Calendar of Events

Feb
3
Thu
Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection @ Housatonic Museum of Art [38731]
Feb 3 2022 @ 8:30 am – Mar 25 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Housatonic Museum of Art, located on the Housatonic Community College campus in Bridgeport, CT, is pleased to announce Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection, on view from February 3 – March 25, 2022.

 

Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection brings together a rich array of works on paper, breaking down the various methods and materials used in modern artistic practice. Showcasing 50 superb prints and drawings, this exhibition samples the breadth and beauty of International Arts & Artists’ own Hechinger Collection, which has the unique theme of hand tools and hardware. Focusing on the creative process, the featured works represent a variety of media and disciplines at an artist’s disposal. Audiences will learn about the intricacies of these assorted techniques, and directly see how an artist makes a statement through the graphic arts. Making Your Mark’s celebration of the visual and conceptual aspects of drawing and printmaking educates and inspires in the best way, leaving viewers engaged, and rapt with curiosity.

 

Some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century are featured in the exhibition, including Berenice Abbott, Jim Dine, Richard Estes, Walker Evans, Howard Finster, Ke Francis, Jacob Lawrence, Hans Namuth, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Lucas Samaras, Aaron Siskind, and Wayne Thiebaud.

 

Making Your Mark begins by establishing drawing as its foundation, then moves through five distinct printing styles, then shifts to the contemporary method of screen printing. The final technique, photography — whose name unites the Greek words for light (photos) and drawing (graphé)—brings the exhibition full circle, returning the viewer to the inception of mark-making. Each section highlights the complexities of the unique artistic process, and a timeless affinity for the beauty of lines and the bewitching utility of tools as instruments of craft.

 

The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Burt Chernow Galleries, located in Lafayette Hall at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. There will be no opening reception. Tickets must be reserved in advance of visiting, and masks must be worn at all times. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to sign up.

 

Scheduled U.S tour dates for Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection are as follows: Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA (September 18, 2021 – January 3, 2022); Susquehanna Museum of Art, Harrisburg, PA (June 10, 2022 – September 18, 2022); Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (November 21, 2022 –January 27, 2023).

 

Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection is organized and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

 

About International Arts & Artists

International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. Since 1995, IA&A has fulfilled its mission by providing programs and services to artists, arts institutions, cultural organizations, and the public—reaching over 2.1 million people. Visit www.artsandartists.org for more information.

 

About the Housatonic Museum of Art

Housatonic Museum of Art is located on the Housatonic Community College campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. It is home to one of the premier college art collections in the country, spanning the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary, and is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility. The museum also hosts changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries, and engaging lectures, workshops, films, special events and programs throughout the year, both in person and online. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

Sep
8
Thu
June Ahrens: Reflecting Time @ Housatonic Museum of Art [38731]
Sep 8 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm

Housatonic Museum of Art, located on the Housatonic Community College campus in Bridgeport, CT, proudly presents its newest exhibition, June Ahrens: Reflecting Time. A free, opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 8 from 5:30 to 7pm. The exhibit will be on view through October 22, 2022.

 

Stamford, CT artist June Ahrens has created an exciting exhibition exploring fragility and loss, as well as hope and renewal in two dynamic components: CHANGING and SURROUND (HIDING IN PLAIN SITE).

 

CHANGING is an immersive site-specific installation, offering the viewer an intense performance-based space of wonder and awe. An avenue of vining decayed flowers, tendrils, and stems flank visitors entering the front gallery, urging them onto a colossal circle crafted of thousands of flower petals. Hundreds of fresh roses, added for the opening of the exhibition, create elements of renewal and hope, and a metaphor for our personal experiences and memories. Free hand drawings of flowers line the walls, reflecting the artist’s own experiences and anxieties.

 

SURROUND is an adaptation of a previous site dependent installation: HIDING IN PLAIN SITE. Broken mirror and shards of broken glass are repeated in the exhibition, offering distorted likenesses and images. Amid the global devastation of Covid, the reflections reveal opportunities for closely examining one’s self-concept and our larger societal well-being. The peaceful scene offers a space for meditation, healing, and challenge.

 

Barbara O’Brien, an independent curator, and critic based in Milwaukee, WI, curated the exhibition and will contribute a catalog essay. A conversation with the artist program is planned for Wednesday, September 28 at 11am in the gallery. This event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

 

June Ahrens, age 83, was born in New York City and is an acclaimed sculptor and installation artist. She graduated from SUNY Purchase, NY and attended advanced seminars at Yale University. A resident of Stamford, CT, her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo shows at venues including The University of Connecticut at Stamford; The Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver; and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.

 

Her work is in the permanent collections of many universities and museums, and she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artists Award; a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Distinguished Advocates for the Arts Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts, Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) Media Residency.

 

The Housatonic Museum of Art is located on the Housatonic Community College campus, 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. It is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. The museum’s collection offers the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary and is on continuous display throughout the 300,000-square-foot facility. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

Sep
24
Sat
YUAG: In-Person Program, Highlights Tour @ Yale University Art Gallery
Sep 24 @ 1:30 pm

Join our undergraduate guides for an interactive tour of the Gallery’s history, architecture, and global collection. Focusing on a handful of objects chosen to showcase both the permanent collection and special exhibitions currently on view, no two tours are the same.

Space is limited. For our current vaccination and mask requirements, visit https://artgallery.yale.edu/hours-and-directions.

Check in at the Information Desk in the Gallery lobby.

Fairfield University Art Museum – Opening Lecture: Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile @ Dolan School of Business - Dolan Event Space
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for an opening night lecture to celebrate the opening of Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile, on view in the Walsh Gallery from September 23-December 17, 2022. Adriana Herrera, PhD, curator of the exhibition will introduce the exhibition. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 6 p.m in the lobby of the Quick Center for the Arts. The Walsh Gallery will also be open until 8 p.m.

We invite you to join the conversation via the following options:

  • In person in the Dolan Event Space of the Dolan School of Business
  • Streaming via thequicklive.com

Please register on our Eventbrite page prior to the event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-lecture-gladys-triana-beyond-exile-tickets-337436530747

About the exhibition: Gladys Triana is a Cuban-born, New-York-based, multi-disciplinary artist whose work rebels against authoritarian rule, domination, and power. She explores themes related to the historical struggle of women and the condition of exile, as well as subjects such as ephemerality, memory, and ultimately the search for a language of transcendence. Triana’s body of work encompasses large-scale sculpture, immersive installations, photography, and mixed media, as well as painting and drawing. Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective, this long-overdue two-venue survey (at the Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art Museum at University of St. Joseph) spans work from the 1970s to the present. The work at Fairfield will focus on her early years in New York, and her sense of exile and feelings of isolation.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/gladystriana/

Fairfield University Art Museum – Opening Reception: Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile @ Quick Center for the Arts
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us after the opening lecture for light refreshments in the Quick Center for the Arts!

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile, on view in the Walsh Gallery from September 23-December 17, 2022. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby of the Quick Center for the Arts. The Walsh Gallery will also be open until 8 p.m.

Please register on our Eventbrite page prior to the event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-reception-gladys-triana-beyond-exile-tickets-337449750287

About the exhibition: Gladys Triana is a Cuban-born, New-York-based, multi-disciplinary artist whose work rebels against authoritarian rule, domination, and power. She explores themes related to the historical struggle of women and the condition of exile, as well as subjects such as ephemerality, memory, and ultimately the search for a language of transcendence. Triana’s body of work encompasses large-scale sculpture, immersive installations, photography, and mixed media, as well as painting and drawing. Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective, this long-overdue two-venue survey (at the Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art Museum at University of St. Joseph) spans work from the 1970s to the present. The work at Fairfield will focus on her early years in New York, and her sense of exile and feelings of isolation.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/gladystriana/

Florence Griswold Museum: 40th Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance @ Florence Griswold Museum
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A truly out-of-this-world evening to support the Florence Griswold Museum’s groundbreaking Educational programming.

An evening of dining and dancing under the stars, a Silent Auction, and unforgettable memories.

This will be the hottest ticket in the galaxy so don’t delay! Fun intergalactic attire (or black tie optional) encouraged.

Sep
25
Sun
Florence Griswold Museum – Discovery Sundays @ Florence Griswold Museum
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Included with Museum admission – no reservations needed.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate. Discovery Sundays begin in the Education Center where visitors can choose from a variety of hands-on activities. Supplied with canvas, palette, paint, brushes, a smock and a quick lesson in color mixing and painting techniques visitors discover for themselves why Miss Florence’s was THE place to paint!

YUAG: In-Person Program, Highlights Tour @ Yale University Art Gallery
Sep 25 @ 1:30 pm

Join our undergraduate guides for an interactive tour of the Gallery’s history, architecture, and global collection. Focusing on a handful of objects chosen to showcase both the permanent collection and special exhibitions currently on view, no two tours are the same.

Space is limited. For our current vaccination and mask requirements, visit https://artgallery.yale.edu/hours-and-directions.

Check in at the Information Desk in the Gallery lobby.

Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut Concerts at the NBMAA @ New Britain Museum of American Art
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Internationally renowned pianists present the works of Fryderyk Chopin and other musical masters.

Fall 2022

September 25: Evren Ozel

October 23: Sonja Fräki

November 20: Ann Schein

Concert seating is first come, first served on day of show (effective June 1, 2022), and seating capacity is limited to 120. Pre-registration will no longer be available.

Concert attendees must register at the front desk upon arrival. Museum Members are free, and Museum guests are welcome with purchase of an admission ticket.

All shows begin at 3 p.m.; doors to event space will open at 2:30 p.m.

Sep
26
Mon
Fairfield University Art Museum – Virtual Meditation and Mindfulness @ Fairfield University Art Museum (virtual)
Sep 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Jackie DeLise, master certified meditation and mindfulness teacher and stress management expert, for a guided meditation class. No prior experience necessary as you learn how to cultivate inner calm and clarity. All are welcome!

To learn more about Jackie: https://www.thewelleryllc.com/

 

Please note: This event is virtual only. If you are interested in the in-person meditation event on Tuesday, September 27, click here!