This is a select listing of area art exhibitions, musical performances, film events, fundraisers and special events that we recommend in both Fairfield and Westchester Counties. The list is updated regularly, so please check back for new events and exhibitions.
Saturday, November 18, 10 am – 4 pm – Tax-Free One Day Affordable Craft Sale, Flinn Gallery, 2nd Floor Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Come shop at this exciting one-day sale of affordable and unique jewelry, ceramics, felt vases, scarves and glassware by carefully chosen artisans. The sale will be in conjunction with our current exhibit: “Of Art and Craft.” All purchases made this day will be tax-free. Do your holiday shopping early; for friends, family and something hand-made for yourself!
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 pm – Emergency Puerto Rico Relief – Almost a Woman, Q & A with film subject/author Esmeralda Santiago at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville will show Almost a Woman followed by a Q&A with author Esmeralda Santiago, a Katonah resident and the subject of the film, which is based on her memoir of the same name. Proceeds of the evening will benefit people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. For details of the evening and to purchase tickets, please visit: Emergency Puerto Rico Relief: Almost a Woman. Tickets are also available at the box office, which opens at noon on weekdays and 11:00 am on weekends. Pictured: Esmeralda Santiago, photo courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center.
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 educationa.l programming that enhances the cultural richness of the downtown Stamford community. Itself a 1939 historic landmark, provides a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting. Series include: French Cinematheque, Documentary Night, Discover Indian Cinema, Cult Classics, and other special events for members and the public. For current listings, visit 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. Current film series include: Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema (11/30 – 12/7), Retro Revival, World Stage on Screen and more. For information about current films and programming, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Programs and Lectures
Through December 7, 2017 – Lecture Series: American Views, Viewpoints, and Manipulations: Six Lectures by John Walsh at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. A number of paintings on view in the Yale University Art Gallery’s newly reinstalled American paintings and sculpture galleries are apt to incite curiosity about the artists’ chosen subjects. While credible-looking paintings, particularly landscapes, are often assumed to be accurate, the artist has frequently manipulated observable reality for effect by exaggerating, rearranging, interpolating, or inventing. In each lecture in this series, John Walsh selects an American painting in the Gallery’s collection and examines the similarities and differences between depiction and reality, returning to the painter’s original vantage point in an attempt to work out just what happened when he returned to the studio. Pictured: John Walsh in the American Painting and Sculpture Galleries, Yale University Art Gallery.
Through December 3, 2017 – Afternoon and Evening Art Lecture and Film Series at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. In addition to the Bruce Museum’s regularly scheduled adult tours, school programs, and hands-on in-gallery family activities, special public programming to complement the exhibition In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum will include a lecture and film series outlined in full on brucemuseum.org. Pictured: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Study of Y. Guilbert (I) Linger, Longer, Loo, 1894 Ink drawing, 107 x 163 mm © Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece.
October 21 – November 19 – William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT. “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s classic love story, with a cast of 20, period costuming, sword fights, and scenic design by a Tony Award winner, will be directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos at Westport Country Playhouse, from October 31 through November 19. This is the first time the beloved play has been produced in the history of the Playhouse’s 87 seasons.
November 11, 2017 – April 1, 2018 – Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Treasures of the Earth will take visitors on a tour of the breathtaking splendor, wonder, and science of minerals. Approximately 100 dazzling specimens from the exceptional Robert R. Wiener Collection will be on display, ranging from enormous interconnected cubes of pyrite to dazzlingly clear crystals of selenite to fiery red hexagons of vanadinite. Truly global in span, it includes minerals from localities in Madagascar, China, Peru, Australia and beyond. Many examples of unusual crystal forms, rare combinations of multiple minerals growing together, and eye-catchingly enormous specimens are all featured. Visitors will learn how minerals gain their key properties such as color, crystal shape, luster, and size, and how they play a critical role in everything from nutrition to smart phone assembly. Photo: Selenite, Robert R. Wiener Collection, photo by Paul Mutino.
