Calendar of Events

Jan
21
Sun
Printmaking Workshop – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Using the work of Robert Rauschenberg as inspiration, learn to combine objects and images into a printed work in this printmaking workshop intensive. Roxanne Faber Savage will demonstrate how to create a powerful image using collage, xerox printing, monoprints, transfers, paints and more. Materials will be provided. Class size limited.

Instructor Roxanne Faber Savage is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist who uses printmaking as her primary medium.

Presented in conjunction with Ruminations: Robert RauschenbergRobert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) is an American Modern Master and is celebrated as a forerunner of the Pop Art movement. Rauschenberg was engaged with the print medium since the early 1960s, and with Jasper Johns, is identified as starting the contemporary print renaissance. Rauschenberg’s work incorporates found objects with expressionist painting, a reflection of his philosophy that art and life should meld. There was no object or material beyond consideration for artmaking, as demonstrated in his iconic works such as Bed (1955) and Monogram (1958), in which he used old bed coverings and a stuffed goat, respectively. In this group of intaglio etchings, Ruminations, Rauschenberg used found photographs and other images from popular culture. This series is autobiographical, but because Rauschenberg was such an important figure in the art world from the 1950s onward, his biography also reflects the important figures and events of that world. One scene features Rauschenberg’s gallerist, Leo Castelli, the New York art dealer who played an extraordinary role in shaping contemporary American art and fostering international acceptance of painters like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella. Other prints include images of important figures and events such as Cy Twombly, Ileana Sonnebend and Tanya Grossman.

Jan
25
Thu
Art Talk: Robert Rauschenberg – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Eckert Fine Art gallery owner Jane Eckert will deliver a talk on Robert Rauschenberg and share stories of her friendship with the artist during their years as neighbors on Captiva Island. The talk will be held in the gallery displaying the recently acquired Ruminations suite. Tea and scones will be served.

Presented in conjunction with Ruminations: Robert Rauschenberg. Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) is an American Modern Master and is celebrated as a forerunner of the Pop Art movement. Rauschenberg was engaged with the print medium since the early 1960s, and with Jasper Johns, is identified as starting the contemporary print renaissance. Rauschenberg’s work incorporates found objects with expressionist painting, a reflection of his philosophy that art and life should meld. There was no object or material beyond consideration for artmaking, as demonstrated in his iconic works such as Bed (1955) and Monogram (1958), in which he used old bed coverings and a stuffed goat, respectively. In this group of intaglio etchings, Ruminations, Rauschenberg used found photographs and other images from popular culture. This series is autobiographical, but because Rauschenberg was such an important figure in the art world from the 1950s onward, his biography also reflects the important figures and events of that world. One scene features Rauschenberg’s gallerist, Leo Castelli, the New York art dealer who played an extraordinary role in shaping contemporary American art and fostering international acceptance of painters like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella. Other prints include images of important figures and events such as Cy Twombly, Ileana Sonnebend and Tanya Grossman. On view through January 28, 2018.

Jan
27
Sat
Black History Month Family Day – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month with a Family Day @ The MATT in Waterbury with guided and self-guided activities available throughout the day that celebrate African-American history.

10:30-11:00 a.m.: Docent-guided tour of African-American history and the contributions made by African-Americans to the city of Waterbury.

11:00 a.m.-noon: Family art activity with teaching artist Steve DiRenzio.

noon-1:00 p.m.: Musician Craig Norton will lead hands-on rhythmic games, multicultural songs and storytelling as he guides families in an exploration and celebration of African music and culture.

Bruce Museum: World War I Digitization Day @ Bruce Museum
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, January 27, 2018 — 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830
brucemuseum.org  (203) 869-0376

World War I Digitization Day

Snow date: February 10

In conjunction with the exhibition Patriotic Persuasion, the Bruce Museum will host a World War I Digitization Day organized by the Connecticut State Library.

Connecticut residents are invited to bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes from World War I for digitization. The digital images and stories collected at the events will be added to the State Library’s online archive and made freely accessible for public use.

Usually, visitors bringing their photos, letters, etc. will work with a digitization expert for about one hour. For more information, see: http://ctinworldwar1.org/digitization-days/faq/

Digitization contributors and their families will receive free museum admission.

Jan
28
Sun
Accessing Autism – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Accessing autism is a program for children with autism and their families are invited to explore the Museum’s art and history with trained Museum Educators and experience hands-on activities related to collections and exhibitions on view.

Hands-On Drumming – Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Beat a drum and experience the healing power of music when you join Craig Norton for hands-on drumming and participatory musical merriment in one of the Museum galleries. Everyone gets to play a drum or two, dance, laugh and learn while playing rhythms from around the world. Bring your own drums or play one of ours.

Bruce Museum: Art Adventures @ Bruce Museum
Jan 28 @ 7:09 pm – 8:09 pm

Sunday, January 7, 28, 1:003:00 pm.
Art Adventures.
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT
brucemuseum.org  (203)869-0376

A drop-in program for children ages 4 and up and their families.

Participants have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Free with admission; no advanced registration required.

January 7: Pen and Ink Portraits; January 28: Printmaking.

Jan
31
Wed
Story Time! Ages 2-6 at Hill-Stead @ Hill-Stead Museum
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hill-Stead’s new Story Time is on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 am.  Your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature and more (with music and movement) in the historic setting of Hill-Stead.  Create an art project to bring home.  Then, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.

$8 per child or FREE with museum membership. Ages 2-6.

Storytime for Toddlers: Chugga-Chugga, Choo-Choo! at the Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Storytime for Toddlers is a great activity for you and your toddlers conveniently located at The MATT in downtown Waterbury. Come to The MATT and hear Chugga-Chugga, Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis and illustrated by Daniel Kirk, read by a professional storyteller during January’s Storytime for Toddlers. Afterwards get creative with an art activity inspired by the book.

Chugga-Chugga, Choo-choo tells all about a freight train’s day, from loading cargo in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day’s work is done. Storytime for Toddlers is for children ages 3-5.

Learn more about the Museum’s other education programs for youth here.

Feb
1
Thu
Lecture: Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age – FUAM @ Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dr. Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Queen’s University, Ontario, will present a lecture titled Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age on Thursday, February 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. The lecture will be immediately followed by the opening reception for the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age in Bellarmine Hall (exhibition runs February 2 – May 19, 2018).

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, The Triumph of the Name of Jesus (detail), 1676-79. Princeton University Art Museum / Art Resource, NY