This is a curated listing of recommended area art exhibitions, musical performances, film events, lectures, programs and special events in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and beyond.
Virtual Enrichment is a new section of online content, including newly uploaded recordings, livestream performances, artist conversations, online courses hosted by local cultural organizations and more. Be sure to sign up for emails from your favorite museums, theaters and performing arts venues to learn about new videos, broadcasts and other helpful and engaging content. These organizations are also depending on your contributions and membership renewals during this challenging time for the arts.
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Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Hudson River Museum
Hudson Valley MOCA
Katonah Museum of Art
Neuberger Museum of Art
Wave Hill New York Garden & Cultural Center
Jacob Burns Film Center
Jazz Forum Club
Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony
Online Articles: Recommendations for Virtual Museum and Gallery Tours, Art Podcasts and More
Smithsonian Magazine: Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit by Nadine Daher, March 20, 2020
Forbes: Top Five New York City Virtual Cultural Experiences by Roger Sands, March 20, 2020
Hyperallergic: In the Time of Social Distance, Galleries Go Digital by Jasmine Weber and Dessane Lopez Cassell, March 20, 2020
New York Times: Ten Bingeworthy Art Podcasts in the Age of Coronavirus by Jori Finkel, March 20, 2020
Sotheby’s: World-Class Museums at Your Finger Tips by Sotheby’s, March 23, 2020
Hyperallergic: What It’s Like to Visit Virtual Galleries as an Art Critic by Seph Rodney, March 25, 2020
Los Angeles Times: A Virtual Tour of TV cars, a most unusual ‘Madama Butterfly’: Today’s best arts online by Matt Cooper, March 25, 2020
ThoughtGallery.org: Quarantine Culture: Talks, Museums and Performances to Enjoy From Home – by Ethan Wolff, March 26, 2020
Danese/Corey: Virtual Spring
While the gallery remains closed due to the NY Pause Act, Danese/Corey Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City is pleased to announce weekly online exhibitions. Their first presentation is VIRTUAL SPRING, where they feature the work of Elise Ansel (pictured, center), Andy Harper (on right) and Nate Ethier (on left). Elise Ansel’s work references historical masterpieces, transforming their visual language into a fresh iteration of Abstract Expressionist sensibility. In the four works on display, she is drawing from the floral still life paintings of Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750). Andy Harper’s paintings from his Sol series are titled after the months of the International Fixed Calendar, a calculus in which each month amounts to 28 days, and includes the additional month, Sol, at mid-summer. The works follow the natural progression from January to December, the character shifting from month to month – light to dark, warm to cold, lush to spare. Drawing on traditions of formal and pop abstraction, Nate Ethier’s flamboyant geometric abstractions celebrate both the bucolic and the post-industrial world. The exchange of interchangeable modular structures through synchronicity and symmetry is the bedrock of the work, while rock and roll, the rolling surf, and poetry whisper in the background. For more, visit danesecorey.com.
Pictured, left to right: Nate Ethier, “Weather Report”, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 34.5 x 32.5 in.; Elise Ansel, “Flowers with a Timepiece III”, 2019. Oil on Ilford photo paper, image: 9 x 12 in, sheet: 11 x 14 in.; Andy Harper, “April”, 2016. Oil on canvas, 15.75 x 15.75 in.. Images courtesy Danese/Corey Gallery
Spring has arrived at Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. As always, nature provides a lovely distraction! With the onset of spring, Lyndhurst is awash with flowering trees and bulbs. Lyndhurst encourages the public to visit the landscape and take notice of the early spring flowers that have appeared in the past couple of days. Their offices and all buildings are currently closed but their property is available for passive recreation and enjoyment. They ask that you maintain social distancing protocols or take solitary walks when visiting. The property is easily accessed via the Old Croton Aqueduct State Park trail and the Westchester Riverwalk. All property rules apply. Don’t forget to tag them with your flower finds and other photography on Instagram and Facebook! Also: for a Virtual Tour of the mansion, visit their website. For more, visit lyndhurst.org.
Photo by Emma Gencarelli, courtesy Lyndhurst
The Bruce Goes Digital
Bruce Museum at Home
While Bruce Museum’s physical doors are closed, stay connected and engaged with Bruce Museum at Home. These new online programs will offer the same commitment to promoting the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science as all of the Museum’s regular programs and events. Some of the features now available online include – Bruce at Home Family Activities, Collection Favorites and Exhibition Favorites.
