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Jan
20
Sat
Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Jan 20 – Jun 3 all-day
Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

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).

Jan
27
Sat
Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – May 20 @ 5:00 pm
Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

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.

Mar
24
Sat
“18-3838” Group Exhibition @ Heather Gaudio Fine Art Tickets
Mar 24 – May 5 all-day
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“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.

Mar
25
Sun
Exhbit: “City Lives, Country Living”, photographs by Jeffery Friedkin @ The Donald Gallery Tickets
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Exhbit: "City Lives, Country Living", photographs by Jeffery Friedkin @ The Donald Gallery |  |  |

“City Lives, Country Living” in Dobbs Ferry features photographer Jeffery Friedkin’s photographs of New York life and the lush rural landscapes of the Hudson River Valley region. March 25 – May 6, 2018. Free opening reception on March 25, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery .

Exhibit: “City Lives, Country Living”, Photographs by Jeff Friedkin @ The Donald Gallery Tickets
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Exhibit: "City Lives, Country Living", Photographs by Jeff Friedkin @ The Donald Gallery |  |  |

“City Lives, Country Living” in Dobbs Ferry features photographer Jeffery Friedkin’s photographs of New York life and the lush rural landscapes of the Hudson River Valley region. March 25 – May 6, 2018. Free opening reception on March 25, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery .

Apr
12
Thu
Rockland Free Fair @ Palisades Center Tickets
Apr 12 – Apr 29 all-day
Rockland Free Fair @ Palisades Center |  |  |

This family-fun event features exciting sideshow acts under the big top, a petting zoo, favorite fair food, carnival games and midway rides for all ages.

There is no charge for fair parking and admission, including the Records and Burpee Children’s Zoo and the World of Wonders Amazement Show, starring sword swallowers, fire eaters, knife throwers, escape artists and more. Showtimes are 7 and 9 pm weekdays and 3, 7 and 9 pm weekends.

Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $25 Monday – Thursday, $30 Friday – Sunday, or 2 weekday wristbands for $30 online in advance (until 5 pm Thurs., April 12).

Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. Rides take 3 or more tickets each.

Visit the website for coupon savings on rides and food.

Fair hours are 5 to 11 pm Monday – Friday and noon to 11 pm Saturday – Sunday. The petting zoo closes daily at 10 pm.

For more information, call 866-666-3247.

Apr
19
Thu
Temple Israel of New Rochelle An Adult Education Course – Wandering Jews @ Temple Israel of New Rochelle Tickets
Apr 19 @ 11:30 am – Jun 21 @ 11:30 am
Temple Israel of New Rochelle An Adult Education Course - Wandering Jews @ Temple Israel of New Rochelle |  |  |

Adult Education Course

Apr
21
Sat
P H O T O ‘1 8 @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art Tickets
Apr 21 – Jun 2 all-day
P H O T O  '1 8 @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art |  |  |

New exhibition: April 21 – June 2, 2018
Reception: Saturday evening, April 21, 6:30 – 8:00, public invited
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:30 and by appointment

P H O T O ‘1 8
Adrien Broom, Lisa A. Frank, Carlos Gamez de Francisco and Jeffrey Sturges

Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present P H O T O ‘1 8, our annual exhibition focusing on contemporary photography.

Adrien Broom is storyteller. Rather than photographing the world as it is, the artist creates her own realm and tells the stories she imagines. Broom’s work is deeply rooted in fairy tales and mythology, her vivid childhood imaginings focused through a sophisticated adult lens. In her most recent series Broom travelled to Yorkshire’s 18th-century Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private home in Britain. For two weeks, the artist and a small troupe of models and assistants worked in the lavish home’s labyrinthine rooms to create a series of magical images. In one, a lone woman stands in an empty room, her ethereal, glowing gown lit by 1100 LEDs that the artist sewed into the fabric. In others, fog drifts and settles indoors, conflating reality and dreams; light and atmosphere become characters as essential to the narrative as the human figure.

Broom earned a BA in Computer Animation at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, studied in Fine Arts in Italy, followed by Fine and Decorative Art History at Christie’s in London. Her work has been shown in the US, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Italy. It has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post and numerous other publications.

Lisa A. Frank’s large-scale photographs are kaleidoscopic multilayered images of nature, architecture and man-made design. Each composition’s complex patterns are composed from the artist’s deep archive of her own photographs; the images are digitally collaged and arranged in patterns that take cues from historic wallpaper designs, sometimes including elaborately constructed trompe l’oeil mouldings, wainscoting, friezes, borders, swags and other architectural detailing. Densely ornamental, the work draws upon the artist’s background as a textile designer as well as the archives of Britain’s Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century. The ability of these patterns to endlessly tile creates the potential for multiple sized works ranging from large individual prints to full room installations.

