Calendar of Events

Sep
2
Thu
Big Art Bash 2021 @ Housatonic Museum of Art [38731]
Sep 2 2021 – Jun 30 2022 all-day

On Thursday, September 2, the Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) will reopen the Burt Chernow Galleries and the Museum with a grand collective exhibition: Big Art Bash 2021.

 

The wide-ranging group show will feature FOUR exhibits of work by Jon Schueler, Jongil Ma, Eric Chiang and an exhibition that explores male dominance of women. The public is invited to attend this exciting, FREE opening event from 5:30pm – 7pm, which will include live music by the Joe Mennonna Trio and light refreshments. HMA is located on the Housatonic Community College (HCC) campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT.

 

The landmark exhibition ‘Lost Man Blues: Jon Schueler – Art and War’, curated by Marissa Roth, will feature twenty-six paintings and selected writings by the esteemed, prolific American abstract expressionist that reflect his war experiences. This exhibition, which takes its title from a piece commemorating the disappearance of a plane belonging to his squadron, will be on view through October 8, 2021.

 

South Korean sculptor and Brooklyn resident, Jongil Ma will celebrate the completion of his commissioned work, ‘Be There When You Return’, which was funded by Elizabeth Fray, the Werth Family Foundation and HCC. Created during the pandemic, the piece will greet students and visitors alike when they come back to campus. The work is an intricate arrangement of raw and painted cut wood strips fastened with metal rods, nuts and bolts, colored screws, cable zip ties, and stained ropes. A tumult of red, purple, yellow and green colors spiral, bend and intertwine to create a lively and welcoming sculpture that speaks of joy and the spirit of resilience. This piece is part of the museum’s permanent collection and will be on continuous view in the Lafayette Hall atrium.

 

Taiwanese artist and Westport resident, Erik Chiang, will exhibit a series of works that are visual depictions of quantum mechanics, mathematics and music. Chiang’s large-scale triptych, ‘Are We Born Connected?’, which is also the title of the show, features cellos floating amongst the moon and stars. Chiang’s work launches HCC’s upcoming 2021/22 STEAM: Space Initiative, which will include a guest speaker program to explore the relationship between music and modern physics. The exhibit will be on view in the lobby gallery of the Performing Arts Center in Lafayette Hall through May 18, 2022.

 

Suzanne Benton of Ridgefield, Sherri Wolfgang of Westport, Faith Baum and Lori Petchers of Fairfield and Aidan Boyle of New Rochelle, NY are featured artists in the exhibit ‘Of Woman Born’ that explores the patriarchal structures that, over the centuries, have been used to oppress, exploit, and dominate women. Also included in the show are Paul Georges, Nicholas Africano, Lynne Augeri, Francisco Zuniga, Antonio Canova, Albrecht Durer, Michael Stone and Donna Ferrato. This exhibit, located on the second floor of the atrium in Lafayette Hall, will remain on view until June 30, 2022.

 

“The Big Art Bash 2021 will celebrate the first time the museum has opened its doors to the public since the start of the pandemic.  We’re thrilled to mark this special occasion with four spectacular exhibits that are sure to engage our collective sense of wonder, compassion, and intellect,” said Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art.

 

Please check https://www.housatonic.edu/ for COVID-19 updates regarding campus accessibility. An appointment to visit the museum may be necessary, and visitors must be prepared to comply with social distancing rules and wear protective face masks. For additional information please call 203-332-5052.

 

Housatonic Museum of Art 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.

Jan
17
Mon
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Acts of Community Service Family Day @ Bruce Museum
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for our winter family day hosted on MLK Day!

This family day will be focused on acts of community service inspired by the work of MLK himself. Guests and their families will be able to participate in creating enrichment for animals at the Beardsley Zoo, meet trained, and training, guide dogs from FieldCo, decorate and fill buddy bags for Greenwich’s Neighbor to Neighbor, and meet other community organizations in our town. Come to the Bruce on MLK Day, explore our newly renovated Science Galleries, and learn how you can help your town out. https://brucemuseum.org/calendar/event/martin-luther-king-jr.-day-acts-of-community-service-family-day

Jan
20
Thu
Fairfield University Art Museum – Virtual Art in Focus: Alexandre Lunois, Bullfight, 1897 @ Fairfield University Art Museum
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

We’re kicking off our spring 2022 Art in Focus series with Alexandre Lunois’s Bullfight lithograph! Take a look at the piece here. Send your observations or questions to Michelle DiMarzo, Curator of Education and Academic Engagement ([email protected]) prior to joining the virtual conversation!

This event is virtual only. If you are interested in the in-person Art in Focus event on Thursday, January 27, register here!

Fairfield University Art Museum – Opening Night Conversation: ink/stone and SEEING IS BELIEVING @ Fairfield University Art Museum (Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre)
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a special event to celebrate the dual opening of ink/stone and SEEING IS BELIEVING: CROSSINGS AND TRANSPOSITIONS, PART II. Ive Covaci, PhD, curator of ink/stone, will briefly introduce the exhibition, followed by a (filmed) interview between Jo Yarrington, professor of Studio Art at Fairfield University, and Chinese artists He Jiang Cheng, Luo Biwu and Zuo Zhengyao.