There are links to access highlights of the Bruce Museum permanent collection, blogs from their Science Department connecting their exhibitions to recent discoveries and insights from the field in Storage Room No. 2. Also, Audio Tours: plenty of art and science exhibitions from the Bruce Museum at your fingertips. First, re-visit a past popular exhibition, Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, and you can also visit the public sculptures and nature surrounding Bruce Park through this NEW mobile website. Along with all this, pre-recorded lectures are available on YouTube and Vimeo. For more, visit brucemuseum.org.
Stamford Symphony Channel
New on Stamford Symphony’s website: the Stamford Symphony Channel, a place to access a variety of content. Categories include Music & Musicians, Talks, Articles, Just for Kids, and Resources, which include links to other music-related websites for live-streamed and pre-recorded concerts. For more, visit stamfordsymphony.org.
The Glass House Online
While the Glass House cannot be visited in person at this time, they are currently developing additional innovative and exciting ways to connect the public with Philip Johnson’s masterpiece through their website. Follow them on social media via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily updates. Videos they have created over the years are available, including an interview with Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger, as well as access to a 360 tour of the Glass House. For more, visit theglasshouse.org.
Glass House photo by Lane Coder, courtesy of The Philip Johnson Glass House
Carriage Barn Virtual Exhibit – Spectrum: Visions 2020
Spectrum: Visions 2020, 30th Annual Jured Contemporary Art Show
Online Opening: April 4, 2020
While the gallery is currently closed, Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut is excited to launch their next exhibit, virtually, on April 4 with an online gallery, artist talks and studio visits via video. For more, visit carriagebarn.org.
MoMA Launches Virtual Views
Starting April 9, Museum of Modern Art in New York City is bringing their galleries to us with Virtual Views, providing exclusive access to Donald Judd’s revolutionary sculptures, Dorothea Lange’s impactful photographs, intimate home movies, and more. Every weekend, they will take us inside an exhibition or a favorite from the collection through video stories and curator Q&As, as well as audio playlists and feature articles. For more, visit moma.org.
Join RiverArts (based in Tarrytown, New York) on Facebook and Instagram for their new #100DaysOfStudioTour for a daily dose of creativity! They will also be posting more content on their YouTube channel including excerpts from past Artist Conversations, and local artists giving tours of their workspaces and their work. For more information, visit riverarts.org.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: , Edward Miller, Harriet Tubman, 2019, oil on canvas, 36×60 in.; Stephanie Buck, At the Edge of the Sea, mixed media, 30×36 in.; Gregory Turner Ryder Sculpture, 2016. Powdercoated folded 14-gauge stainless steel, 30x30x16 in.; works by Vicky Youngman, clay and glaze, various dimensions. Images courtesy RiverArts
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents Aldrich at Home
Aldrich at Home
Friday, April 3 at 3pm – Family Field Trip
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut has several new offerings in their new initiative, “Aldrich at Home”. The Aldrich’s Executive Director, Cybele Maylone, gives an update on current Museum news and how to stay engaged while we’re temporarily closed on their YouTube channel. Virtual Family Field Trip: Weather Report on Friday, April 3 at 3 pm – All ages; Free -Take a field trip to The Aldrich via Zoom! Join Noah Fox for a family tour highlighting key works of art from their current exhibition, Weather Report. Check their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the most up to date Museum news. For more and to register for programs, visit aldrichart.org.
Exhibition installation view of Weather Report courtesy of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Fairfield University Art Museum Online Lecture
April 2 – 5
Lecture April 2, 5:00 pm
Watch and Listen: “The Art of Black Mobilization: Afro-Latin American Artists, History and Racial Justice” with Alejandro de la Fuente, PhD, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Due to Fairfield University Art Museum’s temporary closure, they can’t host Alejandro de La Fuente’s lecture as they had planned, but they’ve adapted the program: there will be a recording of “The Art of Black Mobilization: Afro-Latin American Artists, History and Racial Justice” on their website on Thursday, April 2 at 5pm. They will be collecting questions for Dr. de la Fuente between April 2 and April 5, and posting the answers on their Facebook and Instagram accounts the following week. Watch the lecture on their “Watch and Listen” page and email your questions to email@example.com. This lecture is presented in conjunction with Archives of Consciousness: Six Cuban Artists. This exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Walsh Gallery from April 23 – May 15, 2020. For more, visit fairfield.edu.
