Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, June 10, 2018. New Exhibition. Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War. Highlighting the variety of approaches that government agencies used to encourage participation in and support for World War I, the exhibition features a selection of vintage posters donated to the Bruce Museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III.
Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works donated to the Bruce Museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III.
The United States involvement in World War I lasted only a brief twenty months, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the nation’s military and propaganda strategies were of enormous consequence.
Patriotic Persuasion” marks the centennial of American participation in the First World War. It is organized by Kenneth E. Silver, Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art and Elizabeth Smith, Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at the Bruce Museum (2017-2018).
ICC’s Children’s Classes are a great way for children (ages 4-12) to be enriched academically and culturally outside the classroom! In addition to STEM and coding classes, ICC has added a number of new classes to its roster for the Winter/Spring 2018 session, including yoga, mindfulness, Bharatanatyam, chess, cricket and Hindi. More detailed class information can be found at: http://iccgreenwich.org/sch2018/
Classes will take place on Sunday mornings from 9am – 12pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich (off I-95, exit 3), beginning on January 21.
Pricing: 1 class is $175; 2 classes are $275; and 3 classes are $325. Enrollment in all classes is limited.
Opening on January 27, 2018, the Bruce Museum’s provocative new exhibition Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Juxtaposing art made in opposition to state-sanctioned Socialist Realism with artifacts from the Soviet nuclear and space programs, Hot Art in a Cold War touches upon the triumphs and tragedies unleashed as humankind gained the power to both leave the Earth and to destroy it.
Produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance during a turbulent period marked by the ever-escalating competition for nuclear supremacy and the space race. Creative interpretations of these key historical events and their repercussions are presented here through nearly 40 works by 17 artists from the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia.
The Hot Art in a Cold War exhibition, which continues through May 20, explores the anxious realities and utopian fantasies of everyday Soviet life in the second half of the twentieth century through a variety of media, from documentary photographs and surrealist abstractions to hyperrealist paintings and kinetic sculptures. Kinetic artists in Russia and Latvia directly synthesized art and science in their works, often forming groups to collectively envision and even build immersive installations that offered viewers glimpses into unknown futures.
As science became a proxy battlefield for the struggle between the USSR and the United States, the Soviet space program achieved a long string of successes, including launching the first artificial satellite, first animal, first human, and first space station into orbit. This exhibition features artifacts representing these breakthroughs, including an unlaunched backup of Sputnik, a replica of the spacesuit worn by the first space dog Laika, and equipment from the Salyut space station program. The darker side of this Cold War competition is seen in examples of nuclear fallout equipment and specimens from Chernobyl.
“The Bruce Museum prides itself in being a museum of both art and science and in finding the interconnections between the two,” says Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Bruce Museum Curator of Science and co-curator of the exhibition. “Hot Art in a Cold War is a perfect example of this unique focus. Visitors will see how the triumphs of the space program and anxieties about nuclear arms were captured by period artists. Likewise, many of the scientific objects are works of art in their own right. The elegance of Sputnik, for example, is as striking and undeniable as its impact on the space race.”
“This exhibition is very timely, as we see history repeating itself in the connection between the ‘official’ behaviors of the Cold War and today’s ongoing wars and political conflicts, not to mention the ever-increasing role that technology plays in our everyday lives,” adds Ksenia Nouril, exhibition co-curator.
Hot Art in a Cold War is an expanded version of an exhibition organized at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., by Ksenia Nouril, Dodge Fellow, Zimmerli Art Museum and PhD Candidate, Department of Art History at Rutgers. The exhibition at the Zimmerli and Ms. Nouril’s fellowship have been supported by the Avenir Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
A majority of the artworks on loan are from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, which is housed at the Zimmerli Art Museum. The late Norton Dodge (1927-2011), an American economist, began collecting Soviet unofficial art during the Cold War, making several trips to the Soviet Union starting in 1955. He amassed one of the largest collections of this kind of art in the world.
