Bruce Museum Calendar January-March 2016

Bruce Museum Calendar January – March 2016
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. T 203-869-0376. brucemuseum.org

Hours: TuesdaySunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission :$7 adults, $6 student/senior, members/under 5 free. Thanks to a collaboration between the Bruce Museum and Hermès of Paris, general admission will be free from January 10 – March 13, 2016, during regular gallery hours.

Every Friday at 12:30 pm, and Tuesday at 1:30 pm. Docent-led Exhibition Tour (No tours January 5 & 8 due to closed galleries).

Every Tuesday and Friday, 2:30 – 2:45 pm. Marine Tank Animal Feeding. Free with Museum admission and no registration is required.

January

Friday, January, 1 New Year’s Day. Museum closed.

Sunday, January 3, 9:00 – 11:15 am. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point Park.

Meet at southern concession stand in Greenwich Point Park. Information: 203-413-6756, Monday – Friday.

Sundays, January 3, 10, 24, 31, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. Ages 6 – 10 and their families. Free with admission. No reservations.

Sunday, January 3, 24, 1:00-3:00 pm. Family Studio Workshops. Create a work of art in the Bruce Museum workshop inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. Families will explore the process of making fine art while using quality art-making supplies and discussing current exhibitions.  Drawing with Pastels (1/3),  Mixed-Media Self-Portraits (1/24).  All ages.  $7 members; $15 non-members, plus admission.  No registration required.

Sunday, January 3, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center.   The Life and Times of New England Gray Seals. Held in the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park. Lecture by Boston Aquarium  at 2:00 pm. Family activities and live animal marine tank throughout the afternoon. Free and no registration is required.

Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:00 – 11:45 am & 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Toddler Tours.  Age 3-5 with adult. Sea Stars, Urban Landscapes, Big Cats, Quilted Patterns. Free. No registration required.

New Exhibition.
Fierce and Fragile:  Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet

January 10 – March 13, 2016

Hermès, the French brand of luxury goods, and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, have joined forces with the Bruce Museum to pay homage to the beauty and allure of big cats and to protect their wild populations for generations to come. Their initiative will celebrate the work of wildlife artist Robert Dallet (1923 – 2006), featuring up to 75 of the artist’s paintings, drawings, and sketches illustrating the eight big cat species: tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, cougar, jaguar, snow leopard and clouded leopard. Offering a cross-disciplinary approach that brings together art, design, and science, this exhibition provides a visual framework for a powerful conservation message and highlights Dallet’s two-decade-long design collaboration with Hermès. General admission to the Bruce Museum is free during the run of this exhibition.

Sunday, January 10, 31, 1:00-3:00 pm. New! Science Sundays. Crystals (1/10), Fossils (1/31). Ages 4 and up with family. Drop in to explore simple science concepts while partaking in fun, kid-friendly science experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.  Free with Museum admission and no registration required.

January 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Secrets of Fossil Lake Lecture. The Subtlety of Snakes and a Quarter-billion Years of Lizard Evolution. Dr. Jack Conrad, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Light refreshments at 6:30 pm. Lecture begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Lecture is free to Bruce Museum members, $15 fee for non-members. Reservations are required. Contact 203-413-6757 or[email protected]

Wednesday, January 13, 9:00 -10:00 am. Stroller Tour. For new parents and caregivers. Free with Museum admission and no registration required.

Thursday, January 14, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Young Professionals Happy Hour. Includes beer tasting with local brewery Two Roads of Stratford, CT. All galleries will be open and museum staff will give tours. A representative from the brewery will talk about the beer varieties. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. RSVP http://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-professionals-dallet-happy-hour-tickets-19890339541

From And Still We Rise: Lucy Terry Prince: The Griot’s Voice, 2012, by South Carolina artist Peggie Hartwell. © Peggie Hartwell

From And Still We Rise:
Lucy Terry Prince: The Griot’s Voice, 2012, by South Carolina artist Peggie Hartwell. © Peggie Hartwell

New Exhibition. And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations

January 16 – April 24, 2016
Story quilting is an art form that expands on traditional textile-arts techniques to record, in fabric, events of personal or historical significance. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns and symbols, the quilts relate narratives that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our national history, furthering the discussion of racial reconciliation in America. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and presented by the Women of Color Quilters Network in partnership withCincinnati Museum Center and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Supported  at the Bruce Museum by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.Using the powerful medium of story quilts, this exhibition narrates nearly four centuries of African American history, from the first slave ships to the first African American president and beyond. Through 40 quilts from artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibition reveals the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Phillis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Museum open. Last entry4:30 pm.

