Calendar of Events

Aug
18
Sat
ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection @ Bruce Museum
Aug 18 – Dec 30 all-day

On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest Mexican-inspired Saltillo serapes, c. 1880, to mid-20th century pictorial rugs. Featuring a dozen items from the Museum’s Native American ethnographic collection – some of which have never been publicly exhibited – the exhibition will be on display in the Bantle Lecture Gallery through November 25, 2018.

 

Navajo rugs are unique because their warp (the vertical strings on a loom) is one, long continuous piece of wool thread. Once the warp is set on the loom, the size of the rug cannot be altered. This weaving method requires the weaver to plan the design and pattern of the rug to fit precisely into the predetermined length of the rug.

 

The ability to conceive and execute two-dimensional designs in extraordinary patterns and colors set Navajo weavers apart from the creators of other Native rugs and blankets. Knowledge of this traditional process is an important cultural tradition that has been maintained through intergenerational instruction and mentoring despite the obstacles of displacement, discrimination and isolation experienced by the Navajo Nation.

 

“The Najavo textile collection at the Bruce is extensive enough to illustrate the history of the weaving traditions and varied enough to demonstrate the artisanal skill of the weavers,” says Kirsten Reinhardt, Museum Registar and the organizer of this exhibition. “Each piece is an extraordinary example of artistic creativity and technical execution.”

 

The Navajo were first recognized as the finest weavers of small horse blankets, placed under saddles to protect the horse, after the Spanish introduced both sheep and horses to the American Southwest in the mid-1500s. Influenced by Pueblo weavers, the Navajo then made large blankets which were prized throughout the Southwest and across the Great Plains for their quality as outerwear. Later, trading post economics led to a transition to rug making, a tradition that remains strong today.

 

The items on display are from the collection of Miss Margaret Cranford (1887 – 1974), a resident of Greenwich. At the age of 21, Miss Cranford began a lifelong pursuit of traveling across the United States and the world, collecting fine decorative art, jewelry, and textiles.

 

“The Bruce is indebted to the generosity of Miss Cranford,” says Reinhardt. “Her collecting trips to the American Southwest in the early 1930s generated gifts that are the foundation of our ethnographic collections, in both quality and number. Personal letters, maintained in the Museum’s archive, demonstrate her passion and respect for all things Native American and help to frame her collecting strategies. We hope our guests find meaning in her dedication to identifying and preserving Native American traditions.”

 

The exhibition is generously supported by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, with additional support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Dec
2
Sun
Family Gallery Tour @ Bruce Museum @ Bruce Museum
Dec 2 @ 11:30 am – Dec 30 @ 12:15 pm

Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm.
Family Gallery Tour.

Best for children ages 6-10 and their families. An interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions led by an educator.

Free with Museum admission; no registration is required.

Dec
4
Tue
Bruce Beginnings @ Bruce Museum @ Bruce Museum
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – Dec 18 @ 11:45 am

Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings.
Explore the Museum through picture books and hands-on activities. Topics: Build It Up, Snowy Days, Arctic Adaptations. For ages 2 ½-5 and their caregivers. Free, but space is limited. See the Visitor Services desk on arrival.

Dec
9
Sun
Family Gallery Tour @ Bruce Museum @ Bruce Museum
Dec 9 2018 @ 11:30 am – Jan 6 2019 @ 12:15 pm

Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm.
Family Gallery Tour.

Best for children ages 6-10 and their families. An interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions led by an educator.

Free with Museum admission; no registration is required.

Family Gallery Tours @ Bruce Museum @ Bruce Museum
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

​Designed for children ages 6-10 and their families.

The family tour will provide an interactive, discussion-based exploration of the Bruce Museum’s current exhibitions.

Free with Museum admission and no registration required.​ CT Art Trail passes welcome.

Art Adventures @ Bruce Museum @ Bruce Museum
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, December 9, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Art Adventures:
Creating Art with Tools.

A drop-in program for children ages 4 and up and their families. Craft fun, creative works of art inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

Free with Museum admission; no registration is required.

Family Program: Stories and Art @ Yale University Art Gallery
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00 pm

On the second Sunday of each month, we invite families to join us for folktales, myths, and exciting stories from around the world that highlight unique features of objects in the collection and inspire children of all ages to view art in new ways.

No registration required; please meet by the couches in the Gallery lobby.

Open to:
General Public
Dec
11
Tue
Studio Tots: Tape-Resist Paintings @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Create bold shapes and blocks of colors in this fun process-based workshop! Mark off lines and forms on canvas with artist’s tape, then paint your heart out. When the paint is dry, peel away the tape to reveal clean, crisp lines between your shapes.

Ages 2 to 5 and caregiver

Bruce Beginnings @ Bruce Museum @ Bruce Museum
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – Dec 25 @ 11:45 am

Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings.
Explore the Museum through picture books and hands-on activities. Topics: Build It Up, Snowy Days, Arctic Adaptations. For ages 2 ½-5 and their caregivers. Free, but space is limited. See the Visitor Services desk on arrival.

Dec
13
Thu
Art in Focus: Anonymous Lombard Painter, Madonna and Child, ca. 1475-1500 – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Dec 13 @ 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 Thursday, December 13, we’ll be looking at this painting in the Fairfield University Art Museum’s Kress Collection.

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

Image: Anonymous Lombard Painter, Madonna and Child, ca. 1475-1500. Emulsified tempera on wood. Fairfield University Art Museum. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, via the Discovery Museum, Bridgeport.