Image: Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy, “Study No. 3 for the Mountains (Estudio No. 3 Para El Monte)”, 2007, oil and mixed media on canvas. Collection of Steven and Terry Certilman. Courtesy Fairfield University Art Museum
Jacob Burns Film Center: JBFC at Home
JBFC AT HOME
Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York has moved swiftly to find alternative ways to engage with the community and share the cinematic stories we all hold so dear. Thanks to the hard work and collaboration of the JBFC staff—all working remotely to observe social distancing guidelines—they are proud to present a plethora of content for their patrons, including new releases and curated film lists that can be streamed from home, hands-on activities perfect for families and kids of all ages, and resources to make working and watching from home more enjoyable. Now available: The JBFC’s Virtual Screening Room, Curated Streaming Suggestions, JBFC Education Activities & Resources, Jacob Burns FilmCast, The JBFC on YouTube, JBFC Mixtapes, Creative Culture and Vimeo Recommend. For more, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Katonah Museum of Art: Virtual Offerings
Following the suspension of all activities, the staff at Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York have been working hard on designing alternative means of delivering events and programs to the community in order to maintain some continuity for the children, adults and families they serve. They have adapted several services to a virtual format, here are some of their new offerings: For Bisa Butler: Portraits, there is a Slideshow and Virtual Tour available from their website. The slideshow includes an overview of the works in artist Bisa Butler’s first solo museum exhibition, as well as the inspiration behind each one. The Virtual Tour is a great way to get a sense of the scale and intricacy of Butler’s monumental yet intimate quilted portraits, and offers a look at the work of David Schwittek in the Spot Gallery and Tijay Mohammed in the Learning Center. Kids Activities: Download projects inspired by the Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition. Join their mailing list and follow them on social media to learn more about additional resources. For more, visit katonahmuseum.org.
Pictured: Installation view of “Bisa Butler: Portraits”, photo by Margaret Fox. Image courtesy Katonah Museum of Art
Avon Theatre Online
Though nothing can ever replace the joy and inspiration that comes from experiencing the best of independent cinema in the beautiful and historic Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut – today’s challenges can’t keep them from sharing wonderful films. With that goal in mind, they are proud and excited to offer AVON ONLINE – their new virtual cinema. Enjoy their first run independent films, provided through the generous partnership with their friends at Magnolia Pictures. Details on their first two offerings, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band and The Whistlers are on their website, as are the instructions for accessing these films on computers/tablets, etc. Please enjoy, sign up on their mailing list to stay tuned for additional offerings, and follow The Avon on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more, visit avontheatre.org.
Hudson Valley MOCA “.EDU” Exhibition Images Online
Exhibition Images from .edu: Art Faculty of the Hudson Valley
This exhibition at Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill, New York showcases work by 14 art faculty from eight higher education institutions throughout the Hudson Valley, whose practices offer a critical perspective on the current state of affairs in contemporary art and an indication of what is yet to come. On view is an eclectic mix of two- and three-dimensional pieces, including video and installation, abstraction and representation, ranging in scale from intimate to monumental. The artists explore themes including climate change and social justice. For more, visit hudsonvalleymoca.org.
Installation view of “.edu: Art Faculty of the Hudson Valley” by Adam Chau, Museum Manager. Image courtesy Hudson Valley MOCA
New Britain Museum of American Art
Online Curator Exhibition Tour
While the Museum remains closed through these coming weeks, the New Britain Museum of Art in New Britain, Connecticut is pleased to present new ways to access their galleries, special exhibitions, and permanent collection. Enjoy a video walkthrough of In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut, led by Fritz Horstman, Director of Education of the Josef Anni Albers Foundation and curator of the show, to get a sneak peek of the exhibition before they re-open to the public! NBMAA eMuseum: Enjoy virtual tours available through eMuseum, including collection-based Special Exhibitions such as Art and Artists of Monhegan Island: Selections from the Charles J. and Irene Hamm Collection of Coastal Art and Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War. Revisit your favorite works, and browse by genre, from Regionalism and Realism, American Impressionism, to early Modernism. YouTube link here. For more, visit nbmaa.org.
Virtual Greenwich International Film Festival
May 1 – 3, 2020
Inaugural Virtual Festival
Greenwich International Film Festival invites all of their supporters to attend the first-ever Virtual Greenwich International Film Festival, May 1st to 3rd, bringing the Festival experience into the homes of audience members. This virtual three-day event will include an exciting selection of Narrative & Documentary Features, the Connecticut Shorts Program, exclusive interviews with film talent, acknowledgments, and a chance to Vote for the JP Morgan Chase Audience Award. It will also feature the Best Social Impact Film Award, presented by the Bill & Ann Bresnan Foundation, and the Best Connecticut Shorts Award, presented by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media. They remain committed to delivering a VIP experience for their passholders including programming a number of events, such as the Changemaker Gala, and a selection of exciting films, panels & receptions in the fall, as well as VIP gift bags. For more information, visit greenwichfilm.org.