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

  • In person in the Kelley Theatre located in the Quick Center for the Arts
  • Streaming via thequicklive.com

For those attending in person, an opening reception will follow at 6 p.m. with refreshments in the Quick Center lobby. Click here to register for the opening reception.

Please note:

  • For all Spring 2022 in-person events, all adult visitors and staff are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and a valid ID.
  • Children under 12 are not currently required to be vaccinated to participate in any programs.
  • Proof of a negative Covid-19 test will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination.
  • A face mask or covering is required for all guests during indoor events, except in designated locations.

About ink/stone: This exhibition presents works by Chinese artists from the 20th and 21st centuries who engage with ink and stone as materials, subjects, and concepts. Employing a range of techniques and media, the artists make diverse points of contact with older Chinese artistic traditions. Some embrace the emphasis on ink brushstrokes on paper or silk to render mountainous landscapes or rock forms; others incorporate media and styles usually associated with western painting: oil on canvas, or gouache and watercolor. Yet others use photography, industrial processes of fabrication, or create conceptual and performance art. The contemporary works are shown together with older stone objects such as Buddhist steles, a scholar’s rock, and inkstones, which provide historical touchpoints for the artists’ reinterpretations of these forms and media. The exhibition is curated by Ive Covaci, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Fairfield University.

About SEEING IS BELIEVING: CROSSINGS AND TRANSPOSITIONS, PART II: This exhibition, organized by Professor of Studio Art Jo Yarrington, features work by five contemporary Chinese artists: He Jiancheng, Xiao Yao Ning, Luo Biwu, Zuo Zeng Yao and Zhang Zeng Min. Yarrington travelled to China in 2019 with four other American artists, where they presented Part I of this international exchange.

Both exhibitions will be on view in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts from January 21-March 5, 2022!

Fairfield University Art Museum – Opening Reception: ink/stone and SEEING IS BELIEVING @ Fairfield University Art Museum (Quick Center for the Arts)
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 20 to celebrate the dual opening of ink/stone and SEEING IS BELIEVING! Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. This reception is both free and open to the public.

To register for the opening conversation, click here.

Please note:

  • For all Spring 2022 in-person events, all adult visitors and staff are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and a valid ID.
  • Children under 12 are not currently required to be vaccinated to participate in any programs.
  • Proof of a negative Covid-19 test will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination.
  • A face mask or covering is required for all guests during indoor events, except in designated locations.

About ink/stone: This exhibition presents works by Chinese artists from the 20th and 21st centuries who engage with ink and stone as materials, subjects, and concepts. Employing a range of techniques and media, the artists make diverse points of contact with older Chinese artistic traditions. Some embrace the emphasis on ink brushstrokes on paper or silk to render mountainous landscapes or rock forms; others incorporate media and styles usually associated with western painting: oil on canvas, or gouache and watercolor. Yet others use photography, industrial processes of fabrication, or create conceptual and performance art. The contemporary works are shown together with older stone objects such as Buddhist steles, a scholar’s rock, and inkstones, which provide historical touchpoints for the artists’ reinterpretations of these forms and media. The exhibition is curated by Ive Covaci, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Fairfield University.

About SEEING IS BELIEVING: CROSSINGS AND TRANSPOSITIONS, PART II: This exhibition, organized by Professor of Studio Art Jo Yarrington, features work by five contemporary Chinese artists: He Jiancheng, Xiao Yao Ning, Luo Biwu, Zuo Zeng Yao and Zhang Zeng Min. Yarrington travelled to China in 2019 with four other American artists, where they presented Part I of this international exchange.

 

Both exhibitions will be on view in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts from January 21-March 5, 2022!

Jan
27
Thu
Fairfield University Art Museum – Art in Focus: Alexandre Lunois, Bullfight, 1897 @ Fairfield University Art Museum
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

We’re so excited to kick off our series of in-person Art in Focus events in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries with Alexandre Lunois’ Bullfight lithograph. Take a look at the piece here and bring your questions and observations to the Bellarmine Hall Galleries at 11 a.m. on January 27!

Please note:

  • This event is in-person only and will not be livestreamed. If you are interested in the virtual Art in Focus event on Thursday, January 20, register here!
  • For all Spring 2022 in-person events, all adult visitors and staff are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and a valid ID.
  • Children under 12 are not currently required to be vaccinated to participate in any programs.
  • Proof of a negative Covid-19 test will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination.
  • A face mask or covering is required for all guests during indoor events, except in designated locations.
Jan
29
Sat
Fairfield University Art Museum – Virtual Family Day: Chinese Art @ Fairfield University Art Museum
Jan 29 all-day

Join us for family-friendly arts and crafts inspired by our Chinese exhibitions ink/stone and SEEING IS BELIEVING (on view in the Walsh Gallery, located in the Quick Center for the Arts, from January 21-March 5, 2022). This event is suitable for ages 4-10.