Monday, January 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Family Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Day. Fun, family activities for all ages and performances by Bright Star Theatre Company.  Performance at 11:00 am George Washington Carver and Friends (best for ages 3-8); 1:00 pm Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King (best for ages 8 and up).  Free with Museum admission and no registration required.

Wednesdays, January 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 10:30 – 11:45 am. Craft in America Screening. Episodes: “Memory, Landscape, Community, Origins, Process, Message, Family.”   The films in this 7-part, Peabody Award-winning series highlight America’s rich cultural history and the ways in which artisans use crafts to grapple with contemporary issues. Each film is 50 minutes long, and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with Bruce Museum staff. Free with Museum admission. No advance registration required.

Thursday, January 28, 6:30 pm. Lecture. The Endangered Lion: A Talk with Panthera’s President Dr. Luke Hunter. Galleries open 5:00 pm. Lecture at 6:30 pm. RSVP [email protected].

February

Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm, Bruce Beginnings, Tuesdays, (formerly Toddler Tours) Ages 3-5 with adult.  Weekly topics: Imagination Creation, Icy Waters, Museum Shapes, Birds of a Feather.  Free with Museum admission and no registration required.

Sunday, February 7, 9:00 am. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point Park.  Meet on the beach near the southern concession stand. Bring binoculars. Free and no registration required.

Sundays, February 7, 14, 21, 28. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Family Gallery Tours. Ages 6-10 with family.  Free with Museum admission and no registration required.

Sunday, February 7, 1:00-4:00 pm, Astronomy Family Day. Fun family activities in celebration of Astronomy Month featuring Starlab Planetarium Workshops presented by Science Plus, Inc.  Co-sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Greenwich.   Free and no registration required.
February 7, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center.  Where Did the Scallops Go?  Held at the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park. Learn about what happened to scallops in the Long Island Sound and plans to restore their populations from experts in the field.  Free and no registration required.
Sunday, February 14, 1:00-3:00 pm. Science Sunday. Winter Warmth. Ages 4 -10 with family.  Free and no registration required.

Monday, February 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Presidents Day. Bruce Museum open.

Monday, February 15, 10:00 am -12:00 pm. School Vacation Workshop. Secrets of Fossil Lake.Students in grades K-5. Members $7, non-members $20. Advanced registration required.

Monday, February 15, 2:00 – 2:45 pm. Special Family Tour. Free and no registration required.

Dr. Richard Prum

Dr. Richard Prum

February 16, 6:30 pm. Marjorie Sims Lawrence Lecture. The Evolution of Beauty.  Dr. Richard Prum, Director, Franke Program in Science and the Humanities; William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Yale University; and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Peabody Museum of Natural History. An evolutionary ornithologist, Dr. Prum leads a new initiative at Yale that aims to foster communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines. He has studied many facets of avian biology including sexual selection and mate choice, aesthetic evolution, avian color vision, and structural color in feathers and skin. Doors open with light refreshments at 6:30 pm, the lecture begins promptly at 7:00 pm. The event is free to Bruce Museum members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are required; contact 203-413-6757 or [email protected].

Thursday, February 18, 6:30 pm. Lecture. Hermès:  A Natural History.  Ménéhould De Bazelaire, Director of Cultural Heritage and Curator of the Emile Hermès Museum. Galleries open 5:00 pm. Lecture at 6:30 pm. RSVP [email protected]

Sunday, February 21, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  Art Adventures. Urban Landscapes.  Ages 4-10 with family.  Free and no registration required.

Sunday, February 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Family Studio Workshops. Rolled Beeswax Candles. Age 5 and up with family.  $7.00 per person members; $15.00 non-members.  Advance registration required: [email protected].

Monday, February 29, 10:00-11:15 am. Lecture. Craft and Social Change in America. Ed Johnetta Miller, textile artist. Free for Bruce Museum members, $7.00 non-member.  No registration required.

March

Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings.

Families with children ages 3-5. Exploring Color, Something Fishy, Dinosaur Roar, Spring has Sprung, Wild Reading. Free and no registration required.

March 3, Art of Design. The 3rd annual Art of Design panel discussion and luncheon exploring the intersection of art and design. Reservations required.  For information, contact Becky Conelias at 203-413-6745 or [email protected].

Sunday, March 6, 9:00 – 11:15 am. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point Park. Meet at southern concession stand. Bring binoculars. Free and no registration required. 

Sundays, March 6, 13, 20, 11:30 am-12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. Families with children ages 6-10. Free with Museum admission and no registration required.