Caramoor Livestream Performances
While Caramoor is temporary closed, they are sharing broadcasts and livestream performances, accessible from their website. To learn more and follow updates, visit caramoor.org
Pictured, top left: Caramoor Music Room in the Rosen House, photo by Gabe Palacio. Bottom row: Aaron Diehl Trio, photo by John Abbott; Conrad Tao, piano. Images courtesy of Caramoor
Jonathan Biss at 92nd Street Y
Recorded Thursday, March 26, 2020
A special solo performance by “one of his generation’s most serious musical thinkers” [The New York Times], Jonathan Biss brings his rich insight and commanding technique to Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas.
Written, as Beethoven said, “in a single breath,” these pieces represent the apotheosis of his piano writing, showing his mastery of the variation form (in Op. 109), his expertise in the forms of the musical past (the fugue, in Op. 110), and an ability to be cutting-edge (considering Op. 111 as a whole, but especially the famous ‘boogie woogie’ moments in the second movement).
PROGRAM: Beethoven, Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109; Beethoven, Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110; Beethoven, Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111. For more information, visit 92y.org.
Hudson River Museum
New York-based artists Derrick Adams and Mickalene Thomas, who met at Pratt in the 90s as undergrads, discuss Black life and culture and lived experience as a form of subject matter. The exhibition Derrick Adams: Buoyant is currently at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York (the museum is closed temporarily). For more information, visit hrm.org.
Hudson Valley Writers Center
Hudson Valley Writers Center will offer their scheduled intensive classes online using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate live video interaction from registrants’ computers. They will maintain the same high-quality courses with the same emphasis on keeping class sizes small. See the calendar on their website for course titles and descriptions. For more information, visit writerscenter.org.
Jazz Forum @ Home
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. For more: YouTube.com.
New York Botanical Garden
During these challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration more than ever. While the New York Botanical Garden’s gates may be temporarily closed, their virtual gates are wide open.
They are inviting the NYBG community near and far to stay connected through their collections’ vast digital resources, creative educational programs, and many other online offerings. As spring unfolds, we will bring you the brightness and color of the season, a reminder of how the natural world brings us joy. For more information visit nybg.org.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Savor explores the details and events behind this transformation. Rare objects, from early cookbooks and gardening manuals to tureens in the forms of cauliflowers and chickens, reveal fascinating histories and stories about advances in horticulture, surprisingly modern philosophies on healthy eating, and a shift to more informal dining. For more: thewadsworth.org.
Carp Tureen and stand, England, Chelsea, c. 1755. Soft-paste porcelain, enamels. Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada. Courtesy of Michele Beiny. Photo by Michele Beiny/Richard Goodbody
Yale University Art Gallery
This talk about this exhibition, recorded on February 27, 2020, is titled “Human and Animal Art Worlds.” It includes Richard O. Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University and the artist, James Prosek.
For more fascinating talks, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s YouTube channel to browse their extensive archive of online lectures.
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NOTE: Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Wave Hill will be temporarily closed to the public, on the instructions of NYC government. Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY. In a stunning landscape overlooking the Hudson River and the sheer cliffs of the Palisades, Wave Hill is a beloved public garden, renowned for its classical horticultural craftsmanship and daring design. Message from Wave Hill: “The grounds are open but the buildings will be shut until further notice. We are not charging admission both to minimize contact between people and to ensure that everyone can come here during this trying time.” Hours have been adjusted to 10am – 4pm Tuesday – Sunday. For more: wavehill.org.
NOTE: Beginning 3/20, Untermyer Park and Gardens will be temporarily closed to the public, on the instructions of the City of Yonkers. Untermyer Park and Gardens, 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY. Untermyer Park and Gardens is a City of Yonkers public park. The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Stephen F. Byrns, which collaborates with the City of Yonkers to facilitate the restoration of Samuel Untermyer’s gardens. Funds raised by the Conservancy are used to employ horticulturists and restore the gardens: Timothy Tilghman has been working full time in the gardens since June, 2011, and is joined by six other gardeners. Hours: 7am to one hour before sunset, daily. For more: untermyergardens.org.
