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.
Positive Directions- The Center for Prevention and Counseling in collaboration with Connecticut Renaissance, Inc. will be hosting the workshop, Gambling- What’s the Big Deal? at Westport Town Hall, Conference Room 201 on March 22 at 7 p.m. Free tickets are available at: https://gambling-whats-the-big-deal.eventbrite.com or by calling Positive Directions at (203) 227-7644. The workshop is designed to help people “have the conversation” about problem gambling. “We want to make people more aware that gambling can be a problem which may lead to addiction,” said Bob Vietro, Primary Therapist at Positive Directions. Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling, another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.
PAC audience favorite Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences, performing music at the highest level, challenging artistic boundaries, and inspiring the public.
Schubert and Prokofiev always followed their hearts and their ears, even when the world misunderstood them.
Schubert never had a symphony performed publicly in his lifetime, but he conjured masterful sounds in the “Unfinished” Symphony that he abandoned midway, inexplicably. Music from Rosamunde — one of his many failed attempts to break into the theater world— matches the intensity of the “Unfinished” Symphony, and may have actually begun as its finale.
Prokofiev endured his own rejections during his years of exile in Europe, especially once he turned toward a self-described “new simplicity.”
The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili brings her insightful perspective to Prokofiev’s elegant Second Violin Concerto, a work steeped in the crosscurrents between Russia and the West.
SCHUBERT Entr’acte No. 1 in B Minor from Rosamunde
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63
PROKOFIEV/CHIHARA Schubert Waltzes Suite
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”)
Join us at 7:15 for a pre-concert Artist Talk. Free with your ticket.
Tickets: $80 / $65 / $50 / $25
“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination,” Leatrice Eiseman, PANTONE Color Institute.
Zeitgeist is descending to downtown New Canaan this season with “18-3838”, a group exhibition featuring works by Charles Arnoldi, John Clement, Leah Durner, Matthew Heller, Madeleine Keesing, Martin Kline and Jill Moser. These artists have been gracing Heather Gaudio Fine Art’s roster with their personal styles and individual processes. Now, for the first time, they will be brought together to showcase a visually rich installation that is as dynamic as it is au courant. The exhibition will open with a public reception at 4-6pm on Saturday, March 24th and will run through May 5th.
Last December, PANTONE declared 18-3838 Ultra Violet as the official color of 2018. The blue-based purple pigment shade is known to evoke spiritual and meditative reflection, as well as elicit cosmic and futuristic outlooks. Culturally, it has also been associated with individuality and acts of rebelliousness. Never stagnant, Ultra Violet is original, enigmatic and it is only natural that it draws the creative mind. It is therefore no accident that the artists in this show have gravitated to this color over the course of their careers. Works in this exhibition date from the last two decades, the most recent completed before 18-3838 became the official color of 2018.
The artists in this exhibition have achieved a defined style through a skilled understanding and use of the material and its properties, their subject matter emerging from the gesture. Whether as painters using encaustic, enamel or other pigments in liquid form, or as printmakers or sculptors, they share an exploration of abstraction and ideas. Starting with contemplation and meditating on their processes, these artists then allow for chance to play an integral part in the overall compositional structure. One outlier in the group may not fully conform to this description, however, his work manages to find an entry point to the show thematically. These artists invoke a confluence of the current spirit unified by the thought-provoking purple shade.
Carole Alexis and her Ballet des Amériques dance company invite you to the third evening of the fourth season of
Evenings of Dance in Port Chester
March 24, 7pm
Ballet des Amériques, 16 King Street, Port Chester, NY 10573 (conveniently located next to the Metro North commuter train station – a short ride from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan)
Suggested donation at the door: $20
THE BIJOU THEATRE & VAGABOND THEATRE CO IN ASSOCIATION WITH SATURDAY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT A SCREENING OF: SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON
Followed by a Q&A w/ Executive Producer Jeffrey Deskovic, Donna Hylton & Professor Michael Mushlin
Moderated by Wayne Keely and Stephanie Lyons-Keeley of Someday Productions
About the film:
You’re more likely to go to prison in the USA than any other country in the world, so in the unfortunate case it happens to you, this is the SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON. Following the stories of two innocent men who spent decades behind bars for murders they did not commit. Gripping testimony from inmates, guards, staff, cops, analysts, lawyers and reformers, SURVIVORS GUIDE exposes the failed “punishment model” and examines the dramatic programs proven to work.