Sunday, March 6, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center.  Connecticut Coastal Resilience. Held at Greenwich Point Park. Lecture at 2:00 pm: Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy, will discuss strategies for sea level rise and storm surge in coastal communities. Family activities and marine tank all afternoon. Information 203-413-6756. Free and no registration required.

Sunday, March 6, 2:00-3:30 pm. Diane Darst Learning to Look® Family Art Appreciation Day.  Ages 5 and up. Free and no registration required

Monday, March 7, 10:00-11:15 am. Lecture. Craft and Social Change in America. Dr. Myrah Brown Green, art historian and quilt artist. Free for Bruce Museum member, $7 non-member.  No advance registration required.

March 12, 2016 – June 5, 2016

Jeannie Brett, North American Black Bear,2012, from Wild About Bears. Watercolor and gouache on 300 lb. hot press Arches. 22 1/2 x 9 in. Collection of the artist.

Jeannie Brett, North American Black Bear,2012, from Wild About Bears. Watercolor and gouache on 300 lb. hot press Arches. 22 1/2 x 9 in. Collection of the artist.

New Exhibition. Mianus River Gorge: Photographs by William Abranowicz
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding, the Mianus River Gorge organization gave renowned photographer William Abranowicz unrestricted access through all four seasons tocapture the profound beauty and myriad faces of the Gorge. Selected photographs from his experience are on view in the exhibition Mianus River Gorge: Photographs by William Abranowiczand a book of the same name.

William Abranowicz has been a photographer for nearly 40 years. His work is included in public, corporate, and private collections throughout the world.

Sunday, March 13, 1:00-2:30 pm. Family Studio Workshop. Big Cat Mask Making. For families with children 5 and older.  $7.00 per person members; $15.00 non-members.  Advanced registration required: [email protected].
Sunday, March 13, 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Mianus River Gorge Lecture and Book Signing. William Abranowicz, photographer, discusses a year photographing the Gorge. Reservations: [email protected]. Free and no registration required.

Monday, March 14, 10:00-11:15 am. Lecture. Craft and Social Change in America. Sara Reisman, Artistic Director at the Rubin Foundation. Free for Bruce Museum member, $7 non-member.  No advance registration required.

March 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Science Lecture. The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time. Dr. Lance Grande, Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator, The Field Museum of Natural History. Light refreshments at 6:30. Lecture begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Lectures are free to Bruce Museum members, $15 fee for non-members. Reservations are required. Contact 203-413-6757 or [email protected].

Sunday, March 20, 1:00-3:00 pm Science Sunday: Solid or Liquid? Ages 4-10 with family. Free with Museum admission and no registration required.

Monday, March 21, 10:00-11:15 am. Lecture. Craft and Social Change in America.  Ruthie Dibble, PhD student at Yale. Lecture will discuss how the production of textiles allowed African American and white women to renegotiate their place in the social fabric of the United States during the Civil War, situating the quilts in the exhibition within this longer history of emancipation and textile production.  Free for Bruce Museum member, $7 non-member.  No advance registration required.

New Exhibition.
Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art

March 26, 2016 through July 3, 2016

Venture into the wild world of animals and explore their portrayal in children’s book art through

contemporary and historic illustrations from artists including Quentin Blake (illustrator of books by Roald Dahl and others), Eric Carle, and Wendell Minor. Complementing this exhibition are taxidermy examples from the Bruce Museum’s natural history collection, which are paired with their illustrated counterparts. Generously supported by Gabelli Funds, The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Sunday, March 27, Easter. Museum closed.

SAVE THE DATE IN MAY!
Saturday, May 14, 2016. Bruce Museum Annual Renaissance Ball, BOND 007
Taking classic James Bond as inspiration, this year’s Renaissance Ball will showcase the elegance for which 007 is known , with a gala event more sophisticated, charming and suave than ever. This year’s Renaissance Ball Co-chairs are Felicity Kostakis and Kamie Lightburn. Honorees, selected for their dedicated, long-standing support of the Bruce Museum, are Sachiko and Lawrence Goodman. The creative teams of Carolyn Dempsey Design and Linda Ruderman Interiors will create a glamourous evening befitting the suave spy himself. The Renaissance Ball is the Bruce Museum’s most important fundraiser, with revenue earmarked to support education and science at the Bruce Museum. To receive an invitation to the Ball, please contact Jen Bernstein at [email protected] or 203-413-6761.

Robert Dallet, Indochinese Leopard, watercolor and gouache, 50x65 cm, Photo Studios Fleures at Hermès 2015

Robert Dallet, Indochinese Leopard, watercolor and gouache, 50×65 cm, Photo Studios Fleures at Hermès 2015 is part of the Museum’s new exhibition, Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet.

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