This is a curated listing of recommended in-person and online art exhibitions, musical performances, film screenings, lectures, programs and special events in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, New York City and surrounding counties in New York and Connecticut.
OPEN NOW & REOPENING SOON
These cultural venues have put in place necessary COVID-19 safety measures and guidelines in order to re-open for public visitation. Please check each website for hours, advance ticket purchase and guidelines as you plan your visit.
Fairfield County, Connecticut
· The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT – now open
· Avon Theatre Film Centre, Stamford, CT – now open
· Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT – now open
· Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT – now open
· The Glass House, New Canaan, CT – now open
· Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT – now open
· MoCA Westport, Westport, CT – now open
· The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT – now open
· Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT – now open
· Weir Farm National Historic Park, Wilton, CT – now open
Westchester County, New York
· Armour-Stiner Octagon House, Irvington, NY – now open
· Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY – grounds open
· Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY – now open
· Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown and Irvington, NY – now open
· Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY – now open
· Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY – now open
· Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY – grounds open
· Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, NY – now open
New York City
· The Jewish Museum – reopening 10/1/20
· The Met Cloisters Museum and Gardens – now open
· The Met Fifth Avenue – now open
· The Morgan Library & Museum – now open
· The Museum of Arts and Design – now open
· The Museum of Modern Art – now open
· Museum of the City of New York – now open
· New York Botanical Garden – now open
· New York Historical Society – now open
· Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – reopening 10/3/20
· Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center – now open
· Whitney Museum of American Art – now open
· Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, NY – now open
· Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY – now open
· Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Nyack, NY – now open
· Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, Cold Spring, NY – now open
· Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY – now open
· New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT – now open
· Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY – now open
· Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT – now open
· Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT – reopening 9/25/20
Photo credits – Fairfield: Photo courtesy Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bruce Museum, Avon Theatre; Stamford Museum & Nature Center photo by Laura Schroeder. Westchester: Katonah Museum of Art photo by Margaret Fox courtesy Katonah Museum of Art, Hudson River Museum and Historic Hudson Valley’s Sunnyside photos by Laura Schroeder; photo courtesy Lyndhurst. New York City: Met Fifth Avenue and MoMA photos by Laura Schroeder, Morgan Library & Museum photos courtesy Morgan Library, Solomon R. Guggenheim photo by David Heald courtesy Guggenheim Museum. Surrounding Counties: Storm King Art Center photo by Jerry L. Thompson courtesy Storm King, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art photo by Laura Schroeder, photo courtesy New Britain Museum of Art and Boscobel
NEW EXHIBITIONS & IN-PERSON EVENTS
Women to the Fore at Hudson River Museum
September 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021 at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. This exhibition—drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as loans from regional artists, galleries, and collectors—focuses on the rich diversity and range of expression in a group of artists working in paintings and drawings, prints and photographs, collage and sculpture. While some artists are internationally recognized, others are overdue to be better known; still others are now emerging. The installation will gather and compare works from different eras and media and will include interpretation that stems from the artists’ own words.
Pictured, left to right: Seongmin Ahn (South Korean, b. 1971), “Aphrodisiac 30”. 2019. Ink, pigments, and wash on mulberry paper. Courtesy of the artist. Ebony Bolt (American, b. 1991), “Botanical Dreams in the Concrete Jungle”, 2017. Mixed media. Collection of the Hudson River Museum Museum Purchase, 2018 (2018.06). 3. Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986), “Banana Blossom”, 1934. Charcoal on paper, Collection of the Hudson River Museum Bequest of Carl E. Hiller, 1992 (92.1.1). Images courtesy Hudson River Museum
The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony live performances
October 4, 2020, 3 PM at Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT. The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony present “Unabashed Originals” with music by Ludwig v. Beethoven, Ruth Gipps and Ernst v. Dohnányi at Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich. Due to COVID-19, seating will be limited. Advance reservations are required, please call (203) 542-5274 or (203) 637-4725 or order tickets on their website. Face masks and social-distancing will also be required.
