry, painting several canvases of the same subject to fine-tune the aesthetic in question. Both are not shy to present their output in oversized scales, unabashedly captivating the viewer with patchworks of color or quotidian references, and both are equally deft at pivoting their magnitudes to smaller, more relatable sizes. For more: heathergaudiofineart.com.
January 19 – February 15, 2020 – New Members Exhibition at Silvermine Galleries, Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT. Silvermine Arts Center will welcome more than 50 new members to its Guild of Artists in January with a New Members Exhibition presenting a broad spectrum of innovative work. The public is invited to the opening reception, which will take place from 2-4pm on Sun., Jan. 26. The annual New Members Exhibition always offers visitors an exciting opportunity to explore the vitality of contemporary art in a variety of media and styles by a remarkably diverse array of artists. For more: silvermineart.org.
Through March 29, 2020 – Returning to the Source at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY. Wave Hill chose originality and diversity of artistic approach to frame Returning to the Source. Now a decade old, the Winter Workspace program is known for bold experimentation and for artists forging novel connections to nature. Reconnecting with former artists for the exhibition was exciting and meaningful. Bringing the artworks together now underscores the breadth of exploration that happens here. On view is an incredible range of media, including animation, video, performance, works on paper, sculpture, textiles, painting and mixed media. For more: wavehill.org.
January 11 – February 13, 2020 – 40th Annual Photography Show at Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT. The Carriage Barn Arts Center 40th Annual Photography Show will be opening with a reception on Saturday, January 11 from 4 – 6 pm. Juried by Stephen Wilkes, one of America’s most prolific and iconic photographers, it features more than 60 regional photographers regional — amateur, professional, and student. Join Wilkes for a “Day to Night” lecture & book signing at the Carriage Barn on Sunday, January 26 at 3pm (advance registration required). For more: carriagebarn.org.
January 17 – March 15, 2020 – Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 38 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been praised by many as a spiritual descendent of Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and Edward Weston. Over his more than 40 years of traveling to the wildest corners of North America and beyond, Mangelsen has become legendary for producing a body of work that includes truly awe-inspiring landscapes and some of the most recognizable wildlife scenes ever photographed, including many counted among the most important of the modern environmental age. A Life in the Wild is an exhibition containing 40 of Mangelsen’s most resonant images — images that take viewers on a journey into the haunts of iconic species whose struggles for survival are metaphorical fulcrums for reflection in the 21st century. Opening Reception with Artist: Thursday, January 16, 5 – 8 pm, registration requested. For more and to register: stamfordmuseum.org.
Through March 1, 2020 – Playhouse Café Gallery presents Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery Exhibit at Bedford Playhouse Home of Clive Davis Arts Center, 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY. The Playhouse Cafe presents a New Year exhibition of artworks by: Kate Breakey, Annette Davidek, David Kroll, Lily Prince, Anne Siems, Christopher Smith, and Maggie Taylor – a curated collection of varied works from Chelsea’s Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery. Littlejohn Contemporary’s aesthetic presents a variety of genres, including abstraction and allegorical narrative. Littlejohn’s artists stand out for the quality of their craft, uniqueness of vision, and thought-provoking contributions to the contemporary art world. For more: bedfordplayhouse.org.
December 14, 2019 – March 29, 2020 – Collecting Reimagined: A 2D Curiosity Cabinet at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Sea serpents crushing ships. Seven-foot-tall giants. A mummified Porsche. What other oddities might you find in the Bruce Museum’s 2D curiosity cabinet? The practice of collecting objects and putting them on display in cabinets of curiosities reached its peak among European collectors, scientists, and royalty during the 16th and 17th centuries. Drawing inspiration from these cabinets on paper, this exhibition uses printed works, photographs, medals, textiles, and scrimshaw from the Bruce Museum collections to create a cabinet filled with two-dimensional depictions of typical three-dimensional cabinet objects. For more: brucemuseum.org.
Through February 9, 2020 – Under the Influence: Members Exhibition 2019 at Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Under the Influence includes prints by CCP’s member artists representing the people, events, places or other sources of influence that have informed their work. Each piece is accompanied by a reference text or image to provide the context. Jacob Lewis, President of Pace Prints juried the submissions and selected awards. Also on View: Best in Show Winner from CCP’s 2018 Annual Members’ Exhibition, Paul DeRuvo, will have their Ten Years at CCP exhibition in the Lithography Gallery. For more: contemprints.org.
