American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, through March 4, 2018.
The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided new avenues for creative and technical exchanges between artists.
Many of the artists included in the Bruce Museum’s upcoming exhibition, American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s, which opens on December 2, 2017 and continues through March 1, 2018, pushed the printmaking media in new and exciting directions. From vibrant biomorphic forms and primitive marks to lively calligraphic gestures and bold color-field patterning, the works in American Abstraction highlight the evolution of abstract art in printmaking during two exciting decades.
These new-style printmakers began to take on some of the responsibilities of publishers and dealers, helping to streamline the production and distribution of artists’ prints. Artists formerly rooted in the solitary studio practices of Abstract Expressionist painting began to collaborate regularly with master printmakers. Some, like Robert Motherwell, even established their own workshops. In California, the emergence of collaborative presses helped to rescue lithography from virtual extinction—which in turn made abstract prints readily available to American collectors.
The American Abstraction exhibition features 23 works by 13 artists. Most are drawn from the splendid gift of Judith and Stephen Wertheimer to the Bruce Museum and include prints produced by Ernest de Soto of The Collectors Press Lithography Workshop and Irwin Hollander of Hollander’s Workshop.
“Thanks to Steven and Linda Wertheimer’s fantastic gift, the Museum’s print collection is home to some of the twentieth-century’s most influential artists,” says Elizabeth Smith, exhibition curator and 2017-18 Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow.
All of the prints in American Abstraction are from the Museum’s permanent collection, and many are being exhibited at the Bruce for the first time. Also on display is Alexander Calder’s color lithograph Abe Ribicoff (1974), a gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein and Carl Spielvogel; and Louise Nevelson’s Totem’s Presents (1965), an etching and aquatint that is a gift of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Stamford, CT.
“Printmaking is often overshadowed by other mediums that artists were working in during 1960s and ’70s,” says Smith. “Art critics and historians of the time debated action painting or minimalist sculpture, but printmaking was seldom discussed in academic circles. I wanted to demonstrate that it was just as important in the development of abstract art through the post-war era and beyond.”
Presented in the Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery, this exhibition is underwritten by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.
The Bruce Museum is located in a park setting just off I-95, exit 3, at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is also a 5-minute walk from the Metro-North Greenwich Station. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at brucemuseum.org.
Stanley William Hayter (English, 1901 – 1988) Eros, 1970. Colored etching.
Printed by The Collectors Press Lithography Workshop, San Francisco.
Gift of Judith and Stephen Wertheimer, Bruce Museum Collection 2011.11.05.
This year consider supporting local ossining artist Lindsey Francis and getting unique handmade gifts for your family and friends!
Lindsey’s holiday ornaments are back for the 2017 season starting at $8! You can either check out her shop on her website or visit and follow her on Etsy directly by searching for her shop, More Than Muddy!
Lindsey is also taking orders for custom watercolor portraits! Send her a photo and she will turn your special images into watercolor portraits! Created on acid free paper with high quality gouache these portraits will last for years without color fade. Costs will vary dependent on size of portrait desired. Visit her website or send her an email for more information!
All custom holiday orders must be placed by December 12 to receive them in time for Christmas.
The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s (darienarts.org) dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at their annual production, ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.
The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”
This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.
Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Show times are December 9, 10, 16 and 17 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. Call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.
Additionally, ages 6-11 attending Saturday, December 9th performances of the Nutcracker may want to participate in the Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop in the DAC Visual Arts Studio from 1-3p.m. Participants will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends. Fee for the workshop is $40, with no registration fee.Register for the workshop at darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.
Add some sparkle to your holiday season with a magical adventure into a glittering world of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” presented by Seven Star School of Performing Arts. Perfect for young audiences and the young at heart; follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Performances will be held at the Brewster High School Performing Arts Center at 50 Foggintown Road in Brewster, NY on Friday, December 15th at 6:30 PM; Saturday, December 16th at 3 PM & 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 17th at 3 PM. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and $20 at the door. Discounts for Senior Citizens (65+) and Girl Scouts are available for pre-sale tickets by December 6th. Tickets are available at Seven Star School of Performing Arts 509 Route 312 in Brewster, NY.
Visit www.SevenStarSchool.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 278-0728 for more information.
Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2017
Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular. Join in on the festive holiday fun every weekend in December as you walk through a Winter Wonderland themed MINILAND searching for LEGO® presents in a bricktastic scavenger hunt. Help the LEGO delivery truck get all of the hidden presents delivered by the holiday for a chance to win a family four pack of Annual Passes. Snap a photo with our custom holiday themed builds created by Master Model Builder Anthony Maddoloni and enjoy winter and holiday themed mosaic builds in the Master Builder Academy. All visitors receive a Limited Edition Collector Holiday LEGO® Brick. Annual Pass Members can keep warm with a free hot chocolate every weekend.
Starting at $15.95; children under 2 are FREE.
Sat: 10am – 9pm; Sun: 10am – 7pm.
Research continues to emphasize the positive effects that this Japanese practice has on our health. Join us for a meditative, slowly-paced walk led by an experienced guide through Teatown’s meadows and woodlands. For Adults. Members Free, Non-members $7. Programs require pre-registration. To register, visit teatown.eventbrite.com or call 914-762-2912 x 110.
Kol Rinah, the Jewish Chorale of Westchester, presents its Chanukah concert on December 17th at 11:30. Join us for an uplifting concert of music from the psalms to pop, and from holiday to Broadway in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish — followed by refreshments, of course!
Tickets available at the door, or purchase tickets at a discount online at www.kolrinahchorale.org .
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or (914) 243-9059.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, December 17, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Science Sunday: Time in the Marine Tank. A drop-in program for children ages 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Free with admission; no advance registration required.
A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required.
Join us for a hands-on experience in our marine tank as we explore the animals of the Long Island Sound.