November 15 & 16, 2020 (COVID conditions permitting) – “Intimacy and Grandeur” with music by W.A. Mozart, Rebecca Clarke and Johannes Brahms. March 7 & 8, 2021 – “Sonic Kaleidoscope” music by G. F. Handel, Bohuslav Martinû, Francis Poulenc, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Anton Arensky. April 18 & 19, 2021 – “Strings Attached” with guitarist Oren Fader presenting music by Nino Rota, Niccolò Paganini, Fanny Mendelssohn, as well as solo works for guitar. For more information and tickets visit their website, chamberplayersofthegso.org.
Historic Hudson Valley’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Daily, September 18 – October 31 and Weekends in November through 11/21/20 at Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns— all designed and hand-carved on site by Historic Hudson Valley’s team of artisans. New for 2020, a fire truck—making a special rescue—and witches stirring up a spell. Tour the Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you’ve never seen. You’ll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac. Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed! Advance ticket purchase required, for tickets visit hudsonvalley.org.
Pictured: The Museum of Pumpkin Art at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Photo by Tom Nycz for Historic Hudson Valley.
Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey at The Aldrich
September 21, 2020 – May 9, 2021 at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Among the myriad of forms that have appeared in Frank Stella’s (b. 1936) work, the star is the most singular, standing out as a stable and immediately identifiable shape amidst the tangle of abstract, invented forms that the artist has utilized over his long career. The historical arc of Stella’s use of the star travels from the minimal to the maximal, with the recent star sculptures frequently exhibiting a corruption of the form as well as a wild diversity of materials and fabrication techniques. Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey will be presented both in the galleries and the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Programs include two Member’s Tours: with Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart on October 1 and with Exhibitions Director Richard Klein on October 22. For more, visit aldrichart.org.
Pictured: “Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey”, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, September 21, 2020 to May 9, 2021 (installation view, left, “Jasper’s Split Star”, 2017; right, “Wooden Star I”, 2014), Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen © 2020 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Christopher E. Manning
Art of the Northeast (A-ONE) at Silvermine Galleries
Through October 20, 2020 at Silvermine Art Center’s Galleries, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT. Silvermine’s A-ONE Exhibition celebrates its 70th year with a dynamic array of work exploring a wide spectrum of forms and ideas. Barbara O’Brien, independent curator and critic and former Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, served as Juror for the 70th A-ONE Exhibition, now on view at the Silvermine Galleries. “The spring and summer of 2020 have been like no other time in our collective memory,” O’Brien writes of this year’s competition and exhibition. “A confluence of dramas has challenged our sense of equilibrium: a global pandemic, righteous cries for social justice, a demoralizing political environment, and fears for the future of the planet. The board, staff, and members of Silvermine can be proud of the opportunity that A•ONE creates for a dialogue regarding the challenges and ideas of our time as understood through the lens of a national community of artists.” For more, visit silvermineart.org.
Pictured, left: Miller Opie, “Au Repos” and right: Connie Brown, “Smudge”, image courtesy of Silvermine Galleries.
Maker Dates, Friday evenings at Clay Art Center
Friday Nights, 7- 9pm through December 18 at Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY – 20% off this Fall with code FALL4CLAY20! Maker Date (formerly Cladies Night) for adults (18+), Winner Best of Westchester 2020 “Best Artsy Night Out”. For a fun Friday night out with friends or a date sign up for Maker Date: Grab your “plus one” to unplug with mud for a creative night out! Have fun and get messy as the instructors at Clay Art Center walk you through the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Create a unique piece of pottery, then choose a glaze from their studio selection. Pieces will be fired and picked up arranged at a later date. Bring a change of clothes or wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. Beginners Welcome – no experience necessary. For more and to register, visit clayartcenter.org.
Carriage Barn Arts Center’s Annual Members Show
September 12 – October 11, 2020 – Annual Members Show: 2020 Selected Works, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT. Virtual Gallery Launching September 12. Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat from 10am-3pm & Sun from 1-5pm. The Annual Member Show celebrates the range, interests, and talents of artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media. Many shared work that reflects on, relates to, or was created in the year 2020.
