Date - February 18, 2017
2:00 pm until 3:30 pm
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT, 06830-7157
Members and guests are invited to join me for a self-guided visit to the Bruce Museum to see their current exhibitions on view, including Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master, as well as Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection, and Street Smart: Photographs of New York City, 1945 – 1980. Brunch at a local restaurant before our visit will be part of the event, more information will be available soon.
From the website brucemuseum.org:
The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, are mounting a major monographic exhibition of the art of the French Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899). The first retrospective in the United States in over twenty years of this purest of all the major Impressionists, the show is comprised of about 50 of Sisley’s paintings from private collections and major museums in Europe and North America. The Bruce Museum will premiere the exhibition and be the only venue in the United States.
A friend of Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Sisley initially worked in the naturalistic landscape tradition of the Barbizon School but increasingly adopted a proto-Impressionistic style, creating a body of work that has an impressive internal consistency and cumulative authority. Throughout his career, Sisley adhered to the style of divided light and color, momentary effects of illumination, and an acute responsiveness to atmosphere that are the signature attributes of Impressionism.
Also on view on the date of our visit …
CANVAS AND CAST: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BRUCE MUSEUM’S ART COLLECTION
February 11 to June 11, 2017
In October 1912, the Bruce Museum hosted its first exhibition of art. At the time, the Greenwich Press noted that it was a welcome change to see “a long gallery hung with paintings from the best works of local artists.”
Since then, the Bruce Museum has not only exhibited many paintings and sculptures by local artists who were influential in establishing the American Impressionist movement, such as Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman, Leonard Ochtman, and Frederick Childe Hassam, but has also acquired works that represent significant moments from the history of art.
Featuring 35 paintings and 7 sculptures from the Bruce’s growing collection, Canvas and Cast celebrates long-time favorites and many recent acquisitions representing significant moments in the history of art from the 16th through the 20th centuries. This exhibition, organized by Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director, and curated by Courtney Skipton Long, Zvi Grunberg Postdoctoral Fellow 2016/17 at the Bruce Museum, examines art historical themes including sculpted and painted portraits, narrative scenes and statues, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes.
STREET SMART: PHOTOGRAPHS OF NEW YORK CITY, 1945 – 1980
February 18 to June 4, 2017
In the decades that followed World War II, New York City became a world cultural center and was host to a whirlwind of activity: jazz music by legendary practitioners like Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald, feminist and anti-war protests, Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, and race riots in Harlem. James Baldwin once called the city “spitefully inconsistent” and Le Corbusier described it as a “beautiful catastrophe.” During the time showcased here, photographers raced around the city, capturing both cacophonous scenes of urban life and moments of quietude and respite from the chaos.
This exhibition features 30 photographs, chiefly drawn from the Bruce Museum’s permanent collection, including work by Larry Fink, Herman Leonard, Leon Levinstein, John Shearer, and Garry Winogrand. Street Smart provides a glimpse at life in the city during the post-war period and at how street-savvy New Yorkers navigated its bustling landscape.
Members can RSVP to Laura, please reply by Friday, February 17. Group limit is six members and guests.
Students (5-22 w/ valid ID) $6.00
Seniors (65 & up) $6.00
Museum members and children under 5 Free
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich CT
Members and guests are invited to dine as a group before our Museum visit:
HARVEST WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT
372 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT
We are passionately committed to offering the freshest ingredients. We invite you to enjoy our award-winning cuisine, curated in alignment with the farm-to-table concept.
Harvest Wine Bar and Restaurant, 372 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT