Calendar of Events

Apr
24
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

May
1
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

May
5
Sat
2018 May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet at HillStead @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Farmington, CT – One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations returns to Hill-Stead Museum on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

“Our Saturday-Sunday format will allow visitors plenty of time to get their Mother’s Day shopping done,” says Membership Manager Kirsten Fuchs. “Shop for Mom while finding fresh, fun updates for the patio, garden, kitchen and more. May Market’s two-day ticket and additional indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event.”

May Market features premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of Hill-Stead’s Impressionist masterpieces! This annual benefit event supports Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails.

Special Features:

Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden (21+ Event)

Your May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young professionals who share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Theodate’s Gallery

A booth for art lovers, selling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices.

Shopping

May Market will host dozens of select “home, garden, and gourmet” exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.

Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, while art lovers will enjoy browsing donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery.

An additional climate-controlled, indoor venue, The Makeshift Theater, will showcase a limited number of premium exhibitors throughout the weekend. See beautiful bouquets, jewelry, artisan basketry, home furnishings, original art, Hill-Stead’s selection of children’s toys and more.

Family Time!

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.

Live Demonstrations…TBA

Inside the Museum – Special Exhibition: Golfing at Hill-Stead

Tour the museum at your leisure and learn about the museum’s masterpieces with a printed program and Museum guides in each room to answer questions. Linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt. Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

A Benefit Event

May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, and organized by the museum’s dedicated Hill-Steaders volunteers as a benefit event, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.

Tickets

Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE). For tickets and more information, visit www.hillstead.org.

Presenting Sponsor: Simsbury Bank

May
6
Sun
2018 May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet at HillStead @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Farmington, CT – One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations returns to Hill-Stead Museum on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

“Our Saturday-Sunday format will allow visitors plenty of time to get their Mother’s Day shopping done,” says Membership Manager Kirsten Fuchs. “Shop for Mom while finding fresh, fun updates for the patio, garden, kitchen and more. May Market’s two-day ticket and additional indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event.”

May Market features premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of Hill-Stead’s Impressionist masterpieces! This annual benefit event supports Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails.

Special Features:

Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden (21+ Event)

Your May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young professionals who share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Theodate’s Gallery

A booth for art lovers, selling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices.

Shopping

May Market will host dozens of select “home, garden, and gourmet” exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.

Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, while art lovers will enjoy browsing donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery.

An additional climate-controlled, indoor venue, The Makeshift Theater, will showcase a limited number of premium exhibitors throughout the weekend. See beautiful bouquets, jewelry, artisan basketry, home furnishings, original art, Hill-Stead’s selection of children’s toys and more.

Family Time!

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.

Live Demonstrations…TBA

Inside the Museum – Special Exhibition: Golfing at Hill-Stead

Tour the museum at your leisure and learn about the museum’s masterpieces with a printed program and Museum guides in each room to answer questions. Linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt. Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

A Benefit Event

May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, and organized by the museum’s dedicated Hill-Steaders volunteers as a benefit event, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.

Tickets

Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE). For tickets and more information, visit www.hillstead.org.

Presenting Sponsor: Simsbury Bank

May
8
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

May
13
Sun
Guided Artist Talk with Joan Ryan | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for a Guided Artist Talk with Joan Ryan, previewing her new exhibition Dressed in Shadow: Joan RyanAn opening reception from 1:00-3:00 p.m. will follow the talk.

As the winner of the 2018 MIXMASTER Juried Members Exhibition, Joan Ryan was selected for a solo show. This Boston artist creates paintings that are narratives about gender, race, violence, and class. She is an Associate Professor of Drawing at the Art Institute at Lesley University and is affiliated with A.I.R. Gallery and The Drawing Center in New York, NY.

Opening Reception: FRÁGIL MANEJE CON CUIDADO and Dressed in Shadow: Joan Ryan | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: FRÁGIL MANEJE CON CUIDADO: Bienvenido a los puertorriqueños a nuestra comunidad and Dressed in Shadow: Joan Ryan.

FRÁGIL MANEJE CON CUIDADO, organized by independent curator Ben Ortiz, uses contemporary Puerto Rican artwork, Santos figures, Taíno artifacts, historical postcards and videos of the island during and after Hurricane Maria, to explore sense of place, culture and the human experience of natural disasters. Among the artists presented are Nayda A. Cuevas, Rafael Ferrer, Wichie Torres, Connecticut’s Imna Arroyo and Waterbury’s own Ernesto Lopez. Approximately 200 picture postcards showings colorful images of Puerto Rico from 1890-1940 will be on view in the Monteiro Family Community Gallery, all from the collection of Cheshire resident, collector José Luis Rodriguez. //Organizada por curador independiente Ben Ortiz, esta exhibición usa arte contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, santos, artefactos taínos, tarjetas postales históricas y videos de la isla durante y después de Huracán María para explorar sentido de lugar, cultura y la experiencia humana de desastres naturales. Artistas presentados incluyen Imna Arroyo, Rafael Ferrer, Wichie Torres y Ernesto López, de Waterbury. Aproximadamente 200 tarjetas postales mostrando imágenes de Puerto Rico de 1890-1940 son presentadas en el Monteiro Family Community Gallery; todas son de la colección de José Luis Rodriguez, un residente de Cheshire.

Exhibition literature and labels will be displayed in Spanish and English. Supported in part through a gift from Brass Axe Capital to underwrite exhibitions in the Munger Room and a gift from Connecticut Humanities to support this special exhibition. Family programs supported in part by American Savings Foundation.Food provided by Milagro’s Spanish Restaurant.//La literatura y las etiquetas de la exposición se mostrarán en español e inglés. Apoyada en parte a través de una donación de Brass Axe Capital para apoyar exposiciones en el Munger Room y un donativo de Connecticut Humanities para apoyar esta exposición especial. Programas de familia apoyados en parte a través de American Savings Foundation. Comida provista por Milagro’s Spanish Restaurant.

Dressed in Shadow is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Joan Ryan. As the winner of the 2018 MIXMASTER Juried Members Exhibition, Joan Ryan was selected for a solo show in The Lab. This Boston artist creates lushly colored paintings that are narratives about gender, race, violence and class. She is an Associate Professor of Drawing at the Art Institute at Lesley University and is affiliated with A.I.R. Gallery and The Drawing Center in New York, NY.

Supported in part through a gift from Raymond Learsy to underwrite exhibitions in The Lab.

Before the opening reception, join Joan Ryan for an artist talk at noon. Community Free Day will also be taking place all day!

May
17
Thu
Art in Focus: Giov. Batt. Gaulli, Painted Model for the Apse of the Gesù – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each event in our Art in Focus series offers an opportunity for an hour of close looking and informal discussion around a single work of art, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo. On May 17, we’ll be looking at this unusual three-dimensional painted model by Gaulli for the apse fresco in the church of the Gesù in Rome. This extraordinary object comes to us on loan from the church itself for the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age (February 2 – May 19, 2018).

Join us for the opportunity to engage deeply with this work of art in a relaxed atmosphere. Reserve your seat now!

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Painted Model for the Apse Fresco of the Gesù, 1690. Oil on paper, laid down on wood. Church of the Gesù, Rome (museum). Photo © Zeno Colantoni.

May
19
Sat
Third Saturdays at The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit us the third Saturday of each month for free! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in a family-friendly art-making workshop.

 

Family Workshop: Invention Convention

Join us for an afternoon of mixed-media exploration as we delve into the world of “what-ifs.” Pulling inspiration from Almost Everything on the Table, create your own inventions, prototypes, and blueprints for objects, tools, or machines that you wish we had in our world today!

 

May
20
Sun
Exhibition Openings and Reception at The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate all new exhibitions at The Aldrich! Opening on May 20:

 

The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects a meta-group exhibition in five chapters, organized by five curators, including more than seventy artists. On view thorugh January 13, 2019. Chapter exhibitions include: Objects Like Us; Jessi Reaves: Kitchen Arrangement; On Edge; Almost Everything on the Table; and Handheld. Presented in conjunction with his eight-page project in the upcoming The Domestic Plane publication, is Richard McGuire: The Way There and Back. On view through January 13, 2019.

Analia Segal: contra la pared, a solo exhibition of ther artist’s recent work that expands Segal’s interrogation of the boundaries between art, design, and architecture. On view through September 23, 2018.

Hands-on family art making workshops will take place in The Studio throughout the afternoon.

Use a variety of fine art and found materials to make a tabletop sculpture inspired by the works in The Domestic Plane; design an intricately patterned masterpiece influenced by David Adamo’s chalk floor in Objects Like Us; and more!

 

Food for purchase will be available from Hapa, the popular Stamford, Connecticut-based food truck, serving American street food and Asian-Pacific cuisine.

 

Members, join the exhibiting artists and guest curators for a festive BBQ dinner immediately following the reception from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy down home fare from Ridgefield’s Hoodoo Brown BBQ and craft brews by Black Hog Brewing. $25 per person. To register, visit shop.aldrichart.org Space is limited so secure your spot today! Not a member? Join today at aldrichart.org/support.