Open house weekend on September 12 & 13 from 1-4pm.
At Bruce Museum – Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e
September 1 – November 1, 2020 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT – Now open in the Bruce Museum’s recently renovated art gallery, Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e examines historical perspectives on women and their depiction in art in Edo Period Japan (1615 – 1858). Featuring more than 40 woodblock prints on loan from the permanent collection of the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania, this exhibition highlights female characters in literature, kabuki theatre, and poetry; the courtesans and geisha of the Yoshiwara district; and wives and mothers from different social classes performing the duties of their station, in order to gain some insight into the lives of women in pre-modern Japan. Admission to the Museum is currently by advance reservation for timed ticketed entry; visit brucemuseum.org.
Pictured: Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797 – 1858), “Village by the Tamagawa River”, 1858, ink on paper, 8 ¾ x 13 ½ inches, Museum Purchase, 1979.584.1C. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. Image courtesy Bruce Museum
Wave Hill and American Society of Botanical Artists Partner to Present 23rd Annual International of Botanical Art
September 5–December 6, 2020 at Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center, 4900 Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY – Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery reopens to the public with the 23rd Annual International in collaboration with the American Society for Botanical Artists. The artworks on view collectively speak to nature’s resiliency and celebrate botanical art amidst the rich diversity of plants in Wave Hill’s gardens. The jurors, Ken Druse, garden lecturer, author and photographer; Karen Kluglein, botanical artist and instructor, and Eileen Jeng Lynch, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, have selected an outstanding group that includes a mix of seasoned artists. More than half are participating in their first ASBA Annual International. There are 46 artists in the exhibition, 25 of whom are showing at Wave Hill for the first time. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit wavehill.org.
Pictured: Gaye Grossman, “Morning Glory Frieze”, 2019. Watercolor on paper 19 x 38. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill
Outdoors at The Aldrich: Lotus Chamber Music Collective String Quartet
Fridays, September 11 and 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm (rain dates September 12 and 26) at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT – The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra are pleased to collaboratively present the Lotus Chamber Music Collective String Quartet in a two concert residency on Fridays, September 11 and 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Both concerts will be held outdoors on The Aldrich’s grounds. The quartet, composed of Tiffany Weiss, violin, Emily Frederick, violin, Brianne Lugo, viola, and Sasha Ono, cello, is an ensemble of the Lotus Chamber Music Collective. Both concerts are presented in the context of current world circumstances with regard to personal freedoms and space and how that relates to visual art and music. The performance on September 11 considers the concept of freedom, featuring music by American composers and composers who influenced American music, and explores how composer identities and the sense of personal freedom impacts their works. The program includes pieces by Kaitlyn Raitz, Florence Price, George Gershwin, and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert on September 25 delves into ways we navigate physical and mental spaces through the lens of our identities. The featured composers consider the question “How do the spaces we actively create or inactively participate in effect the way we interact with the world?” The program includes works by Caroline Shaw, Astor Piazzolla, Rhiannon Giddens, Hawa Kassé Mady Debaté, and Jessie Montgomery. For more and tickets, visit aldrichart.org.
Pictured: Lotus Chamber Music Collective, image courtesy The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
At Bruce Museum – House on the Hill: The Changing Face of the Bruce Museum
August 8 – October 11, 2020 at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT – in the Bruce Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery, the exhibition House on the Hill: The Changing Face of the Bruce Museum explores how the views of the Bruce Museum have transformed over time. Numerous historical images will show the evolution of the structure from its conversion from mansion to modern museum that explores the intersections of art and science. Helping tell the story of the Bruce Museum’s architectural history are quotes and citations from founding staff, community leaders, and visitors both young and old over the generations. For more: brucemuseum.org
Pictured: Colored pencil drawing of the Bruce Museum by architect Albert A. Blodgett, 1935. Bruce Museum Collection. Image courtesy Bruce Museum
Caramoor’s Fall Livestream performance tickets now on sale
September 25, 2020 – December 12, 2020 – Enjoy another season of outstanding music with Caramoor, livestreamed right to your home. Tune into recitals from recent Avery Fisher Career Grant winner clarinetist Anthony McGill, Roomful of Teeth’s bass-baritone Dashon Burton, pianist Jeremy Denk, as well as a jazz trio led by Aaron Diehl, the beginning of the Callisto Quartet’s complete Bartók quartet project, and a Christmas celebration with TENET Vocal Artists. New this season! Watch more and save with the Fall Livestream Subscription granting you access to seven of this season’s concerts for $50. Caramoor Members receive complimentary access to these seven livestreams. Ticket reservation required. For more and tickets, visit caramoor.org.