Executive Produced by Susan Sarandon and Steve DeVore. Directed by Oscar Nominated Matthew Cooke (Deliver Us From Evil, How To Make Money Selling Drugs). Produced by David Arquette, Christina Arquette, Gina Belafonte, Jesse Williams, and Danny Trejo.
Featuring: Busta Rhymes, Ice T, Chuck D, Q Tip, RZA, B Real, Deepak Chopra, Van Jones, Patricia Arquette, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Macklemore, Cynthia Nixon, and the list goes on.
This film has not been rated by the MPAA
Thursday March 29 @ 8pm At The Historic Bijou Theatre
Advance Tickets just $10 / $15 at the door
Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con)
The Bleeding Control for the Injured (Stop the Bleed) course was developed by NAEMT’s PHTLS Committee with leadership provided by Dr. Peter Pons and Dr. Norman McSwain. The course was developed in response to efforts by the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to increase collaboration between law enforcement, EMS and the fire service in responding to active shooter/IED/mass casualty events. Stop the Bleed(B-Con) is consistent with the recommendations of the Hartford Consensus on Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events with the knowledge that most incidents are in home accidents (this is covered in the material).
What the course will cover:
-Assessment by medical providers
-Transport to definitive care
The Hartford Consensus Group recommends that the response to a traumatic incident, whether involving an active shooter or some other cause of injury, in fact begins with bystander response. It is with this in mind that the B-Con course was developed and is now being offered.
This new 2 ½ hour course teaches participants the basic life-saving medical interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe. The course is designed for NON tactical law enforcement officers, firefighters, security personnel, teachers and other civilians requiring this basic training.At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:
-Explain the rationale for early use of a tourniquet for life-threatening extremity bleeding.
-Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.
-Describe the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage.
-Describe appropriate airway control techniques
-Demonstrate the correct application of a topical hemostatic dressing (combat gauze)
National Bleeding Control day Saturday March 31 2018
2 separate classes will be held:
1000 am and 230pm Promptly
There is no cost for this class. It is provided as a Community Service from Stratford EMS
Class size per session limited to 30 students.
Please Click on link below to Register for this class:
1000 AM SESSION
2:30 PM SESSION
Choreographer and retired dancer Victor Quijada founded RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) as a vehicle to manifest his unique choreographic identity through the creation of powerful and innovative dance works.
The company reconciles the spontaneity, fearlessness and risk-taking of hip-hop culture with the refinement and choreographic maturity of the ballet. Beating with the fresh pulse of street attitude and an acute understanding of theatrical staging, Quijada’s choreographies explore human relationships by harnessing the ardor of obsession, the shock of violence, and the delicate nature of tenderness, comedy, and tragedy with a great deal of honesty and courage.
Tickets: $57.50 / $55 / $35
The horn driven powerhouse band What It Is at The Stamford Diner: Something different: “What It Is” playing a dinner set! Some of our familiar material played “unplugged” style along with some jazz and standards that we don’t usually get to play in the dance clubs. Good food. Good night out for the price of dinner only. Reservations required. Call asap: 203.348.7000.
Before you can spot the 200 species of birds that call Audubon Greenwich home for some part of the year, it all starts with the basics. Following an indoor introduction to Ornithology as well as to the tools and skills used in bird study, enjoy an afternoon walk to discover the wonders of bird watching. This class will also cover how to best use binoculars, guides, and on-line resources that help make birding so much fun!
RSVP required to Ted Gilman at 203-930-1353 or email@example.com