November 4 – 26, 2017 – New Canaan Modern Architects: 50 Years of Achievement 1947 – 1997 at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT. Curated by architect Alan Goldberg FAIA, the exhibit includes twelve separate displays consisting of models, vintage material, original drawings, personal drafting tools and belongings, and furniture and furnishings. The centerpiece is a 40-foot long timeline containing 96 vintage photographs of 68 key projects. Featured architects include Richard Bergmann, Marcel Breuer, Victor Christ-Janer, Alan Goldberg, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Philip Johnson, John Black Lee, Gary Lindstrom, Eliot Noyes, Laszlo Papp and Hugh Smallen. “Visitors will be immersed in the community of architects who lived, worked, and helped shape New Canaan’s landscape — and influenced architecture throughout the world” says curator Alan Goldberg. Guided Tour and Coffee with Curator Alan Goldberg on Saturday, November 18 10 – 11:30am.
October 26 – December 6, 2017 – Of Art and Craft at Flinn Gallery, 2nd Floor Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. What defines Craft versus Art – and does that division have meaning? This exhibition features nine artists displaying creations of glass, clay and fiber, substances traditionally considered “craft materials,” but worked with such talent, imagination, and skill that the resulting pieces are unquestionably works of art. Participating artists are Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, Emily Barletta, Susan Eisen, Norma Minkowitz, Kathleen Mulcahy, Ellen Schiffman, Josh Simpson, Phyllis Kudder Sullivan, Adam Waimon. Pictured: Josh Simpson “Corona Platter”, glass, 14.5” diameter, 2016.
October 15 – January 7, 2018 – Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave at the Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave — featuring two prominent artists separated by time and place — is designed as a visual dialogue. Incorporating work that is fundamentally sculptural and often political, the exhibition asserts the power of artists to transform everyday materials into symbolic relics replete with information and symbolism. Though emerging from vastly different moments and backgrounds, both Arman (1928-2005) and Nick Cave (b. 1969) share a love of the commonplace, from colorful sequins and chains to buttons and figurines. Through these diverse materials, often configured in dramatic standalone compositions, the artists reflect on their experiences, shaped by the reality of the world around them. Pictured: Nick Cave, Wall Relief (detail), 2012. © Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
October 7 – January 21, 2018 – Walks With Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond at the Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. The Hudson River Museum opens Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond, on October 7. In 40 paintings, prints, and photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition examines the key role artists play in bringing views of nature indoors while inspiring our own outdoor itineraries. These works range from the 19th century—featuring Hudson River School artists Thomas Coleand Asher B. Durand and landscapes by George Innessand Louis Aston Knight—to today, with modern works by Joseph DiGiorgio, Ralph Fasanella, Richard Haas, Ellen Kozak, Alison Moritsugu,and Jack Stuppin, underscoring the centrality of landscape in our thought, then as now. Pictured: Joseph DiGiorgio (American, 1930-2000) Untitled Landscape, from the New York State Series, 1999. Oil on canvas Gift of Helen Di Lello and John Di Lello, 2016 Collection of, courtesy of the Hudson River Museum.
October 1 – April 22, 2017 – Anissa Mack: Junk Kaleidoscope, Alex Schweder & Ward Shelley: Your Turn and Shared Space: A New Era at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Immerse yourself in Anissa Mack‘s imaginative re-envisioning of The Fair, a project first realized in 1996 when she entered all seventy-three craft categories at Connecticut’s Durham Fair; engage in a conversation with Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley while they occupy their twenty-three foot high architectural environment; and view an international collection of photographs made over the past thirty years that considers the world’s social, economic, and political climate since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Take an expert-led exhibition tour and participate in art-making activities for all ages with Family Art-Making Workshops in the Studio. Pictured: From the exhibition Shared Space: A New Era: @Olivo Barbieri, Tibet, Lhasa, 2000. Bank of America Collection. Courtesy of Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec enjoyed the spectacle, the night life, and the tawdry side of Belle Époque Paris. Best known for his art portraying the café-concert and the entertainers who performed there, this exhibition explores how Toulouse-Lautrec used portraiture to comment on the absurdity and excess of Bohemian life in Paris at the turn of the century. The show examines the relationship between portraiture, caricature, and rise of the cult of celebrity in the late 19th century, while focusing on the artist’s portraits of entertainers who became icons of the Parisian nightlife. Featuring 100 drawings, prints, and posters, the exhibition showcases the artist’s satirical portraits of stage personalities like Sarah Bernhardt, Jane Avril, and Arstide Bruant alongside those of his friends and family. Pictured: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901), Jane Avril, 1893. Color lithograph (before letters) 1240 x 915 mm © Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece.