Although advancements in nuclear energy and space exploration gave great hope, they also came at a steep price, taking their toll on the Soviet economy, environment, and quality of life. Unofficial artists communicated their desires and fears by reimagining their earthly environments and conjuring unexplored worlds. Hot Art in a Cold War captures the direct and indirect intersections between art and science during this historically significant period of geopolitical tension that remains relevant today.
For support of this exhibition, the Bruce Museum thanks the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund; the Connecticut Office of the Arts; a Committee of Honor, chaired by Jacqueline and Arthur Walker and Deborah and Alan Simon; and media sponsor WSHU Public Radio Group.
Ballet des Amériques is pleased to announce its 4th annual Evenings of Dance. The company opens its home to the public from them to enjoy performances in its white box theater. Avid and novice dance fans alike can take in the dancers’ performance in this intimate dance setting. Ballet des Amériques uses this platform to educate and cultivate dance enthusiasts.
The performance will include classical repertory by Marius Petipa as well as contemporary works by Artistic Director Carole Alexis. Alexis uses this performance series to create new works and restage existing works on the company dancers.
Performances will be January 27, February 24, March 24, and April 28 at 7:00pm at Ballet des Amériques’ home in Port Chester. Tickets for the performance are $20. Email Shirley Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets.
Established in 2011 under the directorship of French-American choreographer Carole Alexis, Ballet des Amériques, as its name implies, inserts itself into the French cultural heritage of the Americas. Composed of classically trained dancers of diverse backgrounds, the young company has already danced the choreography of Carole Alexis in over 50 public performances beginning with its debut at the Festival de Fort-de-France in Martinique in 2011. As the resident dance company of the Tarrytown Music Hall, Ballet des Amériques is building on the success of its Evenings of Dance series to develop a regional dance audience in Westchester and neighboring counties. With its local roots and international orientation, the company is poised to grow its audiences beyond dance connoisseurs to reach those who have never been exposed to this art and especially young people, in conscious fulfillment of the educational function of dance in the spirit of Maurice Béjart.
The winter exhibit at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words” features artists’ renderings that convey storytelling. The exhibit runs through May 11, 2018. The Gallery is located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space, 11 North Water Street in Norwalk, CT.
“Worth A Thousand Words”, curated by Nadia Martinez, features works of art that communicate complex ideas in images. The 32 pieces in the exhibit show artists’ stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. Exhibiting artists include local artists Day Moore from Milford, Bobbie Bernstein of Westport, Gregory Ziebell of Norwalk and Carol M. Battin from Stamford.
The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Enjoy a gallery tour and scholarly presentation at 7:00pm by Dr. Peter Bayers, Director of American Studies at Fairfield University.
Journey back in time to the early days of the New World and explore the dynamics between new settlers and Native Americans through Pequot Library’s Special Collections. This exhibition features a selection of the Library’s rare books held in Southport and on long-term loan at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, including “The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, in the Mohawk language,” William Hubbard’s 1677 discourse on the Pequot War, and an early catechism for young children. Materials on native languages and colonial New England life offer insight into the intersection of two cultures in Fairfield and beyond.
Items on view include primers, language studies, and histories of local, state, and New England life. This exhibit follows on the “return visit” of the Columbus letter (1493) to Pequot in the fall of 2015 offering an imagined view of the early days as counterpoint to life as we know it today.
This exhibition was made possible in part through a generous gift in memory of Richard M. Carpenter and the Constance C. Baker Rare Book Fund.
HAZARDOUS BEAUTY – a collision of consumer culture on the natural world
March 15, 2018 through April 25, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 15, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Flinn Gallery presents Hazardous Beauty, an environmental art show that examines the collision of consumer culture with the natural world.
A plastic water bottle. A plastic bag. Ubiquitous plastic packaging, each used for a few minutes yet has a life expectancy of hundreds of years in our world’s environment.