NOTE: Avon Theatre is closed temporarily as of March 14, 2020, see our Virtual Enrichment section and their website for online films and programming.
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. For more information: avontheatre.org.
JBFC is closed temporarily until further notice, see our Virtual Enrichment section and their website for online films and programming.
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
NOTE: The Westport Country Playhouse revised 2020 season opens July 14, 2020.
Single Tickets On Sale for 90th Season of Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT. The revised Playhouse 2020 Season, from July 14 through October 24, features three productions, including two musicals and a comedy. The season will begin with a dance-filled, reimagined, sassy, and sultry “Ain’t Misbehavin’: from July 14 through August 1 – the 1978 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical celebrates the legendary jazz great Fats Waller. “Tiny House,” a new comedy fresh from its world premiere by Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players, will play September 1- 19. “Next to Normal,” playing October 6 – 24: a 2009 Tony Award-winning musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama gives a groundbreaking look at a family in crisis, while pushing the boundaries of contemporary musical theater. Tickets are available at the box office, by phone, and online: westportplayhouse.org.
NOTE: Gallery hours are by appointment until further notice.
March 20 – May 9, 2020 – Abstractly Speaking: Six + One at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, 37 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY. Abstractly Speaking: Six + One features a multi-generational group of seven artists who are committed to an art practice principally concerned with the interactions between color, line and form, often labeled as abstraction. Staking their own territory within the canon, these artists span several generations, beginning with 20th century postwar artists, Stanley Boxer and Joyce Weinstein, followed by baby boomers, Melissa Meyer and Barbara Hirsch, to next-gen emerging artists Liz Tran, Marit Geraldine Bostad and Rebecca Stern. For more: madelynjordonfineart.com.
NOTE: Gallery hours are by appointment until further notice.
March 14 – April 25, 2020 – Kathleen Kucka, Slow Burn at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. The exhibition will showcase new eye-catching paintings and prints Kucka has spent the past year creating. Her multi-step process is an activation of the picture plane employing unconventional, if but contradictory methods. Using different tools, such as coal fire starters, torches, irons, or hot plates, Kucka carefully burns the surface of the canvas, negating pictorial conventions and the medium of the paint itself. Some markings form calculated straight, concentric or radial patterns, while others take on more random, fluid arrangements. She paints or leaves the canvas bare, intentionally leaving traces of the scored and smoked areas as evidence of the physical engagement with the material. Opening reception with the artist is TBA. For more: heathergaudiofineart.com.
NOTE: The Katonah Museum of Art is closed until further notice.
March 17 – June 14, 2020 – Bisa Butler: Portraits at Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. Bisa Butler: Portraits will be the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work and will feature approximately 25 of her vivid and larger-than-life quilts that capture African American identity and culture. The exhibition is being organized by Associate Curator, Michele Wije at the KMA and by Assistant Curator, Erica Warren at the AIC and will feature approximately 25-30 of Bisa Butler’s most important works to date. Butler, a formally trained African American artist of Ghanaian heritage, broaches the dividing line between creating with paints on canvas and creating with fiber by fashioning magnificent quilts and elevating a medium hitherto designated as craft into one that is clearly high art. While quilts have historically been isolated in the history of art as the products of working women, Butler’s work not only acknowledges this tradition, but also reinvents it. Continuing with an aesthetic set in motion by artists such as Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold, Butler forges an individual and expressive signature style that draws upon her own cultural background and experiences. For more: katonahmuseum.org.
NOTE: MOCA Westport is closed temporarily until further notice.
March 15 – August 16, 2020 – Helmut Lang at MoCA Westport, 19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport, CT. MoCA Westport is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Helmut Lang, curated by Todd von Ammon, that demonstrates the continued evolution of Lang’s contributions to culture and art. The sculptures on view tell a personal narrative that is universally relatable: reinvention of oneself. Beit a shift in a career, a change in personal relationships, or a growth in beliefs, we shed a past and rebuild a new self. Former fashion designer Helmut Lang looks only to the future by shredding the products of his past life and using those raw materials to compose new forms of intrigue and beauty. With two distinct projects, Lang has set a stage in the galleries at MoCA Westport—allowing the viewer wander through a forest-like immersive experience. Member preview scheduled for Thursday, March 12 is canceled. For more: mocawestport.org.
NOTE: The Hudson River Museum is closed until further notice.
