Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, June 10, 2018. New Exhibition. Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War. Highlighting the variety of approaches that government agencies used to encourage participation in and support for World War I, the exhibition features a selection of vintage posters donated to the Bruce Museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III.
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.
The winter exhibit at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words” features artists’ renderings that convey storytelling. The exhibit runs through May 11, 2018. The Gallery is located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space, 11 North Water Street in Norwalk, CT.
“Worth A Thousand Words”, curated by Nadia Martinez, features works of art that communicate complex ideas in images. The 32 pieces in the exhibit show artists’ stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. Exhibiting artists include local artists Day Moore from Milford, Bobbie Bernstein of Westport, Gregory Ziebell of Norwalk and Carol M. Battin from Stamford.
The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Enjoy a gallery tour and scholarly presentation at 7:00pm by Dr. Peter Bayers, Director of American Studies at Fairfield University.
Journey back in time to the early days of the New World and explore the dynamics between new settlers and Native Americans through Pequot Library’s Special Collections. This exhibition features a selection of the Library’s rare books held in Southport and on long-term loan at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, including “The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, in the Mohawk language,” William Hubbard’s 1677 discourse on the Pequot War, and an early catechism for young children. Materials on native languages and colonial New England life offer insight into the intersection of two cultures in Fairfield and beyond.
Items on view include primers, language studies, and histories of local, state, and New England life. This exhibit follows on the “return visit” of the Columbus letter (1493) to Pequot in the fall of 2015 offering an imagined view of the early days as counterpoint to life as we know it today.
This exhibition was made possible in part through a generous gift in memory of Richard M. Carpenter and the Constance C. Baker Rare Book Fund.
The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Abstract Reflections” featuring the mesmerizing abstract art of New York City painter, Caroline O’Callaghan. Her exhibit runs March 1 – 31. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com
NEW CANAAN, CT – Sorelle Gallery Fine Art celebrates its first exhibition of 2018 with ‘OPALINE: Works by Teodora Guererra and Dmitri Wright’, accompanied by a designer vignette, ‘STATEMENT PIECES’, by I.M. SMITTEN of Trumbull, CT. On Display: March 1st – April 3rd.
Teodora Guererra’s abstract artistic vision evolved throughout time spent painting and teaching in Fairfield County, Connecticut; Tucson, Arizona; and upstate New York. Arizona’s naturally radiant landscape and arid climate led her to experiment with rich under-painting and vivid color; while the shifting East Coast seasons inspired her dripping and staining techniques. Important artistic influences include Pat Steir and Morris Louis.
Dmitri Wright is a painter, master art instructor, inspirational speaker, and poet. His classical academic training in the foundations used by the Renaissance and Impressionist masters is evident in his work as an American ‘Expressionist Impressionist’. His melodic brushstrokes and unexpected palette are results of extensive plein air painting in Italy’s Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, France’s Provence Cote d’Azur, and New England’s coastline. Affluent study at Cooper Union, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts; along with strong artistic mentors (Samuel Brecher, Rueben Tam, Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet) also influence his lyrical landscape paintings.
Presenting STATEMENT PIECES: A DESIGNER VIGNETTE BY I.M. SMITTEN
I.M. Smitten was founded to offer custom artisan furniture that makes a statement. From mid-century modern and contemporary to transitional styles, I.M. Smitten brings their unique furnishings and rare findings of the world; hand-carvings, doors and shutters that are blended with modern materials to form custom cabinetry, unique walls and dividers, interior and sliding doors, accent tables and artisan headboards. Transform any room with their one-of-kind pieces that can be customized and hand-finished to meet design specifications. Their inspiration derives from annual excursions to Southeast Asia combined with the vision of their Creative Director, Holly Sutton-Darr. It is their mission to inspire designers to redefine living spaces, to bridge local artists with their craftsman, to offer the most unique products and the finest quality of furniture, made locally, in Connecticut.
Exhibiting at the Carriage Barn Arts Center is New Canaan High School’s 6th annual Through Our Eyes exhibition. The exhibit is on view from March 9th to March 24th. Opening reception is on Friday, March 9th from 5 – 7pm with live music performed by New Canaan High School Musicians.
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sat. 10am-3pm & Sun. 1-5pm
The Excellence in Education Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of both Stamford’s business community and the devoted individuals who help our students perform better, both in school and beyond into post-secondary education and the working world. The night includes a presentation of the awards as well as a networking reception featuring a silent auction and a tasting celebration of beer from Two Roads Brewery, wine from Domaine Bousquet Winery, and specially-selected hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds benefit SPEF’s educational programs including its nationally-recognized flagship program, the Stamford Mentoring Program.
West Rocks Middle School Drama Club presents Annie Jr.
March 22, 2018 7PM
March 23, 2018 7PM
March 24, 2018 2PM
All Tickets $10
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyones favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
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.