Bruce Museum calendar of events: April-June

Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org

APRIL

Sunday, April 3, 9:00 – 11:15 am. First Sunday Bird Walk. Meet near southern concession at Greenwich Point Park. Join a leisurely walk around the Point to view birds in their habitats. Bring binoculars. Free. All levels of expertise welcome. Information: 203-219-1963.

Sundays, April 3, 17, 24, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. An interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s collections and exhibitions led by a museum educator. Free with admission, no registration required. Designed for ages 6-10 and their families.

Sunday, April 3, 1:00-3:00 pm. Art Adventures: Quilted Stories. A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families.  In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions.  Free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.

Sunday, April 3, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center: Earth Day Month Celebration. Earth Day Month Proclamation, Citizen Science, Secrets of Soil, Find Your Watershed, Identifying Invasives, nature book illustrator and more. Fun, family activities and marine tank all afternoon. Held at the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT. Organized by the Bruce Museum and the Greenwich Shellfish Commission.Free. For information, 203-413-6756 [email protected]

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings.  Children ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver explore the Museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities.  Free with admission, no registration required. Changing topics: Tail Time, Animals in Art, River Life, Into the Cave.

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Gotham Coyote Project. Chris Nagy, Director of Research and Land Management at Mianus River Gorge, discusses this study of the ecology of the northeastern coyote in the region to help promote understanding and coexistence. Reception with light refreshments precedes lecture at 7:00 pm. RSVP [email protected]

Saturday April 9, 6:30-8:30 pm. 2016 Marianne Smith Memorial Lecture: The Story of Homo naledi: From Fossil to Face. John Gurche, paleo-artist, will discuss his facial reconstructions for the new hominid species Homo naledi, recently discovered in South Africa. Reception with light refreshments begins at 6:30 pm, lecture at 7:00 pm. Free for Bruce Museum members, $15 non-members. Please register on Eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, April 12, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Community Activation Day.  In keeping with the uplifting message of the exhibition And Still We Rise, representatives from local organizations that identify and work to fix an injustice or a need in the community will be on hand to reach out to volunteers, spread awareness about their cause, and help museum visitors learn how to get involved. Free with admission, no advance registration required.

Sunday, April 10, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: “Facing the Human Past” Family Workshop. John Gurche, paleo-artist will speak to families about how he studies hominid fossils and recreates faces above the skeletal structure. Visitors will then be able to create their own facial reconstruction on casts of early human skulls from the Museum’s collection. $7 for members, $15 for non-members. Register on Eventbrite.com; space is limited.

Sunday, April 17, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Family Studio Workshops: Wild Reading. 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.  All ages.  $7 per person for members; $15 for non-members, plus the cost of Museum admission.  No advanced registration is required.

Wednesday, April 20. Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts. The seventh annual Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts honors artists, collectors, dealers, patrons of the arts and more at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony held a private home in Greenwich. This year’s honorees include (list in formation): Richard Armstrong, Museum Professional; Candia Fisher & Emily Fisher Landau, Collectors; Alice Pack Melly, Patron of the Arts; Lucy Mitchell-Innes & David Nash, Art Dealers; Lucy Freeman Sandler and Irving Sandler, Art Historians. Proceeds will benefit the Bruce Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. For more information or to receive an invitation to the Icon Awards, contact Becky Conelias at [email protected] or 203-413-6745.

Sunday, April 24, 1:00-4:00 pm. Earth Day Family Day. Fun, family activities in celebration of Earth Day including a performance at 2:00 pm byBash the Trash, combining science and environmental concepts through demonstration, music and theater.

MAY

Sundays, May 1, 9:00 – 11:15 am. First Sunday Bird Walk. Meet near southern concession at Greenwich Point Park. Join a leisurely walk around the Point to view birds in their habitats. Bring binoculars. Free. All levels of expertise welcome. Information: 203-219-1963.

Sundays, May 1, 8, 15, 11:30 – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours.  An interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s collections and exhibitions led by a museum educator. Free with admission, no registration required. Designed for ages 6-10 and their families.

Sunday, May 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Science Sunday: Long Island Sound Life. A drop-in program designed for children ages 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.  Free with admission and no advance registration required.

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center. Raising Whales: How the Recovery of Cetaceans Can Help Restore the Oceans. Lecture by Joe Roman, University of Vermont, and discusses his research.  His book Whale will be available for signing. Part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center. Fun, family activities and marine tank take place in the afternoon from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Held at the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT. Organized by the Bruce Museum and the Greenwich Shellfish Commission. Free. For information, 203-413-6756 [email protected]

Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 10:30 – 11:45 am Belle Époque Film Series. This film series explores life in Paris at the turn of the century. Weekly topics: Degas, Seurat, Modern Marvels: Eiffel Tower, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vuillard and Debussy. Each film is approximately 50 minutes long, and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with a Bruce Museum staff member. Free with Museum admission. No registration required.

Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings.