March 7 – June 14, 2020 – Derrick Adams: Buoyant at Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. Derrick Adams (American, born 1970) delves deeply and fearlessly into the nooks and crannies of Black life and culture, unveiling a nuanced wholeness of humanity. The multidisciplinary, New York-based artist depicts a world where joy, love, leisure, and even prosaic normalcy play central roles, methodically filling the many voids and omissions in popular visual culture. The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum, and co-curated by James E. Bartlett, founder of Open Art, and Laura Vookles, Chair of the Hudson River Museum’s Curatorial Department. “Derrick Adams is truly a seminal artist of our time,” states James Bartlett. “Drawing equally from historical references, personal history, and the communal lived experience, he has created a decades-long body of work that is both materially and aesthetically diverse yet narratively intertwined. His Floaters series, as well as the newly created We Came to Party and Plan, are consummate examples of his depth and breadth as an artist.” Related programming includes Curator’s Tour – Sunday, March 8, 1:30pm and Artist Talk: Derrick Adams: Buoyant – Sunday, March 15, 2pm. For more on the exhibition and calendar of events: hrm.org.
NOTE: Hudson Valley MOCA is closed temporarily until further notice.
March 14 – April 30, 2020 – .edu: Art Faculty of the Hudson Valley at Hudson Valley MOCA, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY. These days, the term “influencer” has become synonymous with notions of lifestyle, spread through digital platforms and absorbed by the masses who sing their praises in the form of likes and comments. But perhaps we can consider this term to acknowledge those who truly influence us beyond the screen: the educator. Hudson Valley MOCA would like to shine light on the influencers of the classroom whose own practice lends a critical perspective on the current state of affairs in contemporary art, and an indication of what is yet to come. .edu: Art Faculty of the Hudson Valley features 14 art faculty from 8 higher-education institutions in the Hudson Valley. The artists chosen represent a survey of artistic practice within art education and have been selected by three jurors: art critic and writer Susan Hodara, independent curator Amy Lipton, and contemporary art collector Sue Stoffel. The resulting group of artists featured in .edu will stimulate discussion around a variety of themes and demonstrate how impactful this region is in creating powerful art. Featured Artists: Nancy Bowen (Purchase College), Bryan Czibesz (SUNY New Paltz), Donise English (Marist), Glen Fogel (Bard), Aaron Krach (Purchase College), Nicole Maloof (Sarah Lawrence College), Itty S. Neuhaus (SUNY New Paltz), John O’Connor (Sarah Lawrence College), Rachel Owens (Purchase College), Janine Polak (Purchase College), Gina Ruggeri (Vassar), Christina Tenaglia (Vassar), Josette Urso (WCC – White Plains), Randy Williams (Manhattanville). For more: hudsonvalleymoca.org.
NOTE: The Wadsworth is temporarily closed until further notice.
February 29 – May 24, 2020 – Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT. This exhibition investigates radical changes in the history of dining. What many of us eat, the way food is cooked, and how we dine continue to be influenced by radical changes that took place in France and England between 1650 and 1789, the start of the French Revolution. Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture explores the details and events behind this transformation. Centuries before our time, light, flavorful cuisine was promoted by intellectuals and prepared by cooks and connoisseurs. The changing food culture inspired the invention of ceramic and silver ware vessels designed to serve the latest dishes. Replete with rare objects, from tureens in the forms of cauliflowers and chickens, to early cookbooks and gardening manuals, Savor reveals fascinating histories and stories about advances in horticulture, surprisingly modern philosophies on healthy eating, and a shift to more informal dining. For more: thewadsworth.org.
NOTE: Gallery hours by appointment until further notice.
February 28 – April 20, 2020 – Fragile Nature, River Studies in Glass – David Licata at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 1947 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY. Fragile Nature, River Studies in Glass presents eleven new torchworked glass hanging sculptures, some affixed to the wall and others suspended from the ceiling. The artist chooses glass for its inherent beauty and the endless variety of colors and textures he can create with the medium. With gas torches and a well-honed arsenal of traditional and innovative techniques, Licata stripes, twists, blends and shapes rods of glass into fluid compositions. A lifelong student of glassmaking, the artist has become a technical expert; he often employs Venetian stripping, twisting or fusing to achieve desirable effects in coloration, and surface texture of the glass. He might also use a variety of traditional chainmaille “stitches” in building his work. For more: kbfa.com.
NOTE: Gallery hours by appointment until further notice.
