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.
Well the cold air has finally arrived and with it The Annual Toys for Tots campaign around our area. We are very pleased to announce that this year The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum is an official drop off location!
Won’t you please consider a donation of an unwrapped new toy for a deserving child in our area? Toys for Tots is a wonderful organization that has been spreading joy and love to countless children since 1947 and we are proud to help this year!
We are accepting donations during business hours (Thurs. Sat. Sun. 10-5pm) starting immediately and running through Dec. 17th. Have a lot to donate or can’t make it when we’re open, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time or pickup location.
Let’s help make this a wonderful holiday season for all our community children & thank you all for your support and donations.
Sinai Free Synagogue is a multi-generational community devoted to lifelong learning.
Sinai Free Synagogue’s diverse creative educational community is having a special Open House on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 9:30 to 10:30 as we celebrate Chanukah. Come join us as we spend an hour socializing, eating, and playing dreidel! We welcome new families to take part in this festive event and learn more about our special temple. Children can help make latkes and chocolate lollipops, play dreidel, eat donuts, and create frames for photos we will take during the hour long celebration. Parents and grand-parents in the greater Jewish community are invited to bring their children for this fun festival of lights celebration.
For more information, please contact the temple office, 914-664-1727, or email: email@example.com
ALL ARE INVITED to a bi-lingual, Spanish-English Christmas celebration and worship service at First Baptist Church of White Plains, 456 North Street. The joint service with Misión Bautista Hispana de Westchester begins at 11am and includes a children’s Christmas pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth. A free, community lunch follows. Live Nativity animals (donkeys, goats, an alpaca) outside. Parking in the church lots.
QUEREMOS INVITARLES a nuestro servicio bilingüe (Inglés-Español) celebrando la Navidad en la First Baptist Church of White Plains. Será un servicio de adoración unido a la Misión Bautista Hispana de Westchester, comenzando a las 11:00am e incluye un drama de niños narrando la historia del nacimiento de Jesús. Compartiremos almuerzo y también tendremos animales de la Natividad como burros, cabras y una alpaca. Tenemos estacionamiento disponible totalmente gratuito.
First Baptist Church of White Plains
Misión Bautista Hispana de Westchester
456 North Street, corner Bryant Avenue
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.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (“The Comedy of Errors”).
National Theatre Live lets you experience the best of British Theatre, recorded live in London and rebroadcast in spectacular digital HD on the big screen.
The holidays have found a new rocking tradition! Emmy winner and Grammy-and-Tony- nominated Rob Mathes, a Greenwich, Connecticut resident, returns to the Schimmel stage with his band of all-star musicians including instrumentalists from Saturday Night Live and the Late Show with David Letterman. Come for an afternoon of funk- and R&B-laden original tunes, holiday classics, and audience favorites to put you in the spirit of the season. Rob Mathes has worked professionally with U2, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Sting. With friends like his, you never know who could show up!
Tickets start at $29
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY
Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.
The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.
Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 753-0457.