September 15, 2017 – February 3, 2018 – Richard Lytle: A Retrospective at Fairfield University Art Museum, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. Richard Lytle (American, b. 1935) has been exhibiting his work internationally since the mid-1950s. While still in graduate school, he was selected for Dorothy Miller’s seminal 1959 “Sixteen Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was in auspicious company, as this exhibition introduced the museum-going world to Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson and Ellsworth Kelly among others. His connection to Fairfield University dates back to a commission he received for drawings for the exterior bas-relief sculptures for the Barone Campus Center in 1965. Organized as part of the celebration of Fairfield University’s 75th anniversary, this retrospective is a celebration of that long relationship. It includes Lytle’s original drawings for the bas-reliefs – a recent gift to the museum from the artist – early charcoal drawings from the 1960s Nude Figures Series, a selection of Pod Series drawings from the 1970s, as well as watercolors and large oil paintings spanning the breadth of Lytle’s career.
September 14 – November 25, 2017 – Paradigm Shifts at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce “Paradigm Shifts,” a group exhibition featuring paintings by Charles Arnoldi, Ricardo Mazal and Manuel Mérida. The artists in this exhibition explore the potential of painting as a medium, challenging its normative paint application and structure. Whether selecting pigments in their primordial form, applying them with non-traditional tools, or presenting irregular supports, these artists break with convention all-the-while maintaining an aesthetic foothold in modernism. The show opens on September 14th with a reception for the artists from 5-7pm. Pictured: Manuel Mérida, Cercle Orange, 2014, Painted wood, glass, powder pigment, motor, 47 1/4 inches in diameter.
September 10 – December 22, 2017 – Romare Bearden: Abstractions at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Recognized as one of America’s great 20th century artists, Romare Bearden is best known for his uniquely textured collages, evoking the history, culture, richness and tension of the African-American experience. This exhibition focuses on a startling body of work he produced throughout the 1950s and early 1960s comprised of exquisite, fully-abstract watercolors, oil paintings, and mixed media collages. Most of that work is largely unknown; that is about to change. Pictured: (left) Romare Bearden, With Blue, 1962, oil and pencil on linen, 50 x 52 inches, Private Collection, Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, NY © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. (Right) Romare Bearden, Silent Valley of the Sunrise, 1959. Oil and casein on canvas. 58 1/8 x 42 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously, 1960. Photo: Paige Knight. Images courtesy of Neuberger Museum of Art.
May 11 – November 30, 2017 – At the Philip Johnson Glass House, 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. See Robert Indiana: ONE through ZERO (5/11 – 11/30) and Lynn Davis: On Ice (8/24 – 11/30/17). Several different types of tours are offered to see the exhibitions on the property and in the Art Gallery, as well as the newly restored Sculpture Gallery. To plan your visit, information is on their website: theglasshouse.org. Pictured: Robert Indiana, ONE through ZERO (c) 2017 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging.
February 4 – December 17, 2017 – Between I & Thou, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY. Between I & Thou includes artists from many different areas of the globe, exploring interconnections between the personal, cultural, religious and national. The works reflect the human need to tell the story of self and society, offering a rich conversation about the sameness and differentness among us. There is an emphasis on the inclusion of senior artists whose works cogently reflect lives lived across significant changes in history. Between I & Thou celebrates diversity.