Children ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver explore the Museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities.  Free with admission, no registration required. Changing topics weekly: Under Water Worlds,Illustration Creation, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!, Bonjour!, Electricity

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mianus River Gorge Field Trip: Exploring Spring Wildflowers. Rod Christie, Mianus River Gorge Executive Director, leads a walk through the Mianus River Gorge to identify wildflowers and learn about their habitat. RSVP 203-413-6756 [email protected] Location: Mianus River Gorge, 167 Mianus River Rd., Bedford, NY (Meet at the Gorge or call 203-413-6756 to carpool at 9:20 am from Bruce Museum parking lot.)

May 8 & 15, 8:00 – 11:00 am. Bird Migration Walks. Meet near southern concession at Greenwich Point Park. Join a leisurely walk around the Point to view migrating warblers and other birds that stop by the Point in spring to rest and feed as they make their way to nesting grounds. Bring binoculars. Free. All levels of expertise welcome. Information: 203-219-1963.

Sunday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Family Studio Workshop: Mother’s Day Perfume Making. This program is a full 1 ½-hour workshop designed for families with children 5 and older.  $7 per person members and $15 non-members.  Advanced registration is required by email [email protected]

Saturday, May 14. Bruce Museum 29th Annual Renaissance Ball. Scheduled to take place at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, the Renaissance Ball will honor Sachiko and Lawrence Goodman for their extensive commitment, leadership and spirited generosity. The gala will be a magical evening featuring the melodic sounds of Starlight Orchestra and inspired décor conceived by Linda Ruderman of Linda Ruderman Interiors and Carolyn Dempsey of Carolyn Dempsey Design. There will be something for everyone at the art silent auction and silent auction. The live auction will include fabulous vacations and exquisite jewelry. There will also be an opportunity to support the Museum’s internationally recognized art and science exhibitions and comprehensive educational programs at the paddle raise immediately following the live auction. To purchase tickets online simply go to http://renaissanceball2016.eventbrite.com . For more information, or to receive an invitation to the Renaissance Ball, please contact Jen Bernstein at [email protected] or 203-413-6761.

Saturday, May 14. New exhibitions open. Electric Paris and Electricity. Electric Paris illuminates the ways in which artists responded to changing technology in lighting around the turn of the twentieth century in Paris through approximately 50 paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings by such artists as Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Charles Marville, Childe Hassam, and others. Electricity brings the science and history of electricity to life through engaging interactives including Plasma Tubes, Jumping Rings, Solenoid, and Jacob’s Ladder to demonstrate the fundamental principles behind electricity such as magnetic fields, electric charges, resistance and battery technology.

Sunday, May 15, 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Diane Darst Learning to Look® Family Art Appreciation Day. This program is designed especially for families and children to foster appreciation and understanding of art related to current Museum exhibitions and based on the Learning to Look® curriculum developed by Diane W. Darst and Sue Ann Massey Williamson. The lessons will be led by a Learning to Look Instructor beginning at 2:00 pm.  There will be a related activity in the Education Workshop following the lesson. All activities are free with Museum admission and are suitable for children aged 5 and up.

Monday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Belle Époque Concert: Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Players will play music from Paris at the turn of the century, including works by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The event is open to the public. Admission is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. Reception with light refreshments and open galleries begins at 6:30 pm; the concert performance is from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Thursday, May 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Spring 2016 Bob and Pam Goergen Lectures: Electric Modernism. Lecture by Holly Clayson, Professor of Art History and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, and curator of the exhibition. The Goergen lectures for spring 2016 look closely at the relationship between the arts and technological advances made in the late nineteenth century.  Advance admission is free for members, $10 non-members; at the door is $10 members, $20 non-members. Reservations via Eventbrite.com.  Open galleries, wine and cheese reception begins at 6:00 pm. Lecture 6:30 – 7:30 pm followed by Q&A.

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Electrical Panel: A Live, Interactive Conversation. Join us for a panel discussion with experts in the science and history of electricity. Audience members are free to quiz our guests on the wide world of electrical innovation: from Benjamin Franklin to Nikola Tesla to the Future! Light refreshments 6:30 pm; lecture 7:00 pm. Members free, $15 non-members. Reservations required: 203-413-6757 or [email protected]

Thursday, May 26, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. “Bruce Goes Electric” Young Professionals Happy Hour. The Bruce Museum galleries will be open late and staff will be on hand to give informal tours of the exhibitions on view including Electric Paris, Electricity, Wild Reading, and Mianus River Gorge. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public, ages 21- 45. Advanced admission $5 with tickets available through Eventbrite.com, or at the door for $10.

JUNE

Sunday, June 5, 9:00 – 11:15 am. First Sunday Bird Walk. Meet near southern concession at Greenwich Point Park. Join a leisurely walk around the Point to view birds in their habitats. Bring binoculars. Free. All levels of expertise welcome. Information: 203-219-1963.

Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 – 11:45 am Belle Époque Film Series. Vuillard and Debussy. Film is approximately 50 minutes long, and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with a Bruce Museum staff member. Free with Museum admission. No registration required.