Opening March 15 through April 25, 2018, Hazardous Beauty features artists Alejandro Durán and Willie Cole who creatively interpret the environmental problems of plastic pollution and explore the impact from our increasing disposable culture. The Opening Reception on March 15 from 6-8 pm is open to the public.
Brooklyn-based and internationally-recognized, multimedia artist Alejandro Durán creates beautiful yet disquieting installations and photographs from the plastic pollution that washes ashore along the sandy beaches of Sian Ka’an, an UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico. Durán explains how ocean currents and storm paths deliver a fresh-crop of trash daily from all over the world. Over the course of his project, Durán collected international debris from 58 countries. “Every time I return to Sian Ka’an, it seems that the problem grows worse,” Durán said, “It can definitely elicit a feeling of hopelessness, but it also inspired a desire in me to do something about the situation and spawn change.”
A native of Newark, world-renowned artist Willie Cole transforms ordinary discarded objects, such as water bottles, shoes, and bicycles into innovative works of intrigue. Working with New Jersey shoreline communities and school districts to collect thousands of plastic water bottles, Cole created installations of a 15’ sea bird and a 15’ towering tornado. Hazardous Beauty will exhibit three large-scale sculptures, including a vintage Cadillac built from 3,000 bottles. Cole reflects on the relationship between water, life and the bottle, “Water is a symbolic life force, yet comes in a bottle that has devastating effects on the environment.”
“Through aesthetically-pleasing art and educational programming, Hazardous Beauty aims to inform, inspire, and ultimately induce change,” said Curator, Ellen Hawley. During the course of the six-week exhibition, the gallery will present several free public programs: an Artists Talk; the Art Lounge; and a documentary film screening A Plastic Ocean. In addition, a panel discussion “Plastic and Microplastics in our L.I. Sound” will be held on April 7 from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Library’s Cole Auditorium. Moderated by Greenwich Conservation Director, Denise Savageau; and an esteemed panel of scientists and conservationists will present the global problem on a local level. (see event details)
The Hazardous Beauty exhibit and its events are proudly sponsored by Anomaly Factor Productions – a media content production and distribution company that raises awareness for social impact related to environmentalism, education, women and girls, and mental health.
Ellen Hawley is Curator for the Hazardous Beauty exhibit and its corresponding events. Shari Michael and Lillian Lum are assistant curators for the exhibit. The Flinn Gallery is a non-profit, education-oriented exhibition space that presents six exhibitions a year from September through June. The Gallery attracts close to 10,000 visitors annually. Art commissions help support the community programs of the Friends of Greenwich Library.
All are free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 15, 6-8 pm
Hazardous Beauty Opening Reception, 2nd Floor, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library
Saturday, March 17, 2-3 pm
Artists Talk – Alejandro Durán and Willie Cole, 2nd Floor, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library
Friday, March 23, 6-7:45 pm Art Lounge in the Flinn Gallery welcomes the public to the gallery on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 7:45 pm immediately preceding the Friends Friday Film screening A Plastic Ocean.
Friday, March 23, 7:45-9:30 pm
Friends Friday Film A Plastic Ocean (2016) documentary
Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library. The film’s crew traveled to 20 worldwide locations over four years.
Saturday, April 7, 2:30 pm Community Reception 3:00 – 4:30 pm; Panel Discussion “Plastic & Microplastics in our L.I. Sound” Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library, program will include a Q&A
Ms. Denise Savageau, Moderator and Director of Greenwich Conservation Commission
Ms. Jordan Christensen, NY Program Coord. with Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Mr. Patrick Comins – Executive Director for the CT Audubon Society
Ms. Judy Preston – Educator and outreach for LISS at the UCONN Sea Grant
Mr. Ed Stilwagen – Owner and operator of Atlantic Clam Farms
Dr. Evan Ward – Professor at Department of Marine Sciences, UCONN
Flinn Gallery is located on the second floor of the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich CT. The gallery is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library and is open daily Monday to Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday until 8:00pm, and Sunday 1:00-5:00pm. All works are for sale.