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.
“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.
Families Network of Western CT will hold their annual fundraising event, The Dr. Robert C. and Nancy Joy Luncheon, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 11:30am-2:00pm at the Amber Room Colonnade.
This year’s highlights include: Guest Speaker Christopher Kukk, Ph.D.; Volunteer Recognition and Awards; Silent Auction; and the Above and Beyond Award Presentation.
Tickets are $35 per person or $500 per table.
The monies raised from this event will help sustain critical child abuse prevention and health promotion programs started by the Joys more than 20 years ago.
For ticket, sponsorship or in-kind donation information, please contact Families Network at 203-791-8773 or email@example.com.
Ballet des Amériques Performs at Tarrytown Music Hall
Ballet des Amériques has the pleasure of announcing their next performance at the Tarrytown Music Hall on April 25, 2018, at 7pm. Ballet des Amériques has been the resident dance company of the Tarrytown Music Hall since 2017.
A company on the rise, Ballet des Amériques is gaining media attention in the New York City area as well as internationally on online platforms and with articles in printed publications such as Air France magazine, Hook magazine and Westchester Magazine featuring Ballet des Amériques and Artistic Director Carole Alexis. Ballet des Amériques was also proclaimed Westchester’s premier dance company by the office of the County Executive.
The company will perform a diverse repertoire choreographed by Carole Alexis to the music of artists such as Mario Canonge and Maurice Ravel.
Become a part of the growing Ballet des Amériques community, and see the company perform locally in Westchester. The company is currently rehearsing and preparing for internationally touring in 2019.
Tickets for the performance range from $25 to $35 and may be purchased online by visiting www.tarrytownmusichall.org or by calling the Tarrytown Music Hall box office at 914-631-3390.
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.
Audubon CT’s Environmental Leadership Awards Benefit Dinner is held each Spring to honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.
Our 2018 Benefit, EXPERIENCE NATURE!, will take place Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6 – 10 p.m. at The Belle Haven Club in Greenwich. Audubon Connecticut is fortunate to be able to honor the following champions of conservation and the environment:
– B. Holt Thrasher – Current Trustee + Treasurer of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation & Former Chairman of National Audubon will receive the Audubon Connecticut Environmental Leadership Award
– Ted Gilman – Senior Naturalist & Education Specialist of Audubon Greenwich for 40 Years will receive the Katie O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award
6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. – Dinner + Program & Auction
Proceeds from this event support Audubon Connecticut.
Contributions in excess of $100.00 per guest are fully tax-deductible.
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE at: http://ct.audubon.org/environmental-leadership-awards-benefit
For questions, please contact Event Manager Beth Bobek at 203-524-4889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Teen Angel and friends are getting ready to bring you back to the fantastic 50s this April! GREASE, the stage play combined with music from the popular movie, will be performed April 26, 27 & 28 at Immaculate High School in Danbury. This production is great for children and adults of all ages and makes for a great family night! Tickets are now on sale and sell out quickly! Go to www.immaculatehs.org/grease to order tickets to a production that has entertained families for nearly 50 years. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating, $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Immaculate High School has won prestigious Halo and other awards for their dramas and musicals and this show will be performed with the same level of dedication, costumes/props and talent as before!
The McKinley School PTA kicks off its annual McKinley Elementary School Carnival Friday, April 27, 2018 at Fairfield’s Jennings Beach. This much anticipated town-wide event will run for three days, through Sunday, April 29, 2018.
FREE PARKING! – *PLEASE NOTE- THE ONLY ROUTE TO ENTER THE CARNIVAL IS DIRECTLY ON SOUTH BENSON ROAD. THERE IS NO SHORTCUT OR ANY OTHER WAY SO PLEASE DON’T USE THE SIDE ROADS.- THANK YOU!
The Carnival will offer traditional rides which would be suitable for toddlers to adults among many other attractions, through the PTA’s ongoing partnership with Stewart Amusements. The McKinley School Carnival will also offer hamburgers, hot dogs, cheese steaks, chicken fingers, French fries, and more. Carnival favorites, funnel cake, fried dough, ice cream, sandwiches and fried Oreos will also be offered through F&W Caterers. Wristbands will be sold throughout the carnival so that kids & adults can enjoy all the rides they want for one special price of $25. If just one or two rides is more your speed, single tickets will be also be sold.
The Carnival is the school’s biggest fundraiser and the PTA uses the Carnival’s proceeds to help fund cultural enrichment programs and sponsor educational field trips for McKinley Elementary School. This fun-for-all-ages event will offer families some traditional and affordable entertainment that all can enjoy close to home.
Mark your calendar: the Carnival’s dates and times are: Friday, April 27, 2018, 6 pm -10 pm, Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1 pm – 10 pm; and Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1 pm – 5 pm. For more information, please contact Janine Jaeger.
DAC Stage, in collaboration with The Lipstick Project, is producing the first ever all-female cast of Kander and Ebb’s musical, Cabaret. The show will open on April 27th and run three weekends at the DAC’s Weatherstone Studio. For this special production, Darien Arts Center Stage, the DAC’s community theatre group, has augmented their pool of talent with that of The Lipstick Project, an all-female theatre group from Darien and surrounding towns, with a mission of empowering women through artistic opportunity and expression.
The original Cabaret debuted on Broadway in 1966 and returned in 1998 for a successful six-year run. It takes place in a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close. A garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes audiences and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”
The DAC Stage production includes a cast of twenty-one and is directed by Carin Zakes and produced by Darien resident Nova Hall. Other Darien residents include musical director Dwayne Condon, ensemble members Susan Helms, Holly Jesperson, Amy Rissolo and Amy Wade, and Kit Kat girl Hilary Webster. Also cast in the musical are Julie-Thaxter-Gourlay as the Emcee, Abigail Henderson as Cliff, Rachel Schulte as Sally, Betty McCready as Fraulein Schneider, Marilyn Olsen as Herr Schultz, Megan Kellogg as Fraulein Kost and Shelley Lepetich as Ernst. Other Kit Kat dancers include Claire Kenny, Christina Kompar, Ashley Mondestin, Kelly Nayden, Sarah Sherwood, Grace Simmons and Justine Weisinger. Ensemble members also include Dina Fleishman and Angela Jackson.
The DAC is seeking funding for its production through The Impact Vine, an initiative founded by the Community Fund of Darien. The Impact Vine is an online giving platform that allows donors to support projects they are passionate about, and local nonprofits to raise funds for socially impactful projects in the community. Donations will help pay for musical direction, musicians and costuming. DAC Stage is hoping local residents will support this initiative in addition to attending the show, and is seeking $3100 in funding.
Cabaret is produced at the DAC by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Performances take place on April 27, 28, May 4, 5 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and on April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($25 for students and seniors), and are available at darienarts.org. To support the Darien Arts Center’s all-female production of Cabaret, please visit, theimpactvine.org. The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall. For questions, please call (203) 655-8683.
Come meet Summer Camp team and check out our terrific digital arts class space. The first 15 families to sign-in will receive a $25 off coupon for a full-day or half-day weekly camp session (1 per Family).
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… Donuts from Coffee ‘An Donuts will be served!