Pictured: musical artists from Caramoor’s Fall 2020 Season. Image courtesy Caramoor.
Weir and Young Studio Video Tours Premiering September 24 and October 1
Explore the wildly artistic Weir and Young Studios by taking a virtual tour! Weir Farm NHS Park Rangers and Volunteers have created mini-tours of the historic art studios so ‘visitors’ from around the world can enjoy them from home and learn about the artistic legacy of Weir Farm. There will be two Facebook Live Premiere Events of these virtual tours: Young Studio Virtual Tour on Thursday, September 24th and Weir Studio Virtual Tour LIVE Premiere on Thursday, October 1st at 11am. Both videos will be uploaded to the park website at www.nps.gov/wefa after the Facebook Live Event and will also stay on their Facebook page in case you miss the premiere. Make sure to tune in to see where Weir Farm artists created their masterpieces, take a look at some favorite pieces and to learn about the rich history of both these spaces! For more, visit nps.gov/wefa and for their live upcoming virtual tour, visit their Facebook page.
Pictured: J. Alden Weir’s studio at Weir Farm, Wilton CT. Photos by Laura Schroeder
Now available via Jacob Burns Film Center: Driven to Abstraction
Order a virtual screening of Driven to Abstraction from Jacob Burns Film Center! About the film: 2019. 84 m. Daria Price. Grasshopper Films. US. English. Driven to Abstraction unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud—the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was the gallery’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist who showed up with an endless treasure trove of previously unseen abstract expressionist masterpieces? Or did she eventually suspect they were fakes, yet continue to sell them for millions of dollars over fifteen years? Whatever the truth may be, two women from very different worlds crossed paths in what would become the greatest hoax ever in Modern American Art. For more, visit burnsfilmcenter.org
Material World: Jennifer Davies, Leeah Joo, Stephanie Serpick at Flinn Gallery
Sep 10 – October 28, 2020 at Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT – Material World features three artists: two painters, Leeah Joo of Middlebury, CT and Stephanie Serpick of Brooklyn, NY and a fiber artist, Jennifer Davies of Branford, CT. All three artists bring the nuances and richness of materials, such as drapery, sheets, and paper to life through color, composition, and texture. Behind the physical appearance of folds, layers, and creases, there are hidden narratives based on what is visible, what is concealed, and what is imagined.
The exhibition has been installed, but due to COVID-19 limitations, the gallery, which is on the second floor of Greenwich Library, is not yet open to the public. They have created a video which will provide a virtual tour of the exhibition and enable you to meet and hear from the curators and the 3 talented artists in the show. Sign up for their emails, and each week throughout the exhibition you will receive information about a particular highlighted image in the show, as well as new videos featuring the artists in their studios. They hope to provide gallery access via appointment later this fall, to be announced.
Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Leeah Joo, “Colossus”; Jennifer Davies, “Icy Moon”; Stephanie Serpick, “A New Fall #9”.
Pictured, home page – clockwise from top left: Leeah Joo, “Pojagi Baroque”; Stephanie Serpick, “A New Fall #32”; Jennifer Davies, “Knocking from the Inside”. All images courtesy Flinn Gallery
Ruby Sky Stiler and Andrew Forge this fall at Fairfield University Art Museum
Two exhibitions planned for Fairfield University Art Museum this fall are Ruby Sky Stiler – Group Relief and Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight. In accordance with Fairfield University’s COVID-19 protocols which prohibit the public from entering campus, the museum will be closed to outside visitors this fall, but they hope that you will take advantage of their extensive virtual programming.