The artist was awarded the MacDowell Colony’s Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow in photography. Frank was a Senior Research Fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the first artist/collaborator to be given this distinction. At the University of Wisconsin, Frank is currently part of the Discovery to Product (D2P) incubator program, through which she’s developing virtual reality content based on her two-dimensional photography. Frank has an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin and has completed extensive graduate work at Yale University, New Haven, CT and School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. The artist lives and works in Wisconsin.

For this exhibition, Carlos Gamez de Francisco presents his project The Power of the Powerless. Shot entirely in Cuba, this work is an inquiry into the problematic and subjective notion of power and the historical role of portraits in society. For centuries, portrait painting was a status symbol used by the bourgeoisie to demonstrate and preserve their image as wealthy and powerful. The models, posed in classical postures with majestic lighting and apparent sumptuous costumes, are in fact ordinary Cubans wearing everyday objects found in their homes. This series is born from the artists need to recast the people of Cuba, people who live in poverty, people with special needs, and people of diverse races and genders. The images present an uncertainty of what real power means and where it lies. Through these critical issues, often unspoken, Gamez de Francisco deconstructs the symbols of power, replacing them with hope: the hope to be, the power to succeed, and the desire to be remembered.

Carlos Gamez de Francisco was born in post-revolutionary Cuba in 1987 in a climate of art censorship and limited access to information. The artist was educated in an academic style heavily influenced by the Russian Academy. Gamez de Francisco earned degrees from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and The Jose Marti Fine Arts School, Holguin, Cuba. The Art Institute of Chicago honored Gamez de Rodriguez with an Ox Bow Merit Scholarship, a Distinguished Scholarship Grant, and a Travel Scholarship. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout Cuba and the United States. Gamez de Francisco has work in the permanent collections of 21c Museum, Louisville, KY, Metro Hall, Louisville, KY and Cuba Ocho Museum and Performing Art Center in Miami, FL. The artist lives and works in Cuba and Louisville, KY.

Jeffrey Sturges’ photographs focus attention on the singular presence of familiar objects. Sturges arranges objects such as a potted plant, venetian blinds or florescent light fixtures into formal, still life photographs with a minimalist aesthetic. Scale plays an important role in Sturges photographs, his objects are depicted life-size. This adherence to reality amplifies each object’s presence and affirms the connection we have to familiar objects in our lives. Sturges’ photographs are technically masterful, their absolute clarity bestowing a cool and rational lucidity to his work.

Sturges earned his MFA at SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY and his BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. His work has been shown widely in the US, in Switzerland and New Zealand.

Digital exhibition catalogue available online.

Please contact the gallery for images and additional information or to arrange a preview of the exhibition.

We maintain an extensive inventory in our lower-level warehouse that includes a private presentation room. We always have a wide selection of paintings, drawings, prints, monoprints and photographs to offer collectors.

In-home or in-office consultations are complimentary. Artwork may be seen on approval. Delivery and installation available.

Kenise Barnes, director: Kenise@kbfa.com
Lani Holloway, gallery manager: Lani@kbfa.com
B. Avery Syrig, sales support and admin. assistant: Avery@kbfa.com

Apr
24
Tue
Local Leaders With Impact Panel Discussion @ Fifth Floor Center Auditorium Tickets
Apr 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Local Leaders With Impact Panel Discussion @ Fifth Floor Center Auditorium |  |  |

Volunteer New York! invites you to join us for a morning session with the current participants of Leadership Westchester as they are introduced to several local leaders from different sectors with a deep impact in our community. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge but registration is required.

Panel discussion will be moderated by Alisa H. Kesten (LW’05), Executive Director, Volunteer New York!

Panelists:

Ken Jenkins, Westchester County Deputy Executive
Raymond Sanchez, Ossining Schools Superintendent
Rev. Kymberly E. McNair, Associate Minister at Antioch Baptist Church & Minister for Community Education at Bedford Presbyterian Church
William M. Mooney Jr., Westchester County Association President & CEO

Schedule:

8:30 – Coffee & mingling
9:00 – Panel presentation
10:00 – Q & A
10:20 – Wrap Up

There is no cost but advanced reservations are required.

Apr
25
Wed
Mercy College 37th Annual Trustees’ Scholarship Dinner @ Glen Island Harbour Club Tickets
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mercy College 37th Annual Trustees’ Scholarship Dinner @ Glen Island Harbour Club |  |  |

This year the College honors Joseph P. Carlucci, Vice Chairman of the Mercy College Board of Trustees and Partner at Cuddy & Fedder, LLP for the Community Leadership Award; Johnson & Johnson for the Community Partnership Award; Cynthia A. Rubino ’82, President and CEO of YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester for the Alumni Achievement Award; Nicoll Baez ’18 for the Inaugural Award for Student Achievement; and Mercy College Assistant Professor Gary Bernstein, retired Vice President of Finance, IBM for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To purchase tickets, please contact the Mercy College Office of Institutional Advancement at (914) 674-7812 or RSVP online at www.mercy.edu/td2018.