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.

Jun
29
Wed
Florence Griswold Museum: Virtual Lecture: How We Eat @ Virtual via Florence Griswold Museum
Jun 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Brave New World of Food and Drink

with Paco Underhill, Market Researcher and Bestselling Author

Join award-winning researcher and author Paco Underhill for an introduction to his newest book, How We Eat, which demonstrates that our food system—how we produce, process, distribute, and consume food—is broken. Underhill offers an upbeat, hopeful, and characteristically witty approach to how we can change the way we consume.

Sep
15
Thu
Opening Lecture: Out of the Kress Vaults @ Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room
Sep 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for an opening night lecture to celebrate the opening of Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting, on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from September 16-December 17, 2022. Michelle DiMarzo, PhD, curator of Out of the Kress Vaults, will introduce the exhibition. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 6 p.m.

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

In person in the Diffley Board Room of Bellarmine Hall
Streaming via thequicklive.com

About Out of the Kress Vaults: The exhibition explores representations of femininity and virtue in Italian Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. This exhibition is the first in the museum’s history to be co-curated with Fairfield University students. Taking inspiration from two paintings of the Madonna and Child in the museum’s own Samuel H. Kress Collection, students in Dr. Michelle DiMarzo’s art history seminar developed the exhibition by examining Kress collections at other institutions, with an emphasis on works typically held in storage.

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

Opening Reception: Out of the Kress Vaults and Specimens and Reflections @ Bellarmine Hall
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us after the opening lecture for light refreshments in the Great Hall!

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting and Specimens and Reflections, both on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from September 16-December 17, 2022. Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall of Bellarmine Hall. The Bellarmine Hall Galleries 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-out-of-the-kress-vaults-and-specimens-and-reflections-tickets-337428757497

 

About the exhibitions:

Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting and Specimens and Reflections

The exhibition explores representations of femininity and virtue in Italian Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. This exhibition is the first in the museum’s history to be co-curated with Fairfield University students. Taking inspiration from two paintings of the Madonna and Child in the museum’s own Samuel H. Kress Collection, students in Dr. Michelle DiMarzo’s art history seminar developed the exhibition by examining Kress collections at other institutions, with an emphasis on works typically held in storage.

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

Specimens and Reflections

Digitally manipulated photographic panoramas of the interiors of Roman churches by Claudia Esslinger (Professor of Art, Kenyon College) are accompanied by the poetry of Royal Rhodes ‘68 (Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Kenyon College) in this unique exhibition that explores the intersection of word and image.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/specimens-and-reflections/index.html

Sep
24
Sat
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/

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/