November 24, 2019 – May 17, 2020 – Zoë Sheehan Saldaña: There Must Be Some Way Out of Here at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. The work of Zoë Sheehan Saldaña tends to hide in plain sight. Even her most elaborate undertakings, such as a reverse-engineered “Strike Anywhere” match or a hand-woven terrycloth towel, masquerade as objects you might toss away thoughtlessly, or stick in a drawer and forget. Underneath these acts of artistic camouflage lies a deep well of conviction, a drive to take full responsibility for things. For her exhibition at The Aldrich – the artist’s largest to date – Sheehan has refused the usual support that a museum offers. She will personally oversee every aspect of the project, down to making paint by hand and applying it to the gallery walls. Deceptively neutral in appearance, the space will be populated by about fifty of her beguiling handmade artifacts. The exhibition is an extended meditation on self-reliance: the instinct to escape the anxious, sometimes hysterical tenor of contemporary life. For more: aldrichart.org.
November 22, 2019 – February 23, 2020 – Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. This exhibition will illuminate masterpieces from major museums and private collections, and explore the deeper meanings of Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, considered as an integral series, for the first time. The exhibition is based on new scholarship developed by H. Daniel Peck, Exhibition Curator and the John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at Vassar College, in his book of the same title. Created during the eighteen-year period between 1827 and 1845, which spans Thomas Cole’s mature career, the artist’s paintings of Catskill Creek constitute the most sustained sequence of landscape paintings he ever made. The exhibition includes twelve original oil paintings by Thomas Cole, and represented, as well, are paintings of the Catskill Creek scene by leading nineteenth-century artists who were inspired by Cole: Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, and Charles Herbert Moore. The works include Cole paintings from private collections that have rarely been seen in public: View Near Catskill, 1828–29, and Settler’s Home in the Catskills, 1842, as well as major works from the collections of the New-York Historical Society, Yale University Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Art, Albany Institute of History and Art, Olana State Historic Site, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, and The Currier Museum of Art. For more information on the exhibition and related programs: hrm.org.
November 21, 2019 – January 30, 2020 – “In Plain Sight, Library Art Collection – Part 1” – Rediscover: The Landscape Paintings at Flinn Gallery, 2nd Floor Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Flinn Gallery will reopen on November 21 after being closed for several months while construction was going on outside its walls. The exhibit is “In Plain Sight, Library Art Collection – Part 1”, which is titled Rediscover: The Landscape Paintings. All of the works in this show belong to the Library’s permanent collection and have been hanging in various locations, often behind closed doors. Now they will be exhibited together along with stories of each artist and information about their artwork. Visitors can come to the Flinn this fall while the project “Reimagine – Renew – Repurpose” continues throughout the rest of the Library. Barbara Opening reception: November 21 @ 6:00-8:00. For more: greenwichlibrary.org.
Through December 6, 2020 – How We Live at Hudson Valley MOCA, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY – How We Live is a sculpture and video exhibition from the Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection which includes artists from around the globe who explore the particularities of their individual cultures through art. 34 sculptures by 31 artists along with six video artists showcase unique heritages, and in doing so enrich our understanding of the world. This exhibition combines the curatorial vision of Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Independent Curator and Artistic Director and Curator of Untitled, Art, and Nicola Trezzi, Director and Chief Curator of the Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, in collaboration with the Marc and Livia Straus Family. Featured in this exhibition are works such as Global Encoder (1994) by Nam June Paik, monument to V.Tatlin (1966) by Dan Flavin, Cradle ( 1999) by Janine Antoni, Felt Floor (2003) by Rachel Whiteread, and Traitment Musicale (1997) by Chen Zhen. Each work is in part an exploration of an artist’s life through the lens of their practice, a poignant reflection of how cultures shape lives and are in turn molded by those living in them. For more: hudsonvalleymoca.org.
Through January 26, 2020 – Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th Street Show at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. Sparkling Amazons presents the often-overlooked contribution by women artists to the Abstract Expressionist movement and the significant role they played as bold innovators within the New York School during the 1940s and 50s. Through the presentation of some 30 works of art alongside documentary photography, the exhibition captures an important moment in the history of Abstract Expressionism. In the early 1970s, the preeminent editor and art critic, Thomas Hess, would refer to them as “sparkling Amazons.” These women would neither have viewed themselves as “Amazons” nor as feminists; they simply worked and lived as artists, pursuing their professions with the same dedication as their male counterparts even though the social stakes were much higher for them at the time. Several of the artists, including Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler went on to have distinguished careers and have found their rightful place in the art historical canon. Others, including Grace Hartigan, Perle Fine and Anne Ryan, enjoyed critical success. The remainder, Sonia Sekula, Day Schnabel, Jean Steubing and Guitou Knoop are yet to be fully recognized by art history, a fact that this exhibition addresses. For more: katonahmuseum.org.