All who have selected tickets will receive the link to our exclusive Family Day YouTube playlist prior to Saturday, January 29th.

We invite you to join this event via the following options:

  • Local Pickup ONLY tickets: Please sign up with the name of each child attending. 1 ticket=1 child. This option is only available to local residents who are available to pick up supplies. Further instructions for bag pickup will be sent only to these 20 subscribers.
  • Virtual ONLY tickets: open to both local and distant families. No art supplies will be provided.

Tag us on social media at @FairfieldUAM with your completed projects to be entered into a monthly raffle for a $25 gift card to Michaels!

Feb
8
Tue
Fairfield University Art Museum – Lecture: Rocks and Mountains in Recent Chinese Art @ Fairfield University Art Museum (Walsh Gallery)
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for this special in-person gallery talk! Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art at Smith College Museum of Art, will be in conversation with Ive Covaci, PhD about the artworks on view in ink/stone. This event will be held in the Walsh Gallery, located in the Quick Center for the Arts on Fairfield University’s campus.

Please note:

  • This event is in-person only and will not be livestreamed.
  • For all Spring 2022 in-person events, all adult visitors and staff are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and a valid ID.
  • Children under 12 are not currently required to be vaccinated to participate in any programs.
  • Proof of a negative Covid-19 test will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination.
  • A face mask or covering is required for all guests during indoor events, except in designated locations.

About ink/stone: This exhibition presents works by Chinese artists from the 20th and 21st centuries who engage with ink and stone as materials, subjects, and concepts. Employing a range of techniques and media, the artists make diverse points of contact with older Chinese artistic traditions. Some embrace the emphasis on ink brush strokes on paper or silk to render mountainous landscapes or rock forms; others incorporate media and styles usually associated with western painting: oil on canvas, or gouache and watercolor. Yet others use photography, industrial processes of fabrication, or create conceptual and performance art. The contemporary works are shown together with older stone objects such as Buddhist steles, a scholar’s rock, and inkstones, which provide historical touchpoints for the artists’ reinterpretations of these forms and media. The exhibition is curated by Ive Covaci, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Fairfield University.

Feb
9
Wed
Fairfield University Art Museum – Virtual Workshop: Chinese Calligraphy with He Jiancheng @ Fairfield University Art Museum
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Artist He Jiancheng demonstrates the ancient Chinese art of calligraphy in this workshop, presented live from the artist’s studio in China. He Jiancheng’s artworks are on view in the Walsh Gallery in the exhibition SEEING IS BELIEVING: Crossings and Transpositions, Part II (January 21-March 5, 2022).

Please note: this event is streaming only.

About SEEING IS BELIEVING: CROSSINGS AND TRANSPOSITIONS, PART II: This exhibition, organized by Professor of Studio Art Jo Yarrington, features work by five contemporary Chinese artists: He Jiancheng, Xiao Yao Ning, Luo Biwu, Zuo Zeng Yao and Zhang Zeng Min. Yarrington travelled to China in 2019 with four other American artists, where they presented Part I of this international exchange.

About ink/stone: This exhibition presents works by Chinese artists from the 20th and 21st centuries who engage with ink and stone as materials, subjects, and concepts. Employing a range of techniques and media, the artists make diverse points of contact with older Chinese artistic traditions. Some embrace the emphasis on ink brushstrokes on paper or silk to render mountainous landscapes or rock forms; others incorporate media and styles usually associated with western painting: oil on canvas, or gouache and watercolor. Yet others use photography, industrial processes of fabrication, or create conceptual and performance art. The contemporary works are shown together with older stone objects such as Buddhist steles, a scholar’s rock, and inkstones, which provide historical touchpoints for the artists’ reinterpretations of these forms and media. The exhibition is curated by Ive Covaci, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Fairfield University.

Feb
10
Thu
Fairfield University Art Museum – Virtual Art in Focus: Luo Biwu, Parts, 2015, silkscreen print @ Fairfield University Art Museum (Walsh Gallery)
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Next up in our Art in Focus series is Luo Biwu’s 2015 screenprint, Parts. Stop into the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view this print in person in the exhibition SEEING IS BELIEVING: Crossings and Transpositions, Part II, and then join the virtual conversation!

This event is virtual only. If you are interested in the in-person Art in Focus event on Thursday, February 17, register here!

SEEING IS BELIEVING: CROSSINGS AND TRANSPOSITIONS, PART II: This exhibition, organized by Professor of Studio Art Jo Yarrington, features work by five contemporary Chinese artists: He Jiancheng, Xiao Yao Ning, Luo Biwu, Zuo Zeng Yao and Zhang Zeng Min. Yarrington traveled to China in 2019 with four other American artists, where they presented Part I of this international exchange.