Friday, June 3, 5:00 – 7:45 pm. 2nd annual PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair. This scientific competition open to current high school students (grades 9 – 12) in all Greenwich schools highlights the top projects on view to the public from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. (Competition submission deadline, April 15.). Awards ceremony and keynote speech from 7:00 – 7:45 pm. The public is invited to meet the students and learn about their research. Young Greenwich scientists have excelled at state and national science competitions in the past few years, and this event provides an opportunity for the local community to show support for their efforts, see first-hand the innovative work currently being done, and provide inspiration for the next generation of scientists. Generous cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and people’s choice awards. For more information, contact Cynthia Ehlinger at [email protected] or call 203-869-0376.

Sundays, June 5, 12, 19, 11:30 am -12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. An interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s collections and exhibitions led by a museum educator. Free with admission, no registration required. Designed for ages 6-10 and their families.

Sunday, June 5, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Family Day:  Electric Electricity. There will be fun family activities inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions with a performance by Mad Science at 2:00 pm.

Sunday, June 5, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. 2nd Annual “Emsway” Boating Safety Day at the Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park. The EmilyCatherine Fedorko Foundation will hold a fun, family event focusingon both youth and parent safe boater education. The program features an instructional talk and demonstration given by the Town of Greenwich Marine Police, who will cover boat operation, towing and how to be equipped for and act in an emergency. Sponsored by the Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission and the Bruce Museum First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center.

Tuesday, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 -1:45 pm. Bruce Beginnings. Children ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver explore the Museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities.  Free with admission, no registration required. Changing topics weekly: Baby Animals, Painting Paris, Crab Creatures, Picture Books.

Thursday, June 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Spring 2016 Bob and Pam Goergen Lecture: Electric Modernism. Sarah Kennel, curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum (formerly at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C) will speak about the photography of Charles Marville. The Goergen lectures for spring 2016 look closely at the relationship between the arts and technological advances made in the late nineteenth century.  Advance admission is free for members, $10 non-members; at the door is $10 members, $20 non-members. Reservations via Eventbrite. Open galleries, wine and cheese reception begins at 6:00 pm. Lecture6:30 – 7:30 pm followed by Q&A.

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 12th annual Connecticut Open House Day.  This one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art and tourism to Connecticut residents. The Bruce Museum is offering free admission to all on this day.

Saturday, June 11, New exhibition opens. iCreate 2016. Annual juried exhibition organized by the Bruce Museum’s Youth Committee featuring two-dimensional art by area high school students.  

Sunday, June 12, 1:00-2:30 pm. Family Studio Workshop: Painting Paris. This program is a 1 ½- hour workshop designed for families with children 5 and older.  $7 per person for members; $15 non-members.  Advanced registration required by email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Lecture: Robots that Teach.  Dr. Brian Scassellati, Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science and Mechanical Engineering; Director, NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics, Yale University. Socially assistive robotics (SAR) is a new field of robotics that focuses on developing robots capable of assisting users through social interaction. Professor Scassellati will highlight advances in building supportive robots for teaching skills to children. Light refreshments served at 6:30 pm. Lecture at 7:00 pm. Museum members free, $15 non-members. Reservations required: 203-413-6757 or [email protected]

Sunday, June 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The Arts and New Technologies Graduate Student Symposium.

In conjunction with Electric Paris, four PhD students will present papers discussing how art from various periods of art history responded to advances in technology. The event will be moderated by Dr. Gülru Çakmak, Assistant Professor of 19th-Century European Art at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and will end with a Q&A session with the audience.  Free with Museum admission. No registration required.

Sunday, June 19, 1:00-3:00pm. Art Adventures: Wild Illustrations. This drop-in program is free with admission and no advance registration is required. Designed for ages 4 and up and their families . Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

Thursday, June 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Spring 2016 Bob and Pam Goergen Lectures: Electric Modernism. Sandy Isenstadt, Professor of the History of Modern Architecture at the University of Delaware, will speak about his new book Electric Modernism. The Goergen lectures for spring 2016 look closely at the relationship between the arts and technological advances made in the late nineteenth century.  Advance admission is free for members, $10 non-members; at the door is $10 members, $20 non-members. Reservations via Eventbrite. Open galleries, wine and cheese reception begins at 6:00 pm. Lecture 6:30 – 7:30 pm followed by Q&A.

Sunday, June 26, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Seaside Center Grand Opening and Experience the Sound Celebration. The Bruce Museum Seaside Center summer season kicks off with the Greenwich Shelfish Commission’s Experience the Sound celebration providing a festive grand opening. The Seaside Center will be open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, from June 26 through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

The Seaside Center offers daily programs such as fish feeding, shoreline seining, and arts and crafts. Bare feet and bathing suits are welcome. Located in the Foren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, the Seaside Center welcomes visitors of all ages with five marine aquaria, two shoreline dioramas, and trained naturalists. There is no admission fee to visit the Center, however a beach pass is required to enter the park. See the Town of Greenwich website for pass information or the Bruce Museum website for Seaside Center information.

High school students who would like to volunteer at the Center should contact Mary Ann Lendenmann at [email protected]

Seaside Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park.

Seaside Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park.

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