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).
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.
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Cost: $199 (includes materials – Positive Discipline book, parent workbook and tool cards) $339 couple with shared materials. Scholarships are available based on financial need.
Five Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 PM, March 14, March 21,March 28, April 4, April 25
There will be no class 4/11 or 4/18.
Class will be co-facilitated by Carol Dores and Christina Cameron.
FIRST AREA THEATRE PRESENTATION OF NEWSIES COMING TO STAMFORD
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…that’s the story of Disney’s hit musical, Newsies, which will play in Stamford, February 2 through 24, in Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre.
Based on a 1992 film of the same name, the story was inspired by the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City. It pits Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys against Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, as he tries to make a profit at the expense of the boys who sell his newspaper. The musical, which premiered in 2011, features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein.
“We were overjoyed that Curtain Call was selected as one of the first community theatres in the country to be licensed to present this terrific musical,” said Curtain Call executive director Lou Ursone. “Most people love a good David and Goliath-type story, and Newsies is all that plus, it’s loaded with a terrific score,” Ursone added. The audience and the characters alike will rejoice at the end of the show as the Newsies triumph over the evil businessmen. “And yes, there’s some great dancing in this show. All in all, it’s a perfect, ‘feel-good’ musical the entire family can enjoy together,” said Ursone. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.
Among the many fictional elements of the show is the character of Katherine Plumber, a young reporter who serves as a love interest for Jack. As a woman reporter during a time when the industry was dominated by men, Plumber is also standing up for herself and fighting for a cause. A great role model for young women, even today.
The creative team behind this production, in addition to Ursone, includes long-time Curtain Call artists: Gail Yudain – director; Eric K. Johnston – music director; Karen Casagrande – choreographer; Peter Barbieri, Jr. – set design; Adam Lobelson – lighting design; and Megan Latte Ormond – costume design. The stage management team is led by Stacy Lupo. Ursone called the production his A-Team and is thrilled with how rehearsals are progressing.
Curtain Call’s cast of 49 includes, from STAMFORD: Tommy DeSalvo, Jainee Didonato, Stephen Emerick, Frankie Isola, Mike Kraus, Tessa Kurtz, Joshua Leferman, Justin McArthur, Matt McArthur, Michael McArthur, Sean Pultz, Maya Sank; from NORWALK: Ann Alford, Rob Ayala, Chris Balestriere, Mike DeSalvo, Nicole DiBlasio, Scott Ferrara, James Hobayan, Kelly Kinas, Gavin McGee, Nikki Monahan, Emily Rybnick, Daniella Sawyer; from WESTPORT: Seth Barkan, Lillie Bukzin, Matt Bukzin; from WILTON: Stephen DiRocco, Kevin Sell; from GREENWICH: Will Armstrong, Kevin Gillespie, Skye Gillespie, Savannah Miller; from BRIDGEPORT: Monica Harrington, Everton Ricketts; from TRUMBULL: Nicholas Ferreira, Danny Randazzo; from FAIRFIELD: Madeleine Tommins; from MILFORD: Trisha Carr McCoy; from STRATFORD: Dante DiFederico; from WATERTOWN: Jennifer Beveridge; from KATONAH, NY: Vic Sauerhof; from RYE, NY: Bob Praid.
“I always enjoy watching our shows in rehearsal, but the energy coming from this cast as they have been working on the staging and choreography has made me want to watch every moment that I can,” said Ursone.
Newsies will play in The Kweskin Theatre from February 2 through 24, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Regular prices are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.50 for children (up to age 21). Thursday evenings – all seats $25. Doors open for seating one half hour before show time. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30%. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com. (As of press time, matinees are already sold out – check with the theatre about possible extra performances.)
“Color Chases Winter Into Spring” is the title of a new show by Jan McLean opening Monday, February 5 at the Morris Art Gallery, Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. The show runs through April 13 and is part of the Accessible Art Project presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
Using paint, paper, fabric, fiber, found objects and all manner of acrylic gels and mediums, mixed media artist Jan McLean invites us to banish the winter blahs with her vibrant and whimsical depictions of places not quite known and imagined. Sure to make you smile.
An opening reception will be held in the Maria Parloa community room on Saturday, February 10 from 1 – 2:30 pm. Snow date is Saturday, February 17th.
The Morris Gallery is located on the library’s 2nd floor. Opening hours are M-W-Th 10-8; Tu-F-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5. Entrance and parking are on School Street.
Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Jeremy Holmes: New Sculpture,” the first solo exhibition of the artist at the gallery. The show will open with a public reception on February 10th, 4-6pm, and will run through March 17th.
Holmes engages the viewer with beautiful abstract three-dimensional forms created out of natural wood. Using traditional wood-working techniques, he starts by soaking 12-foot long planks to make the naturally rigid material more malleable. Improvising as he works, Holmes bends, twists and coils the slabs into graceful sinewy forms, then joins them to become stunning free-standing or wall-mounted sculptures. He stains them with color or leaves them natural with a clear resin finish. On view will be new free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures in addition to a large site-specific installation. Made of white ash, this singular 200-foot structure will activate the gallery space as it hangs suspended from the ceiling and walls. Holmes has been working with wood since earning his BFA a decade ago, and has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions here and abroad. An important part of his artistic practice consists of making large, temporary site-specific installations such as the one he will create for the exhibition. In addition to having his work featured in various publications, Holmes has been a guest lecturer and artist in residence, and has been the recipient of numerous awards.
Heather Gaudio Fine Art specializes in emerging and established artists, offering painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture. The gallery provides a full-range of art advisory services, from forming and maintaining a collection, to securing secondary market material, to assisting with framing and installation. The focus is on each individual client, selecting art that best serves his or her vision, space, and resources. The six exhibitions offered every year are designed to present important talent and provide artwork appealing to a broad range of interests. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday; 10:30am to 5:30pm; and by appointment.
Kyle will be playing Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff as we continue our series of performances by young, classically trained musicians. Pianist Kyle Walker has been featured on WQXR radio, NPR and UNC-TV. Recent performances include his solo recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. He was awarded the 1st prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. He has also taken 1st prize in The National Talent Hunt of Omega Psi Phi, and the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Young Artist competitions.
Come enjoy a free screening of Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland on Sunday, February 25th at 3:00 PM
This film, based on the book by Miriam Horn of the Environmental Defense Fund, tells the story of the heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water. Afterwards there will be a short Q and A with Eric Pooley, senior VP of the Environmental Defense Fund and an advisor to the film
Presented by at Keeler Library in association with The North Salem Open Land Foundation
This program is free and open to all. No registration is required
If you have any questions, please call the library at 914-669-5161 or email at email@example.com
To learn about other programs we offer at the library, please visit our website: https://www.ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org/