Ruby Sky Stiler – Group Relief – Walsh Gallery, September 11 – December 19, 2020. Featuring new relief paintings and figurative furniture-sculpture by New York artist Ruby Sky Stiler (b. 1979), this exhibition is presented as part of the celebration of 50 years of women at Fairfield University. Stiler, who holds a BFA from RISD and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art, has been investigating images of women inspired by the techniques and language of classical antiquity for over a decade. More at fairfield.edu/museum/rubyskystiler/
Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight – Bellarmine Hall Galleries. September 25 – December 19, 2020 – Organized by scholar and guest curator Karen Wilkin, this exhibition will feature some 20 paintings and works on paper by British artist Andrew Forge (British, 1923-2002). Forge was a painter and art critic, as well as the dean and professor of the Yale University School of Art from 1975-1994. His highly personal abstractions distill his perceptions of place, season, and time of day into subtle orchestrations of pure color. More at fairfield.edu/museum/exhibitions
Pictured: on left – Ruby Sky Stiler, No Title (Gold, Rust, and Swirl Swatches), 2020, acrylic paint, acrylic. On loan from the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Right – Andrew Forge, ”Cloak”, 1985, oil on canvas. Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ‘59. Images courtesy of Fairfield University Art Museum
Housatonic Museum of Art and Connecticut Film Festival present Friday Night Flicks
September 4 – November 6 – Housatonic Museum of Art has partnered with Connecticut Film Festival to bring you the best “edutainment” possible with their Friday Night Flicks, a series of documentaries that take a deep dive into the lives and careers of several artists including sculptor James Grashow and photo-realist Richard Estes. The first screening will be held Friday, September 4 at 7 pm, with The Cardboard Bernini, followed by a Q&A with artist Jimmy Grashow. Other films include (both followed by Q&As with Olympia Stone): September 11: “The Collector” and September 25: “Actually Iconic: Richard Estes.” October 2: “Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King” October 9: “Nothing Changes: Art For Hank’s Sake.” October 23: “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck.” October 30: “The Original” followed by Q&A with director and artist, Richard McMahan, and “Little Fiel,” followed by Q&A with director Irina Patkanian. November 6: ‘With Dad” followed by Q&A with director & photographer Stephen DiRado and the film, “Summer Spent.” For more, visit museum.housatonic.edu.
Jacob Burns Film Center presents “Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly”
Jacob Burns Film Center presents Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly – Beginning July 10, you may purchase a digital screening of Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly for only $10, after which you’ll have 72 hours to watch the film in a virtual screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC. ABOUT THE FILM: 2019. 78 m. Cheryl Haines. English & Mandarin/Arabic with subtitles. NR. Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned. For more and tickets visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Fairfield University Art Museum presents Virtual Exhibition “Howard Skrill: Monumental Follies”
Online exhibition – Howard Skrill: Monumental Follies – Featuring over thirty works by New York artist Howard Skrill (b. 1962), this exhibition explores the impact of public monuments, as well as their removal, and their absence. Howard Skrill is an artist and art professor at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY and Essex College in Newark, New Jersey. He has exhibited extensively throughout New England, and his pictorial essays and other works have appeared in publications worldwide. In his drawings and paintings, Skrill documents figurative public statuary, surveys their destruction or relocation, and explores the fractured nature of personal and public memory, as well as the contemporary reaction to these historical works. Many of Skrill’s works were painted en plein air, or in the open air, recording not just the monuments, but the constant changes of light and color encountered out of doors. Experience the virtual exhibition on the museum’s website at fairfielduniversity.edu.
Image courtesy Fairfield University Art Museum
Westport Country Playhouse presents 2020@Home
Until it is safe for Westport Country Playhouse to open its doors, they invite the Playhouse Community, Fairfield County residents, and fellow artmakers to experiment along with them as they develop new ways to stay together while staying safe with 2020@Home, featuring Coffee Breaks: Conversations with artists, colleagues and artmakers, hosted by Playhouse artistic staff. Thursdays at 4PM on Instagram Live; Getting to Know You: Livestream series hosted by Tony Award®-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and Post-Watch Dialogues: Panels with the artist, scholars and community members discussing films you can stream at home with your friends and family. For more, visit westportplayhouse.org.
