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.
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.
Story Times led by Rachel Izes.
Lap Time for Pipsqueaks (6-18 Months)
10:30am, Tuesday, March 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30am, Friday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Little Folks & Friends (18 Months-3 Years)
10:30am, Wednesday, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Read More Threes & Fours (3+ Years)
1pm, Tuesday, March 6, 13, 20, 27
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CareMount Medical P.C., the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State, will host a Career Fair on Thursday, March 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Mount Kisco, located at 1 Holiday Inn Drive, Mount Kisco, NY 10549. Clinical and non-clinical opportunities are available for those interested in full-time, part-time and per diem work at CareMount Medical’s locations in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster counties. Candidates should bring copies of their résumé to the fair for an immediate interview. If unable to attend, résumés may be submitted to email@example.com.
Positions to be filled include:
• Payroll Professionals
• Contact Center Agents
• Administrative Support
• Insurance Pre-certification and Verification
• Medical Records
• Charge Capture Specialists
• Certified Medical Billers and Coders (CPC)
• HCC Coders
• Accounting / Finance / Payroll
• Information Technology
• Learning Services – Corporate Training
Clinical (Multiple Specialties):
• Certified Medical Assistants
• Licensed Practical Nurses
• Registered Nurses
• Nurse Managers
• Physician Assistants
• Nurse Practitioners
• Certified Midwives
• Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
• Technologists: X-Ray, Mammography, Ultra Sound, MRI
• EEG Technicians
• Certified Ophthalmic Assistants / Technicians
• Laboratory Technicians
For more information on the career fair, go to: www.caremountmedical.com/careerfair. To learn more about all of CareMount Medical’s career opportunities, go to: www.caremountmedical.com/careers.
Registration Closes – Monday, March 19th
In 2015, postpartum depression left Brooke searching for an identity beyond parenting and partnering. Like many, she felt a sexier self-was underneath her other roles but no one was helping her, nor her peers, access it. Brooke decided to give moms just like her what they secretly craved: honest, open conversation about the struggles of staying sexy amid the craziness of a busy life. Brooke connects with women quickly and potently. Why? Because she’s just like them: a frazzled mom, a busy wife, a woman who struggles with her post-baby body daily. Her blog, social media posts and speaking engagements produce an inspiring chorus of “me toos!” from women across the country who are desperate to be heard, understood and most of all, lifted up. Having formerly run marketing & promotions at top women’s magazines like InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar and O, The Oprah Magazine, Brooke leverages her former role as a fashion and beauty influencer to not only change women’s sex lives but to change women themselves. Oh yeah, and she’s addicted to vibrators.
Brooke will offer guests really easy, really attainable ideas for growing their sexual self-confidence – both inside and outside the bedroom. She will outline 5 simple ways to unlock your sexiest self and then showcase gorgeous and effective play things that will help guests actually DO what she suggests. Mainly she targets moms and their particular struggles but can certainly address ALL women.
Brad Bruckner is hosting a comedy birthday bash with proceeds going to benefit Make A Wish Foundation!!
On the show are comedians, Chrissie Mayr, Teddy Smith, Tom McCaffrey, and Scott Blakeman!
Be sure to check out Lucys Laugh Lounge on Facebook and Twitter!
Tickets can be purchased here- https://www.lucyslaughlounge.com/events/brad-bruckners-birthday-show-1200pm
Workshop size: 20 kids
Registration Closes – Friday, March 16th
Yay! Spring is officially here!
In this workshop, each Lil’ Dreamer will create a Springtime puppet monster to chase away the last traces of winter. Using a variety of paper manipulation techniques, artists will have fun using their imagination to dream up what their own springtime monster would look like if they were to come across one. Artists will consider personalities monsters might have (scary, silly, spooky, etc.) and will learn how they might match and combine collage techniques (textures of paper, ways of changing paper with their hands and scissors, etc) in order to depict features of their monsters.