February 28 – April 20, 2020 – Gallery II – Thomas Sarrantonio and Amy Talluto: Contemporary Landscape Paintings at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 1947 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY. Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of contemporary landscape painting featuring Thomas Sarrantonio and Amy Talluto. Both Sarrantonio and Talluto live and work in Ulster County, New York where a rich tradition and history of landscape painting both informs and inspires their work. The artists can frequently be spotted in the woods and meadows painting and drawing. The paintings of Thomas Sarrantonio seek to mediate between realms of external perception and internal reflection. They present themselves as meditations on nature and self. Choosing humble, often overlooked subject matter, such as the overgrown grasses at the edge of a field, he attempts to translate the dynamic processes of nature into the stasis of physical matter on a painted surface. Amy Talluto has long focused on landscape painting and drawing. Her subjects include the wild environments of Wyoming and Montana, and the forested landscape of Upstate New York. Talluto is interested in using the tradition of landscape painting to explore emotions and ideas through brushwork, color and composition. For more: kbfa.com.
NOTE: Gallery closing until further notice.
Through June 7, 2020 – James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Award-winning artist, naturalist, and writer James Prosek (b. 1975, B.A. 1997) brings his love of the natural world and his lifelong fascination with the naming and classification of nature to the Yale University Art Gallery. The exhibition brings together objects from the collections of the Gallery, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Yale Center for British Art. It places Prosek’s work in dialogue with a wide range of both man-made objects and those produced by billions of years of evolution, or what naturalist Charles Darwin described as “endless forms most beautiful.” By challenging traditional separations of museum collections into “art” and “artifact,” or “natural” and “man-made,” the artist asks us to explore to what extent these distinctions matter. Is it helpful for us to draw such boundaries? Or do they limit what we are able to see, substituting categories and classifications for experience? “What would happen,” Prosek said, “if we stop putting things into neat categories and simply marvel at the wondrous and complex world of which we are a part?” There will be three exhibition-related events: 2/27 – Opening Program: “Human and Animal Art Worlds”, 4/1 – Gallery Talk: “Meditations on a Bird’s Nest”, 4/22 – Gallery Talk: “Language Perception and Representation”. For more on programs click here, and the exhibition: artgallery.yale.edu.
NOTE: Neuberger Museum of Art is temporarily closed to the public.
February 12 – May 31, 2020 – Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Western Union: Small Boats (2007) is a video installation that addresses migration across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe in the early years of the twenty-first century. The work, which has received dozens of accolades and awards, powerfully evokes the trauma of clandestine passage – what it means to journey illegally from one place to another, from one culture to another. Western Union presents the story of men, women, and children who crossed the ocean in small overcrowded boats that promised escape from Africa to Europe. While the installation explicitly focuses the experience of migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean in and before 2007, it resonates in today’s world as nations attempt to enforce their borders against refugees escaping the ravages of war, violence, instability, terrorism, and famine. There will be an opening reception for the spring exhibitions on Wednesday, February 12, 4:30 – 7 pm. For more: neuberger.org.
NOTE: Neuberger Museum of Art is temporarily closed to the public.
February 12 – May 31, 2020 – Pier Pasolini: Subversive Prophet at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Outspoken and subversive, Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian, 1922–1975) was a prolific poet, writer, and film director. The two-part exhibition begins with artistic homages to Pasolini by Chilean, New York–based artist Alfredo Jaar, and the late Uruguayan artist Antonio Frasconi, a former Purchase College professor. Both artists pay tribute to Pasolini. This first section also explores the reception of Pasolini in the Americas: in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. The second part of the exhibition is devoted to Pasolini’s powerful creative output, featuring his poetry, novels, paintings, and drawings, as well as an introduction to his most important films including original film costumes designed in Rome by Farani. There will be an opening reception for the spring exhibitions on Wednesday, February 12, 4:30 – 7 pm. For more: neuberger.org.
NOTE: Flinn Gallery is temporarily closed.
February 6 – April 22, 2020 – In Plain Sight: The Library Print Collection at Flinn Gallery, 2nd Floor Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. In Plain Sight : The Library Print Collection is the second part of their on-going exhibition which showcases the Library’s collection of mid-century prints. For many years these artworks were borrowed through the Library Lending Art Program for local offices and homes. Eventually the prints were deemed too valuable or fragile to circulate and they were hung in the library instead. In total 35 selected print works will be on display including: Sam Francis’ abstract splatters in Hurrah for the Red White and Blue, Claes Oldenburg’s City as Alphabet, Ben Shahn’s Freedom Riders suite of portraits from 1965 and Alexander Calder’s Moon and Mountain from 1960. For more: flinngallery.org.