Texture and Transparency: Visual Tours of Philip Johnson’s Glass House
Architectural photographer and filmmaker Michael Biondo and creative reality capture duo Michael Robison and Dallas Bennett (aka MYND Workshop) have collaborated to create an episodic series of short visual tours of the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This video series seeks to create an ambient and intimate tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House property in New Canaan, CT. These films are unique in the sense that they combine film and the use of point cloud technology to allow for a tectonic and artistic examination of the buildings in order to better understand the architecture and site design. Biondo’s breathtaking video manages to capture those visceral experiences which one may come across when visiting the 49-acre property. These scenes offer the textures and light which define the sensual and emotional nature of Johnson’s work. In contrast, MYND Workshop’s animations speak to the layers and transparencies which Johnson often referred to when speaking about the design of the various buildings on the site, allowing for a design perspective that has never been seen before. For more, visit theglasshouse.org.
Pictured: Still image from video “Texture and Transparency: Visual Tours of Philip Johnson’s Glass House” by Michael Biondo and creative reality capture duo Michael Robison and Dallas Bennett (aka MYND Workshop) on theglasshouse.org.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center of New York’s Live-Streamed and On-Demand Webinars
Westchester Italian Cultural Center of New York (WICCNY) has created a series of low-cost and free live-streamed and on-demand webinars, now available on their website. Upcoming live webinars include: Gladiators & Chariots: Entertainment in the Roman Empire – May 26 at 1pm, Camilla Calhoun tells the story of her memoir: The White Moth – May 28 at 7pm, Love That Moves the Sun: The Passionate & Challenging Life of Vittoria Colonna – June 1 at 2pm, Performance LIVE from Italy: Cristiana Pegoraro – June 11 and 20. For more, visit wiccny.org.
ArtsWestchester presents The Lawrence Salley Photography Award 2020 Virtual Exhibition
Established in memory of Lawrence Salley by ArtsWestchester and the African American Men of Westchester, they are proud to present their first-ever virtual exhibition featuring the photographic work of Arnold Kastenbaum, the 2020 Lawrence Salley Award winner and the eight finalists in this year’s competition. From pure abstraction to photojournalism, the nine photographers gathered in this virtual exhibition represent the varied practices of contemporary photography, and the deep talent of the Hudson Valley’s creative community. Exhibiting Artists: Arnold Kastenbaum, Margaret Fox, Howard Goodman, Alan Haywood, Barry Mason, Gina Randazzo, Joseph Squillante, John Verner. For more information visit artswestchester.org.
Pictured: Margaret Fox, “Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse with Kayaker”, 2019. Image courtesy the artist
Performing Arts Center at Purchase College presents The PAC in Your Living Room
Keeping true to their mission to “inspire, engage, and spark critical conversations,” these new offerings from the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College will include a range of live, recorded, and curated events, education, and entertainment. Offerings include: Resources for Teachers & Families – Regular emails full of creative ideas and engaging content for all ages and grade levels, plus a resource page on our website; Coffee Hour Conversations – Virtual gatherings for arts leaders to discuss the most pressing issues of the day; PAC-TV – creating and hosting original content on their You Tube channel: interviews, archived performances, sneak peaks of new work, and other surprises and Behind The Scenes Blog – Regular features include Meet The PAC Staff, Five Questions, Backstage with Christy Havard, Community Partner Stories, plus event photo galleries and more. For more, visit artscenter.org.