Through January 26, 2020 – Rotem Reshef: ARCADIA at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. Arcadia, a solo exhibition of Israeli artist Rotem Reshef, shows her distinctive imprinting technique using organic materials, some from the KMA grounds, to paint monumental rolls of unstretched canvas that are suspended from the walls. The works allude to the genre of “Nature Morte,” as they present pieces of nature in a fossilized or ghost-like manner. The marks and vibrant palette which saturate the entire surface reference the natural world, and the gesture of pouring paint reveals her unconventional artistic process that filters and redefines abstraction and expression. For more: katonahmuseum.org.
Through April 5, 2020 – Eva LeWitt: Untitled (Mesh A – J) at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, NY. This fall, The Aldrich presents the first solo museum exhibition of artist Eva LeWitt (b. 1985). The exhibition, the artist’s largest to date, will debut a significant, new site-specific installation commissioned by The Aldrich. LeWitt’s sculptural practice explores the visual interconnection of color, matter, shape, light, and gravity. Using materials she can control and manipulate with supporting and opposing attributes – rigid/pliable, opaque/transparent, airy/substantial, and handmade/machine built – LeWitt creates exuberant configurations that vaunt a buoyant physical agency. LeWitt’s deft sculptural arrays wondrously wed industrial materials like Plexiglas, acetate, latex, and vinyl with hand-cast and hand-dyed polyurethane foams, sponges and rubbers to form soft, sensuous, and splendidly vibrant compositions. For more: aldrichart.org.
Through March 29, 2020 – Weather Report at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Weather Report will reveal 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. Outdoors: works by Tom Friedman, Radcliffe Bailey, Nari Ward and Tony Tasset, through March 15, 2020. For more: aldrichart.org.
Through February 16, 2020 – James McElhinney: Discover the Hudson Anew and Janelle Lynch: Another Way of Looking at Love at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. James McElhinney: Discover the Hudson Anew – Fourteen years ago, during a period of convalescence, James McElhinney used a sketchbook and watercolor to paint views from his hospital windows. That pragmatic decision was pivotal for the artist. He fell in love with the mobility and intimacy of this small-format media, which can be packed into the lining of a hiking vest, following in the footsteps of historical expeditionary artists. Since then, he has engaged in pictorial conversation with the Hudson River, always with materials on hand. James McElhinney: Discover the Hudson Anew presents the painter’s sketch books and prints related to the River in a comprehensive showing for the first time. Janelle Lynch: Another Way of Looking at Love – This fall, the Hudson River Museum presents color photographs of Catskills foliage from Janelle Lynch’s series Another Way of Looking at Love. Finding subjects on her wooded property during all seasons, Lynch (American, born 1969) focuses closely on dense trees, plants, and flowers to encourage us to look more intently and think more deeply about our natural surroundings. The exhibition comprises fourteen large photographs and, from the Museum’s collection, an accordion portfolio of five small-format prints from the same series. For more: hrm.org.
Ongoing – Arte Povera Group Show at Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, 2700 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY. Open since March 1st, 2018, this exhibition presents a comprehensive panorama on the artistic practice of 12 artists associated with the Arte Povera movement: Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Gilberto Zorio. Their work came at a defining moment in the 1960s, as Italy was transitioning into an era of burgeoning industrialization, student rebellion, and a decline of the “economic miracle” of the 1950s allowed by the Marshall Plan. The artists aimed to eradicate the boundaries between media as well as between nature and art under the mantra “Art is Life.” The exhibition represents the Olnick Spanu Collection’s core of Post-war Italian art, allowing the space to be an environment solely devoted to this generation of Italian artists. For more: magazzino.art.
FAIRFIELD WESTCHESTER MUSEUM ALLIANCE: Established in 2009 to help promote the rich and diverse offerings of eight cultural institutions in Fairfield, Westchester, and the Bronx, the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance continues to give local families and visitors the opportunity to enjoy eight great museums for the price of one. Become a member at any of these participating organizations and get free admission at eight neighboring institutions, from the Bronx to Bridgeport. Visitors who are not members of an FWMA organization can request a free same-day pass to all FWMA museums when paying admission at any one of the eight institutions. The eight FWMA member institutions are: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT); Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT); Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT); Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY); Hudson Valley MOCA (Peekskill, NY); Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY); Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY); and Wave Hill New York Public Garden and Cultural Center (Bronx, NY).