NOTE: The Bruce Museum is closed until further notice.
February 1 – May 24, 2020 – On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Following an extensive, five-month-long renovation of its changing gallery spaces, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, is pleased to present a major new international exhibition, On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK—the National Gallery of Denmark. Initiated by the American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery of Denmark, the exhibition will be on view in the Museum’s newly expanded main art gallery February 1 through Sunday, May 24, 2020. About the exhibition: L.A. Ring (1854-1933), a Realist and Symbolist painter, is considered one of the most important figures in Danish art. The national gallery of Denmark holds the largest collection of Ring’s paintings and drawings in the world; On the Edge of the World showcases 25 of the most important pieces that represent the key themes and sheer variety and complexity of his oeuvre. The exhibition travels to only two U.S. venues. The Bruce Museum is the only one on the East Coast. For more information on the exhibition and related programs: brucemuseum.org.
NOTE: The Bruce Museum is closed until further notice.
February 1 – July 19, 2020 – Under the Skin at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. Under the Skin samples images made possible by a remarkable array of technologies—CT scanning, infrared cameras, scanning electron microscopes and more—that allow scientists to visualize the marvels of evolution that lie below the surface. All of the images presented in the exhibition were captured in the last five years, thus representing the cutting edge of modern imaging. Many showcase amazing discoveries that were undreamt of just a decade ago. Natural history specimens from the Bruce Museum and on loan from other collections complement each image and reinforce the role of museums as stewards of natural history. As part of the exhibition lecture series, world-renowned scientists, many whose work will be highlighted in the exhibition, will visit the Bruce Museum to share their discoveries. A scholarly research symposium will bring together faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from the American Museum of Natural History, UCONN, Yale, and beyond for a day of presentations and discussion, freely open to the public. For more: brucemuseum.org.
NOTE: Neuberger Museum of Art is temporarily closed to the public.
January 29 – May 31, 2020 – Calder from the Collection at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. American Modernist Alexander Calder ‘s kinetic mobiles are brilliantly engineered, three-dimensional works that rely on careful weighting to achieve balance, movement, and suspension. They revolutionized the concept of sculpture. At the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, his mobile The Red Ear is suspended over the staircase to the second-floor galleries, and Snake on Arch, a bronze sculpture, is installed in the museum’s modern and contemporary galleries. Yet, it was in his lesser-known early drawings, prints, and paintings where Calder first explored color, space, and movement. Fifteen of those works will be on view at the Neuberger Museum from January 29-May 17, 2020 in Calder from the Collection, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Calder that are housed in the museum’s extraordinary collection of 20 th century American art. For more: neuberger.org.
NOTE: The Museum is closed until further notice
January 28 – June 19, 2020 – Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age at Hofstra University Museum of Art, Emily Lowe Gallery, 112 Hofstra University, Hemstead, NY. Art, science, and technology have become increasingly intermingled. The distinctions between the disciplines are less clear, leading into unknown territory where all things are possible. Using a range of styles and materials, creating both two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and site-specific works, the artists investigate mathematical or scientific principles, in both explicit and implicit ways, and often use technology to produce their work. The eight artists included in Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age, drawn from the membership of the American Abstract Artists organization, explore some of the unexpected ways that math, science and technology are transforming our perception of the visual arts. The exhibition includes works by artists James O. Clark, John Goodyear, Lynne Harlow, Daniel G. Hill, Gilbert Hsiao, Irene Rousseau, James Seawright, and Patricia Zarate. Organized by Karen T. Albert, Acting Director and Chief Curator, Hofstra University Museum of Art, with essays by Laurie Fendrich and Creighton Michael. To learn more, click here for the online exhibition catalog which provides essays, information and images of the work. Click here for a review of the exhibition in dArt International Magazine. For more: hofstra.edu.
NOTE: The museum is closed at least until April 22.
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. For more: fairfield.edu.
NOTE: The Aldrich is temporarily closed.
Through May 25, 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.
NOTE: The Aldrich is temporarily closed.
Through April 26, 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.
NOTE: The Aldrich is temporarily closed.
Through April 19, 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. For more: aldrichart.org.
NOTE: Hudson Valley MOCA is closed temporarily.
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.
NOTE: Magazzino Italian Art has closed its galleries until further notice.
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).