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
Thomas Cole National Historic Site: Digital Content & Outdoor Experiences
Visit Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York in person for a self-guided grounds tour, and online, to explore their digital offerings including their Sunday Salon Video Release: Professor Elizabeth Hutchinson’s talk entitled, “Thomas Cole in Haudenosaunee Country,” and learn about untold stories in the transformation of Mohawk land into American territory. Take the Interactive Tour: learn how Cole became the leader of an informal alliance of landscape artists now known as the Hudson River School. Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic E. Church, Sanford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey, and other painters, along with literary figures such as William Cullen Bryant and James Fenimore Cooper, established a notion of America as “Nature’s Nation,” a concept that still resonates with artists, environmentalists, and landscape enthusiasts to this day. Visit the Virtual Gallery of over 140 images of artworks, and Journey through Cole’s landscapes: locate the places that inspired Thomas Cole and his contemporaries. For all of this and more, visit thomascole.org.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: View from the porch of the 1815 Main House of the Catskill Mountains, Photo credit: Adam T. Deen; 1815 Main House, Photo credit: Rachel Stults; Aerial view of the campus, Photo credit: Devin Pickering. Images courtesy Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Hudson Valley Writers Center Online Classes
Hudson Valley Writers Center is now offering their scheduled intensive classes online using Zoom. Their workshops run as multi-session series or one-day “intensives” and they host writing workshops year-round, weekdays, evenings and weekends. Workshops typically run in four to six week sessions or as one-day intensives. Their instructors are highly-credentialed experienced teachers and published authors. Become a member and save on classes, browse their online bookstore, and subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed about their new classes and events.
Emelin Theatre Virtual Screening Room
During this time of temporary closure, Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, New York will be offering members, patrons and supporters in the community opportunities to enjoy new film releases and support the Emelin at the same time! Stream the best in independent, international and documentary film for the price of a movie ticket, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Emelin Theatre. The schedule of offerings includes films from distribution partners Kino Lorber, Grasshopper Film, Film Movement, and Magnolia Pictures. For schedule and more information, visit emelin.org.
Virtual Tours: Florence Griswold House
Designed by Samuel Belcher, architect of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, and built for William Noyes in 1817, the Late Georgian-style mansion reflects the affluent, formal style of living during Old Lyme’s maritime era. It was transformed from a wealthy sea captain’s home into a boardinghouse for some of the most noted names in American Impressionism. Over 200 artists such as Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, and Matilda Browne found the lush countryside of Connecticut the perfect location for an American art colony. More than a remarkable building, the Florence Griswold House occupies a unique place in the history of American art. It brings alive the work of American Impressionist artists in the place where they lived and painted. The period rooms rekindle the spirit of another life and time. Virtual Tour of Florence Griswold House and Exhibition – Nothing More American: Immigration, Sanctuary and Community, an exhibition by Matthew Leifheit – with English and Spanish labels and text. Nothing More American brings together depictions of Old Lyme’s renowned First Congregational Church by 19th– and early-20th-century painters such as Childe Hassam with photographs by contemporary artist Matthew Leifheit that contemplate the meetinghouse’s evolving symbolism. For more visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org.
Images courtesy Florence Griswold Museum, Home of American Impressionism
Clay Art Center presents Virtual Clay
Virtual Clay – Have some fun with virtual clay lessons, demos and lectures. Although their doors are closed, they are working hard to bring the love of clay to the public via Zoom starting April 3. Learn from some of the top ceramic artists practicing today as they guide you through demos, studio tours and informative lectures. These adult ceramic sessions will cover a variety of topics to keep your clay interests fulfilled. Additionally, if you’re looking for something creative for your children to do from the comfort of home, sign up for one of our one-hour youth classes for ages 7 and up. Their instructors will guide your child through a fun instructional clay project that they will create from supplies that are available through Amazon or Michael’s curbside pick-up. For more, visit clayartcenter.org.
Bedford Playhouse presents Virtual Playhouse
Virtual Playhouse – If there’s a silver lining on lockdown, it’s that we have an unprecedented amount of time with our families plus the opportunity to explore an exciting amount of art, film and culture online. Bedford Playhouse’s Virtual Playhouse will provide a selection of films from their ‘Laugh Out Loud’ Comedy Film Series, Environmental Film Series, Classic Tuesdays with John Farr series, as well as author events and more. Films can be enjoyed at home with online streaming services and new releases via magnoliapictures.com, then afterwards viewers can join with the community via ZOOM to discuss — just like we normally would at Bedford Playhouse. For their list of current offerings, visit bedfordplayhouse.org.
Stamford Symphony Channel
Stamford Symphony Channel – The Stamford Symphony Channel on the Stamford Symphony website is a free virtual hub of classical music and entertainment that was inspired by a desire to connect and serve the community through music during the trying times of the coronavirus crisis. The channel will include previously recorded performances, solo serenades from home, informal practice videos by Stamford Symphony’s musicians as well as articles and vlogs and more. Russell Jones will be hosting talks with orchestra members to learn about their lives, music, hobbies and all the things they do when they are not on stage at the Palace Theatre. This channel will be continuously updated with fresh content, ensuring that there will be no limit to musical entertainment as the COVID-19 situation progresses. For more, visit stamfordsymphony.org.
Pictured, top row: Russell Jones, President and CEO, photo by Bryan Hamilton and Michael Stern, Music Director, photo by David Sussan. Bottom: Stamford Symphony, photo by David Sussan. Images courtesy Stamford Symphony.
Jacob Burns Film Center: JBFC at Home
JBFC AT HOME – Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York has moved swiftly to find alternative ways to engage with the community and share the cinematic stories we all hold so dear. Thanks to the hard work and collaboration of the JBFC staff—all working remotely to observe social distancing guidelines—they are proud to present a plethora of content for their patrons, including new releases and curated film lists that can be streamed from home, hands-on activities perfect for families and kids of all ages, and resources to make working and watching from home more enjoyable. Now available: The JBFC’s Virtual Screening Room, Curated Streaming Suggestions, JBFC Education Activities & Resources, Jacob Burns FilmCast, The JBFC on YouTube, JBFC Mixtapes, Creative Culture and Vimeo Recommend. For more, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Jazz Forum @ Home
Weekly posted performances – The Jazz Forum Club is excited to launch Jazz Forum @ Home, a virtual Jazz Forum experience. Every Thursday while they are closed, they will share Jazz and Brazilian videos, archival photos, interviews and more on their YouTube channel. They also post live-streaming performances on their Facebook page. For more: YouTube.com and Facebook Live page.
Online Articles: Recommended Virtual Tours, Art Podcasts and More
After 150 Years, Looking Back at the Metropolitan Museum’s 10 Most Visited Exhibitions
by Hakim Bishara, April 13, 2020 – Hyperallergic
What the Art World’s Past Tells Us about Its Future beyond COVID-19
by Todd Levin, April 9, 2020 – Artsy.net
12 Distinctive Destinations and Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios to Virtually Explore
by Emma Peters, April 7, 2020 – The National Trust for Historic Preservation: SavingPlaces.org
Take a Virtual Tour of New York’s Museum District
by Michael Kimmelman, April 1, 2020 – The New York Times
12 historic sites you can virtually tour from the couch during the coronavirus outbreak
by Drew Jones, March 18, 2020 – The Washington Post
Quarantine Culture: Talks, Museums and Performances to Enjoy From Home
by Ethan Wolff, March 26, 2020 – ThoughtGallery.org
A Virtual Tour of TV cars, a most unusual ‘Madama Butterfly’: Today’s best arts online
by Matt Cooper, March 25, 2020 – Los Angeles Times
What It’s Like to Visit Virtual Galleries as an Art Critic
by Seph Rodney, March 25, 2020 – Hyperallergic.com
World-Class Museums at Your Finger Tips
by Sotheby’s, March 23, 2020 – Sothebys.com
Top Five New York City Virtual Cultural Experiences
by Roger Sands, March 20, 2020 – Forbes
Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit
by Nadine Daher, March 20, 2020 – Smithsonian Magazine
In the Time of Social Distance, Galleries Go Digital
by Jasmine Weber and Dessane Lopez Cassell, March 20, 2020 – Hyperallergic
Ten Bingeworthy Art Podcasts in the Age of Coronavirus
by Jori Finkel, March 20, 2020 – The New York Times